The Place for Lucerne!
The Bourke family were original settlers
on Broken Creek west of Nathalia, in Northern Victoria, in
the 1880's. That was four generations ago.
Today there are still a number of
descendents living and farming in the district, including
our family. While we do not farm the original farm, our
family owned farm is on the Broken Creek. Farms on the
lower Broken Creek are renowned for their excellent soil
types and high productivity, ideally suited to lucerne
We are members of the Broken Creek
Improvement Landcare Group, and endeavor to farm in a way
that is environmentally and ecologically sustainable. This
includes fencing waterways to exclude livestock, off
stream watering points, fencing and rehabilitating remnant
vegetation, currently 8% of the property. Whole farm
planning, with full recycle and reuse of all irrigation
run off, we have a policy of no water run off the property
during the irrigation season.
We started growing
Lucerne (alfalfa) for
commercial hay production in 1986. We now produce quality
hay for the chaff, racehorse, show horse, dairy, beef,
sheep, and hobby farm industries.
Currently other commodities that we
produce are cattle, turning off prime vealers, sheep for
prime lambs and wool, and grain, including wheat, lupins and