New Family Additions

Our family is expanding rapidly!

After sending our misbehaving ‘mickey’ Galloway bulls (steers that had not been properly castrated) back to the orphanage, we took possession of 5 Brangus cows in calf yesterday.
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Brangus are Brahman Angus cross cattle, with big frames that condition well on hilly country like ours.

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Daz, our bull, is extremely pleased although slightly disappointed that is harem is not larger. I think he should be thankful for what he has….

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Say G’day To Daz

We are very pleased to announce the arrival of our little baby boy, Daz.

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Actually, at 1,700kg and with, ahem, enough manhood to make the best of us feel inadequate, he is anything but little.

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Daz, an 8 year old Devon-cross bull, arrived on Sunday from our neighbours. He is the proud father of numerous, beautiful Devon Brangus calves in the area and we hope he will be as prolific at Binalong.

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So, all he needs to do is sit back, relax and entertain the ladies.

I do believe he is living my dream.

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The Brothers…

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How does the old saying go? Never do business with friends and family! Well, Binalong Beef is going to be the exception to the rule.

My brother, Nathan, and I own and run the farm. Actually, he does most of the work and I stand around passing him tools as he fixes the various bits of machinery that seem to break down with depressing regularity.

Still, we seem to work ok together (most of the time) and the rest of the time, well, you can always avoid someone on 613 acres.

Why are we doing this? Easy question to answer – to have a go! We both love Australia, the countryside and hard work and owning a farm seems like a good way to combine all three (particularly the hard work).

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We do hope to make the farm a viable beef cattle business at some point but are under no illusions that it is a long, long term project.

Still, you only live once and we are not going to die wondering what could have been.

Till next time.

So, what is Binalong Beef all about?

Good question! I have been asking myself that a lot lately.

Binalong (the farm) is 613 acres of rolling NSW countryside (others would say hilly) located at Berrico (20kms south of Gloucester). Approximately one third of the farm is cleared land, with the rest being rain forest and fairly heavily timbered country. Lots of dirt tracks, lots greenery and lots of nature. Hopefully, perfect beef cattle country!

Back paddock facing south east

Back paddock facing south east

Presently, we are working on dividing the property into four (maybe six) permanent paddocks. We are lucky in that we have plenty of spring fed dams and Berrico Creek runs along our North West boundary. So hopefully no water issues!

The property itself is postcard perfect (well, we think so anyway) and has awesome views down the valley towards Berrico and Copeland. Some evenings we just sit on the veranda and watch the colours change as the sun goes down.

View from the hill

 

View from the hill

That said, it is not all beer and skittles. We are finding out that there is a lot of hard yakka to get through, from chasing cattle through 5 foot high bladey grass to dealing with temperamental machinery. Still, we are up for the challenge (at least, we are for now…).

Farm in the mist

Farm in the mist

Life's a Farm

Life’s a Farm

 

 

You Have To Start Somewhere…

Welcome to the first blog for Binalong Beef!

We are a small beef cattle operation located at Berrico, New South Wales, just south of Gloucester and tucked in next to the Running River Nature Reserve and the Chichester State Forrest. God’s country!

My name is Justin and I operate the farm with my brother, Nathan, and we hope, over time, to be able to produce high quality, organic beef. Easier said than done!

Presently, we are finding our way. We are currently running 11 Belted Galloway cross steers and 10 Black Angus steers which we will increase over time (just as soon as we finish the slashing, tree felling, fencing…).

We look forward to sharing our experiences with you and, hopefully, at some point in the not too distant future, making available some prime NSW beef.

Until next time…

View from the farm

View from the farm

Love that view.

Love that view.

First photo of the back paddock

First photo of the back paddock