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Pastures

Pasture Cropping

Pastures

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  Pastures are a mix of digitaria (mostly pangola) and setaria species, carpet grass, kikuyu, paspalum, clovers, and native species. They have been fertilised with a microbiological mix which unlocks nutrients in the soil.

Water

Pasture Cropping

Pastures

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Water is abundant in this high rainfall area, most of it falling in spring, summer and autumn.  The water table is about 1 to 1.5 metres below ground level. 8 dams and 1 well gravity feed to troughs, and the lagoon (above) and creek keep up.

Pasture Cropping

Pasture Cropping

Pasture Cropping

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Seed-drilling pasture with oats, ryegrass and winter clover has proved successful in supplementing winter feed so no feed has to be brought in. About 80 tractor hours drills sufficient areas in almost all paddocks. 

The Gator

Gotta love 'em

Pasture Cropping

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We love our Gator, a handy side by side which goes places other vehicles cannot. The cattle know it as a friend. We no longer use horses or dogs as our cattle come when they are called.

Wildlife

Gotta love 'em

Gotta love 'em

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The ubiquitous bin chicken at home in Spring Valley pasture, eating bugs off the cattle, as do the white egrets. Kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, quolls, bandicoots, jabiru, ibis, native ducks, eagles, all manner of birdlife, frogs,  and reptiles abound but there are no feral animals. 

Gotta love 'em

Gotta love 'em

Gotta love 'em

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  Turns out if you have bottles and milk, plus an orphan calf, you wind up feeding him for months until one day you look at him and think 'I don't think you need this any more.' He never believes you.