The South Western Region of Australia was originally part of an ancient land called Gondwanaland, dating back to the Pre-Cambian period. Gondwanaland was made up of South America, Africa, India, Antarctica and Australia. A warm Gondwanaland gradually broke up in the late Cretaceous-Tertiary period. This South Western part of Australia moved northwards to warmer and more arid latitudes. Plant and animal life abounded the continents at this time. The land
area is known as Yilgarnia and the granite rock on which the land rests is called the Yilgarn block. It measures over 900 km north to south and 700 km east to west.
Through the Tertiary period from 55 million years ago, a period widespread laterization and weathering occurred and soils continued to develop. Plants in this area have been allowed to develop largely uninterrupted from before this time. This is basically due to the fact that the area has not been subject to any glaciation from the Cambrian Period to the present day. The area however has been subject to changing climates, and climatic forces.
West Cape Howe is the most southerly Cape on the south coast of Western Australia, and lies between Albany and Denmark.
Albany is the major city in the region. The population is approx. 35000. It is the Port for the surrounding hinterland; with major grain terminal and wood chip export facility. The air service to Albany is twice daily from Perth the Capital city of Western Australia. Albany is a major holiday centre and tourist destination.
Denmark is the second largest town in the region, with a population of approx 5000. The rapidly expanding Denmark community has an annual growth rate of 14%; one of the fastest growth rates in Western Australia. The expanding economy of Denmark over recent years is paralleled by the development of the food and wine tourism.
The Region is well renowned for its natural beauty, flowers, harbour, coastline and cool summers in a hot dry State.
We have 230 breeding cattle, including Herefords, Simintal and Red Angus. The calves are sold as vealers to the local market in Mt Barker. We have 600 breeding merino ewes. They now are mated to Dohne rams, and the fat lambs are sold to the local market in Katanning. Our merino wool is relatively fine and of good quality which is sold in Fremantle.