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Hoges and Tasha Hogan – “Aringa North”, Port Fairy

By May 11, 2012September 4th, 2014Meet Our Clients

Hoges and Tasha Hogan – “Aringa North”, Port Fairy

  • “Aringa North” is a family owned property for the last 11 years and is located 14 km north of Port Fairy in 750 mm rainfall.
  • Property is 1186ha – volcanic barrier country.
  • Pastures are a mixture of ryegrass, native grasses and phalaris.

Aringa North” Cell Grazing Details:

  • Commenced cell grazing 7 years ago, fully fenced 3 years ago into 111 paddocks of average size 10 ha paddocks.  Prior to this we managed large mobs in a rotational grazing system.
  • Cell grazed area is allowing for 2 main mobs throughout the year, currently there are 3 mobs – one big mob of cows and calves (approx 500), a trade mob of calving heifers (approx 250) and dry cows to sell (30) and (22) bulls set stocked.
  • Aiming to grow as much green grass for as long as we can at as low cost as we can.
  • Details of livestock program – maintaining a self replacing herd; main herd is joined to Hereford bulls for 44 days and then Charolais bulls for a further 22 days.  Heifers go off farm as weaners and come back as PTIC which is cheaper than growing them out myself.
  • Fencing consists of 1 wire electric, lift up gates in middle or end.  Conventional fencing is still used and maintained and provides boundaries for cell areas.
  • Cells watered by 2 inch poly pipe, gravity fed from 4 feeder tanks.  9 windmills are linked together with 3” poly in a ring main back to a central electric bore.  Troughs include cup and saucers and coffin troughs.

Soil, livestock and people improvements at “Aringa North” due to Cell Grazing:

  • More perennial grasses with a longer growing season – currently, for a period of relatively no rain and warm weather they still have green pick consisting of mainly native grasses.  This is as a direct result of resting pastures adequately through summer. There is a noticeable reduction in bracken fern and an overall reduction in bare ground. Water run-off during winter has a lot less foaming compared to years ago.
  • Management at calving time – only one mob to check!
  • No substitute feeding is required.  Only supplementary feeding during weaning.
  • People improvements include – Hoges full time, Tasha quarter time and Max quarter time.  Their aim is to farm 5 days a week, so as to have time for their community activities and family.
  • Moved to a half breeding and half trading enterprise with resultant improvement in turnover.

How Cell Grazing has improved the business?:

  • Less stress in dealing with normal day to day farming.
  • Planed grazing with confidence through the use of grazing charts and not running at full capacity all the time.
  • More grass grown now due to rest and litter recycling rather than having to rely on responses from fertiliser.
  • Run a low cost business compared to the past – cattle breeding direct costs – $8.90/dse and cattle finishing $30.75/dse (higher due to agistment costs).

Areas to work on with cell grazing:

  • Increase number of livestock in the system – running less dse now than previous owners but with a lot less machinery and labour costs.
  • Improve ground cover further.
  • Improve trading and turnover operation so as to make the most of available grass.
  • Expand the enterprise.
  • Soil – undertake a regular soil test to note changes and soil deficiencies and develop strategies to improve soil profile.
  • Improve weaning percentage and PTIC %.
  • Improve staff training of stock rotations during calving time to avoid miss-mothering.