Growing profit from the ground up

Systems-based research ensures a smooth operation

Farmers: Vicky and Tony Geddes
Location: Holbrook, NSW
Property size: 1800ha
Mean Annual Rainfall: 700mm
Soils: Clay-loam
Enterprises: Breeding self-replacing Merinos and prime lambs, trade beef cattle, cereal cropping

A desire to create a stable, yet progressive, production system lead Holbrook graziers Vicky and Tony Geddes to actively seek information about new perennial pasture options and improved management techniques from many sources.

A desire to create a stable, yet progressive, production system lead Holbrook graziers Vicky and Tony Geddes to actively seek information about new perennial pasture options and improved management techniques from many sources.

“Before the drought our pastures were about 70% improved perennials, 20% annuals and 10% degraded native pastures. We were focused on improving the production of a large area of wiregrass-dominant native country, which was degraded and underutilised. But once the drought really took hold, we needed to find the best way to manage and protect our perennial pastures.”
Vicky Geddes

Key points

  • Paddock preparation through cropping aids weed control before pasture establishment.
  • Lucerne has been reintroduced after an association with EverGraze and the breaking of the drought.
  • On-farm trials offer evidence-based results that mimic real-life challenges.

Click here to download the Geddes case study (PDF 336kb)

Note: This case study originally appeared in the former Future Farm Industries CRC Future Farm magazine during August 2011.

Since the original case study in 2011, the seasons have thrown everything at the Geddes, from unseasonally wet summers to dry springs and extremely hot, dry summers. But Vicky’s analytical approach to farming and insistence that only thoroughlyresearched, scientifically-based principles and technologies are incorporated into their existing management means their system has held up well to these challenges.

Click here to download the 2013 update (PDF 268kb).