Boonyouin? What the heck is that?
2.5 hrs NW of Brisbane, 1.5 hrs N of Toowoomba, Boonyouin is the name for the area 8 kms East of Kumbia, 25kms SW of Kingaroy, in the South Burnett, Queensland.
The Boonyouin School was situated near the current entry gates and ran from 1924 to 1953.
This farm has been owned by the Kearney family since 1912. Prior to that is was part of Taabinga Station, an 800 sq km property 1840s to early 1900s.
Boonyouin was originally 640ac property was selected by Patrick Kearney in 1912. Dairying was the main industry when his son Mick Kearney took over. And by the time Terry Kearney bought the farm off his father, it was a 320ac dryland farming property, mainly growing peanuts sorghum and maize summer crops and running a small beef herd.
I bought Boonyouin off my parents Terry and Margaret when they retired in 2004 and have grassed 90% of the paddocks down.
Why Red Angus?
I had been running Red Angus bulls with my cross-bred herd on & off for 20 years and a lot of my early cattle experience was with Angus based cattle. My general herd started out from a mainly Hereford and D/master base and the Red Angus bulls cross really well with these cows. The calves are ideal for the weaner market. Red Angus X cattle are early maturing and have a terrific nature, perfect for the smaller acreages now seen around this area.
I bought my first stud bull from GK Livestock in Dalby in Sep 2007. GK Red Attention Seca A25 or “Clyde” as he is known around here, has been a good foundation bull, leaving a very good female line.
In 2009 I went to the Trevone Park Dispersal Sale and bought 2 good cows and calves and 2 yearling bulls. It was an eye-opener to see so many quality cattle up for sale. I also picked up 2 agistment paddocks in that year, so I was able to increase my herd size to 60 breeders.
Other stud cows were sourced from Riverdale, BST, Chan Abbey & Mayo studs.
After being involved in the Qld On-Farm Challenge in April 2010, I spotted a young bull at Donna-Lynn Red Angus in Pittsworth. His name is Dominator and he is a full brother to the powerhouse ‘Commander’ who was so successful on the show circuit in 2009.
Today (2017) we run around 60 stud and 20 commercial cows over 3 farms.