Our Story

Karrawarra Pastoral

A family owned business

Four generations of the Herbert family have farmed in Eurongilly entering the area in 1913 with a small holding of just 160 hectares. With 180 years of combined experience, it can be said that the Herbert family have learned what has worked, what has failed to work, what does work and where innovation and management can take your business.

Leo and Vanessa Herbert, the fourth generation custodians, together with their children Angus and Claire are determined to develop an industry leading composite sheep flock which has evolved into a stud positively impacting their business and the business of their clients. Enter Highlander and FocusPrime sheep breeds!

“First and foremost we are commercial farmers. We saw an opportunity with Highlander and FocusPrime genetics to improve the performance of our own commercial flock across the triple bottom line (financially, environmentally, and socially) Being able to share these profitable and sustainable genetics to drive production efficiency across industry is Karrawarra’s focus’.”

Leo Herbert 

The Karrawarra Highlander

How maternal efficiency became our focus

Leo chanced upon the Highlander and FocusPrime breeds while researching low birth weight terminal breeds. Leo was immediately intrigued by the moderate ewe weight, fecundity, lamb survival and evidence of Highlanders being a star performer under several diverse climatic conditions given where the sheep are born and raised in New Zealand, the UK and Uruguay.

The maternal efficiency spoken of by those producing Highlanders overseas and evidenced by 30 years of recording data in SIL-ACE (NZ’s equivalent to Lambplan) immediately resonated.

‘Having ewes lambing down at 12 months, surviving, raising a lamb or two, increasing the productivity over the lifetime of the ewe was mind boggling in relation to what we had been doing. I could see the savings in feed costs, the ability to increase and decrease stocking rates through changing conditions. Now 5 years on, the saving in feed costs, the increases in carrying capacity and the doing ability of these sheep in dry tough times is formidable’, says Leo.

“Now 5 years on, the saving in feed costs, the increases in carrying capacity and the doing ability of these sheep in dry tough times is formidable”

Leo Herbert 

FocusPrime, the perfect terminal compliment

Focus Prime

To compliment the Highlander, a maternal composite, the FocusPrime terminal sire delivers low birth weight and high growth rates, while being a trait leader in eating quality. 

“FocusPrime have proven to be an ideal cross for our ewe lambs due to low birth weights and high growth rates. This allows for market lambs (born to ewe lambs) to be turned off at an average of 18 weeks,” says Leo.

When asked why Highlander and FocusPrime, the answer from Leo is pretty simple ‘First and foremost we are commercial farmers. We saw an opportunity with Highlander and FocusPrime genetics to improve the performance of our own commercial flock across the triple bottom line (financially, environmentally, and socially). Being able to share these profitable and sustainable genetics to drive production efficiency across industry is Karrawarra’s focus’.

“FocusPrime have proven to be an ideal cross for our ewe lambs due to low birth weights and high growth rates. This allows for market lambs (born to ewe lambs) to be turned off at an average of 18 weeks”

Leo Herbert 

We believe our people and the experience they bring are the driving force behind our continued success at Karrawarra Pastoral.

Meet the team
A picture of the Herbert Family - 4th generation farming family and owners of Karrawarra pastoral

The Herbert Family

Owners/Directors

Being the manager within a large family operated agribusiness, Leo strives to optimise production across the livestock and cropping enterprises.

Administration and marketing are managed by Vanessa, who also assists on farm along with Angus and Claire.

m +61 429 434 223

E leo@karrawarra.com.au

E vanessa@karrawarra.com.au

Karrawarra Pastoral Team

Hannah Anderson

Stud Manager

Hannah is driving the genetic gain of our stud and commercial flock. She develops strong relationships with our clients which contribute to breeding decisions that maximise commercial flock potential. She is currently completing her Masters in Animal Science at CSU Wagga. 

 

m +61 438 554 356

E hannah@karrawarra.com.au

Our Farm

Our Farm

The Herberts own and manage five properties and two leaseholds of diverse mixed farming country covering a total of 4500 hectares.

The stud flock consists of 1500 ewes producing 450 rams for our Summer Ram Lamb Sale and Spring Two Tooth Sale.

The commercial properties currently run a self-replacing Highlander flock of 8100 ewes and turn off 9000 ewes and lambs annually.  Lambs are sold direct to the abattoir with a targeted carcass weight of 23kg. Up to 500 cattle are traded to utilise forage crops.

Crop production, which supports the livestock breeding program, includes 1600 hectares of cereals, canola, pulses and pasture. 

Sales Wrap
🐑 3 Rams topped the sale at $4000 – Lots 10, 43 & 44.
🐑 Sale averaged $2819
🐑 Full clearance.
We are humbled by the support from existing and new clients and look forward to partnering with you to achieve your breeding objectives.

A huge thank you to our sales team - James Croker & Tim Woodham @nutrien_wagga_livestock Holly @auctionsplus, the talented @bijmin Swart for our fantastic catalogue and Hugh McKay @mountain_duck_media for editing my ram videos.
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Sale day is here! Auction commences at 12:30pm (AEST).

AuctionsPlus: https://auctionsplus.com.au/auctions/sheep/karrawarra-highlander-ram-sale/55775

Sale Catalogue: https://www.karrawarra.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Karrawarra-Ram-Sales-Catalogue.pdf

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Karrawarra Pastoral has a YouTube channel where you will find a collection of paddock videos & photos of our sale rams. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw1CU0_ABVmukYuYT_WW62Q/playlists #karrawarra #commerialflock #springsale2021 ...

Karrawarra Highlander Sale - 28th September 2021 @ 12:30

https://www.karrawarra.com.au/sales/spring-ram-sale-2021/
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Karrawarra Highlander Sale - 28th September 2021
A random selection of our sale rams. For more information visit our website.

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Karrawarra Highlander Sale - 28th September 2021

https://www.karrawarra.com.au/sales/spring-ram-sale-2021/

https://auctionsplus.com.au/auctions/sheep/karrawarra-highlander-ram-sale/55775
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Karrawarra Highlander Sale - 28th September 2021

https://www.karrawarra.com.au/sales/spring-ram-sale-2021/

https://auctionsplus.com.au/auctions/sheep/karrawarra-highlander-ram-sale/55775
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Highlanders have excellent maternal instincts, high fertility and low adult weight producing vigorous lambs with low birth weight, high survivability and growth. https://www.karrawarra.com.au #springsale2021 #karrawarra #nutrienlivestockwagga #asbvs #auctionsplus ...