Area: 34 600 hectares (85 450 acres)
Location: Jo Jo is located 130km west of Springsure and 105km south-east of Alpha. Jo Jo sits on top of the Drummond Range at the headwaters of both the Nogoa and Belyando Rivers.
Land Types: Jo Jo consists of approximately 20 000ha of developed country which originally comprised about 8 000ha of superior softwood scrub. It is moderately undulating country with a strong mix of Buffel, legumes and native grasses. Sodic scrub soils, creek flats and hollows with open forest rangelands carry a good body of improved pastures, most notably Buffel grass, and provides quality grazing.
Business Operation: A three-way rotational breeding program using Braford, Brahman and Euro cross breeders, with the focus of growing and finishing steers. Additional store steers are supplied to the Bendemeer and Yackadoo production systems from Jo Jo. Being situated in a different climate zone to the Clermont properties provides environmental and climatic balance and allows flexibility with marketing and cattle turn-off.
Employees: 3 full time employees supplemented with staff from other properties when required. Helicopters and horses are used for mustering.
Overview: Nestled amid the rugged but picturesque hills of the Drummond Range, lush creek flats and legume supplemented Buffel pastures, Jo Jo consistently produces high calving rates and excellent growth of steers. Purchased as an undeveloped block in 1997, Jo Jo has become an integral part of the Burnett Group properties by guaranteeing reliable production turn-off. Using the original Bendemeer Braford genetics and the rotational three-way cross-breeding program, the Jo Jo herd has become an efficient, economical beef production unit. Jo Jo is very much a breeding, backgrounding and finishing operation. Approximately half of the steers produced at Jo Jo are grown through to Jap ox, with the remainder being sent to Bendemeer to grow and finish.
"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."