0-6 ~ 9 MONTHS OF AGE
Calves are raised on milk from their mother.
9 ~ 18 MONTHS OF AGE
Calves are weaned from their mother and placed into back grounding country where they grow on grass pastures. This enables the calves to grow their frame and muscles in a natural environment so that they can support the weight of their muscles and fat whilst they are in the feedlot.
12 ~ 14 MONTHS OF AGE
This is a critical time in the animal’s life as it develops lipid (fat) cells within its muscles. It is important that the animal is on a rising plane of nutrition during this critical time. If intervention is needed, because of drought, for example, the animals are brought into the feedlot earlier and are provided with the required balance of nutrition during this time.
15 ~ 18 MONTHS OF AGE
Cattle are transported to the feedlot ranch where they spend approximately 30 days on pasture. This enables the cattle to recover from their journey and to socialise with other cattle that may have come from a different location. Cattle are social animals and therefore it is important that they are given an opportunity to sort out their social hierarchy before they are placed into the feedlot.
When the cattle are placed into the feedlot they receive a ‘starter’ ration. This is a carefully planned process to transition the cattle from a grass diet to a grain diet by gradually decreasing the roughage component within the ration whilst increasing the proportion of grain. It takes approximately 21 days before the cattle are on a full ration of grain. The highly trained Stock Team and Feed Team closely watch cattle during this time.
The cattle remain on a grain ration for a specified time. They are fed twice a day (morning and afternoon) and have access to clean drinking water (sourced from Australia’s great Artesian basin). The Stock Team walk through the cattle on horseback every day to check on their health and welfare. Any animals showing signs of illness are moved to a hospital pen where they are provide with extra care and attention.
22 ~ 24 MONTHS OF AGE
Angus cattle will finish their time on feed (minimum 200 days on grain)
30 ~ 33 MONTHS OF AGE
Wagyu cattle will finish their time on feed (minimum 400 days on grain)