Producing beef with integrity for more than 20 years
Elton Downs and the northern aggregation of properties now exceeds 100,000 acres of Mitchell/Flinders downs country of diverse native pasture perfectly adapted for grazing stock.
This property relies on the monsoonal and cyclonic activity often dubbed “the wet season”. The geographical location (close to available cattle) ideally situates the property as a trading operation with some breeders. Cattle are usually sourced from further north in the Gulf and surrounding area, while backgrounders make their way south to feedlots on the Darling Downs.
With high climate variability, excellent grazing land management is vital. Matching stocking rates to grass levels helps ensure the long-term sustainability of the land.
Extensive management programs are in place to manage the invasive prickly Acacia, a weed of national significance. Knudsen Cattle is proud to partner with Desert Channels QLD and Southern Gulf NRM on several weed management programs.
Three committed staff members manage Elton Downs, and the property boasts excellent staff amenities. Its proximity to Hughenden means that staff have opportunities to participate in local sporting competitions such as netball and touch football.
A highlight for everyone is getting involved in the Stamford Races held in Hughenden each July. The day includes horse racing, a Stockman’s Challenge, Fashions on the Field and live entertainment.
The breeding herd has a strong Santa Gertrudis base infused with shorthorn. Genetics are selected using tools such as a breed plan, morphology and structural soundness evaluation.
Cattle are purchased from local areas and backgrounded before heading to local feedlots for the export and domestic markets.
Knudsen Cattle strives for innovation to stay ahead of the curve.