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Farming

The Norvill’s have always run both cattle and sheep on Rock Dhu.

The cattle, Herefords, were an original selection of 30 females from the famous Timor blood. The Merino sheep are Haddon Rig blood and more recently run with Nerstane (New England) fine wool rams.

Being hilly to steep country with cooler temperatures, Rock Dhu is unsuited to cropping, apart from occasional oats for stock in times of drought.

Some stocking numbers...

In 1977, 1,000 head of cattle and 2,500 sheep.

By the end of the 1990's, around 400 head of cattle and we briefly topped out at 11,000 sheep.

2010, around 150 cattle and 1,500 sheep.

Reason for the reduction in numbers?

Over the decades the financial futility of farming in the grazing industry has declined to a point it is not worth continuing with. The costs versus return is self defeating.

Fordson Major Tractor – Lionel gives
Peter his first tractor driving lesson.
What would OH & S have to say
about child safety?

Crutching 2013

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Hereford cattle