Furracabad Station is approximately 6750 acres located south of Glen Innes, New South Wales, Australia, at the head of Furracabad and Mathieson Valley.
Soil comprises rich black basalt flats rising to redbasalt high country and has a northerly aspect. Rainfall is approximately 900mm per year. Altitude ranges from 1050m to 1275m.
Furracabad Station runs a pure Angus solely grass fed breeding herd of approximately 1200 females comprising:
- Stud females 100
- Commercial females 1,100
Over the last 30 years the Angus Seed Stock industry has progressively increased the size of their cattle on the assumption that bigger is better and generates more profit. The questions which are currently being asked by some producers and needs answering are – are our breeding cows getting too big, with reduced fertility, consuming too much food, reducing our carrying capacity and thereby, most importantly, reducing our profitability. Our experience would indicate that this statement is true.
Over the last five years our Angus Grass Fed breeding cows have progressively got larger and some are now approaching Frame Score 7. With the vast majority of Angus Seed Stock producers continuing to breed even bigger and higher growth rate bulls the cow size, fertility, calf weaning weight to cow weight percentage, carrying capacity and profitability will only continue to get worse.
Some philosophies being adopted by our business can be summarised as follows:
- To manage the natural resources of Furracabad Station in a natural and sustainable manner.
- For the cattle operations to be both sustainable and profitable into the indefinite future.
- For those people and major suppliers involved in the our business to share its business vision, goals and passion.
- To continually educate and develop the employees of the business.
- Optimum production verses maximum production – optimum production is always more profitable than maximum production.
- To achieve optimum production you first must have cows that fit their environment and available feed resource and progeny that meets the market you are targeting – you do not attempt to change/supplement the environment and feed resource to fit your cows and progeny.
We are extremely pleased with the affect the PCC genetics are having in our beef cattle operations.