Farm Management

Lamb man steeling his family businesses

South Australian lamb producer Rod Daniels is 2.5 times financially better off after making the switch from timber to steel fence posts in his Kulpara lamb feedlot, which turns off up to 5000 crossbred lambs annually.

Known for its wine and food production, SA is also typically a timber fencing state, but many farmers and livestock producers are beginning to recognise the time and cost saving benefits of steel posts.

Earlier this year Mr Daniels saved himself approximately $30 per post when installing a new fence in the family-operated lamb feedlot.

“It would’ve normally cost me about $50 to install one timber post, when you factor in the cost of the post and the time, plus the machinery costs. This compares to about $20 per post with Waratah’s Jio posts, factoring the same things in,” Mr Daniels said.

“At this stage we’ve only upgraded a small section of the feedlot, but we’ve still managed to save hundreds of dollars.

“Less machinery is required with steel posts and it’s about three times faster to install the fence, which allows myself and my son Sam to spend more time on our other business venture.”

The father and son team also own and manage Rod’s Stock Blocks, selling mineral supplements to SA-based livestock producers and horse owners.

“It’s been great having Sam come home and help to improve the way we’ve been running the operation for the past 30 years – particularly on the marketing side of our stock block business,” he said.

Mr Daniels used a combination of Jio MaxY and Jio Star posts, along with Stocklock prefabricated wire, which provided the necessary strength to withstand extreme pressure from stock in an intensive feedlot environment.

“The beauty of these products is that they can tolerate immense stock pressure from day one, which is a huge advantage for us,” he said.

“Whereas previously when installing the timber posts, we’d have to wait for the posts to set in the ground, before they were strong enough to take the pressure from the lambs.”

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