The History of the Property
Beermullah Farm is the original farm of the Beermullah district, north of Gingin 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.
Catamaran Spot at Beermullah Lake, Michael Knight, 2014
The Farm Enterprise
Beermullah Farm is a red angus cattle family farming enterprise that breeds Red Angus bulls and has a refurbished rustic shearing shed.
The farming activities are focused on the breeding of high quality Red Angus Bulls for local and export markets, using just grass, with no reliance on supplements such as hay or grain.
Given the nature of beef farming new enterprises are being developed.
Photo: 2018 Red Angus Calf, June 2018
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.
Beermullah Lake, June 2018
Sustainable Farming Practices
We choose sustainable farming practices wherever possible and are proud to be part of the national Grain & Graze programme trialling new methods of conservation and biodiversity; and the Healthy Wetlands Habitats Programme revegetating Beermullah Lake.
Every year, since 2015 there have been 1,000 native tree and bush seedlings planted and protected behind fencing. 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.
2017 leaky weir (made to stop erosion from seasonal water flow), June 2018