New cattle yards save stock handling time

HIGH FIVE: Bill and Alison Ryan, “Alicia Downs”, Lower Alicia Creek, love their new ProWay cattle yards.ADVERTISING FEATUREFor Bill and Allison Ryan, of Lower Acacia Creek, getting their cattleyards to work was a key aspect of the redevelopment of “Acacia Downs” on the northern NSW border.

Their 202-hectare property runs100 Angus breeders.

“We source the best quality we can from our neighbours down the road, and with our planned improved pasture we’re looking to run up to 150 head,” Bill said.

“We’ve got a 10-year plan.

“We’re just over halfway and feel we’re on track.

“The new yards were a major part of that plan, we were just wasting far too much time in the old timber set-up.”

Allison said she liked the safety aspect.

“We had a few close shaves and when we brought cattle into the old yards, a rail would break and we’d have to start over,” she said.

“They were 50 or 60 years old and because of the time it took to do the cattle work we’d often be caught out at night. It was too dangerous and very unsafe.”

Bill and Alison contacted ProWay Livestock Equipment after talking with their fencing contractor.

“The ProWay designer, Damien Halloway, visited the property and measured everything up,” Bill said.

“It was an excellent experience and we were impressed by the way we could leave the trees and incorporate lane access.

“Damien worked on a design with our input and I’m extremely happy with the result”

“It’s just so easy. By putting in these yards we’ve saved 60 to 70 per cent of our time handling cattle.

“The Rotary force works really well and bigger cows just keep walking right up to the crush without stress.

“That animal welfare aspect is very important to us.

“Now we can take the cattle through nice and gently and make it less traumatic as possible.

“The best thing about it is, it is just state-of-the-art.

“No more headaches. No more cattle going over or through fences.

“Every time we do our cattle work, we high-five.

“It’s almost like you want to get them in every four or five days to work in your yards, that’s how good it is.”

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