This year, I spent 12 weeks on Rocky Springs Station: a cattle farm in North Queensland. I met people who helped me to understand a new way of farming in a different environment. North Queensland is a wild area with a very strong climatic pressure where it is very difficult to breed cattle. However, Rocky Springs is well-adapted to its environment and thanks to this report we will see how.
[...] Nevertheless, Doug tries to cross Brahman cows with Charolais bulls to increase the quality of meat, growth rates, and the fertility without losing Brahman's qualities. • Manpower on the station There are three people who work full-time on Rocky Springs: Doug, Mary and Bob. Doug and Mary are the farm's managers. They take the important decisions. More precisely, Doug is the principal worker on the station, he plans work, check fences and water points, delivers dry lick and molasses to cattle. He is also in charge of cattle mustering. Mary helps him to do these jobs and look after the accountancy. [...]
[...] Queensland: a state dedicated to extensive breeding I.3. The farm in North Queensland: a quick view around the property II. Rocky Springs: a rigorous management for a difficult environment II.1. Beef production in Rocky Springs: 4 basic points to make profits II.2. Some disadvantages that could endanger a flourishing economy II.3. Sell the cattle: domestic market or live export II.4. A station making profits III. A station well-adapted at its environment wanting to make the right decisions for the future III.1. [...]
[...] 12p ROLFE J., SHAW K., ENGLISH B., and KERNOT J Grazing Management to improve regional ecosystems, land and optimise beef production in the northern gulf. Report of the department of Primary Industries and Fisheries. 26p APPENDIX A - Regional land condition assessment - Land types and grazing value B - The leucaena network - Leucaena for sustainable beef production in Queensland TABLE OF ILLUSTRATIONS TABLE OF CONTENTS SUMMARY - 3 - THANKS - 4 - TABLE OF ACRONYMS - 5 - INTRODUCTION - 6 - I. [...]
[...] History of Rocky Springs station - 8 - I.3.2. Geographic and pedo-climatic situation - 8 - • Geographic situation - 8 - • A subtropical climate - 8 - • The vegetation: Savannah carried by volcanic soils - 9 - I.3.3. General functioning - 9 - • Presentation of the workshop production - 9 - • Manpower on the station - 10 - • Buildings and machinery inventory - 10 - • Business partners - 10 - II. Rocky Springs: a rigorous management for a difficult environment - 11 - II.1. [...]
[...] Temperatures get hot in the day and drop considerably during the night. But Australia is characterized by some arid and semi-arid areas with very minimal rainfall. Economically speaking, Australia has got a prosperous western-style capitalist with $22,452 per capita GDP. Australia is rich in natural resources that permit it to be a major exporter in minerals, metals, fossil fuels and agricultural products. Industry products represent one third of Australian exports. The food industry is the main national industry followed by machine-tools and mechanicals. [...]
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