Coralie Station in Queensland’s Gulf country is indicative of all the images far north cattle country conjure.
71,000 hectares of sandy, Savannah forest country that can only truly be appreciated from the air.
At the core of the expanse is a modest but welcoming brick house, home to Geoff and Taryn Seccombe and their two young children.
The couple, now in the early thirties, purchased the property back in 2006, striking out on their own to embark on a massive breeder operation.
Today they run 4000 head of Brahman cows, all grown out of Longreach for live export, restocking or feedlots.
But three years in to the operation they were hit with a record breaking flood that saw the property sit under metres of water for months on end. Despite all the water, the ground was drowned for so long the seedbank across most of the country was completely killed off. It’s only in the past 18 months to two years that producers in the region have started to recover, and now drought is biting hard.
The extreme weather events have exacerbated the common soil deficiency issues at Coralie, and now the Seccombe’s are keen to be part of the NRMSH project to help the better manage their pastures and breeders.
Specifically, they’re keen to use the mapping technology to help influence their herd and fertility management plans, as well as aid in accuracy around infrastructure planning.
Geoff Seccombe says while they haven’t been placed to try similar technologies in the past, they’re excited to be part of the roll out of new technology.
“It’s 100 per cent vital to keep with innovation in the agriculture industry,” he said.
For now, he says his greatest challenge in the lingering flow on affects of the live export ban, but he says a love of the land and his family drives him to continue to better his business.