The principal and manager is Philip Sykes, who is ably assisted by his wife, Donna. Their 3 children have also been involved in the family business all of their lives whenever and wherever they are needed. There are a number of casual staff members, and a fully operational team of Kelpie working sheep dogs.
Pelican Sheep Station is just 10 km south of Goulburn on the Braidwood Road.
The Station consists of 970 hectares of gently undulating country, lightly timbered with eucalyptus, red gum and yellow box on the hills.
With a boundary of 16.4 kilometres, there are 37 kilometres of internal fences, together with 6.8 kilometres of lanes to facilitate movement of stock.
Up to 5000 sheep are run, 50% Merino for wool and 50% 1st XB (crossbred) for prime lambs, depending on the season and conditions. In addition, about 100 head of cattle are kept these are mainly Hereford and Angus breeders.
Crops of oats and triticale are also grown to provide extra feed in winter and pastures are improved with new grasses and fertilizer, making up about 180 hectares of farming pastures under cropping.
In all, there are 36 paddocks with 36 dams supplemented by 2 bores and a solar pump.
The main products of the farm are 25% wool, 50% prime lamb, 5% mutton, 10% beef cattle and 10% cereal crops.
Sheep shearing demonstrations are held for visitors and there are bushwalking trails where you can see the outline of the farm. Catch a glimpse of the many kangaroos, parrots and rabbits and all other animals in the wild.
The rhythm of the seasons
Depending on when you visit Pelican Station, you may see a variety of farm activities.
At the end of January, triticale and oat crops are harvested, prime lambs are sold, and we are checking for fly problems.
In February paddocks are ploughed and prepared for crop sowing, and sheep are drenched. Rams are put out with ewes, and shearing of XB ewes and XB lambs is done.
Sheep are maintained against fly strike in March and more ground is ploughed. Rams are taken away from ewes.
The first lambs arrive in April and lambs are marked and ewes crutched for later shearing. Crops and pastures are sown.
During May, June & July we sow triticale and wheat. Lamb marking and scanning pregnant ewes can be seen as well. Fences are also maintained during these months, and the first lambs and cattle are prepared for sale. Selling of previous yearís calves and lambs also happens during this time. Lambing starts in mid July, and all ewes have been drenched and vaccinated.
In August more lambs are arriving. Checking of ewes and lambs and cows and calves is done on a daily basis. We also start lamb marking, with up to 2000 lambs to be marked.
September sees the start of shearing and spraying of weeds. All ewes are classed, shorn and dipped.
In October we crutch crossbred ewes, and spray paddocks in preparation for cropping in the next season. Jetting of all lambs is also done.
In November we do more more drenching prior to summer. Weaning of all lambs also happens at this time, together with the purchase of rams for the next yearís joining and, just to top things off, itís hay making time.
The year ends in December. The harvesting of oats, jetting and sometimes checking sheep is a daily chore. Prime lambs are also sold this month.
As you can see, whatever month of the year you visit the Pelican Sheep Station, there is always something to see of Australian farm life.
Your trip into the Australian world of sheep farming
Pelican Sheep Station offers a unique trip into traditional Australian country life. In the centre of Goulburn's sheep district - one of the great wool producing areas of the world.
Specialised rural tours can be provided to suit your requirements.
School tour groups can experience activities suitable to enhance studies in a variety of Key Learning Areas i.e. agriculture, geography, social sciences and others - both primary and secondary.
Pelican Sheep Station often hosts tours for pre-school children, primary and high school groups, tertiary education and overseas visitors and delegations.
And for the city dweller, Pelican Sheep Station offers a close-up look at life in rural Australia.
Coach groups are welcome, and our accommodation facilities make Pelican Sheep Station a worthwhile addition to your itinerary.
Browse through our Souvenir Shop during your visit and see a range of Australian Lanolin cosmetics and sheep and kangaroo products to take home as a souvenir or gift for family or a friend.
Braidwood Road Goulburn, NSW 2580
Ph: (02) 4821 4668, Fax: (02) 4822 1179, Mobile: 0407 454 845