Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Diversity into Keeping Ross Sheep and Beef on His Toes

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Diversity into Keeping Ross Sheep and Beef on His Toes

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TONI SOMES

REPORTER

ROSS McBride is the sort of bloke who has never been averse to change.

After all, his career path has gone from paddock-to-plate and back to paddock again.

Born in Canterbury, New Zealand he grew up on a sheep property and then headed across the Tasman, later opening his own restaurant in Brisbane.

Then two decades ago he and his wife Raelee shifted back to her family's property, between Warwick and Allora, where they have lived and worked the land ever since.

When the Bush Tele caught up with Mr McBride last week it was shearing time at Glen Tui, the 405ha property they own that runs along the black soil flats of Glengallan Creek.

In the past year the couple have diversified with their prime lucerne hay making business, now complemented by an Angus cattle stud and a Dorper sheep meat operation.

While Mr McBride admits it is early days with for both his stud cattle and meat sheep operation, he is optimistic he has timing on his side.

C[pounds sterling]Sheep meat and Angus beef seem to be going well from what I've read,C[yen] he joked.

C[pounds sterling]So we hope we get it right.C[yen]

Last year the McBrides invested in 375 F1 Dorper ewes, scanned in lamb.

Their first-drop lambs are now five months old and while the couple plan to retain a significant portion of the ewe lambs the males are destined for the domestic market.

C[pounds sterling]We are finishing the lambs on oats now and aim to turn them off at about 45kg live weight,C[yen] Mr McBride said. C[pounds sterling]We will be selling some through the Warwick saleyards as well as direct to works.C[yen]

He said their plan was to grow and bale their 30ha of irrigated Lucerne during the summer and in winter allow the sheep to graze it.

C[pounds sterling]It all sounds pretty good in theory, but I guess we will have to see how it works.C[yen]

As part of their move into Dorpers, the McBrides have made significant investments in protective infrastructure, electrifying their boundary fence and setting up Cyfoxlights' in response to high-level predator pressure. …

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