Opportunity graziers knock

13 Jul, 2006 09:00 PM
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LIKE the “cattle king” Sidney Kidman, Tom Brinkworth is a self-made South Australian pastoralist, and like Kidman, he deals in big numbers of sheep and cattle.

His keenly patronised annual “Watervalley” spring sheep and cattle sales, held on AuctionsPlus or on his various properties near Kingston in SA’s Upper South East, are the stuff of legend.

Last spring, for instance, his surplus store stock offerings from seven sales included 20,000 Merino wether lambs, 20,000 Merino ewes, 6000 steers and 1500 PTIC heifers.

He is shown in Australian Farm Journal’s annual “Who owns the farm?” last year as the proprietor of Australia’s fifth-biggest sheep flock, estimated at 150,000 head.

Another trait he shares with Kidman is an ability to see value in potentially good grazing land when there’s a raging drought – particularly when that land is in the NSW Western Division.

Mr Brinkworth made his first foray into the division in October 2003, when he paid $1.47 million at auction for the 45,435-hectare “Duntroon” lease, 50 kilometres north-west of Wilcannia.

Since then he has picked up the adjacent “Mena Murtee”, plus “Goorimpa” on the Paroo River, “Momba” and “Ulalie” north of Wilcannia, and two weeks ago, “Bon View” on the Darling.

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Ian, how about visiting rural Australia instead of reading about it from your cosy study in
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Good opinion article, Lucy, & you are correct there has been a wasted opportunity to secure
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I have lodged whistleblower material with the Head of Dept of Ag, Head of the MLA, and the Ag