Topics:  david jopich, ellangowan, lambs, sara joppich, sheep, weather

Supplementary feed fitting the bill, but rain needed

GOOD TIMES FOR FEED INDUSTRY: David Joppich with his son, Archie, at Warwick sheep sale.
GOOD TIMES FOR FEED INDUSTRY: David Joppich with his son, Archie, at Warwick sheep sale. Toni Somes

IT might be dry out Ellangowan way.

But the last of the region's oats crops have proven themselves to be an effective means of producing prime condition lambs.

David and Sara Joppich sold 13 black Suffolk lambs.

These tipped the scales at 50.3kg, for a bouyant $97 at last Wednesday's Warwick sheep sale.

A lot of producers haven't received significant rain since winter though, so they have been feeding for months now.

The suckers had been finished on oats.

Mr Joppich said their turn-off marked the end of this season's crop.

"We were really happy with the price," he said.

"It is nice to see the market pick up a little but what we really need now is good rain."

The couple measured 13mm a week ago however the fall did little to improve soil moisture in the Leyburn region.

Yet for the Joppichs, the dry spell is proving to have an appreciated upside. It ensures the stockfeed part of their operation is keeping them pretty busy.

"Demand is usually pretty constant when it comes to stockfeed supply," Mr Joppich said.

"A lot of producers haven't received significant rain since winter though, so they have been feeding for months now.

"And yes that means as a stockfeed supplier, we are very busy."

He said his family-owned and operated, Joppich Stockfeeds, primarily supplied local landholders.

But the increased demand this season had seen them trucking produce into areas around Chinchilla, as well as Boonah and Beaudesert.

Produce has even been sent as far south as Tenterfield.

"We don't steam flake our product," Mr Joppich said.

"It's all rolled and most of our grain is sourced locally.

"This year some grain prices have gone up.

"As a small family-operated business we simply have to go with the market but we are fortunate to have some very supportive customers."

He said their operation supplied feed for bull studs, producers finishing off cattle as well as the dairy industry.



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