These were the words of our neighbour Peter Chapman, after he had successfully marketed his first crop of Charolais cross weaners at Dalby saleyards late last year.
Peter and Julie Chapman run a mostly Brahman herd, and acquired their first Karinda Charolais bulls in 2014, after several years of friendly banter about bull quality and profit potential. When their first mob of weaner steers returned 304.6 cents, they realised the real value – and dollars – that the Charolais cross can return. A few weeks later, their next group brought 356 cents (top price at Dalby that day) for 8 month vealers to return an average of $834.
The Chapmans have since purcahsed two more of our bulls – Karinda Jaegar and Karinda Kynon. They are elated with the fertility, docility and profitability the bulls bring to their herds.
Here Peter and Julie take delivery of another Karinda bull.
This year we have put a red angus bull, Paringa Red Iron Ore with our commercial breeders. We are looking forward to his first calves. Our early AI calves are dropping. Here’s our first heifer, Karinda Kismet by Platinum Ultra.
Following a hot and dry start to the 2012/2013 summer, we received a deluge on the Australia Day weekend of 2013. The Stuart River which has its source in the Bunya Mountains and forms our eastern boundary reached its highest level in the living memories of the Kumbia locals.
And now just a little more than one year later, the drought conditions are worse than ever, with no wet season to report for the 2013/2014 summer. Like much of Queensland, the South Burnett is now drought declared.