Our Practices

Producing beef with integrity for more than 20 years

Caring for the land pays!

At Knudsen Cattle, the environment and biodiversity are significant factors impacting how we manage livestock management. In order to get this right, we are constantly observing our land and making judgements on what it needs. We are an extensive pastoral industry. We do not apply fertilizer, almost no farming techniques are engaged, and we encourage diverse native pastures.

It is vital to maintain soil health and ground cover. Ground cover helps to mitigate moisture loss and loss of topsoil in the wet season. Good healthy ground cover also responds much quicker to a rain event. Some of the ways we do this are:

Spelling pasture: Cattle are taken from a paddock for a minimum period of 6 weeks after rain. This process allows the grass to thicken and native grasses to reseed and maintain an extensive root base.

Fire: Much of our native pasture responds well to fire. We burn in a mosaic pattern, generally on alternate years and depending on rainfall. Fire is an integral part of a native grasses’ life cycle. Fire also helps with weed mitigation and woody weed control.

Fencing to land type: Similar land types are fenced together to ensure better grazing, with much of the 24 km of Auburn River frontage fenced off from stock. This initiative improves water quality and increased biodiversity in the river system.

Stocking rates: Stocking rates are calculated using mapping technology and a complex combination of calculating area, distance from water, land type and condition of land.

In summary we know that land in excellent health is twice as profitable as land in moderate condition. So not only does it feel good, but it pays to care for our land.

QUICK CONTACT

Darcy & Kara Knudsen
PO Box 1039, Toowoomba QLD 4350

Phone: 07 4305 6010

OUR BUSINESS

Knudsen Cattle is a breeding and trading operation based in Queensland.
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.