AACo Darwin Abattoir go ahead-North Australian Beef Ltd

May 30th, 2012

Managing Director of the AACo, David Farley, has said that the AACo is now proceeding with plans to build an abattoir south of Darwin. The NT government has given approval for the project.  The Darwin abattoir has already received support from the RSPCA because it provides producers with an option other than live export, and […]

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RMWAH’s purchase of Henbury Cattle Station, NT – on ABC Landline

March 23rd, 2012

R.M. Williams Agricultural Holdings (RMWAH) ‘carbon farming’ plans for Henbury cattle Station will feature on ABC television’s Landline programme at noon this Sunday (25th March).  Landline is repeated at 11.00 each Monday morning. Henbury is a cattle station located in the Alice Springs region of the Northern Territory, and was purchased last year by RMWAH with the help […]

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AACo – Corella Lake on Brunette Downs

March 17th, 2012

It was nice to open up the Townsville Bulletin today and see David Farley, CEO of the Australian Agricultural Company (AACo).  Because he is standing in front of one of my aerial photographs of Corella Lake, one of the large freshwater lakes on the AAco’s blue-ribbon cattle station in the Northern Territory, Brunette Downs. The […]

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Tanumbirini Station sold to Thames Pastoral Company

February 23rd, 2012

Baldy Bay Pty Ltd  has sold the NT’s Tanumbirini Station to a business apparently new to rural Australia, and about which very little is publicly known – Thames Pastoral Company.  Tanumbirini Station was previously owned by Henry & Maria Townshend, who sold it in 2006. According to Beef Central, David Connolly is the manager of Thames […]

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Peter Sherwin – Sherwin Pastoral Company

December 14th, 2011

Discovered a very interesting newspaper article on Peter Sherwin, titled ‘Peter Sherwin:  the battles of a real strange critter’.  Written by Colleen Ryan and Sue Lecky, this lengthy article on Peter Sherwin was published in the Sydney Morning Herald on January 7th 1989.  It can be read now on the Toowoomba Hotel website.  As they say, […]

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Vestey cattle properties resumed by Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez

November 3rd, 2011

The British company ‘Vestey Group’  was founded in 1897 by brothers William and Edmund Vestey.  Around the early 1900’s the Vestey family company had begun purchasing agricultural land in South American countries and Australia, and over the decades the company developed vertical integration – cattle stations, meatworks (eg at Wyndham [WA], Bullocky Point in Darwin [NT] and Lakes Creek […]

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Australian Outback Calendars – outback photos

October 13th, 2011

After many years of customer requests I was all teed up to finally produce a 2012 Australian outback calendar.  I even had the format planned and most of the photos picked out. Just before I got stuck right into calendar production, I was approached by Landmark because they wanted the 2012 Landmark calendar to feature large […]

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Foreign ownership of Australian land and water

October 4th, 2011

There has been quite a bit written about recently published figures by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) showing the percentage of overseas ownership of Australian land.  Many writers have conveniently interpreted the figures to mean Australians are a paranoid, parochial lot – unreasonably concerned with mythically increasing overseas ownership. There is virtually no objective analysis and in-depth discussion of […]

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Ken Warriner and Consolidated Pastoral Company (CPC)

August 22nd, 2011

Mark Irwin became the new CEO of Consolidated Pastoral Company on 1st August, replacing  long-term CPC CEO Ken Warriner.  However Ken will stay on as CPC Chairman, and still presumably owns a 10% stake in the company. Consolidated Pastoral Company (CPC) is Australia’s second largest beef producing company, after the Australian Agricultural Company (AACo).  In 1983 Kerry Packer […]

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RMWAH buys Henbury Station, Alice Springs

July 5th, 2011

R.M. Williams Agricultural Holdings (RMWAH) has apparently just purchased Henbury Station, on the Sturt Highway 125km south of Alice Springs.  The 5,168 square kilometre station has an extensive creek and river system (including Finke and Palmer River frontage) and has 15 permanent waterholes.  It was for sale through Elders – after being passed in at auction […]

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