Pharo Cattle Company
Pharo Cattle Company (PCC) has grown to one of the largest seedstock producers in America. Built upon many unconventional ideas, the status quo beef industry generally doesn’t agree with us — but we are okay with that.
For the past ten years, we have been selling 800 to 1000 grass-developed bulls per year.
Furracabad Station is a homestead south of Glen Innes, New South Wales, Australia, comprising 6750 acres located at the head of Furracabad Valley and Mathieson Valley.
Furracabad runs a solely grass fed breeding herd of approximately 1200 self-replacing Angus females.
Pharo Cattle Australia
For the last three or four years, Pharo Cattle Company has been visiting with the people from Furracabad Station in NSW about the possibility of creating a program similar to PCC in Australia. The more we talked about it, the more excited everyone became. That prompted us to form an international partnership with Furracabad Station called Pharo Cattle Australia (PCA).
30 Year History
Pharo Cattle Company has been a no-nonsense, grass-based seedstock producer in the United States for 30 years. While the status quo beef industry was hell-bent to increase production per animal, PCC was focused on increasing production and profit per hectare. There is a BIG difference!
Focusing on production per animal may create bragging rights — but it will always have a negative effect on profit. The status quo beef industry — around the world — has been focused on the wrong thing for over 40 years. As the industry succeeded in increasing production (and size) per animal, production and profit per hectare decreased. It doesn’t matter how big your cattle are if they’re not profitable.
We have concluded the most profitable cows, in nearly all environments, are:
- Thick, easy-fleshing
- Wean 50% of their own weight on a year-round, all-grass diet
These low-input Solar Cows make it possible to increase stocking rate (production per hectare), while decreasing cost of production.
Pharo Cattle Company is proud of the fact that we have helped hundreds of cow-calf producers in America increase their profits by 50 percent to over 200 percent. To a lesser extent we are doing the same thing in Canada, Mexico, South Africa and Australia. Our goal, from the very beginning, has been to help ranchers put more fun and profit into their business.
Furracabad Station is owned by Geoff Putland. Geoff is a businessman first — and a cattleman second. This allows him to look at the business of ranching much differently than most ranchers. Ryan and Kate Usmar take care of the day-to-day management decisions.
For the last 12 years… Geoff, Ryan and Kate have been greatly frustrated by the limited amount of profit produced by status quo ranching. The return on investment was terrible! The bulls they purchased were unable to do 6 weeks’ worth of work before falling apart. Using bulls that were unable to perform on an all-grass diet created cows that were unable to perform on grass alone.
Bulls that are unable to perform on an all-grass diet create cows that are unable to perform on grass alone.
In May of 2015, Ryan and Kate heard Kit Pharo speak at Beef Week in Rockhampton. They were intrigued and excited by what they heard. Ryan was so intrigued, he attended another meeting five days later that Kit spoke at. They had finally found many of the answers and solutions they had been looking for.
Furracabad Station has always pushed their cows hard. They let the environment sort out the good ones, while they showed absolutely no sympathy for open, late or dry cows. They also have no tolerance for cows with bad dispositions, bad udders or structural problems. In addition to all of this, they cull all animals that require assistance at calving.
If you really want to put your cowherd to the test, shorten your breeding season. For several years, Furracabad Station has only had a 45-day breeding season for their cows, and a 25-day season for their heifers. Heifers are developed on grass. They are joined at 14 months of age — and are expected to calve unassisted at 2 years of age.
PCC genetics to Australia
In the last 3 years Furracabad Station has purchased 5 of Pharo Cattle Company’s very best Angus bulls.
Since live bulls cannot be imported by Australia, they sent the bulls to collection centers in the US. They collect 5000 units of semen on every PCC bull. This is exported to Australia for use on their cows.
At least 1200 cows are AI bred to PCC bulls every year.