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Annual On-Property Sale
~ Friday 12th October 2018 ~
(Always 2nd Friday of Oct)
512 Stokes Bay Road
Kangaroo Island
South Australia

~ 200 White Suffolk Rams ~
~ 40 Maternal Rams ~
~ Both above - 1pm Start ~
~ 44 Poll Merino Rams ~
~ Poll Merinos - 4pm Start ~
~ Inspection from 11am ~
~ Live on AuctionsPlus
~ Lamb Pies Provided ~

Annual On-Property Sale
~Friday 12th October 2018
(Always 2nd Friday of Oct)

512 Stokes Bay Road
Kangaroo Island
South Australia

~200 White Suffolk Rams~
~40 Maternal Rams~
~Above 1.00pm Start~
~44 Poll Merino Rams~
~Poll Merinos 4.00pm Start~
~Inspection from 11am~
~Live on AuctionsPlus~

~Lamb Pies Provided~

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Here at Ella Matta we continuously aim to improve not only productivity, but the condition of the land and its environment. We hope to leave our place in the best possible state for future generations.

This involves a wide rage of management practices. Some of these include:

  • Fencing off native vegetation (Landcare)
  • Re-planting thousands of native trees (Landcare)
  • Establishing shelter-belts to protect sheep from bad weather
  • Pasture and soil improvements (e.g. perennial & Kikuyu grasses)
  • Minimising water and wind erosion
  • Prevention of dry-land/soil salinity
  • Proper animal health, quarantine and welfare practices
  • Providing areas/protection for native wildlife
  • Assisting with the local Koala management program
  • Watercourse quality testing for excess nutrients/salinity
  • Grazing management through small paddock rotation
  • Feral plant and animal control (pigs, cats etc)

As a whole we strive to find the perfect balance between farming, lifestyle, family and the environment.

Kikuyu Grass

While cropping operators may see this as crazy, we have planted almost a third of our farm (predominately hilly and traditionally poorer country) into Kikuyu grass. This has allowed us to prevent any damage to our soils (erosion) whilst also increasing our stocking rate. It has stopped our dams from silting and has provided a green pick throughout the summer that would otherwise not exist.

Below is a video explaining the benefits of Kikuyu on Kangaroo Island sheep properties, it features Andrew Heinrich:


The below pictures show some of the re-vegetated areas at Ella Matta that have been fenced off from livestock. This has helped control erosion and salinity, provided shelter for livestock, and helped protect and re-establish native vegetation and ecosystems.

In 2015, 2016 and 2017 we have completed on another round of fencing off and planting native shelter belts. So far we have planted over 5,000 more native trees and shrubs.

2015 native shelter belt planting - 2,500 trees & shrubs

Eco Tourism

A tour operator stops in at Ella Matta daily for an Eco Tourism/Aussie farm lunch experience. (Note: this is not run by Ella Matta) Click here for more details: exceptionalkangarooisland.com