Covering 65000 acres, Keytah is a large scale, sustainable cropping operation near Moree, western NSW. Nestled between the Gwydir and Mehi rivers, on a parcel of rich alluvial land, Keytah is world renowned for its innovative and efficient production techniques. Sitting alongside the National conservation and designated World Heritage site Gwydir Wetlands, Keytah is also a showcase of how sustainable agriculture and environmental conservation can co-exist.
‘Keytah’ was purchased by Sundown Pastoral Company in 1984 and has grown into one of the largest cotton producing properties in Australia, producing up to 78,000 bales a year at a rate of 7 to 15 bales to the hectare. Sustainable and innovate farming practices have resulted in a yield increase of over 30% and water efficiency improvements of 235%. These results verify Keytah as one of the world’s most productive and water efficient cotton properties.
Sundown Pastoral Company’s brand Good Earth Cotton is reflective of their sustainable production techniques. Not only is it the world’s first carbon positive traceable cotton – it’s also the most water efficient cotton produced on Earth. Alongside cotton – wheat, cover crops chickpeas and other legumes are grown at Keytah on a rotational and regenerative basis.
Sundown Pastoral Company is also heavily involved with agricultural education and research. For decades they have opened their arms to both universities and government research organisations to conduct independent field trials and research at Keytah. This collaborative history with the brightest minds in agriculture continues with their commitment to re-develop their infrastructure with state of the art education facilities that include a lecture theatre and large scale catering facilities.