Integrated sheep and cropping operation makes smart business sense
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His mixed farming operation on the 750 hectare 'Quamby' property, plus 340 hectares currently being leased, has reduced the risk inherent in a full-cropping enterprise, and has allowed Charles to better manage weeds and parasites and utilise crop stubble for grazing. ".. Ararat is a high rainfall area and suits this style of management where summer rain can make it very expensive for weed control," says Charles, who spoke about his production system at a Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC)/Southern Farming Systems Grains Research Update at Skipton... Charles, who also works as a consulting partner with agricultural consultancy Mike Stephens & Associates, has welcomed a retreat in the cost of inputs thanks to his integrated operation, which includes a self-replacing Merino ewe flock of 5000 head. "..