TALKING WATER WITH THE BOSHAMMER FAMILY

April 10, 2018

 

Kate and Justin Boshammer are proud beef producers from Queensland’s Western Downs.

They receive a below average 12-month rainfall. Although they have good feed in front of them, a solid drop of rain before winter should set them up well until next summer.

“We have a mix of lagoons, dams, a river and one bore. Most paddocks are set up with a reticulation system.”

HOW ESSENTIAL IS CLEAN WATER?

The Boshammer family relies on rain water for their drinking and household water, so managing this carefully is important to prevent running out – which would mean buying a load of ‘town water.’ They also use a filter to help purify their water.

HOW DO THE BOSHAMMER’S MANAGE THEIR WATER?

“We like to keep clean water troughs, and good ground cover to ensure clean catchment areas for our water supplies. We also like to ensure there’s adequate flow rate to keep water up to stock. All pressure pumps have a loss of prime pressure switch.”

HOW DO THE BOSHAMMERS MAINTAIN CLEAN WATER SUPPLIES?

“We rotationally graze, and we have found this beneficial to maintain clean water supplies.”

Kate and Justin would like to further automate their management and monitoring options.

“At this stage we haven’t implemented this, but we certainly see the benefits of drones and other remote monitoring technology. As we continue to build scale, we’d like to invest more capital expenditure into time efficient solutions.”

Photography credits: Ben Simpson & Jessica Courtnie Photography