Woomargama Station began as a 40,000-acre sheep run taken up in 1838 by Messrs McKenzie and Wilde. From that period the station passed through a few different owners until the Splatt family bought a smaller version of the property in 1881. The matriarch of the family, Leah Augusta Splatt, was a formidable woman who was among the first Australians to send frozen mutton to Britain.
In 1910 the Splatts sold the 18,000-acre Woomargama Station, with 21,000 sheep and almost 500 cattle, to Captain Reginald Clarke for £80,000. Woomargama sheep were always highly sought after because their wool was among the highest quality, and as a consequence sold for the top prices. During Clarke’s time at Woomargama he greatly improved the property, presiding over major extensions and expansions to the famous Woomargama woolshed, and building the homestead that still stands today.
In 1965 Gordon and Margaret Darling bought 2,5000 acres of the property. During the time the Darlings owned the property they played host to several prominent guests, including then Governor of California Ronald Reagan (who later became President of the United States) and his wife Nancy in 1973, and HRH the Prince of Wales, Diana, Princess of Wales and HRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge during their 1983 tour of Australia.
Woomargama Station in partnership with the Nature Conservation Trust of NSW (NCT) has established a 600 hectare conservation reserve, which legally and permanently protects its Box Gum Woodland as a legacy for future generations. That’ s about 150 Melbourne Cricket Ground’ s worth of protected endangered habitat that the threatened wildlife can now call home.
The whitest, brightest wool possible is grown on our Poll Merino ewes, where fibre quality is paramount. Rams are carefully selected using a mix of visual selection and Australian Sheep Breeding Values, with the flock classed by Craig Wilson. Sheep are run on a mix of native and improved pastures, ensuring well-nourished wool and healthy stock. Rams are sourced from the Bogo Merino Stud at Yass, NSW, to meet the goals of a high end Merino flock able to produce quality fibre and well grown sheep.
Both sheep and cattle are treated humanely at all times through the various animal health regimes, during lambing and calving, and through times when feed is not abundant. High levels of animal husbandry are inherent in every task undertaken.
Vaccine is sourced from reputable animal health companies and dosage rates are adhered to diligently. Healthy herds and flocks are productive, and minimising chances of contracting any animal health diseases is considered best practice.
Woomargama Station has limited use of antibiotics within its sheep flock. At times, the use of antibiotics is required, but these animals are identified and withholding periods are carefully monitored.
Ensuring that the Merino ewes are in good condition leading up to lambing is a critical part of the equation in maximising lambing rates. The use of principles learned in the Lifetime Ewe Management Course, run by Meat and Livestock Australia, combined with smaller mob sizes and careful paddock selection, has resulted in lambing percentages which consistently top 100 per cent, compared to the industry average for Merinos of about 80 per cent.
A long-held herd of Hereford cattle has been fine-tuned with the influence of some of the best genetics in Australia in the past few years. An artificial insemination program over each drop of heifers using semen from industry-leading sires will speed up that progress, as will the introduction of bulls from the Injemira Beef Genetics at Book Book, NSW, and the Days Whiteface stud at Bordertown, South Australia, both high end and respected seed stock producers in the Hereford breed. The Woomargama herd holds a number of accreditations, including European Union, Pasture Certified Assurance Scheme and JBS Farm Assurance to maximise the possible markets for cattle sold.
Our cattle are lifetime certified pasturefed. This claim is recognised by the peak accreditation body PCAS fulfilling all acreditation requirements.
The endangered box-gum woodland our cattle graze is protected in perpetuity by Nature Conservation Trust covenants. We are passionate about demonstrating that you can run a profitable business while also being focussed on sustainability.
Woomargama's cattle are hormone free. Our cattle are naturally grown and fed.