HISTORY

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Wooramel Station has been operating as a pastoral sheep property in WA since the early 1800s when artesian water was drilled for allowing large volumes of water to facilitate the watering of livestock along many miles of bore-drains. This method of watering stock is now retired with kms of poly pipe laid below ground and tank/ trough units installed in areas that had limited water previously. Each tank trough unit has a Total Grazing Management Trap surrounding it to allow for cost effective mustering of all types of stock. This has reduced the need for high numbers of staff and expensive mustering costs using fixed wing or rotor aircraft.

In recent years management has concentrated heavily on regeneration of areas that have traditionally been eroded and/ or overstocked with vast improvements of pastures to the point where cattle have been introduced in large numbers to speed up the regeneration process while ensuring a viable income base. Secure multi stock fencing has been erected to control animals and manage fragile rehabilitation areas.

Trading of cattle has become a mainstay enterprise.

Export of goats from its feedlot has been a major enterprise with the trading of goats from other properties combined with its domesticated Boar cross herd and the continued migration of Rangeland Goats into Wooramel.

Livestock history

Sheep - originally breeding Merino wool as a mainstay, Wooramels moved to Dorper meat sheep to work in conjunction with the irrigated pasture.

Goats - Wooramel sells off 8,000 to 10,000 rangeland goats per year. In addition to this, selected does have been mated to Boar Bucks to improve conformation and hybrid vigour (2009). Currently used markets are Domestic Abattoirs for boxed meat export to the US, Taiwan, Korea, Indonesia and Malaysia. Live export is still a major form of trade for short haul transport in which Malaysia and Indonesia play significant roles in the market place. Boxed meat is a mainstay through domestic abattoirs.

Cattle - A nucleus herd of 800-1500 Drought master and Red/ Black Angus cows are maintained. In addition to a core breeeding herd, trading and agistment are key enterprises that are made possible via key infrastructure positioning.