Innovators & ground breakers feature on Westpac Property Tours

Published 06 May 2024

Beef2024 visitors who have signed up to the Beef2024 Westpac Property Tour Program will this week see a fascinating array of working cattle properties, industry-leading research facilities and innovative businesses, all within a few hours’ radius of Rockhampton.

In addition to 10 commercial beef businesses with experiences to share in soil carbon projects, regenerative agriculture and finance opportunities for development, the Program features groundbreaking trials at the Central Queensland Innovation and Research Precinct as well as visits to a state-of-the-art feedlot and major water developments.

Beef Australia Chief Executive Officer, Simon Irwin, said the tours had attracted high levels of interest from a diverse range of Beef2024 attendees, both from around the country and the globe.

“We’re thrilled to be welcoming more than 650 Beef2024 attendees to the Westpac Property Tour Program and are proud to showcase the incredible work that is being undertaken by agribusinesses of all types right here in Central Queensland,” Mr Irwin said.

“It was very important to us to put our local and global visitors in touch with Australian beef production on the ground, and we thank each of our hosts who have opened their homes and businesses to support this program.”

Commercial beef operations featured on the Tour include:

  • Henderson Park, Barmoya, run by Ryan Anderson, an environmental scientist and his wife Annika, a fifth-generation rural producer. Henderson Park is a Brangus beef operation with a strong focus on regenerative practices, including cropping corn, sorghum, radishes and Leucaena.
  • Lake Learmonth, Rockhampton, where vet Neil Farmer and his wife Clare, a family lawyer, will share their family’s experiences in rotational grazing, natural capital investment and providing AI and IVF recipient services, while managing coastal and ponded pastures.
  • Bondoola Meadows, Rockhampton, home of renowned cattleman the late Sir Graham McCamley MBE, where experts in beef genetic research will explain how to fast-track genetic gain from conception to consumption, regardless of size or scale.
  • Mystery Park, St Lawrence, for 99 years the home of the McArthur family. Ainsley and Rob McArthur have a registered soil carbon project and use technologies such as Farmbot water monitoring, Black Box for herd data collection, and MaiaGrazing software to collect data on 20 years of rotational grazing.
  • Greenlake Station, Rossmoya, bought by Owen and Brigid Price in 2021. Most of the property is a large floodplain and the Prices have instigated phosphorus supplementation, vaccination, parasite management, controlled mating and objective bull selection to produce weaners to finish on their CQ properties.
  • Greenfields, Jambin, a Marshall family enterprise breeding stud and commercial Charbrays and opportunity cropping wheat and lablab, with a five-year plan to regenerate and rehydrate the property for future generations.
  • Ten Mile Station, Balcomba, owned by renowned Wagyu breeder, Rockhampton accountant Paul Harris, whose Sunland Cattle Co runs one of the world’s largest fullblood Japanese Wagyu breeding herds of approximately 7000 head. Sunland has specialised in pure Japanese genetics since 2007.
  • Lake Pleasant, Goovigen, where Matt and Justine McLeod have joined with the University of Queensland, Fitzroy Basin Association, Organic Nutrients and consultant Ross Newman to rehabilitate their property to build carbon, increase soil water filtration and improve profitability.
  • Moonkan Park, Bushley, bought by Matt and Kristie Lyle who ran a mining labour and machinery hire business first, to fund their dream of owning an agricultural operation. They’ll touch on grant and loan opportunities as well as future plans for fodder cropping and renewable energy.
  • Coolum, Baralaba, home of the fourth-generation producers Kash and Jos Maclean. Coolum Pastoral was the first CarbonLink project and will explain the journey to effective grazing in tandem with a soil carbon project.

Westpac Property Tour participants will also visit the site of Mort & Co’s new feedlot at Gogango, 70km west of Rockhampton, where construction of Queensland’s largest feedlot is due to start at the end of 2024.

With a capacity of 36,500 SCU (Standard Cattle Units), the feedlot will employ 65 fulltime staff and feature a $15 million fertiliser plant to repurpose 43,000 tonnes of manure into a carbon-based granule fertiliser.

An integral component of the beef industry is the export ports, and the Westpac Property Tour offers a trip to Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC), which consists of four wharves handling more than two million tonnes of cargo annually from 2,000 ships.

GPC also manages the Port of Rockhampton and the Port of Bundaberg, and with more than 100ha available for containerised freight, warehousing and distribution, the GPC Containerised Freight Initiative offers a valuable opportunity for investors to shape new facilities and operations.

The Westpac Property Tours offer the chance to experience first hand some of the beef industry’s premier properties, and are a valuable complement to all the action of Beef2024’s centre ring and commercial saleyards.


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