Farmers discover US livestock
A SLAB of beer for $14, bottle of tequila for about $3 and rubbing shoulders with some of the world’s leaders in livestock.
This is a quick run-down of the shenanigans from Warwick’s Riverina Stock Feeds itinerary, which took farmers from the region to America on a 15-day learning tour.
Riverina Warwick branch territory manager Glen Whitton said the Yanks did it a lot bigger over there and an ale was reasonable.
“We had a group of 27 with people – some who had never been overseas before – from Warwick, Allora, Clifton, New South Wales, Chinchilla, Dalby, Thargomindah and Glenmorgan,” Mr Whitton said.
“We visited Farm 44 in Texas where they have 400 Angus and the only cloned Angus cow in the world.”
Mr Whitton said the American farmers embraced the Aussies shared secrets of the trade.
“This was a tour to learn a different way of doing things, we were all cattle people so it was a great experience,” he said.
One highlight for the group was an eye-widening tour of Sexing Technologies which has devised a way to sort bull sperm by identifying X (female) and Y-bearing sperm.
“So if buyer wants all cows, they can get that. It was just amazing,” Mr Whitton said
“We also visited some large scale feedlots at Kingsville and Hereford (Texas), Garden City (Kansas) as well as Two Five Rivers Feedlots in Greerly Colorado.
“These feedlots consisted of British-bred types of Angus, Red Angus, Charolais Cross Angus, Red Angus Blond Aquatine Cross.
“Another highlight was the Texas shooter barbecue with Ken Redenour from Global Animal Products, it was great fun and our last was on top of the Rocky Mountains.”