Litchfield Station

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Litchfield Station is located in Northern Territory
Litchfield Station
Litchfield Station
Location in Northern Territory

Litchfield Station is a pastoral lease that operates as a cattle station. It is located about 44 kilometres (27 mi) north west of Daly River and 69 kilometres (43 mi) west of Adelaide River in the Northern Territory. Composed primarily of open grazing land the property occupies an area of 1,336 square kilometres (516 sq mi).[1] The two adjoining sister properties are Elizabeth Downs and Tipperary Stations, all three currently operate as a single entity often referred to as the Tipperary Group.

Description[edit]

The property is stocked with approximately 12,000 head of Brahman cattle, with a capacity of 15,000 and is broken up into 28 paddocks with an average size of 47 square kilometres (18 sq mi). Litchfield shares 12 holding paddocks, 6 permanent steel yards, 15 bores and a bitumen airstrip with neighbouring Tipperary. There numerous watering points in the form of creeks, springs and swamps scattered around the property which can dry up before the onset of the wet season, making the cattle dependent on bores for a small part of the year.[2] A 25,000 hectares (61,776 acres) floodplain that contains para grass and marine couch backed onto the Daly River mouth makes up part of Litchfield. The forested higher country is bound by the Reynolds River which is the bounday of Litchfield National Park.

History[edit]

Litchfield was acquired by Melbourne-based barrister Alan Myers QC in 2003 for A$50million along with the 80,000 cattle. Myers also acquired Tipperary, Fish River and Elizabeth Downs stations.[3]

The Australian Agricultural Company offered A$105 million to acquire Tipperary and Litchfield stations along with the 60,000 head of cattle in 2009,[4] but the shareholder voted against the acquisition at an extraordinary general meeting held three months later.[5]

In 2011, Australian Agricultural company purchased the Tipperary groups cattle herd of 53,000 head for A$26 million, and also entered a one-year agreement to use the station group for agistment purposes with options to extend.[6]

David Warriner, the head of the Northern Territory Cattlemens Association, is still managing the group in 2012 which was stocked with 70,000 cattle raised for live export to Indonesia.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brockstar eyes Tipperary Station acquisition". Stock Journal. 22 June 2009. Archived from the original on 30 December 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "ACo. Litchfield & Tipperary Stations". Australian Agricultural Company. April 2012. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Ben Langford (17 February 2009). "Cash cow not cattle class". Northern Territory News. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "AACo buys Tipperary as Futuris sells out". Fairfax Media. 20 October 2008. Archived from the original on 30 December 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "AAco shareholders reject Tipperary deal". Fairfax Media. 27 April 2009. Archived from the original on 30 December 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "AACo buys $26m cattle herd from Tipperary Group". Stock and Land Fairfax Media. 28 March 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  7. ^ Richard Willingham (4 September 2012). "Trouble in the Top End". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 

Coordinates: 13°25′40″S 130°29′37″E / 13.42778°S 130.49361°E / -13.42778; 130.49361