Animal and Soil Health
The key to healthy heifers is healthy soil
Our Approach to Tuli Cattle production is founded on regenerative methods of soil and pasture health to support animal health. Being located in Bundaberg enables us at Hartwood Farm to access premium quality supplementary feed in addition to our holistically managed pastures. For a seed stock stud, in which animal health to optimise breeding potential is paramount, and adequate recovery time for our intensively grazed pastures, this is a great benefit. Heifer nutrition in the lead up to AI and immediately after is critical. We are not afraid of integrating best practise, strategic use, of suitable supplements and chemical parasite control, although this is minimised to ensure Animals are conditioned to their environment and a focus on immunity development through exposure to common issues early. We do however believe is ensuring the best possible science is followed to produce superior performing animals, and as such key identified deficiencies (through rigorous testing) such as Selenium, Cobalt, Molybdenum, Phosphorous and Iron are made available by the best means to animals. Bundaberg has an abundant supply of supplementary feed stocks that are nutrient dense, while simultaneously ensuring all stock are tropically adapted.
- Spent Grain from Ballistic Bargara
- Bundaberg Molasses
- Sweet potatoes seconds are rich in Essential nutrients
- Peanut hay
Progeny are selected based on DNA sequencing performed by NeoGen and genetic profile matched with those recorded by CSIRO during the genetic improvement program and the 1000 bull genomes project to map simple and complex genetic traits in cattle aligned with function.
Hartwood runs an extensive planned cross breeding program with Tuli at the backbone of this, imparting their desired hybrid vigour, fertility, docility, polled, heat tolerance, slick coat and great milk to the established Bos Indicus breeds. The challenge of running 8 different pure breeds as part of a single breeder herd provides us with a unique insight into environmental factors that may affect one breed but not another, this enables analysis and early intervention in many instances.
The 5 keys to Regen on Hartwood
- Nutrient density
- Scientific Accuracy
- Biology first
- Stress Free
We use daily NDVI to monitor pasture health.
We apply beneficial biology to enhance our soil health.
We use planned rotational grazing and selective multi-species cover cropping to support existing Rhodes grass pastures.