The Gunn Family bought Sunset Station in the central west of New South Wales in 2007. Purchased as part of the family drought strategy, Sam & Amy Gunn still hold the property today and run a mix of dorper ewes, merino wethers and Hereford cattle over the 12500 hectares. While currently a straight grazing enterprise, the Gunn’s aim to reincorporate an opportunistic farming regime in 2016 once their fencing projects are completed in order to better finish young stock.
“We sell our calves as weaners and sell our lambs to the saleyards with an aim to directly supply as much to butchers and restaurants as possible,” Sam Gunn said.
They supply their wool to market, and also run goats at times.
Historically, average rainfall for the property is around 400 millimetres, but with a drought at play the Gunn’s are working to their meticulously planned drought strategy – that now includes the NRM Spatial Hub software.
“Every efficiency gain is a positive gain,” Mr Gunn said.
“To have the potential to monitor ground cover regularly and compare the land condition with the immediate region, as well as historical records, is a huge motivation to be involved in the Spatial Hub project,” he said.
Mr Gunn said they’ll also use the technology to help develop property development plans.
The Gunn’s have used similar technology in the past to gain a visual assessment of ground cover, but never with the support of satellite imagery as offered through the Spatial Hub.
“It’s important for land managers to have access to the total property imagery the Hub offers. It will allow for better management of ground cover, as well as better assessment of new projects,” he said.
Specifically for Sunset Station, new projects such as water spreading and fencing plans will be supported by the Hub software.
“It’s critical to stay up to speed in the agriculture industry when good innovations are being made,” Mr Gunn said.