Feasibility in feedlot fencing - 3 December 2014

The constant movement of cattle through a feedlot means that the strength and durability of fences around laneways and holding paddocks is a major priority.
The recent development of an extensive feeding system at Grassdale, near Dalby in southern Queensland, has given manager Jordan Peach an opportunity to use top quality materials, which is paying off through lower maintenance. 

Operated by Mort & Co, Grassdale boasts 35,000 cattle on feed at any one time, 60 staff and 14,000 acres of cultivation and grazing country. The feedlot turns off 125,000 cattle a year destined for both domestic and export markets.
Mr Peach said investment in infrastructure is an efficient way to improve the feedlot’s productivity and profitability.

“Fencing is a key component of our paddock and feedlot facility, and can be a drain on resources if not executed effectively,” he said.
“Fencing is a long-term asset, so durability of infrastructure is a major priority in managing the high throughput that Grassdale sustains.” 

Mr Peach said he’s been very impressed with the way the new Waratah fences have been able to withstand high volumes and frequency of cattle movements being held or moved throughout the paddock setup.
“It has saved time and costs by not having to fix broken posts or wires or re-fence high pressure areas,” he said.
In areas where the new fences are under greatest pressure, Mr Peach has used nothing but JIO® MaxY® posts. In the lower pressure areas, he’s installed them in a ratio of 2:1 or 1:1 with JIO star posts. He’s also used LongLife® high tensile barb, as it can better cope with regular stock pressure without the need to re-straining.
“In addition to long-term profitability, Waratah fencing also contributes to the visual value of Grassdale, reflecting the pride and commitment that Grassdale invests in the quality of its product,” Mr Peach said.