WATER HARVESTING TECHNIQUE YET INVENTED"
Graham McDonald, AIbeni, Springsure "We have 32,000 acres ploughed
so far and are now ploughing country with no suckers purely so the
moisture will remain in the ground We are presently running ten
times the number of cattle that we could run before we started our
ploughing program. The ability to hold rain right where it falls
is of course the key to the success.
GRASS LIKE YOU WOULD HAVE TO SEE TO BELIEVE"
Dick Cadzow, Mt Riddock Station, 200 km East of Alice Springs "We
are limited as to what we can do here in the Territory. There is
enormous uncertainty and restriction on development. We have only
been able to do a couple of holding paddocks since we bought our
Homan Plough but those areas grew buffel grass like you would have
to see to believe. It killed out the emu bush and other woody weed
rubbish and the Buffel grew higher than the fence. I would plough
half my property if they would let me.
NOT HAVE SURVIVED WITHOUT THE HOMAN PLOUGHING SYSTEM"
Merv Currurthers, Skye Station, Alpha "Since first buying a
Homan plough we have never sold anything other than fat cattle and
nothing under 350kg and we have had it just as dry as anyone else
these last few years. In 1995 I won the Queensland Primary Producer's
Landcare Award and of course a degree of that was attributable to
the pasture development we had achieved with a Homan plough. It
was still very dry when we were assessed for the award, even trees
were dying from the dry conditions but we still had fat cattle and
good grass I have never regretted the decision to go on with the
"CARRYING CAPACITY STILL GETTING BETTER"
Ewan Mulcahy, Drummond Slope, Alpha "We have now ploughed about
30,000 acres over about 10 years. The country that was ploughed
continues to improve its carrying capacity. We have had to build
several dams to supply enough water to go with the grass we have
grown. After going to that first field day in Taroom about 13 years
ago I have never looked back or regretted going ahead with the Homan
Geoff Holmes, Caldervale, Tambo "Still going steadily along,
the only areas that have not worked properly were due to operator
mistakes. We have seen production treble on the 100,000 acres already
ploughed on Caldervale with a Homan plough. Water retention in the
soil, of course, is the key and that is what makes the seasons so
much better and more reliable.
ECOLOGICALLY ACCEPTABLE MEASURE FOR CONTROLLING WOODY WEEDS"
Bevan Doyle, Tumbar, Jericho "Have concentrated on producing
more kilograms per hectare from my country than going for more cattle
per hectare and by doing that have achieved a much better performance
from our land. We began ploughing just as the drought started and
have ploughed 30,000 acres The plough enabled us to get the maximum
amount of growth from minimum rain. This is what carried us through
the drought I only wish I had even more country ploughed. This is
by far the most ecologically acceptable method of removing woody
weeds and storing moisture It utilises the natural rainfall and
extends your seasons. There is absolutely no comparison.
QDPI TRIALS GAVE CREDIBILTY TO THE HOMAN
Lance Jones, Somerby. I sold cattle this week that were 20kg
heavier than anything sold before I attribute this to the quality
and the quantity of pasture achieved by following our Homan ploughing
program The AML/QDPI trials carried out on our property over several
years had the effect of giving credibility to the Homan ploughing
With 10 years of owning and operating Homan Ploughs BOTH for our
own use and for large scale contracting we have seen production
increasing from 2 times to 10 times in some cases with many side
benefits including quieter cattle, easier mustering, no rogues,
vastly improved rainfall retention, woody weeds other than brigalow,
particularly current bush are cleaned up, poor grass species are
replaced by better varieties and legumes, which offer sustainability
to pastures can be planted while ploughing"
THE QUICKEST TO RECOUP CAPITAL COST AND MAKE A PROFIT
John Agnew Central Queensland Agnotes referring to the Australian
Meat and Livestock Corporation sponsored QDPI weight gain trials
on Somerby, near Comet "ploughing brigalow suckers and sowing
improved pasture was compared with other methods of reqrowth control
in a cash flow budget over 10 years. Bladeploughing was one of the
quickest ways to recoup capital costs and make profits when used
correctly: QDPI Agnotes AGDEX 130643
RESULTS ON RUBBERVINE."
Bruce Rea, Powlathanga, Charters Towers "The Homan Plough with
its special vine ploughing attachment was able to plough through
our rubbervine without difficulty. Originally thought we would get
a lot of seedling return but the extra grass out-competed the rubber
vine. Had some wattle return in the wattle country we ploughed but
it has not been enough to worry me.
THE BUDDA AND TURPENTINE BUSH"
Reg Hatch, Ella Vale, 100km west of Bourke "I was convinced
that first day I came to the field day on Lance Jones property at
Comet that this was the answer to our Budda and Terpentine problem.
It has been an enormous battle with the drougbt but we have achieved
a spectacular result. In 1995 some of the local people nominated
me for the New South Wales Primary Producers Landcare Award. The
woody weed control and pasture development I had achieved with a
Homan plough allowed me to take out that award. Read
RECLAIMED IN GOOD SEASON
Len Bode, Percol Plains, McKinlay "Not had the Homan Plough
all that long. Had a claypan that would only grow a bit of summer
grass prior to ploughing it with the Homan Plough and planting it
down with silk, buffel.