Pickersgill picks up Beef Australia trip
The new owner of Murranji Station and eight cattle properties sprawling across Queensland, Kevin Pickersgill, will be heading to Beef Australia 2021 in Rockhampton courtesy of Elders after winning a trip for two to the peak industry event.
It came as something of a surprise for the grazier.
“I told Rodney from Elders that all I’d ever won before was a meat tray when I was about 20,” Mr Pickersgill said.
Elders is the Major Sponsoring Partner of the week-long event held in Rockhampton every three years and invited customers to enter a competition to visit Beef Australia 2021.
“Beef Australia really showcases our industry and it’s just a good place to go shopping and meet people,” Mr Pickersgill said.
The Pickersgill family owns the Bunderra organic beef brand and has big plans for Murranji Station.
“Whether licks for cattle or fencing materials and water infrastructure materials, we do buy a lot of supplies from Elders in Katherine and they have a good bunch of people up there,” Mr Pickersgill said.
“We’re going to put water out there so we can increase the carrying capacity.”
The Pickersgills were currently running around 12,000 Brahman-cross breeders at Murranji but Mr Pickersgill said there was significant scope to lift stocking rates.
“About a quarter of the place has no water, or no access to water, yet,” he said.
“We’re just going to sink down a few bores, put tanks and troughs in place and then do a little bit of fencing and we can bump that 12,000 up to around about 16,000.”
That will boost the Pickersgill’s cattle numbers from about 36,000 currently to 40,000 in total.
Murranji is about 2100 kilometres from the family’s home base at Rolleston in Queensland’s central highlands, entailing a “good two days’ drive” or seven-hour flight with Mr Pickersgill or son Duane in the cockpit.
“We came this far to get value for money,” he said. “It’s a very similar rainfall to where we are in Queensland, the rain is almost identical, which is good because we understand that sort of country.”
And, while Rockhampton is at least in the same state as Rolleston, there’s still a six or seven-hour trip awaiting the Pickersgills to Beef Australia in March, one that Mr Pickersgill is sure to make.
“I think it’s a must if you’re involved in the cattle industry,” he said.