“Do you have dreams for your landholding, but don’t know how to make them a reality? Mount Ronan Consulting can assist you to fulfil those dreams.”
Mount Ronan Consulting draws on 44 years of animal husbandry and land management experience. Our dream started on a small hills farm at Stoneville.
We can provide you with the information and ideas to assist you to initiate an enterprise on your property, or to switch from one enterprise to another.
The following chart highlights how Mount Ronan Consulting can assist you to achieve your “Field of Dreams”.
If you are interested in what we have to offer you:
- Call us for a free 2 hour on-property consultation
- We will discuss with you your plans, dreams and aspirations
- We will inspect you property with you to gain a better understanding of its suitability for meeting your goals
- We will provide you with a written report outlining recommendations for the future
Things we can do to help you achieve your “Field of Dreams”
BACKGROUND TO MOUNT RONAN CONSULTING
Guy and Joanne Bowen launched a new venture at the Gidgegannup Small Farm Field Day on the 27th May 2012. Guy grew up on a small family farm in the hills at Stoneville, and brings with him 44 years of farm management experience.
Mount Ronan is situated 20kms west of York and only 80kms east of Perth. The property was half cleared when purchased in 1975, and Guy and his parents, and later his wife Joanne, thoughtfully developed the remaining bushland on the farm.
In those days, land clearing was permitted provided it met the Department of Agriculture guidelines. Before clearing commenced, the Bowens surveyed belts of natural bushland out of the proposed area to be cleared. These timber belts were positioned immediately below contour banks and acted as windbreaks, wildlife corridors and recharge areas for water absorption. Water produced from heavy rainfall was captured by the banks and directed to large dams. Consequently, water was retained high in the profile of the landscape, reducing the potential for salination and erosion lower down in the landscape.
An aerial photograph of the property reveals the conservation-minded approach with which the farm was developed. Areas of remnant natural vegetation have been fenced out as refuges for flora and fauna, and a network of corridors allow wildlife to move freely through the property and into the adjoining St Ronan’s nature reserve. Mount Ronan is a registered “Land for Wildlife” property.
The Bowens needed to develop their own water supply, as is the case for many small landholders, and they have a very good understanding of issues relating to the collection and dispersal of water for various enterprises.
Guy has had a lifelong involvement with the commercial poultry industry and has also bred goats, cattle and horses, as well as various breeds of sheep. The Bowen family specialises in the breeding of elite quality rams for the commercial prime lamb industry under the Mount Ronan banner. Mount Ronan genetics are extremely well used in Western Australia, and lamb producers from all areas of the state, and occasionally from the Eastern States, come to the property to attend the annual ram sale. Rams have sold for Australasian Record prices on more than one occasion.
Although the main focus of Mount Ronan Consulting is the provision of services to small land holders, the business is able to assist larger commercial operators as well. Guy has always had a passion for all things agricultural, especially livestock management and breeding, and this, combined with his genuine interest in meeting and interacting with people, makes the new venture an exciting prospect.