As a student or researcher, there's so much to discover in the Queensland outback at Fletcherview.
Fletcherview runs approximately 600 head of high-grade Brahman cattle: 300 breeder-aged females and 300 yearling cattle. For over 25 years we have been breeding the herd to be genetically similar, meaning less variation in genetic performance and better results from research studies.
Bred with impeccable temperaments, the cattle are ideal for helping support your research, learning and teaching. Our main operation is to supply these livestock to the James Cook University College of Public Health, Medical & Veterinary Sciences. We ensure our cattle are representative of the Northern Australian beef industry and all research on our station is transparent to the rest of the industry.
We have two main country types: black and red basalt soils, and alluvial river flats along the river. The basalt country features native grasses like black spear, kangaroo, desert blue, golden beard, flinders, and numerous others, as well as introduced species like stylos buffel and urochloa. The alluvial country is mostly inhabited by introduced grasses such as buffel, urochloa, stylos and some leucaena.
The station hugs a 2.5 kilometre length of the Burdekin River, one of the largest river systems in Queensland. You will also find three major creek systems (Lolworth Creek, Pandanus Creek and Hann Creek) on the property to analyse and explore.
Like much of regional Queensland, our research station typically experiences a wet and dry season each year. The wet season usually begins in early January and continues until April. During this time, Fletcherview receives most of its annual rainfall.
Our accommodation block can sleep 12 people at one time. The self-contained accommodation block has:
- five rooms with two bunks each, and one double room
- internet connectivity and WiFi
- common area
- shared bathroom facilities
We offer quality, industry-standard livestock handling facilities for weighing, scanning and collecting samples.
The yards are designed for the optimal student learning experience and for ease of conducting research. We can easily demonstrate our procedures and processes to classes, groups and visitors. We've also ensured that mains power supply is connected to our stockyards for running electrical equipment.
Small paddocks in close proximity to the yards allow for intensive studies when livestock need to be handled or monitored regularly. These paddocks are used for pasture improvement research when specific areas need to be resting or when grazing actively needs to be monitored.
We have 3G and 4G phone coverage to 90% of the property, allowing remote sensors and equipment to transmit data to the Internet.