Farming in the Hunter

In Farm News, Industry News & Views by Ben Ready

Aaron and his farming team at our Hunter Valley property in Murrurundi had a very successful April with the first lot of Angus Steers raised at Aquis making substantial profits when selling to the JBS Feedlot recently.

In total, 26 head of Angus yearling steers were sold, having been purchased as weaners and then raised on the fertile pastures that this Hunter Valley property boasts. A further 38 weaners were purchased with part of the profits, with the plan to sell these on again next year. In the mean time they serve an important role on the farm as part of our pasture management system.

We currently have over 120 head of cattle at our Murrurundi property and with the dry conditions we’ve experienced in recent months making things tough on Hunter Valley farmers, it is a credit to the farming crew to have the farm looking as good as it does. Sowing is currently underway so that the next crop of Aquis livestock – both the equine and bovine variety – get all the benefits from what these great rolling pastures offer.

As a result of the dry conditions in the region over the summer and the resultant shortage of feed and cattle, Aquis donated a number of steers for use by children in the community that were competing at the recent King of the Ranges Stockman’s Challenge and Bush Festival – a great gesture by the farming team so well done to all involved for making this happen.