Our Story

Over the Years

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PRIOR TO 1937

The Beginning

Coggan family lived in ‘Ena’ which was Hereford and merino stud established at Inverell by John Gore Stanley in 1924

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1937

Merino Stud

Jack and Val Coggan purchased original property ‘Enarra’ initially operating as a merino sheep stud 

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1942

Brigalow and Belah

Enarra was all brigalow and belah scrub. Val’s vision was to see the property develop from a virgin block to a highly productive block that it is today. He set about with an axe and shovel of coals stick picking and ring barking. He graduated to the use of timber pulling a plant run by Sir Joh Bjelke Peterson.

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1946

A Wedding

Val Marries local Meandarra girl Edna McIntosh. 

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1952

Wheat Pioneers

Val and Edna Pioneered wheat growing in the Meandarra/ Inglstone area with an initial 32 ha planted on ‘Enarra’. 

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1953

Wheat Growth 

The wheat area was doubled. 

 

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1969

3rd Generation

John Returns Home.

 

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1969

A Wedding

Val’s oldest son John marries Lyn Robinson who has a rich family history with the Fea’s dating back to 1911 in the Weengallon district and the Robinson’s 1920.

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1978

Feedlot

Cattle feedlot began with only 1000 head. 

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1980

Innovation 

Zero till farming  was introduced.

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1988

4th Generation

Phillip Returns Home.

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1995

Wedding

John and Lyn’s son Phillip marries Cindy Donald.

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2001

Innovation II

Controlled Traffic was introduced. 

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2003

Innovation III

Automated cattle yards built to increase productivity and allow less staff to be working in the yards at one time. 

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2005

Grain Growers Award

The Coggan Family were awarded the Jason Rae Memorial Grain growers of the year for innovation at the Brisbane Royal Show – AWB and Ag Force Grains innovation. 

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2006

25000 Cattle

More than 25000 cattle passed through the cattle yards for the year. 

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2007

8000 Head

Feedlot expansion gained license to 8000 head with continual developments to reach this capacity.

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2008

Guiness World Record

Coggan Farms achieved a Guinness World Record wheat crop which raised $75,000 for heart transplant research at The Prince Charles Hospital and Organ donation awareness. 

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2011

Meat Sheep

The fifth generation requested to bring meat sheep back into the protein mix, so 20 Dorpers were purchased. 

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2014

Meat Master Stud

The Meat Master Stud was purchased. This addition improved the quality of our meat tenfold.

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2015

Feedlot

Feedlotting meat sheep was introduced to increase production.

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2016

Speckled Park

Speckled park breed is introduced to Angus breeding herd.

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2019

Lamb Feedlotting

Lamb feedlotting commenced under shed. 

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2022

Feedlot Expansion 

Application is successful to expand multispecies feedlot to 19500 scu and 4000 ssu.

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2022

Swarm Farm Sprayers

Swarm Farm Autonomous sprayers Delta and Hotel sprayed 28,500 hectares in first year of operation 

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2023

Ben Coleman Award

5th generation Tom Coggan wins the prestigious Ben Coleman Award at the Summer Grains Conference.

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2023+

The Story Continues

 

cattle in enclosure, silo in the background