Pastoral

Cattle-Mt-AugustusThe Gascoyne’s pastoral industry production value was approximately $30 million in 2015, and is the predominant use of land in the region.  Pastoral stations represent more than just an industry to the people of the Gascoyne. It is a way of life that characterizes the history and people of the region. Despite its history as a wool producing region, the main production from the pastoral region in the Gascoyne is now beef, sheep and lamb meat.

The total gross value for livestock disposals for 2015  was $22,184,712 million. This was 2% of the state’s total gross value and comprised 27% of the region’s income.

 

 

 

Value of pastoral production in the Gascoyne in 2015

Livestock slaughtered and other disposals Total gross value
Cattle & calves – total disposal $20,542,791
Sheep & lambs – total disposal $976, 254
Goats $665,667
Total Value $22,184,712
Livestock production wool $4,829,230
Eggs production for human consumption $242,389
Total Value $5,071,619

Australian Bureau of Statistics Agricultural Survey Gascoyne

WOR_2300There are 80 pastoral stations in the Gascoyne average size of a pastoral lease in the Gascoyne is 149, 405 hectares.

The productivity per hectare of the rangelands is relatively low compared with productivity in the southern agricultural regions of WA. Even though there may be low productivity, this is offset by the large size of pastoral businesses and the relatively large livestock herds and flocks on each pastoral lease.

As the tenure of the rangelands is pastoral leasehold, the capital invested in landholdings is relatively low per hectare of land, compared with other forms of land tenure, mainly freehold, in the agricultural regions.

Meat and wool production are the primary pastoral activities, however many enterprising stations are diversifying to take advantage of opportunities in goat domestication, horticulture, inland aquaculture and outback tourism.

Measures taken toward diversification to protect this marginal region are encapsulated in the Gascoyne Murchison Strategy, a Federal/State partnership program that is still widely influencing direction in the Gascoyne pastoral industry.

The WA Department of Agriculture and Food is active in rangelands management and development. The Department of Agriculture and Food have published a good overview of rangelands pastoral businesses.

Rangelands WA is one of six regional natural resource management groups established in Western Australia in accordance with the agreement between the Australian and Western Australian Governments to deliver the Caring for Country program. The directions and priorities of this organization on land use planning are encapsulated in their strategy.

Gascoyne Pastoralism Investment Profile