Taylors Flat, New South Wales, Australia
On low-laying highly fertile valleys, only 200 kilometers north-west of the Australian capital Canberra, there is not much reminiscing of city-life. Here you´ll find tranquility, and no cell-service whatsoever. In addition to hosting extremely healthy and happy non-mulesed merino sheep, the farm called Glencoe, is surrounded by old growth of native woodlands, as well as a lush and colorful wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies, parrots and lizards.
The new owner since 2015, acclaimed Australian businessman Paul Simons, is doing everything in his power to conserve the look and feel of this heavenly piece of earth, and provide the best possible home for his 10.000 sheep. These are the reasons why the now retired, and soon 90 year-old Simons, together with his manager Tom Simson and Tom's wife Hayley, are some of the worlds most sustainable sheep farmers.
“We cannot get too greedy and push the farm, when we want to keep it for future generations”, Simons says. That is why Glencoe has, amongst a series of actions, commenced a large tree planting operation. 20.000 new trees will be coming in, in order to stop erosion, protect the creeks from being overrun by the sheep, and to give shelter for the rams during windy weather and ewes for lambing in peace. Glencoe also invested in a new state-of-the-art shearing shed recently, as well as a large new roof area. The solar powered woolshed will improve the handling of the sheep and welfare of the animals, because of the smarter infrastructure and smoother fences and gates, to avoid any bruising of the animals skin and to keep them stressed-free when Glencoes shearing season start at the end of November. The new shed will keep the wool dust-free, make a better working area for the team, and in the end deliver bright, white, first-class wool for Devold.
The many soil tests Glencoe has done since taking over, revealed that some paddocks are in need of some nutrients. Glencoe aim to fertilize 50 % of the farm every year. Going back and forth between the two halves of the farm. The ten-year-plan is to only add a minimal amount of fertilizer to maintain blooming fields. “Then we're not only able to run more sheep and produce more wool, but we are also looking after our soils and pastures in a more responsible and sustainable manner - that will guarantee farming for many, many years to come” Paul Simons says.