Area: 3 917 hectares (9 675 acres)
Location: Yackadoo is located 70km north of Clermont and 15km from the Mt McLaren Grain Depot. Kilcummin State School, with two teachers and an enrolment of 30 students from Prep to Year 7, is situated 10km from the homestead.
Land Types: The country comprises heavy self-mulching black soil downs and soft self-mulching fertile brown/red clays in the scrub soils. Present development includes 600ha of Leucaena, which has been established and pastured with Bambatsi, Gatton Panic and Katamboora Rhodes as inter-row companion grasses. All of the scrub country has been developed with areas grassed or cultivated for grain, Leucaena or pastures. Buffel grass is established in the scrub and fringe the downs soils. Blue Grass, Mitchell and Flinders as well as Buffel grow in the self-mulching downs soils.
Business Operation: Yackadoo is utilised for beef cattle growing and finishing country in conjunction with the Bendemeer aggregation, as well as opportunity cash cropping. Approximately 60% of the cultivation country is used for cereal cropping; mainly sorghum and wheat. The balance of the cultivation is planted to forage crops such as Dolichos Lab Lab and forage sorghum, which are utilised for steer finishing and hay production.
Employees: 1 permanent employee with additional assistance from Bendemeer staff when required.
Overview: Situated in the highly regarded Kilcummin farming district, Yackadoo was purchased in 1990 to provide an additional income stream to the business through grain production. With extensive Leucaena pasture now well established, Yackadoo is a premier beef cattle growing and finishing depot for steers. As a diversified farming block, it produces both wheat and sorghum on an annual basis as well as producing hay for other properties within the company.
"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."