Beef Australia 2018: A tour of Aintree

Joe and Sharon Comiskey of Aintree.
Joe and Sharon Comiskey of Aintree. Contributed

BEEF Australia 2018 has announced another property tour for next year's event.

Aintree is a unique coastal property approximately 50km south of Rockhampton.

Father-daughter duo, Joe and Sharon Comiskey, run a successful commercial operation, where they grow and use fodder solutions (barley sprout) as part of their alternative feedlotting procedures.

Joe returned to the land after many years of mine site operations. He has a true passion for the family business and loves creating mechanical solutions for everyday tasks on the farm.

Sharon has a strong focus on expanding the barley sprout production process, which has been hugely successful.

"The cattle love the sprouts, and they have proved very popular, which is why there is an expansion currently under way,” Sharon said.

In addition to the feedlot cattle, Aintree are wagyu and brangus breeders.

The property boasts 82 hectares under pivot irrigation where they grow a mixture of forage, rhodes and lucerne.

During the Beef Australia 2018 Westpac Property Tour to Aintree, visitors can expect to see the concept of self-sufficient farming showcased in best practice.

This will be a definite highlight of this tour, as fodder solutions continue to emerge as an attractive feeding alternative in times of drought and soaring feed prices.

While the Comiskeys have been using this practice on a small scale for several years, they have recently expanded their fodder growing facilities ensuring they have feed readily available 365 days a year. While visiting Aintree you can look forward to experiencing the complete production line in action, starting from growing the barley through to seeing the feedlot cattle consuming the barley sprouts.

"We are proud that our practices are sustainable and largely self-sufficient. It gives us a lot of confidence that Aintree and our business will continue to prosper in tough times,” Joe Comiskey said.

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