— Warialda NSW —
Gunyerwarildi Station is located about 28 kilometres north of Warialda, within the renowned ‘golden triangle’ of favoured North West Slopes cropland with an average rainfall is 690mm.
It has the ability to produce annually more than 20,000 tonnes of grain and to finish 100,000 head of cattle to Meat Standards Australia standard.
Cattle are bought in at starting weights of 300-420 kilograms, and following a 20-day induction in a feedlot, they are depastured in 40ha paddocks with an ad-lib grain supplement for a further 90 days.
Key to the success of the operation is the ‘Grain Assist’ feeding program.
This program is where grain (mostly barley) is treated in an on-farm steam flaking mill – the only one in Australia – to reduce it to readily-digestible flakes.
Supply agreements are in place with leading processors including Woolworths, Bindaree, Manildra and JBS, and finished cattle are delivered by the company’s own trucking fleet.
The mostly gently undulating country is a productive (and 60 per cent arable) mix of alluvial, chocolate, red loam and lighter sandy soils.
It is contoured with farm-over banks and intersected by timbered ridges.
Infrastructure includes a 7,000 head feedlot of 51 pens (with approval to expand to 20,000 head).
There is also a silo battery of 5,500 tonnes, the steam flaking mill, six sets of cattle yards plus numerous sheds, workshops and housing.