Area: 14 043 hectares (34 687 acres)
Location: Bendemeer is situated 40km north of Clermont with a double frontage to the Gregory Developmental Road. Kilcummin State School, located 20km away, provides excellent educational facilities for Prep to Year 7 students.
Land Types: Most of Bendemeer is softwood scrub country that has been developed into Buffel grass pastures with Stylo and some Bambatsi with Blackbutt influence throughout. Blue, Mitchell and Flinders grasses grow well in the downs soils. The country ranges from heavy black soil downs and fertile scrub soils running back to forest hills. It is generally undulating along the Miclere, Brigalow & Western Creek frontages, which traverse the property. On the western side of the Gregory Developmental Road, the land rises to tableland country and low escarpments. Business Operation: Bendemeer is the administrative centre of the Burnett Group. Bull breeding, beef cattle growing and finishing are the predominant agricultural activities.
Employees: 6-10 permanent and casual employees are based at Bendemeer.
Overview: Bendemeer is the hub of the Burnett Group and the home of the Burnett family since 1943. John, Jan, Doug and Amanda live at and operate part of the Burnett Enterprises arm of the business from Bendemeer. Originally a breeding and finishing enterprise, the focus now is on producing performance and fertility rated Braford and red Brahman cross bulls required for other breeding herds at Monteagle, Jo Jo and Frankfield. Growing and finishing steers and culled females from other breeding properties on the highly productive Buffel grass based pastures complements the bull breeding operation. Approximately 330ha are established with the highly nutritious tree legume, Leucaena, which is ideal for finishing steers.
"I worked with the Burnett Group for over 5 years and can not speak highly enough of the support and guidance that I received in this time. I was initially employed as a Stationhand, however then moved into the Headstockman position at Frankfield. My partner Holly and I were sad to leave, but we have left with a great memories and the knowledge to pursue other interests in the beef cattle industry."