Ken & Geoff Warriner leaving Consolidated Pastoral Company (CPC)

July 4th, 2012

It’s not really a surprise that Ken Warriner is set to leave Consolidated Pastoral Company (CPC) because it was likely sooner or later.  However it is a big surprise to hear today that Ken’s son Geoff, CPC Chief Operating Officer,  is also set to leave the company – and in less than 4 week’s time. […]

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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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Beef Australia Expo (Rocky’s Beef Week) 2012

May 14th, 2012

Beef Week is over for another 3 years. This year a record crowd attended of almost 85,000 people, over 5 days.  Many Beef Australia visitors travelled from interstate and remote areas, and other countries.  Though the tradefair keeps me flat out for the duration, it’s immensely enjoyable.  I’m already looking forward to Beef Week in […]

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Rocky’s Beef Week, May 2012

April 6th, 2012

Only a month to go until Rockhampton’s triennial Beef Week Exposition, running from 7th to the 12th of May, 2012. I’ll be there again this year, in the Walter Pearce Pavilion at tradefair stand number 45.  This year, not far from the restaurant – so I’ll be able to smell food, even though I won’t […]

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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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Australia’s pastoral companies – land ownership & changes; corporate & family

December 20th, 2011

Most of Australia’s largest pastoral companies, whether publicly or privately owned, list the cattle stations, sheep properties, farms and feedlots owned, on their websites. This was not always the case and it is probably only done these days to help secure the attention of prospective employees. The Australian Agricultural Company (AACo) is publicly owned and […]

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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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