Alcoa is best known as an aluminium producer, but did you know we also have a successful farmlands business?
Alcoa’s pledge to environmental rehabilitation and sustainability is demonstrated in the 19,000 hectares of rural landholdings it manages at Pinjarra, Wagerup and Boddington – known as Alcoa Farmlands.
Alcoa Farmlands has the largest beef breeding herd in the south west of Australia, producing approximately 2000 tonnes of beef annually.
By developing strategies to develop best practice in sustainable farming, Alcoa Farmlands exhibits a farming system that increases beef production per hectare to make it economically sustainable and environmentally compatible.
While beef breeding is the main agricultural activity, with approximately 12,000 cattle run across the three locations, this enterprise is supported by a cattle backgrounding enterprise, 800 hectares cropping program and grazing of 3000 sheep.
Alcoa Farmlands is acknowledged within the industry for producing a high standard of cattle product. It has been ISO 9001 accredited with Cattlecare Quality Assurance for more than 15 years, achieves audit standards of the Livestock Producers Association QA system and consistently produces livestock that satisfies the Meat Standards Australia grading system.
In the past 15 years Alcoa Farmlands has planted more than 1,100,000 trees, protected 25 kilometres of streamlines through fencing and revegetation of stream banks, protected wetlands, and protected and enhanced 4500 hectares remnant vegetation and revegetation areas.
With annual gross turnover of more than $3 million, Alcoa Farmlands is proud to spend more than $1.3 million in local communities each year.
If you are interested in visiting Farmlands contact the Discovery Centre for an arranged tour.
The mission statement for Alcoa Farmlands is to manage Alcoa’s agricultural land as an environmental buffer zone supporting refining and residue operations in a commercially sound and environmentally caring way that builds local community relations.