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TAS Country : September 16th 2010
mber 17, 2010 17 Pictures: KAROLIN MacGREGOR WATER VIEW: Irrigation has changed the entire Woodbourn operation. wpiece think it's really important that the buyers know what they're getting when they buy one of our bulls.'' ''Not many studs do it to the same level that we do,'' he said. Handling calves soon after they're born also sorts out the temperaments of their cows. ''I was put out of the yards by too many cranky Angus cows when I was young to put up with anything like that now,'' he said. ''Anything that even looks like having a go at you is on the truck.'' All the heifers calve as two-years-olds at Woodbourn. The success of the Woodbourn Angus and Murray Grey breeding programs is proven by the number of repeat buyers that come to buy bulls from the stud each year. Mr Wallace, who personally delivers many of the bulls from their sales, said there was also a social side to the cattle operation that they all enjoyed. ''I love that part of it, getting out and visiting our buyers,'' he said.' ''There's nothing better for me than going out to a client's place and seeing a bull we've bred and how they've grown out and what they're putting on the ground . . . that's what it's all about I think.'' Mrs Wallace handles most of the financial management side of the business and also organises the cropping programs, while Mr Wallace looks after the day-to-day farming operation and the stud paper work. As well as cattle the Wallaces also run a flock of about 840 Corriedale ewes, which they use White Suffolk rams over to produce prime lambs. Mr Wallace said the very good lamb prices over the last couple of years had seen them increase their ewe flock by about 100 ewes a year. The aim is to have most of the lambs turned off by December each year. As well as improving pastures and expanding their cropping areas, the Wallaces have also planted large shelter belts in strategic areas.
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