This is a brief chat with Hamish McIntyre of Moolabah Agriculture Pty Ltd of St George who predominantly grows cotton but who operates a diversified and multi layered business.
Where do you farm in relation to the township of St George?
Within a radius approximately 150 km from St George which is on the western downs of Queensland either on our own land, or on land we lease, or in some cases we have cattle agistment .
What do you grow on a seasonal basis?
We grow on average 4,800 hectares of cereal crops for both grazing and grain production. Over the years we have produced a large variety of crops including cotton, seedless watermelons, lentils, mung beans, chick peas, oats, barley, sorghum, sunflowers and corn depending on water availability.
Have you diversified into cattle?
Yes we have an Angus based beef cattle herd of about 4,500 head.
What is your most reliable source of income?
Growing cotton under irrigation is our primary source as it has the best gross margin per ML of water.
What was your reason for investing in a John Deere 8335RT Tractor this year?
We bought it for doing the heavy work and for straightening our rows on our 1,900 hectares of irrigation country around St George. The steering system, compaction reduction, horse power, 3PL lift ability all helped to attract us to this model.
Has it lived up to your expectations?
The John Deere GreenStar we have combines well with the 8335RT, it certainly steers straighter therefore it delivers a greater degree of accuracy. So yes it has definitely lived up to our expectations.
How important is it having a local John Deere dealership in your locality?
We find we can totally rely upon the Vanderfield St George branch staff, in particular their back up service if we have any concerns.