Australian Tayla Bidgood describes herself as a passionate Agwoman. Having grown up on her family’s property in Baralaba in Queensland, being a cattle grazier is in her blood. For the 26-year-old cowgirl she has set herself up well over the years and thanks her parents help and guidance for where she is today.
Following school Tayla ventured out West to Alpha where she worked on a cattle property for a year before she returned home at young age of 18 years old and started leasing 1000 acres off Anglo American. This is where she had the opportunity to start her own cattle herd. She started out by purchasing 50 brahman heifers and hasn’t looked back. She has continued to buy cows and calves since as well as managing a breeding programme to continually build up her herd.
Last year Tayla was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to purchase a 160-acre property of her own. The added advantage of her recent purchase is the 42 acres under centre pivot irrigation making management of feed a lot easier. She has made the block self-contained by also growing hay for the cattle off the pastures at peak times of the year.
Tayla’s number one passion is horses, she currently owns 16 and they fit well into her cattle business. She breeds her own as well as purchasing educated ones to carry on. Moving the cattle with her horses works well as they move and handle so well and at the same time Tayla gets to educate the mount she is on at the time. She also does contract mustering for properties across central & western Queensland which is a great time to put miles under her horses as well as experience and learn from other operations.
Tayla says everything she does is because she lives it and loves working with animals, but it’s also the people in the industry that make every day so great. “I wouldn’t change a thing – every day is different, different landscape and different people”
Well Tayla for a young cattle breeder you are doing yourself and the industry proud and we wish you all the best.