Livestock

Shane's trading the car yard for the cattle yards

Abby, Shane and Narelle Edmistone.
Abby, Shane and Narelle Edmistone. Zhanae Conway-dodd

SHANE Edmistone has given up his job of 35 years to run a 4800ha property out at Dingo.

Despite working at Lawrences, the local Holden dealer in town, Shane is no stranger to the cattle industry.

He and his wife Narelle took over the family property 17 years ago and ran it part-time while living and working in Rocky.

But now with his youngest daughter turning 18, Shane has decided to bite the bullet and run the property full-time.

This week, the family were all present at the CQLX saleyards in Gracemere, where they were offloading a deck of cattle from what has been a good season for them so far.

"We very rarely come out to the saleyards. We try and sell ours straight to the feedlots,” Shane explained.

"You're sort of guaranteed a better market I think. It just works better for us, but it's not for everyone.

"But these (cattle) we have here today are just extras, a bit of rubbish we had left over. One lot has already sold so it should be right.”

The family runs a mixed breed out at Springton and have enjoyed what the year has had to offer so far.

"We run brahman cows with euro bulls on top of them. It's a fairly good product I think,” Shane said.

"The season has been great as well. If we could pick a time to go out there (Springton), now would be the time.

"All the rain fell at the right time for us. We've had a couple of good years but this year is probably better than last.”

Shane said having managed the family property from Rockhampton for such a long time it was nice to have a chance to focus solely on the project.

"I used to work at Lawrences, the Holden dealer, and I finished up there the other day,” he said.

"I've done that for 35 years at Lawrences and when my youngest daughter finished school I said 'that's it, time to quit and give it a crack full-time'.

"It's going great now. We're living the dream.”

Topics:  brahman cattle cqlx saleyards euro gracemere springton


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