Introduction

T.A. Field Estates Pty Limited is a large scale family owned agricultural business running rural properties in NSW with a Head Office in Sydney. The company is currently run by the 4th Generation member of the family Michael Field.

Current holdings total over 71,000 hectares, plus 1,260 hectares of long-term lease country. The properties owned by the company cover a range of climatic and production zones and includes merino sheep, beef cattle, dry land cropping and large water rights that are traded annually.

Currently the business produces over 2,200 bales of wool ranging from 13.8 – 21 microns, 2,000 mixed age breeding cows and over 10,000 tonnes of grain including Wheat, Chick peas, Barley, Triticale and Sorghum.

T.A. Field Estates Pty Limited takes a long-term view of its investments and focuses on running large scale, efficient agricultural operations.

 

Key priorities include:

  • Quality long-term staff
  • High quality genetics
  • Best practice management
  • Sustainable land management

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The Company

T.A. Field Estates Pty Limited is a private family owned company, currently controlled by Michael T. Field, the 4th Generation of the original family descendant.

The Field family have been involved in the pastoral, livestock and meat business for various periods since 1885 when Mr Tom Field (Michael Field’s great grandfather) first migrated to Australia. Mr Field was originally involved with the butchery trade in England prior to emigrating to Australia and was forced to move to Australia at this time due to livestock disease outbreaks in their homeland. Mr Field started out trading as a butcher and was in a few years involved in the live export of cattle and sheep to the United Kingdom and had moved into wholesale carcass butchering. Tom Field’s son T.A. Field ΙΙ took over the family business in 1900 and with his younger brother Herbert expanded into grazing. In 1906 they acquired Tooloom near Grafton.  This was the commencement of the pastoral company known as T.A. Field Estates Pty Limited. In 1908 Gordon Brook, about 23,000 acres was purchased which is also close to Grafton and eventually a Hereford stud was commenced under the control of Sydney John Field and his wife Bubbles. In 1912 the Field’s formed a partnership with the Vickery family to purchase Willandra, a merino stud of considerable repute near Hillston NSW. Pastoral acquisitions continued with notably Hunthawang being purchased in 1922 and Congi Station in 1928. Hunthawang was sold in 2010. Numerous stations have been purchased and sold throughout the last 100 years, such as Blue Nobby, Oban, Goree, Clifford Downs, Yamma, Belalie, Burrawang, Standbye, Brewon, Lanyon and many others.

In 1923 T.A. Field Pty Limited was formed.

In 1930 the 10,000 acre property Lanyon, a country estate on the banks of the Murrumbidgee in the ACT was purchased. This property was resumed by the Federal Government in 1974.

By 1931 T.A. Field Limited had become a meat and pastoral empire, headquartered in Thomas Street, Sydney.

By 1948 the Field’s had interest in abattoir operations and by 1950 they had expanded into retail butcher shops trading under the name “Springfield Meats” in New South Wales and “Morfield” in Queensland.

In 1962 T.A. Field Holdings was listed on the stock exchange, with 60% of the shares retained by the Field family and 40% to the public.

In June 1977 AMATIL (a package food, cigarettes and soft drink giant) made an offer and successfully acquired T.A. Field Holdings once the family indicated their acceptance of the offer.

The Field’s relinquished control of the public company T.A. Field Holdings, but retained T.A. Field Estates Pty Limited (“TAF”) for themselves.

In 1989 Pevensey Station on the Murrumbidgee was purchased, this was subsequently sold in 2012.

The company has evolved over many generations and is now one of Australia’s largest wool producers and also has substantial water rights in the Murrumbidgee, Murray and Lachlan Valley’s and regularly trades this water. Large herds of cattle are run on Congi and Wyvern and are Black Baldy herds. The steer portion are directly marketed to domestic feedlots and easily meet the short fed supermarket index. Mobinbry at North Star has recently been acquired to give the family some diversification into dry land summer and winter cropping. All properties and enterprises are regularly benchmarked.


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Benangaroo

Covers 3,000 hectares and has double frontage to the busy Hume Highway. The property has Murrumbidgee River frontage of approximately 9km and annually produces about 420 bales of 18 micron wool. Between 250-300 hectares is cultivated annually in a pasture rotation basis where Wheat and Canola are grown. Trading cattle are run when market and seasonal conditions are favourable.

The property was purchased in 1998 and was part of the Osborne pastoral family. The property ranges from fertile alluvial Murrumbidgee flats rising to gently undulating country and into steeper hills. Soil types range from sandy loams to brown granite with some granite rock out crops on the ridges.

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Congi

Congi is a high rainfall grazing property producing ultrafine wool and prime beef. Covering 10,000 hectares it is dissected by the Oxley Highway and is the largest property in the Walcha district. It was originally purchased from the long established Nivison family. Congi would be one of the largest fine wool producers in the country with over 650 bales grown and a flock average of 17 micron.

The Congi flock has recently changed over to the 15/7 index from the FP+ index set up by Sheep Genetics Australia. The flock is not mulesed and the property breeds its own rams with semen supplied from Yalgoo and Nerstane. About 1,300 breeding cows are run with the steer portion being finished on annual Oat and Rye grass crops and are turned off at 450kg at between 14-18 months after a tight 6 week joining for their mothers.

The country consists of undulating granite ranging in altitude from 850 metres to 1,171 metres.

The soil is granite, generally medium quality ranging to higher basalt peaks. There is about 1,000 hectares of improved pasture and annual fodder crops grown. The country runs to the north-east from its double 10km frontage to the McDonald River and with Congi and Tara Springs Creeks running through the property.

Doughboy Mountain

Doughboy Mountain & Miragulee were two separate adjoining properties purchased in November 2015 and now form one station.
The properties comprise undulating hill country of 4,677 acres (1,900 hectares) on the Doughboy Mountain Range with elevation up to 1,495 metres. Doughboy is situated 68km North East of Armidale in the Wongwibinda district. The soil is basalt rich and productive.
Rainfall is approximately 830mm per annum. The productive soils and reliable rainfall are ideal for productive pastures and cattle meat production.

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Mobinbry

The dry land farming property was acquired in September 2014.

The property is about 6,200 ha of which 4,500 ha are arable.

In addition there is 900 ha of leased farming country. Both dry land winter and summer cropping operations are able to be carried out.

The property consists of two distinct properties – Wilby and Mobinbry North. The main homestead is on Mobinbry and sheds, grain complex and further homestead on Wilby

Wyvern

Wyvern Station has been held in the family since 1946. It is 50,000 hectares south-west of Griffith in the Riverina.

It produces over 1,100 bales of medium wool averaging 17-19 micron. A new 12 stand woolshed and yards has just been completed, along with the newly constructed shearer’s quarters and arguably would be one of the best sheep set-ups and flocks in the country. The shearing is unique in that all the wool is handled in an unskirted manner and although the shearing is overseen by a qualified wool classer, the bulk of the wool is pressed up into one or two main lines with no skirting taking place.

An annual property sale is held in October every year and the sheep sold at this sale tend to bring a premium as purchasers can be confident they are buying highly productive wool cutters.

Contract bred rams are supplied by Hazeldean and the flock is classed by Craig Wilson. A herd of 750 breeding cows is run and the property has options with the steers it produces due to the proximity of four main feedlots: Jindalee, Prime City, Rockdale and Ladysmith. The bulk of the country is for livestock and wool production with a small area (110 ha) for irrigation which is leased out.

As typical with Riverina properties the country has a balance of red and grey clay and occasional sandy ridges.

The country is flat with uniform fall towards the west. The Murrumbidgee River forms a 20km southern boundary.

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Administration

Mr Michael T. Field is the Managing Director and Chairman of T. A. Field Estates Pty Limited, the operating company for pastoral and agricultural pursuits. Principal activities are wool production, sheep and cattle breeding along with a large dry land cropping operation.
Mr Michael T. Field
Mr Michael T. Field
Managing Director and Chairman

Non-Executive Directors

Mrs Angela R. Field

Mr Jonathan McKeown

Mr Barry J. Murphy

Mr Vivian H. King

Mr David Sackett

Contact Us

Properties Currently Owned Manager Contact Location
Benangaroo Station
Hume Highway
Jugiong NSW 2726
David Clark (02) 6945 4244
benangaroo@bigpond.com
3,000 hectares on the
Hume Highway at Jugiong
Congi Station
3409 Oxley Highway
Walcha NSW 2354
60km north east of Tamworth
Anthony Uren (02) 6777 5862
congi@bigpond.com
10,000 hectares on the
Oxley Highway near Walcha
Doughboy Mountain
2224 Wongwibinda Road
Wongwibinda NSW 2350
Andrew Ray 0499 552 195
doughboy@tafield.com.au
1,900 hectares 68km North East
of Armidale in the Wongwibinda district
Mobinbry and Wilby
North Star Road
North Star NSW 2408
40km south of Goodiwindi
Richard Dowsett (07)476 3169
mobinbry@tafield.com.au
6,200 hectares near North Star
Wyvern Station
Bringagee via Griffith NSW 2680
60km south east of Griffith
Scott Dixon (02) 6993 5114
wyvernstation@bigpond.com
50,000 hectares 70km east of Hay
on the Murrumbidgee River
Head Office John Bennetts (02) 9302 9000
tafield@tafield.com.au
3rd Floor,
100 New South Head Road,
Edgecliff NSW 2027
all mail to:
PO Box 384, Edgecliff NSW 2027