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TAS Country : March 17th 2011
16 Friday, Mar Farm Feature Seaview Herefor Stud OUTLOOK: The Serview Herefords enjoy views across the D'Entrecasteaux Channel to South Bruny WORK AND PLAY: Don and Kevin Duggan with Jacky, the Jack Russell terrier. Pictures: JENNIFER CRAWLEY land THIS Jennifer Crawley Polls dow BUSY: Kevin and Don out and abo THE Duggan family own the southern-most Poll Hereford stud in Australia --- Seaview at Southport on Tasmania's south-east coast. The Duggans are a close-knit crew --- brothers Don, 77, and Kevin, 75, Don's son Dale, 51, nephew Jonathon, and brother-in-law Jim Gatehouse, 79. They are sitting in the lounge-room of the neat bachelor quarters on Seaview, drinking coffee and eating slices of a fresh cream sponge cake baked by Don's wife, Kay. The heads and tails of two big crays are sticking out of a pot on the kitchen sink. Don and Kevin grew up on a small mixed farm at Pelverata and are jack-of-all-trades. ''Dad used to work at the Hydro and we had a few apples, a few cows, and a few potatoes,'' Kevin said. ''We could fix just about everything on the farm in those days.'' Modern machinery had got away from them, Don said. ''We were all pretty good mechanics on the old style of machinery. The new style's a little bit different.'' Don and Kevin have been working together since they left school. The brothers have been orchardists, logging contractors, sawmillers, shopowners, and cattlemen. Dale Duggan lives on secluded Roaring Beach at Seaview, Don lives at Blackmans Bay and Kevin at Huonville. ''I come down to help Dale out,'' Don said. ''Kevin and I put in time here, we don't do much, Dale does most of it.'' Dale said his dad is proud of the Seaview herd and ''Uncle Kevin is the showman''. ''Dad's the boss of selling the cattle. I've got to do the work and the running around. Dad's the price setter and Uncle Kevin loves showing them.'' Jim Gatehouse, a retired mechanic who visits every couple of weeks, said he was ''only a ring-in''. ''The farm gets me out of the humdrum of the city,'' he said. Jonathon Duggan is a radiation therapist at the Holman Clinic in Hobart. He is a keen recreational diver and the quietest member of the group. The older men refer to him as ''a great kid''. The 115-herd of red and white Herefords enjoy views across the D'Entrecasteaux Channel to South Bruny from 200ha that stretches across undulating grasslands to the sea. ''We think we use the best of bloodlines,'' Don said. ''We went round the big studs on the mainland looking at the bull calves, now look at the contented calves.'' The sea is a big part of the Duggans' lives, they are surrounded by it wherever they go. Most mornings start with pulling the craypots in the bay across from Don's shack. Dinghies of all shapes and sizes surround the
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