Northern graziers, the Lynch family are turning their eyes south to the potential of the feeder market.
Running the 13,000ha Tara Station about 80km north of Cloncurry in Queensland and, more recently, Stapleton Station in the NT near Katherine adding another 59,000ha to the family holding, they have traditionally been a classic bos Indicus enterprise.
They have used Senepol, Romagnola and Charolais bloodlines but after participation in a four-year AI trial with Meat and Livestock Australia they discovered Te Mania Angus genetics – and they were convinced.
Lachlan Lynch said he and parents Dan and Sue were heavily committed to the live export trade but could see the potential in diversified markets.
“Where we are with Tara Station, it’s a 50/50 whether we go to Darwin for live export or Roma for the southern markets,” Lachlan explained.
“It is a great position to give us access to both markets but right now we are planning on stepping up the introduction of Angus genetics into the herd with the game plan being breeding up to an all-black business in Queensland,” he said.
“And that’s why we have joined Team Te Mania; it is a fantastic opportunity for us to use next-generation genetics in our herd.
“We have done a lot of crossbreeding but it is now our goal to go all black and become pure Te Mania Angus over time.”
The transition from Brahman to Brangus to Angus will take some time but Tara’s first draft of Te Mania Angus bulls is due in December 2018.
Something Lachlan said the family was looking forward to.
“Although Tara is 13,000ha we still run it on a rotational cell grazing system which means the cattle never have to walk more than 750m to water,” he added.
“Although structure and feet are crucial the real test will be the heat – we average mid to high 30s eight months out of 12 and from October to January a lot of the time is 40C-plus.
“At the same time we also expect the Te Mania Angus to improve our fertility and carcase performance and if we get a boost in both that will be a direct impact on the bottom line.”
Brisbane based, where he is a senior investment associate with Laguna Bay Pastoral, an ag asset manager, Lachlan has a role in the family’s planning and finances while Dan and Sue are the hands-on management of both stations.
Although Tara and Stapleton are 1600km apart the family’s light plane makes the commute easier.
The Lynch family has been at Tara for almost a century but Lachlan said he had no trouble convincing his parents Team Te Mania was the way to go.
A graduate from Marcus Oldham, where he completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Business, he spent time at Te Mania Angus HQ at Mortlake.
Where he liked what he saw.
“Making the change to black was something I believed we needed and mum and dad got on board with me.”
Tara, where the Team Te Mania bulls are headed, has also had a better than average season, although it came a little late.
Lachlan said the monsoonal rains didn’t turn up until March.
“We average about 450mm but in two weeks this year we got 400mm so we are fortunate compared with much of the eastern states,” he said.
Joined Team Te Mania : 2018