Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4


Mark Stevens


Diversification, Pastoralism, Alternative farming, Production possibilities, Horticulture, Cattle, Goats, Tourism, Natural resources, Emus, Wool production, Western Australia

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The impact of low wool prices has been most severe on specialist wool growers who have little scope for diversification, particularly those in the pastoral area.

Although there are limited opportunities for new enterprises on all pastoral stations, individual pastoralists are examining other on-station activities to determine which ones might be suitable. In doing so, they are evaluating:

• location (proximity to a major highway or population centre);

• natural attractions (coast, gorges, river, wildflowers);

• natural resources (native fauna and flora); and

• water supply (quantity and reliability of good quality water).