GASCOYNE PASTORAL INDUSTRY
Pastoralism has a long and proud tradition in the Gascoyne region. With wide open spaces and a legacy of care and farming knowledge, the Gascoyne pastoral industry delivers environmentally friendly, high quality products throughout Australia and the world.
Pastoralism was brought to the Gascoyne region in 1876 with the introduction of sheep farming. Modern pastoralists have diversified mostly into beef, with sheep and goat livestock production playing a smaller but still important role in the region today.
In 2015, there were 80 active pastoral leases in the Gascoyne region, with an average lease size of 149,405 ha. In the same year, total gross value for livestock disposals was $22 million, representing 2 per cent of Western Australia’s total gross value and 27 per cent of the region’s income.
Pastoral properties in the Gascoyne are spread far and wide, and while often being geographically isolated, businesses are actively engaged with the pastoral and wider Gascoyne community. Many of the region’s pastoral businesses are largely self-sufficient and have branched into agri-tourism, which is just one example of the industry’s adaptability and willingness for innovation and diversification.
In joining the Gascoyne Primary Producers pastoral businesses saw the value in having a united, authoritative voice to speak on their behalf and develop rich and productive relationships along the supply chain.
Through GPP, pastoral primary producers will look to develop future growth through better sharing of information, advocacy and representation.
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