Wooldridge Family Farm, Arthur River
The Wooldridge Family, Brad and Tracy and daughters, Sophie and Emily, live at Arthur River, half way between Perth and Albany.
They run a mixed cropping and livestock farm. Crops cover about half the area and include Barley, Oats, Canola and Lupins. The remainder is pasture and on this run up to 2000 composite and Suffolk ewes, supplying store prime lambs for a feed lotter.
Over the past 20 years the farm has been assisting researchers with areas to run projects.
Current projects include:
- A new perennial pasture trial – complete with auto logging soil moisture probes
- An active optical sensor project site – one of 6 nationally with UNE to develop a phone app to measure pasture biomass
- Grain and Graze 3, transition from pasture to crop , weed control measurements
- Remote sensing – satellite use for seasonal planning and high resolution in paddock spatial analysis
Brad and Tracy are members of the local bush fire brigade, southern DiRT’s research committee, Rabo’s client council and local farmer self-mentoring group. They have had the pleasure of many visitors over the years and are happy to share this experience with you.
They enjoy working with animals, have started keeping bees, have large areas of conserved bush and are in the process of expanding their business.
Rex Family Farm, Beaufort River
Rob and Caroline have been farming together since 1992. They have three children,Alec is an Agronomist at Kojonup Agricultural Supplies in Kojonup, Megan is studying Architecture at UWA in Perth and James our youngest is at boarding School in Perth.
We own 2 properties: Westendale – 2700ha located just east of the Albany Hwy approximately 200km south of Perth in the Arthur River area, and Na-laura – 844ha Located 20km west of Kojonup.
The properties we manage are mixed farming enterprises consisting of self-replacing merino sheep flocks and cropping.
- Rainfall: 420ml predominately winter rainfall
- Soil type: The majority of our soils are sandy loams over clay at variable depth
- Stocking Rate: Approx. 10-11DSE to the winter grazed ha.
- Crops grown: Wheat, canola, barley lupins and oats in rotation.
- Crop area: 1300ha (this is very variable)
- Pastures: mixed species perennial/annual pastures in most of the grazing only areas, with the remainder annual based pastures.
- Stock: Self replacing merino sheep flock.
Our farm vision is to “Regenerate People, Profit and the Environment.” We believe that healthy soils are vital for long term profit in farming. To try and keep our decision making as simple as possible we think: people, profit, environment, water, minerals and energy and how will they be impacted. Those six things guide all our decision making.”
For Neil and Sandy Jackson, farming is their passion. The Jackson family are proudly 4th generation Merino growers running a flock of just under 20 000 adult sheep plus lambs. Their farm is divided into 2 blocks under our (and Rabobank’s, haha) ownership, and we lease a third property, farming a total area of around 4200ha. We crop approximately 1100ha which complements our livestock management system. Currently 3 of the 4 Jackson generations live and work on their properties. Their son, Sam, has recently graduated from Marcus Oldham Agricultural College in Victoria, and returned home to commence his career in Ag. All view agriculture as a challenging and fulfilling career. Ongoing education and employing key advisors are an integral part of the success of their business which they hope will continue for many generations to come. The Jackson family welcome you to Overton and look forward to giving you a first-hand experience with the one of the finest natural fibres on earth, Merino wool.