Arubiddy Station

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Arubiddy Station is located in Western Australia
Arubiddy Station
Arubiddy Station
Location in Western Australia

Arubiddy Station is a pastoral lease that operates as a sheep station in Western Australia.

It is located 394 kilometres (245 mi) east of Norseman and 489 kilometres (304 mi) south east of Laverton on the Nullabor Plain in the Goldfields-Esperance region.

The station occupies an area of 3,144 square kilometres (1,214 sq mi) and has a carrying capacity of 21,000 sheep.[1] The station is composed of open grassland and saltbush with no salt lakes or heavy scrub all divided into 44 well fenced paddocks that respond quickly after rain. The property has a machinery shed, a six stand woolshed, with extensive weldmesh yards and a drafting facility and is fenced with 1,650 kilometres (1,025 mi) of fencing. No surface water sources exist and bores are used to water stock.[2] There are a total of 12 bores with 127 kilometres (79 mi) of piping to distribute water about the property.[3]

Arrubiddy was established in 1961 along with other properties in the area including Rawlinna, Kanandah and Moonera Stations then later Kybo and Balgair were established.[3]

The current homestead was built in 1969, constructed from brick and has three bedrooms, one bathroom and two loungerooms. Another cottage exists near the homestead with quarters for another twenty staff with mess facilities, known as the shearers quarters. There is a two bedroom cottage also located near the homestead for an oversear. There is also a three bedroom house located near the highway for another staff member and their family

The Brown family took over at Arubiddy in the 1970s and continued to improve the property. In 2003 a field trial involving the making of hay out of the native grass, speargrass (Austrostipa scabra), at Kanandah station had bales sent to Arubiddy to be used as feed for wethers. The station owners and managers, the Brown family, conducted the trial and found the feed to have environmental and economic benefits.[4]

The property was passed in at auction in 2009 for A$2.8 million along with a flock of 17,000 sheep.[1] Arubiddy Station is still on the market for sale as of September 2013.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Arubiddy passed in". Weekly Times. News Limited. 9 October 2009. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Arubiddy Station" (PDF). Elders Limited. 2010. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Technical Bulletin - An inventory and condition survey of the Western Australian part of the Nullarbor region. No. 97" (PDF). Department of Agriculture. December 2010. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  4. ^ G.L. Krebs, R.R. Rouda and S.P. Van Wyndgaarden (2003). "On-station Production of Native Speargrass Hay in Western Australia" (PDF). Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 

Coordinates: 31°48′32″S 125°55′30″E / 31.809°S 125.925°E / -31.809; 125.925