FOR Duaringa Station Grazing Co., detailed records on
individual animals is a must.
The Donovan family has run the integrated cropping, commercial
beef breeding, backgrounding and feedlotting business for decades,
with Bruce and Beryl Donovan taking over in the 1960s.
The operation is spread across three properties in Central
Queensland: a property at Gogango runs up to 1100 Droughtmaster
breeders, with a backgrounding property north of Dingo, while
Duaringa Station Feedlot is ideally situated between the two, just
off the junction of the Mackenzie, Dawson and Fitzroy rivers.
Sarah Donovan, who is secretary at Central Queensland Carcase
Classic Committee, manages the feedlot that her parents Bruce and
Beryl set up in the late 1990s.
Duaringa Station is about 8000 acres (3240 hectares) of
cultivation, or cropping country, 4000 acres (1620ha) of tableland
country and a 3000-head feedlot. We produce a variety of coarse
grains wheat, sorghum, corn and well as pulses, cotton and silage,
My parents built the feedlot in the late 1990s. It was never
part of the original plan for Duaringa Station, but when sorghum
prices kept falling and went below $100 a tonne, it pushed them to
The accredited feedlot has a capacity of 3000 standard cattle
units and custom feeding now represents, on average, half of their
Its our intention to grow enough grain to supply the feedlot,
but being a dryland farming operation, the weather really does
dictate whether we need to buy in more grain or not, Ms Donovan
Predominantly our ration includes dry rolled wheat, but it can
also include other grains, such as sorghum and corn, depending on
Running an accredited feedlot comes with a host of
Ms Donovan said, One particularly is recording the treatments
each animal has received, including the dosage and their
withholding periods. Administering the correct dosage of each
treatment is made far easier by being able to use accurate weights.
This, in turn, saves us money and allows the treatment to work
To that end, Ms Donovan said Duaringa Station Grazing Co. has
used Gallagher weighing systems for many years.
Weve used a Gallagher W810 for quite a while. Its proven to be
a very reliable, durable and highly transportable system, which has
allowed us to successfully weigh and draft cattle across our three
properties including our feedlot, Ms Donovan said.
But after many years of use, we finally needed to replace our
W810 towards the end of last year. We didnt really consider looking
outside the Gallagher product range, be...