Ghinni Ghi which is aboriginal for cold valley is a location renowned for its fertility located 28km west of Kyogle. It once had its own school, church, store and vibrant community based around a thriving dairy industry. Now it is a collection of 6 properties. Our property is "Ghinni Ghi Station" shortened to Ghinni Ghi, a fraction of its original size at 225 acres. The majority of the property is alluvial creek flats adjacent to Ghinni Ghi creek. The creek forms the boundary of the property and is located less than 3 km from Toonumbar dam, a 13 km long dam used to supply the township of Casino and irrigation and rural water supply for the valleys between the dam and Kyogle, permanently flowing. We have a 240meg irrigation licence from this fresh water creek.
When the property was used for dairying it held the record for butter fat, a true indication of the quality of the property, its soil, pasture and water supply. It remains a property well suited to intensive use.
We operate sustainable farming practices where looking after the soils and pasture are pivotal to all of what we do. All paddocks have been hand weeded since our arrival, in the first 12 months all were slashed to create greater organic matter for the soil and to remove weeds. Introduced species are being slowly but progressively removed, (most have a seed bank of 7 year viability) the pasture is maintained at 30% of its maximum after grazing to inhibit weed seed germination.
Over time we are implementing rotational grazing on improved pasture. Our pasture mix at present is a base of Kikuyu and clover supplemented with improved pasture of two forms of clover, rye, chicory, plantain, and Shaws creeping vigna. On the hills Wynn Cassia and shaws creeping vigna legumes have ben sparodically planted to increase nitrogen fixation.
Winter pasture of rye grass is supplied to cows with calves and weaners and yearling bulls, steers and heifers. This s is supplemented with hay and molasses extract.
A 5 acre paddock of Lucerne is used to supplement pasture when times are a little tough. Each year 10% of the property is pasture improved with planting of a salad bowl of grasses and legumes. In addition all but the hills are fertilised with organic fertilisers.
We run two small studs, Angus and Devon where all animals are breedplan registered with data added throughout the year for birthweight, 200day, 400day, 600day weights, milk and scrotal measurement along with Intramuscular fat, rib fat, rump fat, retail beef yield, eye muscle measurement and a docility measurement. We also run a commercial herd which is based on the Devon and Angus with the occasional hereford infusion. We rely on hybrid vigour and maintain Meat Standards Australia compliance for our recently established paddock to plate business.