Three barb is out, electric is in

Electric fencing a winner at Green Hills Station


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Carol and Greg Ryan, Green Hills Station, Georgetown.

Carol and Greg Ryan, Green Hills Station, Georgetown.

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A Georgetown family have made the switch to electric internal fencing - see how it's going!

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ELECTRIC fencing is replacing three barb at Green Hills Station, Georgetown. 

Greg and Carol Ryan first investigated using electric fencing throughout the property in 2009, and now have about 30km of internal fencing which is single-wire electric. 

Ms Ryan said after being exposed to the concept, they trialled a small area before eventually expanding into what she called an “extensive system” on the property, 20km west of Georgetown. 

There was plenty of scepticism in the local area over the plan, but Ms Ryan said it has been a smooth transition. 

“A lot of people are very sceptical of it, and we just have a single wire which made more people sceptical,” Ms Ryan said. 

“We didn't train our cattle to it, we just fenced and they adapted.

“We had a few little problems with calves ducking under - that was always going to happen, but they still respect it as they get older.”

The infrastructure was put in place to fence the land to soil types and assist with a rotation system. 

Carol and Greg Ryan, Green Hills Station, Georgetown.

Carol and Greg Ryan, Green Hills Station, Georgetown.

Mr Ryan said any existing three barb internal fencing needing to be replaced in the future will be replaced with electric fences. 

“The reason we went with the extra fencing was so we could put a system of rotational spelling in,” Mr Ryan said.

“We call it rotational spelling rather than rotational grazing, because we just spell our paddocks in the rotation.

“Your better species get a chance to survive – they don't just get mown off the minute they poke their head out of the ground.”

The family run a breeding operation of about 1400 grey Brahman breeders, and buy bulls in from various places including the Ingham region. 

They produce mostly for the live export market, and were selling at about the 400kg mark this year. 

Mr Ryan said that was heavier than usual due to better seasonal conditions. 

This calendar year Green Hills Station has already seen a little more than 1000mm of rain, above the annual average of 800mm.

It is a welcome change from the past five years where they struggled to reach the average. 

The story Three barb is out, electric is in first appeared on Queensland Country Life.

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