I hope that you enjoy this little insight into another one of our clients beef operations.
AJM Livestock Solutions Client Profile
“Flowerburn” Peelwood NSW north of Crookwell, in the NSW Southern Tablelands.
ABOUT THE BEEF OPERATION
I run a commercial self-replacing shorthorn herd of 150 EU breading cows and their progeny, made up of Sprys and Ronelle Park Bloodlines. My objective for the herd is to produce progeny that preform on grass and in the feedlot. My main market focus is to turn off steers at 450kg directly to the feedlot market. Any surplus heifers are sold to either feedlot, direct to abattoirs or as breeding females.
WHAT SERVICE DID YOU ENGAGE AJM LIVESTOCK SOLUTIONS TO HELP WITH
In 2013 I could see the demand for EU Accredited cattle, and the premium that was being paid for them; so I decided that I wanted to open up my market options; and therefore should apply. I contacted AJM Livestock Solutions (Alison McIntosh) to help me put together an application and particularly to help me get my NLIS database up to date. Doing the PIC reconciliation, which is part of the application process was a little daunting at first, but was made easy with Alison’s expertise and help in doing this. Alison completed the PIC reconciliation for me, which then made it easier for us to work through the application process. Applying was made easy with Alison on the job doing most of the work for me, for a minimal cost that would have taken me days or weeks to do Alison did in a few hours. Time is money and by Alison doing most of the work allowed me to focus on getting the more important jobs done on the farm.
WHAT DOES THIS CHANGE MEAN FOR YOUR BUSINESS NOW AND INTO THE FUTURE
Becoming EU accredited has really opened up a new marketing option for me, and especially when things are tight this will be a great advantage. There seems to be a better price for cattle sold into the EU market, so I am also looking forward to better returns. Now that I am EU accredited all I need to do is a PIC reconciliation once a year to maintain this status, and I will get Alison to help with this aswell. Going forward into the future I hope to maintain a sound, profitable herd that will suit a wide range of markets and I hope to take advantage of any new up and coming markets that may open in years to come.
WHAT WOULD BE YOUR RECCOMENDATION TO OTHER PRODUCERS WHO MAY BE CONSIDERING BECOMING EU ACCREDITED
If there are markets out there offering you a better price, then why not get on board and take advantage of this. If the application process and the NLIS database reconciliation are holding you back from applying, I would highly recommend that you contact AJM Livestock Solutions – Alison McIntosh, she was very easy to work with, quick and got the job done efficiently; which saved me time and allowed me to do the more important jobs in the paddock.