Wallangarra graziers have rain on their wish list

WEATHER WISH: Wallangarra’s Bob and Sue Jurd sold culled Dorper ewes for $86 a head at the Warwick sheep sale.
WEATHER WISH: Wallangarra’s Bob and Sue Jurd sold culled Dorper ewes for $86 a head at the Warwick sheep sale. Toni Somes

IF PUTTING in a weather order was possible, Wallangarra graziers Bob and Sue Jurd would have rain and a warm winter on their wish list.

The couple run a primarily cattle operation on their 1340ha property, Myrtleford, on the southern side of the border.

Although when the Bush Tele caught up with them, it was on a slightly covert trip to offload some culled Dorper cross ewes through the weekly sale in Warwick.

"We're almost all cattle; these sheep are just part of a small mob we run for our own freezer," Mrs Jurd laughed.

For the past 25 years the couple has run a predominantly Brahman cross operation buying in females, because they find them best suited to their green timbered, granite country.

"We have reduced numbers slightly, cause we haven't had the best season," Mr Jurd said.

"It's pretty hard country, but Brahmans do well in it.

"Usually we run about 300 head and we buy them in, grow them out and then sell them through Casino, Tenterfield, Warwick or Stanthorpe - depending on what the market is like at the time."

This year has been a relatively dry one on their Granite Belt property and they are looking skyward now in the hope of good rain before winter sets in.

"Rain now would freshen things up nicely," Mr Jurd said.

"At the moment it feels like we could have a mild winter.

"Last year was one of the warmest winters we have had in the 25 years we have lived here.

"Most years, June and July get down to minus eight and minus nine overnight."

Mr Jurd said the hardier Brahman breed coped well with the temperature extremes and the harder high country.

Dorper sheep also do well, but his wife stressed they were definitely a small, roast-focused sideline.

This week the couple sold culled Dorper cross ewes for $86 a head, a price they described as "pretty fair".

"We don't make it to too many sheep sales, but we were happy with the market," Mrs Jurd said.

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