Through Holistic land and soil conservation management, we are constantly building our biggest asset - our natural capital.
Holistic management - no one part is more important than any other and all are inextricably linked.
Commercializing Cattle & Conservation. Finding the Win-Win.
Having grown up in a small agricultural town in Victoria, 2011 saw us
have an opportunity to live a lifelong dream – owning a farm.
Since then we have been working hard
to develop Jingeri into a holistic, diversified and truly sustainable
Our passion for Jingeri grows every day. We see the farm as a rare
opportunity to secure a small patch of high value farming and conservation
land for the future benefit of our kids and grand kids. It is a great privilege to
have an opportunity to make a difference in this world – especially one that will
stand the test of time.
Our aim at Jingeri is to formulate, develop and prove up an integrative business model which prioritizes both cattle production outcomes and conservation of our unique environmental assets. At Jingeri we believe that our economic success is dependent on how well we manage our environmental resources on the farm. Our stock are dependent on healthy soil biology, groundwater and creek water resources and intact native pastures and trees, so it is imperative that we manage these in a sensitive way, ensuring that they are not degraded over time.
The property ‘Jingeri’ formerly known as Grandepilly and originally Rathgibbon, was purchased, in separate lots between 2011 and 2016 and encompasses 968 acres within Lots 1, 11,102/1214, and, 802 Duck Creek Rd Kerry.
Originally established by the Dunne family as a scrub dairy in the early 1930’s, later years saw the establishment of the ‘Fig Tree Feedlot’ an intensive cattle fattening business.
The property was sold by the Dunne’s in the 1990’s following which the property entered into a period of significant decline, increased erosion, declining creek, pasture and environmental health.
Jingeri is located immediately adjacent to the World Heritage Listed Lamington National Park and close to the reknowned O’Reilley’s Guesthouse.
The Cattle Enterprise
Jingeri is a unique mix of quality improved pasture grazing areas combined with relatively intact remnant environmental areas located in the hills and escarpments of the farm. Currently, we comfortably stock up to 100 head of MSA eligible breeders and have plans to further improve our stocking rates through:
enhanced soil health and biology
and further improvements to both our native and introduced pastures.
ongoing weed and vegetation management
November 2014 saw us gazette Jingeri A & B Nature Refuges. Within this project and through partnership with the QLD Govt, we have established over 10,000 trees, across 14.5Ha, of Carbon Faming Inititiative: Environmental Plantings Methodology and managed regrowth, designed and managed to facillitate koala habitat and replicate locally endemic open woodland regional ecosystems. This aggregated carbon farming project attracts Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCU) for the carbon it sequesters within the trees over the 25 year life of the project. These ACCU's are then purchased at a contracted price by the Australian Government for offsetting of National Carbon Emissions. Located on previously overgrazed, eroding and degraded hillslopes, following an initial agreed exclusion period we are able to utilise these areas for controlled grazing. In order for us to control fire risk at Jingeri, grazing off pasture is critical.
Bees - Nature's greatest pollinator
A wonderful opportunity revealed itself to us in 2017, we discovered we love all things about bees not just the honey they produce! 2018 provided yet another unique opportunity to expand our honey operation to a commercial enterprise. We now are growing our honey and related products markets, with a fully commercial honey extraction plant and the capacity to produce in excess of 1000kg honey per year in the near future.
We locate our hives within the conservation areas of the farm, giving them year round access to some of the best bush honey producing country in Australia. So far, demand is far outstripping our supply and some of our related honey and bee products are almost ready for retail production and sale.
At Jingeri we recognise that the market is changing. Consumers now demand that farmers operate the production end of business in an ethical and sustainable considering things such as climate impacts, animal heath and well being and conservation management of remnant vegetation. Our success depends on our ability to be nimble and prepared to accept that markets can and do fail! Being limited by landscape scale (comparatively ours is a tiny farm by QLD standards), we must be creative and innovative in how we make the primary production business economically sustainable.