New Caledonian farming group visit stud farm
Rosevale Droughtmaster breeders, Bill and Win Catlow, recently opened their gates to a New Caledonian farming group who were en route to Beef Australia.
The guests stopped over in the Scenic Rim May 7 as part of a Queensland beef industry tour culminating at the triennial expo in Rockhampton.
Bill led the group on a tour of his 320ha property, Amberwood Stud, including stockyards, machinery, grain silos, sheds and nearby paddocks.
Established in 1983, today Amberwood runs about 100 breeders.
"We purchased our prized Glenlands Thunder in 2016 and the timing of the visit meant the group was able to see some of his weaned calf progeny," Mr Catlow said.
"The group was greatly interested in the Droughtmaster breed so the visit gave them a great opportunity to see a (Droughtmaster) stud, firsthand."
This is not the first time the Catlows have hosted a tour group, with a Brazilian contingency stopping by in 2012 to get up close to a Droughtmaster stud on their way to Beef Australia.
"It was a great exchange as we answered their questions about the breed, our on-farm management practices and marketing strategies, though we did keep tour manager Jim Diaz busy translating between French and English," Mr Catlow said.
"Before long we finished the tour with a cuppa on the verandah."
The group from New Caledonia's North Island continued their journey to Central Queesland via the Darling Downs and Biloela.