Cranmore Park and Enterprises
In addition to traditional crops, clover regeneration is an ongoing project at seeding time.
Soil management and testing
Soil testing is an integral part of both the cropping and pasture program at Cranmore. Soil testing allows measurement of soil nutritional status – 'If you can't measure the nutrients, how can you apply them appropriately?' – is a question soil testing aims to answer. Soil testing also dictates the need for lime application.
Integrated weed management
The Cranmore integrated weed management program includes rotation of in-crop herbicides, use of a 'double knock' pre-seeding, livestock grazing over summer to prevent summer weed seed set, rotation of paddocks into pasture to allow for pasture manipulation and spray topping, cutting hay in problematic weed paddocks and introduction of canola to the rotation which allows for new groups of in-crop herbicides to be used.
Cranmore breeding herd
A breeding herd consisting of 300 cows is the base of the Cranmore cattle herd. Most bull calves are contracted to the export market and leave the property at six to eight months, weighing in at 250–300 kilograms per head live weight. Steer calves tend to go to the local feedlot market at 200–250 kilograms per head live weight. Females are either retained for replacement breeding stock or sold at ten years of age.
Pregnancy testing is undertaken each year with dry cows sold immediately to maintain good fertility within the herd.
Drenching is rarely needed due to the good overall health of the cattle herd but is carried out where necessary.
Cattle in stubble.
Stock being moved in early March.
Cranmore stud flock.
The flock consists of 4000–5000 breeding ewes, including over 500 poll merino ewes. Each year 300–400 Cranmore Merino rams are sold through private selection and auction at the on-property sale.
Faecal egg counts are carried out on all sheep throughout the year to determine if drenching is necessary, in tandem with drench resistance tests. Resistance of sheep to infestation by worms is an increasingly important component of the breeding objectives for Cranmore Merinos.
All mated ewes are pregnancy tested for single and multiple lambs, to allow for additional feeding of pregnant ewes to ensure optimal nutrition of the ewe and growing lamb. This extra attention is part of the reason that Cranmore Merinos produce consistently high quality sheep; with good foetal nutrition having been proven to increase the primary to secondary follicle ratio resulting in finer, better aligned wool.
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We believe that if Cranmore Merinos are run at a commercially high stocking rate in a stud situation, then our clients will also be able to achieve high stocking rates without compromising on individual performance of sheep or cattle.
Ewes with their lambs.
Freshly weaned lambs onto an Oats fodder crop
Revegetation of saline areas.
Tree planting is carried out in strategic zones of the farm to help manage underground water table movement, provide refuge for wildlife and act as windbreaks in erosion-prone areas. In 2005 alone, over 2000 trees were planted at Cranmore. All species are native to Cranmore Park, with some of the replanted trees being grown from on-property seed stock.
Tree lines growing.
Federal government funding from the Natural Heritage Trust's EnviroFund has been utilised to fence off ridges of remnant vegetation. This remnant vegetation is again a haven for native fauna and flora.
Mature tree lines.
Dowerin Field Day
See us at the Dowerin Field Days August 2021
On-property Ram Sale
Wednesday 22nd September, 2021
Sale commences 1pm
102 Merinos and 98 Poll Merinos
Mob: 0429 813 988
Cranmore Farming Partnership
(formerly Boolardy Pastoral Co.)
631 Cranmore Road, Bindi-Bindi, WA 6574
RSM 427 Moora WA 6510
Mr Kristin Lefroy
Mob: 0418 925 760
Mob: 0429 813 988
Location map of Cranmore