Saving a lot of time and effort

Saving a lot of time and effort

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In between running a successful transport business and a 1.2 million litre per year dairy operation, Charlie and Tanya Denyer do not have a lot of time to spare for their Angus beef cattle herd.

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RIGHT SIZE: Charlie Denyer has enjoyed smaller birth weights and good growth from the bulls he has purchased from Corry's Glen.

RIGHT SIZE: Charlie Denyer has enjoyed smaller birth weights and good growth from the bulls he has purchased from Corry's Glen.

In between running a successful transport business and a 1.2 million litre per year dairy operation, Charlie and Tanya Denyer do not have a lot of time to spare for their Angus beef cattle herd.

With that in mind, Mr Denyer went on the lookout for bulls that would help him save time and effort.

He found just what he was after through a chance conversation.

"While the dairy operation is the main focus, we wanted to bolster our Angus herd," Mr Denyer said.

"A couple of years ago I was talking to Kevin and Wendy at Corry's Glen Angus and jokingly asked if they had any bulls for sale.

"We got a bull from Corry's Glen and really liked the results so I have been getting my bulls from them since and now have six from there.

"I have found that with their bulls, they are fertile and calving is so much easier.

"We have not had to pull a calf out since we began using Corry's Glen bulls.

"The calves are smaller at birth, but seem to grow out a bit quicker and are ready to sell around the same time as calves from our other bulls.

"We have just come through the biggest drought we ever want to see and our herd was still performing.

"Corry's Glen spent a lot of money on their genetics upfront, giving them a jump start." As part of Denell Partnership, the Denyers run 130 Angus breeders and replacement heifers on approximately 480 hectares at Belbora, near Taree, NSW.

Charlie and Tanya began their Angus operation eight years ago.

They began with 50 head of Angus-Hereford cross, keeping any heifers worth adding to the herd.

The Angus operation still plays second fiddle to the dairy and that lack of available time sees Denell implement rotational grazing.

"Primarily they are left to their own devices," Mr Denyer said. "We rotate them in and out of pasture paddocks and in a normal year we will not supplementary feed at all.

"Our pastures are predominantly Kikuyu with some native perennial grasses.

"We make some silage which we used to sell for not much more than it cost to make it.

"However, the drought has made us re-evaluate how we do things and we are going to hang on to all our silage now in case we need it."

Denell market their beef via AuctionsPlus as well as selling some over the hook at the abattoir.

"We wean at eight months and grow them out ourselves," Mr Denyer said.

"We sell our steers at around 14 months and despite just coming out of a drought, we were happy with the the results from recent sales."

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