Cattle Stations
Breeding the best & let the nature do the rest

KIANA CATTLE STATION was acquired by Oceanic Cattle Station in July 2005. The cattle station has been established for more than 20 years and is situated 1132Km South East of Darwin, nested in a total of 331,800 hectares of farm land, which equates to 4.8 times the size of Singapore.

The Cattle Station is divided into 13 paddocks and 3 home paddocks, covered with 350Km of fencing. The water requirement is supplied by mainly rain water, as it is located in an area with average rain fall minimum of 700mm and 850mm on the upper scale per year, 10 bores, 39 dams and 9 natural spring water. This assures us a green, clean and natural setting for ideal live cattle production.

Size of Operation

Kiana cattle station has current carrying capacity of 15,800 heads, of which the majority number are consist of productive breders by using high quality of Brahman and Droughtmaster bulls to serve and joint our breeding program. Typically we turn off some 5,000 heads of high quality Brahman Cross cattle annually.

Through extensive and stringent breeding program implemented couple decade ago, Kiana cattle station is now producing a well-known breed; a cross breeds between Brahman and Droughtmaster, which has a proven track records for its performance to grow rapidly and adapt in the tropical climatic condition.
By the time we release (October 2006), Oceanic Cattle Station has been expanding their operation to Twin Hills Station (South West of Darwin in Litchfield area) and Garra Grange which  situated 15 Km East of Tamworth.






Why Darwin?

Australia is the largest exporter of quality livestock in the world, exporting around 900,000 cattle and 6 million sheep annually. Approximately one third of the cattle exported from Australia are through The Port of Darwin, making Darwin the busiest livestock port in the world today.

Darwin is ideally situated to supply the markets of Indonesia, the Philippines and the rest of SE Asia. Northern Australia is home to large numbers of tropically adapted cattle ideal for fattening in South East Asian feedlots. The trade is facilitated by the fact that Australia has a relatively disease free herd. These cattle are fed on the abundant supplies of agricultural bi-products available in these countries. In doing so, Australian cattle are able to be value added while at the same time enhancing domestic employment and economic opportunities.

During the 1980s and particularly the 1990s, significant markets were developed in Indonesia and the Philippines in particular, as sophisticated modern feedlots were developed. This growth was linked with rapid economic development in these economies, and was also a reflection of their Government desire to increase protein consumption.


Export of live cattle to Asian countries

Luxurious special vessel dedicated to transport live cattle departs from Darwin every week to major Asian ports. The sailing time from Darwin to major port in Indonesia takes as little as 6 days.

In order to minimize the stress, the cattle is handled with tender loving care through out the journey, starting from in land transportation, loading into vessel, during the sailing time and unloading at the final destination in their best condition.


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