North­cliffe farmer in field days of dreams

Countryman - - DOWERIN GWN7 MACHINERY FIELD DAYS - Bob Gar­nant

North­cliffe sheep pro­ducer and pine log­ging con­trac­tor Graeme Hor­lock was keen to bring his fam­ily last week to the Dow­erin GWN7 Ma­chin­ery Field Days, know­ing his dream of own­ing a Kub­ota trac­tor was on the cards.

“It’s time to re­place the old Massey,” he said.

At the Bin­doon Trac­tors site, Mr Hor­lock and his grand­sons, Jonathon and David, got be­hind the wheel of a special util­ity trac­tor that takes on tough jobs with ease. “I am look­ing for a gen­eral pur­pose model to make life eas­ier,” he said.

“We have had a good sea­son and feed is good for my Dor­per flock, which I in­fused with Ko­jak rams last year. The first-drop lambs are grow­ing well.”

Mr Hor­lock runs 200 breed­ing ewes and has a long-time av­er­age of 120 per cent lamb­ing.

“Pas­ture is de­rived from Karri loam and sandy soils, which I re-seed ev­ery year with rye­grass and clover. We sell at Katan­ning sa­le­yards be­cause there is lots of com­pe­ti­tion on our sheep.”

Picture: Bob Gar­nant

North­cliffe sheep pro­ducer Graeme Hor­lock and his grand­sons, Jonathan and David.

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