Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Raising Cattle Hobby; Lorraine's Damara Sheep Graze Happily with Red Brangus on 205 Acres

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Raising Cattle Hobby; Lorraine's Damara Sheep Graze Happily with Red Brangus on 205 Acres

Article excerpt

FOR Lorraine Prange raising Damara sheep on the Taylor Lane property north of Mt Larcom township is not her first job.

But she takes it very seriously.

Just as seriously as her husband, Ross, takes his herd of Red Brangus which he raises on their 205 acres on each side of the lane.

He raises his cattle for the same reason that his wife raises her sheep, for commercial purposes Co generally to be turned into meat.

But raising Red Brangus "because they are hard to breed" is not his primary job either.

In fact until he slowed down just a little, Mr Prange was more likely to be flitting around between Karratha in Western Australia, Adelaide and Brisbane most weeks in his job as mining divisions manager and business manager for Central Queensland, for the mining company Maxam International.

Mrs Prange is the superintendent inventory, logistics and procurement for the same company.

But the sheep and the cattle are more than just a hobby for Mr and Mrs Prange.

"We run both operations as a business Co the cattle go to the meatworks and the sheep are sold for breeding purposes or slaughter," he said.

She agrees: "My sheep are not my pets Co we slaughter for (our) own meat and sell them off as a commercial transaction."

And probably just as well, because Damara sheep, which most people mistake for goats, are not very friendly.

It's not that they are an aggressive sheep and they rarely attack their keepers.

In fact they are so shy of humans they will generally keep their distance.

"But you had better not get between one of them and the rest of the herd because they will charge right through you to get back to them as if you were not there," Mrs Prange said.

Previously she had bred Angora goats for their fleece. But shearing them became a problem. Mr Prange was not keen on shearing them and shearers were hard to get. …

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