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TAS Country : December 23rd 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010 Tasmanian Country 5 News IN THE BLOOD: Beef producer Audrey Scott at Stanley. Pictures: CHRIS KIDD land THIS Jennifer Crawley Cattle woman 'I usually get a first in a class but I've never won the two classes on the hoof and on the hook.' HOOKED: Audrey with her carcass competition winner. AUDREY Scott knows a thing or two about Charolais cattle but you would never pick it. The humble North-West country- woman is an expert beef producer and won a record batch of prizes at the Circular Head show this year. Audrey, 65, lives at Greenhills in Stanley opposite the historic site of Highfields. Her grandfather E J Anthony once owned Highfields and is the founding father of Anthony land that stretches to Smithton. ''EJ was what everyone called him,'' Audrey said. He grew up just down the road from Highfields on his father's farm. The Anthony name has a long association with the Circular Head region. ''Here on the hills in Stanley we have 121ha and we've got 485ha on the way to Smithton,'' Audrey said. Audrey and husband Robert have been Charolais breeders since the mid 1980s. Audrey said she loved the Charolais breed because of their bigger sized carcasses. ''They just suit what we do,'' Audrey said. ''We produce beef.'' ''Charolais are a European breed with a little bit of extra weight, they suit our cows and what we do. ''We've got Red Angus at the moment and we put the Charolais over them and they produce a pretty good carcass. ''The old saying is if it ain't broken then don't change it --- that's what the oldies used to say. We just continued on the same way the forebears have done. It seems to work.'' Audrey grows most of her calves out for Jap Ox trade and sells some calves locally straight off their mothers at nine or ten months old. ''We eat a little bit of our beef,'' she said. ''When there's only two of you there's a lot of beef on one beast, you tend to think oh no, not beef again.'' Audrey and Robert have three adult children. ''They have gone their own way but they're certainly here to help when we need help,'' Audrey said. The Circular Head Show result is a first for the Charolais producer. ''This is my record,'' she said. ''I usually get a first in a class but I've never won the two classes on the hoof and on the hook.'' A good season helped and luck on the day were responsible for Audreys win, she said. The 140 cattle calve on the second 485ha block which is a coastal run. ''It sounds a lot,'' Audrey said. ''We've got 40ha of grass out there and the rest is all heath run country. ''You often see them laying about on the beach in little mobs with their picnic lunch chewing their cud. ''If we didn't have that land out there our cows would be way too fat to calve. ''It's where we slim them down a bit, by doing that they are a lot healthier and they calve a lot easier.'' The Scotts always sell to livestock buyers Greenhams which is only 20 minutes away by truck. ''We try and keep the cows calm if possible,'' Audrey said. ''Anything that's silly we dont keep --- it's not worth it.'' Audrey and Robert and other North West producers featured in a recent national womens magazine article on Northern Tasmanian produce. She said she hated having her photo taken. ''I'm not big on close ups,'' she said. Each day is different at Greenhills, and the Scotts do all the checking, shifting and fencing themselves. ''You become a jack of all trades,'' Audrey said. But she wouldn't have it any other way. ''It's a way of life, you'd hardly say it's a business, there's not a lot of money to be made. You make life a lot easier when you can with different things you do. As you get older you get wiser, don't you?'' Audrey and Robert have been mar- ried for 40 years and muster their cows on horses. They go camping for relaxation on their coastal block. ''I'd like to think that grandad knew I would always be involved with the farm,'' Audrey said. ''I was always there, always in the road as a kid. You either like farm life or you dont, it's in your blood or it's not.'' $34,950* SAVE $3,350 off rrp $18,950* SAVE $2,450 off rrp 7 PIECE PACKAGE INCLUDES NEW AGMAX 4-in-1 Front End Loader, SWL 300KG NEW AGMAX 5' Pasture Harrows NEW AGMAX Towbar and Ball NEW AGMAX 4' Grader Blade NEW AGMAX 4' Carryall NEW AGMAX 3'6" Slasher 7 4 PIECE PACKAGE INCLUDES NEW APOLLO Sunroof NEW APOLLO X60 4-in-1 Front End Loader NEW APOLLO X60 Pallet & Bale Fork Combo Need more power? The best value 80Hp tractor in Australia is here! $175 per week! $118 per week! NEW MODEL
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