CENTRAL Western NSW livestock producers, Jo Eldridge and Tony Kelly, have used more than 100 Whites Wires Stiff Stay 500-metre rolls in a fencing project covering close to 50 kilometres on their new and existing properties at Tottenham.
They made the switch from cattle to sheep a couple of years ago in an effort to achieve better gross margins and improved cashflow, choosing to cross the wool-shedding Wiltipoll with the new Australian White to create a breed that would not need shearing.
One of the big challenges of the change from cattle to sheep has been upgrading their fencing to suit their new operation.
“The existing fence was fine for cattle but no good for sheep because they just go straight through or under the wires,” Jo Eldridge said.
“So we’ve been pulling out the cattle fencing and replacing it with Stiff Stay. We’ve done a lot of boundary fencing on both properties and over time we’ll break up the middle of both properties, too.
“The Stiff Stay has been amazing for keeping wildlife out. The roos are actually digging to get in now. Where we used to see 100 kangaroos on the paddock now we’ll see four or five.”
Ms Eldridge said they had developed an easy way to manage the large 500m rolls, which weighed about 200 kilograms.
“We’ve built a bar for the back of our tractor so there’s no lifting the rolls. Even our contractor has started using our fencing method."