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Mind-boggling differences between South Africa and Australia

 

By JENNY KELLY, The Weekly Times

Story Originally Published by The Weekly Times

Staff supervision: Farm manager Jurie De Wet from Shawe Beefmasters at Dundee and (below) a stockman moves cattle. Picture: Jenny Kelly

Traveling around South Africa, it quickly becomes apparent that staffing levels and people management are the eye-opening differences between farming here and in Australia.

Labour is so cheap that the classic Aussie story of multiple council workers leaning on a shovel to fill in a pothole is more like 20 people over here.

Soon after arriving here the tour bus ran into roadworks and, on my count, it took three people to move a little gate across the road like a stop/go sign.

And then you visit farms and find out details about labour and wages and the reaction is … “seriously?”

A dairy farm at Dundee milking 850 cows had 100 permanent employees.

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Racing to Rangeland

By Lynzee Glass, Managing Editor, Ozarks Farm & Neighbor

Paul and Rhonda Wallen of Wallen Prairie Ranch – Lockwood, MO

Paul Wallen left the racetrack and automotive repair industry and got on the fast track to raising Beefmasters full time after experiencing success with the breed first hand.

In the early ‘80s, Paul and his father, Norban, and brother, Phillip, started raising registered Beefmaster, a breed derived from Brahman, Hereford and Shorthorns.

Norban and Phillip have built a foundation herd of 230 cows that are mostly sold to the commercial producer.

In 2006, Paul and his wife, Rhonda, bought more land outside Lockwood, Mo., and started the venture of raising their own herd of registered Beefmasters as Wallen Prairie Ranch.

“Beefmasters have small birth weights but grow quickly. They don’t have problems with pinkeye, they’re heat tolerant, easy keepers and fertile. And the best part is you can breed for the look you want and make [...]

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