WONGAMINE, NORTHAM

 

Sixth generation farmer, Wayne Smith is a man with a plan.

Running ‘Wongamine’, a sheep and cropping property out of Northam WA Wayne has his sights set on the long range. The breeding and flock direction he takes on today are all leading up to a viable farming future for his three sons.

Previously breeding merinos with a main purpose of bale filling fleeces, he has shifted with the market and has taken his flock in the direction of an easy care, multi purpose merino. The Collinsville frame with a Peppin infusion brings in a medium, soft wool harvest with a heavy carcass. The risk of wool growing has been lessened and this is what his whole enterprise is based on. Risk management and succession.

The end goal for Wayne is to pass down a viable farming operation to his sons, ‘the definition of child abuse is having our sons come home to a farm that is not viable.’ The boys won’t be walking onto the property unprepared or unappreciated though. All were educated at Cunderdin Agricultural College and all have a love for ag and a dedication to their family property.

With an end goal of expansion, sustainability and the boys all farming on their own, this determined farming family are well on their way to doing just that. Watch this space.

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