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 2011/2012 was $24,710,591 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
|Livestock slaughtered and other disposals||Total gross value|
|Cattle & calves – total disposal||$20,063,235|
|Sheep & lambs – total disposal||$4,451,436|
|Livestock production wool||$4,829,230|
|Eggs production for human consumption||$242,389|
Australian Bureau of Statistics Agricultural Survey Gascoyne
There are 80 pastoral stations in the Gascoyne average size of a pastoral lease in the Gascoyne is 125,627 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, howev7er 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.
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.
Please download a Gascoyne Pastoralism profile .pdf published in 2010.