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.
We aspire to manage the agricultural lands in a way that is consistent with best practice land use, protects and enhances landscape and environmental values, and supports the local community.
To achieve this, we use a combination of technology, management tools, knowledge, skill, complimentary enterprises, spending within our operating region and quality assurance.
Alcoa Farmlands has the largest beef breeding herd in the South-West of Australia with more than 12,000 breeding cattle, and producing approximately 2000 tonnes of beef annually.
The majority (65 per cent) of the breeding herd is Angus-based with the remaining being Murray Grey and their crosses. Every year the business purchases between 30 and 40 bulls. The total arable area of Farmlands is approximately 11,000 hectares, there is also approximately 5,500 hectares of remnant vegetation, as well as several waterways flowing through the properties. On average the properties receive approximately 800mm of rain every year.
As well as breeding cattle, Farmlands business also comprises:
- Cattle trading - Alcoa Farmlands has bought and sold up to 1200 cattle opportunistically on an annual basis to capitalise on increases in market demand.
- 800 hectares of oaten crop is grown at the Boddington property which is contracted for sale to Quacker Oats for the making of porridge and other breakfast products.
- 4,500 backgrounded cattle - Farmlands grows livestock to a specification that is required by the owner.
- Annual production of 3,000 tonnes of hay - Alcoa does not buy hay for supplementary feeding to its livestock. All fodder is grown on the landholdings used as food for the livestock during autumn and winter when feed supply decreases.
- 3,000 sheep - We either trade or hold sheep on agistment contracts for periods that suit management needs for other major enterprises.
Sales and customers
- Livestock sales
Livestock is sold direct to processor, farm and also through public sale yards.
For the past five years Farmlands has used AuctionsPlus, which is an internet-based sales program. There are many benefits to this selling method including significant animal welfare advantages, such as the livestock going direct from paddock to purchaser.
- Local contributions
Farmlands contributes more than $1.3 million to the local economy.
- Local contractor services
Farmlands support local families and businesses by contracting local services for its operations. It is preferred that contractors are located within a 50km radius of operations.
- Accredited with Cattlecare since 1997, Meat Standards Australia, Livestock Producers Association
Quality assurance systems have been actively deployed on all properties for more than 15 years. This ensures we are delivering high quality livestock that meet the specifications of our customers.
- National Livestock Identification Tool (NLIS)
Farmlands uses NLIS as a management tool to record weight gains and performance of specific lines of cattle and to improve overall business performance.