The rugged west coast of Tasmania is an ideal place to raise cattle — if you can handle the wind.
For more than half a century, Royce Smith's family has produced premium grass-fed beef at blustery Granville Harbour.
Along the way Mr Smith has lost three clotheslines to the roaring forties — winds gusting up to 200 kilometres per hour directly off the Southern Ocean.
The persistent wind created the opportunity to diversify the farm in a big way.
Paddocks have been turned into a construction site for a 31-turbine wind farm.
"I guess you could say we are now drought proof," Mr Smith said.
The third-generation farmer said the project has secured the family farm's future.
"I've been able to employ more people and we are improving the property with good fences," he said.
- A 31-turbine, $280m wind farm to be built on beef farm
- Farmer says wind farm will secure future of farm
- Electricity will be exported to mainland
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Tas Country Hour (8 April 2019)