While Cyclone Debbie caused devastation in other parts of QLD, the weather system meant that Boreelum Station, near Miriam Vale, was fortunate enough to receive some good rain in a pretty dry year.
“We rotate our cattle in larger mobs through our paddocks to ensure we retain good ground cover and can make the best of any amount of rain we get.”
The Coffey’s livestock currently rely on the property’s dams and seasonal creeks for water, but this is not their long-term plan.
“Dams are subject to leaking, blow outs, varying water quality and evaporation. It’s important for us to ensure our cattle have access to clean and reliable water to ensure health and weight gain performance.”
“We recently had a bore put down as the source for a planned stock water reticulation project. We are building a fairly large capability into this system through a 40,000 L per day solar pump and a 100,000L Pioneer Water Tank, so that we can continue to extend reticulation as funds allow.”
As for the family’s domestic water supply, water is harvested from the rooves of the house and machinery shed.
WHAT’S ONE TIP FOR MAINTAINING A GOOD WATERING POINT FOR LIVESTOCK?
“Ensure more than enough storage, flow rate and trough space for cattle by designing and building systems to suit peak drinking requirements.”