Macintyre Station achieves 100pc beef vision

October 17, 2017


Ian Bailey in his forage sorghum at Macintyre Station, near Inverell.

Two years after purchasing one of the largest holdings in the New England district, 8000-hectare Macintyre Station, Carossa Farming have realised their vision of converting the mixed grazing/cropping property to 100 per cent beef production.

Ian Bailey, his brother Tony and business partners Peter Birch and Peter Weal of Carossa Farming, purchased Macintyre Station, 35km north of Inverell, in June 2015 to diversify their rural interests.

Their western country around Moree is all cropping, whereas Macintyre Station has been turned into a “beef factory”.

The whole property is devoted to backgrounding and agisting steers for nearby Bindaree Beef, with 1000 Wagyu breeders for Queensland interests.

“Basically, we take steers in at 280kg and in 130-140 days turn them out at 400kg to 420kg, looking to put just over 0.8 to 1kg/head/day weight gain on,” Ian Bailey said.

“At any one time, there is up to 6000 steers on the 8000ha, of which half is arable.”

As part of the grazing program on Macintyre Station, 400ha of summer forages were grown last season to fill the gap between the oats and Lucerne-dominated pasture.

Several forage sorghums have been grown over the past couple of seasons but Mr Bailey has had the best results from Sugargraze and Sweet Jumbo LPA.

“It’s just like having hay in the paddock.”

Both Sugargraze and Sweet Jumbo have been better utilised by the steers with little wastage and more appealing to the stock than other varieties.

“Obviously the sweeter gene means better utilisation, eating the whole plant as compared to more traditional forages, where we found they ate the leaves but not the stalks.”