Farming the Mostert way

30 Aug, 1999 04:06 AM

NICK Mostert has been involved with the milk industry ever since he arrived in WA in 1956. Firstly, he had three milk rounds in Perth, covering the Perth, West Perth and Leederville areas, before selling them to Masters and joining his father, who was already farming at Northcliffe (Nick migrated to Australia from Holland in 1951 and was in Darwin until moving to WA in 1956). The Northcliffe block was sold and the family bought land at Keysbrook. Since then, the Mosterts have expanded and now have properties at North Dandalup, Coolup and Mandurah, as well as Keysbrook. Nick, wife Vera, their three boys Nicholas, Leigh, Robert and daughter Irene farm a total of 1822 hectares (4500ac), running 1800 cattle, including 200 in the dairy at Keysbrook. The rest are beef cattle run on the other holdings. "I farm with the boys and Irene looks after the dry stock," Nick said at a recent Elders Serpentine store sale. The beef herd includes 350 breeders, mainly Simmental and Angus, and the Mosterts try to run them as separate herds. The Friesian heifers are mated to Angus and, after that, older Friesians are mated to Friesian bulls or a Friesian AI program is undertaken. Bulls are bought from Lou and Maria Giglia's Ponderosa stud at North Dandalup, though Nick says he has bought bulls from just about all the Friesian studs around the South West. Angus bulls have been bought from Black Velvet and Blackrock, while the Simmental bulls come from Dirkbrook. Presently, the Mosterts' beef cattle go on the boats because prices are good, but they also sell cattle straight to EG Green. Annual rainfall is roughly 660mm (26in) on all the properties, off which about 324 to 364ha (800-900ac) of hay is cut. This comprises both meadow hay and oaten hay, with Dalyup and Swan oats sown for the latter production. ÿ


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