MANAGER POSITION AT NYCHUM STATION

Nychum is a 200,000 hectare breeding station on the Mitchell River running 5,000 cows. The manager will work with Bellevue and Groganville Stations in an operation which, combined with other properties in New South Wales, forms the Hillgrove Pastoral Group. Continuing property development calls for progressive livestock management practices and plant maintenance skills. The team is small and experienced and committed to high performance standards in animal production and nutrition.
Applications should be made to hillgrovepastoral@bigpond.com

Nychum Information Memorandum – March 2016

Please read below for mote information regarding the livestock and operational practices at Nychum Station.

PROPERTY SUMMARY
Nychum is a 311,467 acre breeding property with an established and productive herd, located to the immediate west of Chillagoe, off the Burke Development Road and located on the Mitchell River, with frontage of approximately 44 kilometres.
There are nine smaller paddocks (including house) ranging from 150 ha to 2,673 ha. Over the past ten years approximately 200kms of fencing has been completed. The land is timbered with eucalyptus species including Ironbark and Bloodwood. It is grassed with native species, Stylo and Seca. The dominant native species on this and surrounding stations is Black Spear Grass.
The property is interspersed with four major watercourses: Elizabeth Creek and Falls, Nychum Creek, Big Watson and Little Watson gorges. Other water is numerous and includes Turtle Creek Falls east of the homestead.

STRUCTURES
Manager’s accommodation is a four bedroom air-conditioned house with office, newly expanded and renovated. Staff/contractor quarters (basic). Machinery shed, garages and generator shed. Workshop with concrete floor. Solar and generator power. Hay shed.
Homestead Yards and dip (new), capacity estimated 800 head;
Milkwood yards (new) estimated capacity 700 head;
Coldwater Yards (new) estimated capacity 700 head.
UHF radio tower and repeater station covers 90% of property;
1km airstrip, RFDS approved.

LIVESTOCK
Stock types:
(a) cows & calves
(b) PTIC cows
(c) joined cows
(d) weaners
(e) bulls represented by Brahman and composite cattle with a strong Brangus influence. The past three years has seen the very successful introduction of Brangus bulls.

GENETICS
The herd of 5,500 cows has been the focus of major investment over the past 10 years of ownership. It includes purchased Brahman females from herds owned by Australian Agricultural Company and supplemented with annual heifer purchases from highly productive herds in Northern Australia. The Brahman bulls have been purchased in the past from Newcastle Waters, CPC, and in more recent years have been based on the Collins Family, CBV Stud, with an emphasis on reproductive and adaptive capacity.
In more recent years the herd has been infused with Brangus bulls, bred by Hillgrove Pastoral, and drawing on the capacities of Kenny’s Creek Angus and the bull breeding program they operated for some seven years for AACo and other Northern breeding operations. These bulls are proving both adaptable and economically beneficial as their progeny have significantly increased “flat back” premiums when the cattle are sold as either feeder steers or at process weights. The earlier maturity of the progeny when combined with enhanced fertility provides the herd with solid foundations for expansion.
Other genetics used in the past include Brahman/Wagyu and Senepol/Angus. All introductions have been focussed on reproductive capacity and carcase quality, whilst retaining adaptability.
We estimate that approximately 30-40% of calves born are now composite in nature. This percentage of births will increase as the recently introduced Brangus bulls start to dominate joinings.

LOCATION
Three and a half hours by road from Cairns and approximately 35kms from Chillagoe via Burke Development Road. Driveway approximately 30kms and maintained by Mareeba Shire Council. Good access via causeways and formed road.
The Burke Development Road has enjoyed significant upgrades and improvement over the past five years.
Service centres of Chillagoe and Mareeba.

WATER
Dams – 30
Bores – drilled and capped: 11
All bores equipped with the capability to connect solar power and range from 30-50 metres in depth and with measured capacity ranging from .25 litres per second to 2.5 litres per second. Solar equipped transportable bores have been designed and strategically sited to assist with changes between bore sites and the associated movement of grazing patterns.
Further development on the eastern side of the property has been started and in 2015 roads and watering point programs commenced. This program of development continues.
It should be noted that water development to date has achieved grazing radius of approximately 3kms or less, including natural waters. The future development opportunity is to reduce this to a radius of 2kms thus increasing grazing efficiency and carrying capacity.
Homestead built beside Elizabeth Creek with surrounding cleared and Stylo sown paddocks on soft red soil.

DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Development plans are advanced with regard to future fencing opportunities that will increase the property efficiency and carrying capacity. Fencing carried out to date has seen greater ease in mustering and segregation for achieving a calving pattern timed to coincide with the Wet Season and the highest protein period available.