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TAS Country : October 21st 2010
ber 22, 2010 17 LUSH: Set in Tassie's picturesque North-East, Ortawenah enjoys a mild climate, ideal for good pasture growth. Pictures: KAROLIN MacGREGOR er's daughters stunning property near Winnaleah. ore opportunities. cropping program. Irrigation was introduced about 20 years ago and had been gradually expanded. The property now has three centre pivots and the first one was installed in 2000. Mr Muirhead said while there was some significant capital costs installing the pivots, the drop in labour costs had more than paid for it over the years. Most of the property sits on a large plateau of high quality red soil that is fertile and free draining. Mr Muirhead said they had set up a system that allowed them to recycle effluent from the piggery and used it to irrigate onto some pasture paddocks. Most of the property's irrigation water comes from the Winnaleah Irrigation Scheme. Water pumped from the scheme is used to fill dams on higher areas and the water can then be gravity fed to dams lower down on the property. Mr Muirhead said they could grow more cereal crops, but pressure from browsing wildlife, especially on the outer paddocks, close to forested, areas made it very difficult. Sheep have also been a part of Ortawenah over time and the property ran a breeding flock of about 5000 cross-bred ewes. Mr Muirhead said nowadays they preferred to buy in store lambs to finish when the opportunity arose.
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