SELLING UP: Kathy Hall and Reg McGirr are selling half their stock.
SELLING UP: Kathy Hall and Reg McGirr are selling half their stock. Katherine Morris

De-stocking for a dry summer at Coolabunia

THIS week's rain hasn't deterred Kathy Hall from preparing for a dry summer.

At a recent Coolabunia Fat and Store sale, Ms Hall and partner Reg McGirr de-stocked a surplus of cattle.

"We don't want that much to feed when things get tough," Ms Hall said.

"It's a precautionary matter, a spring clean of the ones I didn't want to carry through, the dams and the creeks are drying."

Ms Hall said she was quite happy with how well her cattle did at the sale.

"They're not beefy ones so I don't know what to expect," she said.

She said if the summer was dry she may de-stock completely. In 2007 Ms Hall said she de-stocked her beef cattle to just 16.

"I kept my best heifers and a bull and then built up again," she said.

"The only thing that will stop me is age, when I can't handle them."

She has been running a farmstay on the property since 2000.

When Ms Hall's husband died in 2001 she had to think of how to hold onto the property long term.

The property runs alpacas, dairy and beef cattle horses, giving children and families a farming experience.

"Cattle used to be our main industry and now the farm has taken over that," she said.

Ms Hall said most of them came from Brisbane to experience farm life.

"They learn how to milk a cow, ride horses, feed the cattle, everything," she said.

She said the farm stay part of the business had taken over the cattle side since 2006.

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