Our farm specialises in Red Angus beef and is located about 100km north of Perth on 1000 acres next to the beautiful Beermullah Lake. Philip Barrett- Lennard is an agricultural scientist with a special interest in pasture species and soil types as well as regenerative farm management. Sally is interested in paddock-to-plate eating and knowing the provenance of your food. We both take pride in producing good beef and nurturing the land.
Beermullah Farm is the original farm of the Beermullah district, which is 100 km north of Perth and comprises of over 1000 acres of land surrounding Beermullah Lake.
It was settled in the 1860’s by Emma Rock and her family, due in part to the natural spring that still maintains a steady flow of fresh water today. The original house is made of mud brick sourced from the property and was built in 1872. The Harris family was the second family to call Beermullah home and they ran sheep and cattle on the property and built the shearing shed in the 1940’s.
In 1987 the Barrett-Lennard family purchased Beermullah and today Philip Barrett-Lennard and Sally Calder and their children live in the original ‘renovated’ home.
Regenerative Farming Practices
Nurturing the land goes hand in hand with raising good livestock. We have and will always chose sustainable farming practices wherever possible.
We are proud to be trialling new methods of conservation and biodiversity and post regular stories on instagram about such successes. https://www.instagram.com/beermullahbeef/
Current practices at Beermullah include leaky weirs, nurturing dung beetle populations, introducing different dung beetle seasonal species, tree planting, revegetation of wetlands, killing introduced vermin, replenishing native grasses seed banks and fencing of areas for protection.
Beermullah Lake and Wetland Conservation
Beermullah is also home to a number of significant wetlands. With some help from the Envirofund, the World Wildlife Fund and the Department of Environment and Conservation, all the wetlands on Beermullah have now been fenced to exclude livestock. This has allowed native vegetation to regenerate, creating additional habitat for the already plentiful birdlife.
The property surrounds Beermullah Lake, a large and permanent body of water (250 acres in total), that provides a home for over 84 bird species. Birdlife Australia visit regularly to identify and count the birdlife.
Every year, since 2015 we have planted and then fenced over 1,000 native tree and bush seedlings. These tree lines provide cattle with shade, as paddock trees have slowly been rundown and provide ecosystems for native flora and fauna to thrive. Having a healthy farm is good for everyone.
Further to this, we have begun to measure our sources and sinks. We are participating in the Meat and Livestock Australia 2020 pilot program and have made an inventory of the carbon sources and sinks.
MLA, the red meat industry research body, has committed that by 2030 the industry will achieve Carbon Neutrality.
Dung Beetle Research
50 years ago exotic dung beetles were successfully released into Australian farms to bury dung to then improve the soil biology and nuisance bush fly populations. Given the varied Southern Australian ecosystems different species have had different success rates.
Since April 2019 Dr Jacob Benson has been visiting the farm on a monthly basis to determine the active and population size of Dung Beetles. There are 7-8 active species living in Beermullah Farm with each population peaking in different seasonal conditions.
On August 25th 2020, the Onitis caffer species was introduced to Beermullah in a WA trial program. In April 2021 the research team are expecting to the gauge the success of the new species and its adaptability to the region.
The Farming Enterprise
Beermullah is a Red Angus cattle farm that breeds Red Angus Cattle, with our main enterprise being on Beermullah Beef and Beermullah Bulls.