Sustainability loan helps build fencing
FOURTH generation grazier Scott Counsell has grown up in the wool shed.
Raised on a sheep station, he spent every opportunity working the property alongside his family.
After finishing school, Scott obtained his wool classers’ stencil which landed him jobs in wool sheds across Queensland and parts of the United States. After returning home from working abroad, Scott was offered the chance to manage one of his parents’ stations, Lyndon.
“Lyndon is 18,200 hectares and I manage it with my wife, Sharon, and sister, Frances. We currently run beef, sheep and goats,” Scott said.
As dry conditions continued to grip Western Queensland, wild dogs began to close in on Scott’s property making it impractical to run sheep. Feral pests were causing damage not only to his livestock but also his pastures.
“We couldn’t viably run our sheep operation due to the increased presence of the pests and predators. The huge numbers put pressure on what little pasture was left,” he said.
The resulting decrease in productivity and profits led Scott and his family to consider exclusion fencing and they applied for a Sustainability Loan through the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority. The loan helped Scott fund the installation of an exclusion fence to protect his livestock and pastures from ongoing feral pest damage.
“Our business was able to purchase fencing materials and then construct the exclusion fence to enclose approximately 8900 ha quickly,” Scott said.
“The Sustainability Loan has allowed us to fence our property under tough seasonal and financial times.”
Scott highly recommends that other producers who are facing similar challenges with feral pest damage look into how a Sustainability Loan from QRIDA could help their situation.
“Our experience working with QRIDA has been positive and it was relatively easy to complete an application in order to source the funding,” he said.
“I would definitely recommend the service of QRIDA and I have also informed other graziers of the benefits of being part of this project.”
For more information about eligibility and how a Sustainability Loan could help you pursue your own agribusiness goals sooner, look online at www.qrida.qld.gov.au or call 1800 623 946.
We couldn’t viably run our sheep operation due to the increased presence of the pests and predators.
— Scott Counsell
PEST CONTROL: A Sustainability Loan through the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority helped Scott Counsell fund the installation of an exclusion fence.