JIM AND Katrina McDonald of 'Red Braes', Quirindi, NSW, run a 1,420 ha farm. About 400 ha of alluvial black soil are cultivated using zero-till and response cropping. Sorghum is the primary crop with soybeans, wheat, maize and barley also grown. Another 80 ha of black soil are native grass for grazing.
They have a conservation covenant with the Department of Land and Water Conservation for the preservation of native flora and fauna on 80 ha of their property. The remainder is used for grazing 200 breeders and finishing calves as yearlings off native and introduced grasses and legumes with some annual fodder cropping.
Region North, South, West