Sustainable production system at Webb Black
The Webb Black Simmental and Sim Angus stud herd comprises 410 purebred and grade-up females and 104 purebred Angus.
The herd is rotationally grazed on ryegrass and clover based pastures on the 648ha property, which is set on the slopes of the Great Dividing Range in an 800-850mm rainfall zone.
Bulls are predominantly grassfed and are largely achieving a daily weight gain higher than 1.8kg
Following the devastating Black Saturday fires of 2009, the entire property has been refenced with internal laneways for ease of stock management, and native tree plantings established for stock shelter and biodiversity. Infrastructure includes a purpose built sale barn.
Summer crops are used to narrow the feed gap and use unseasonal rainfall. Early oats are sown into forage brassica depending on soil moisture and follow up rain forecasts, giving dual fodder in late autumn and early winter for stock.
A six to seven weeks cell/rotational grazing program is used to optimize fodder production.
Webb Black uses biological fertiliser products designed to increase soil health and stimulate soil biology, increasing water infiltration and water holding capacity.