April 10

FARMING FAMILY PROUD – GEORGE MILLEAR

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MEET George Millear from Tiltagoona Station, 60km south-east of Tilpa in western New South Wales.

The property comprises 66,000 acres of mostly timbered rangeland grazing country, with the business focusing on grass and forage production.

George places a high focus on best practice grazing land management in pursuit of financial return and improving the landscape.

George started his flock with Damara cross ewes in 2004 and joined them to White Dorper and Dorper rams, overtime increasing the Dorper content of the ewe flock.

To work in with the variability of the seasons he sells lambs at about four months of age either as stores/feeders or into the ‘bag lamb’ trade to the Middle East.

When seasons have allowed, George also runs up to 300 Braham cross breeding cows, joined to Angus and Senegus bulls. Harvesting of rangeland goats is also a significant part of the business.

HOW DID YOU FIRST GET INTO THE INDUSTRY?

After working in Queensland for ten years, some of which as a crutching and mulesing contractor, and with some help from his family, George bought Tiltagoona in 2003.

“Then the hard work began as almost every aspect of the property was run down. I could see a lot of potential for meat sheep production as it has plenty of edible scrub and has a wonderful underground water supply.”

WHAT’S THE BEST PART ABOUT OWNING YOUR OWN BUSINESS?

“Visualising a project like a fence, water infrastructure or a set of yards, carrying it out and seeing the benefits flow through to easier property management and the business,” says George.

“I enjoy seeing a healthy landscape and turning off healthy animals. I really enjoy the variety of the work and building up the property.”

WHAT’S THE BEST PART ABOUT LIVING AND WORKING OUTDOORS?

The best part about living and working outdoors has a lot to do with being close to mother-nature and experiencing what she can throw at him, says George.

“Sometimes we have abundance and sometimes we don’t; we just have to live within nature’s limits and understand that she has the final say. Always. To see the landscape transform and bounce back after a dry time is truly spectacular.

“The native wildlife here is amazing too and I get a real buzz out of the birdlife and the reptiles.”

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