Our Story

Shamrock Vale Station is a locally owned and operated family farm in the beautiful Kerry Valley

Working the land since 1875

Shamrock Vale Station covers 5,200 acres with alluvial plains on the banks of the Albert River as well as our own Hidden Valley. The farm has a wide variety of cropping, cattle, honey production and other small business enterprises. Shamrock Vale Station is the Scenic Rim region’s premier Fullblood Goshu Wagyu stud producing top quality genetics. The property also has 1,000 acres committed to cropping producing Lucerne, Barley, Wheat, Corn, Soya Beans, Silage and other mixed grains for internal use of the Wagyu operations with surplus sold into regional markets.

With a holistic approach to farming our experienced team of locals has a reputation for producing good old-fashioned quality produce that endeavours to utilise locally sourced products wherever possible.

One of the major obstacles for most Australian farmers is water, fortunately we have a good supply with 2 x 250 million-litre dams which supplies an extensive underground irrigation network throughout the cultivation areas, plus a natural spring that creates its own creek, 9 water bores, and the beautiful Albert River which borders the cultivation area. This abundance of water on our farm allows us to extensively crop all year round.

The farm is largely self-sufficient in terms of the use of its own machinery to manage and produce production outcomes, this allows the farm to have a large degree of flexibility in what it does and when it does it. In order to reduce our carbon footprint, we have installed multiple solar power systems throughout the farm, our largest 159 solar panel generates 30 KW inverter system.

Since purchasing the property in 2013, we have made significant infrastructure improvements including multiple hay sheds, fencing, covered embryo transfer area, inline crushes, silos, rainwater harvesting tanks and multiple PV solar systems.

We have an organic beehive business on the farm where we produce, filter and pack our own honey for both the domestic and international markets. We also have several free-range chickens for our eggs along with geese, peacocks, sheep and horses. Fruit trees and vegetable gardens providing an abundance of food all year round!

Sustainable Practices

Renewable Energy and Electricity Reduction

Continued increased energy prices results in increased cost and sale price of farm produce. Shamrock Vale Station is taking action to reduce and work towards decoupling from fossil fuel energy.

Since 2013 the new owners have installed 6 separate solar PV systems combining 55kW of electricity production for:

  • Farm shed operation.
  • Management office.
  • Water pumping.
  • Main homestead.
  • Residential homes.
  • Wwoofer accommodation/housing.

These systems supplement our power needs and send excess electricity back in to the grid for use by neighbouring properties.

Electricity Reduction Programs:

  • Use of variable speed pumps for irrigation.
  • Timers on electric hot water systems to run only during the day when we typically are generating PV solar power.
  • Conversion from halogen and fluro light to LED in two of Shamrock Vale Station’s homes. These changes to the lighting system equated to a reduction from a 5kW consumption to 0.45kW consumption in one residence alone.
  • Installation of LED floodlights.
Sustainable Agriculture

Gardening Practices:

  • Sub-tropical climate providing the ability to grow tropical fruits.
  • Organic vegetable gardens.
  • A small orchard with a varietal fruit trees.

Organic Beekeeping:

Shamrock Vale Station runs a plentiful honey production, currently we have 250 hives throughout the farm, ever increasing, with hopes to produce our very own natural products such as, honeycomb and bee’s wax. We also breed Queen Bee’s using AI techniques and have an in-house apiarist.

Animals on the Farm:

Free range Chickens and Geese, Peacocks, Horses, Sheep, Dogs, Bee’s and of course our famous Goshu Wagyu cattle.

Goshu Wagyu Cattle:

Shamrock Vale Station is the Scenic Rim region’s premier Fullblood Wagyu Stud producing top quality genetics for the domestic and export markets.

Crops:

At Shamrockvale we specialise in the production of quality fodder. Our crops are irrigated and fertilised to ensure maximum nutrition.

Our bale sizes are available in Big Square (8x3x3), Round Bales (4×4) and Small Square.

Water Sources and Water Reduction

We are not connected to town water or sewage systems, all of our water used on the farm is either rain, spring, bore or river water.  Shamrock Vale Station has departed from using water intensive crops. Domestic water use from the Albert River has been reduced by connecting rainwater tanks to various property homes and sheds for a cumulative capacity of 230,000 liters.  Currently moving towards reduced volume irrigation systems such as boom irrigators.

Primary sources

  • 4 large lagoons within the cropping area.
  • 2 sizable dams in our backcountry.

Secondary sources

  • Community water source from the Albert River.
Fuel and Waste Reduction

Fuel Reduction Programs:

  • Purchase of trailers to reduce frequent carting of fodder to the storage sheds.
  • Introduced electric golf carts for basic travel around the homestead and sheds.
  • Installed dedicated chargers with timers for day time charging only to work with our solar PV generation.

Waste Reduction Programs:

  • We sort our waste onsite, recycling aluminium, steel and glass.