Webb Pastoral stocks 50 Black Simmental stud animals, 300 commercial cows and 700 first cross ewes.
The herd is rotationally grazed on ryegrass and clover-based pastures on the 648ha property plus another 40ha lease ground, with a yearly average rainfall of 800-850mm.
Webb Pastoral plants summer crops each year and uses fertiliser products designed to increase soil health and stimulate soil biology which increases water infiltration and water holding capacity within the soil.
Following the devastating Black Saturday fires of 2009, the entire property has been re-fenced 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.
Our Commercial Herd
Our commercial herd is made up of 300 autumn calving cows being Simmental Cross and Angus. The commercial herd’s progeny is sold at weaner sales and exported.
Cows are joined to both Black Simmental, Charolais and Angus bulls. Black Simmental and Charolais bulls are selected as terminal sires, while Angus bulls are used for the export market. We concentrate on highly productive females who must perform each year as we expect our weaner calves to be at the top end of the market.
We source our Angus bulls from Banquet Angus, our Charolais from Tambo River Charolais and use the best of our own Black Simmental Bulls.
In 2018 and 2019 our weaner calves topped both the Angus section and the European section at the Yea Blue Ribbon Weaner sale.
We place great importance on our commercial herd as we believe it is a testing ground for our own genetics.