Couple return from South America
AFTER returning from the adventure of a lifetime, Bill and Kathryn Hallas have a whole new perspective on agriculture.
Joining a small group on a beef study tour to South America, Mr and Mrs Hallas ventured to Chile, Argentina and Brazil over 24 days to learn about the local beef cattle industry.
The couple saw first hand the agricultural operations, from crop production and feedlots to research facilities and self sustained farming.
“There was so much opportunity for us to see and do things that we never thought we were going to,” Mr Hallas said.
“We visited a fully self sustained farm where methane from the pig production was used for power and effluent from the animal production was used to fertilise the crops.”
Mr Hallas said that because of the high rainfall, the ground is never cultivated with seed simply scattered on the top and rained in.
The rich soils are maintained through rotational grazing and spelling.
The major breed in South America is the ‘Nelore’, although very similar to its Australian equivalent the ‘Brahman’, the Nelore is much larger, both in height and weight.
“Nelore embryos are often inseminated into other breeds to increase their production,” he said.
“We visited saleyards in Argentina which sell more than 12,000 head daily.
“The city has actually been built around the saleyards, they are a vital source of income for farmers.”
Ending their expedition in Santiago, the couple are now investigating future educational trips through Quadrant Australia who hold similar study trips in Europe and the Ukraine.