Sundown Pastoral Company is a privately owned Australian agricultural and pastoral enterprise. They are world renowned for their innovative farming techniques, sustainable production methods and environmental stewardship. Their quest to become one of the Earth’s most environmentally sustainable agricultural enterprises has meant turning traditional farming methods on their head and questioning the conventional wisdom of every stage of agricultural production. Today Sundown Pastoral Company takes pride in its large scale sustainable and profitable farming business whilst being recognised for their environmentally stewardship and high ethical standards.
1964 – 2018
The Sundown Pastoral Company story started in 1964 when a small parcel of land was purchased by The Statham family in the New England area of NSW. The beauty of the sunset in their farm’s valley led to the name ‘Sundown Valley’ from which Sundown Pastoral Company was born. What followed over the next 55 years was an aggregation of an arable agricultural property portfolio consisting of 260,000 acres of highly fertile and productive land in 7 separate holdings over 2 states of Australia.
Between 2016 and 2018, Sundown Pastoral Co made strategic decision to divest away from large scale cattle enterprises to focus on cropping, cotton production & cotton supply chain integration. Their world-renowned cattle properties ran 54,000 head of cattle on 75,000 acres of prime pastures and were described as “lush dairy farm country – on the scale of large outback cattle stations”.
These unique cattle properties soon attracted the interest of two of the world’s most astute agricultural investors. In 2016 their Paradise and Newstead properties were sold to the Paraway Pastoral Co owned by The Macquarie Bank. The originals Sundown Valley property and the Gunnee feedlot was sold in 2018, to Hancock Agriculture owned by Mrs Gina Rinehart.