The Yeeda Story
From humble beginnings to a fully integrated red meat business with a herd of 95,000 animals in Western Australia.
Jack & Vicki Burton purchased the pastoral leases and freehold land at Kilto Station, 60km from Broome, in the early 1990s and set about building a substantial horticultural and cattle business with the intention to expand into investment in forestry and outback tourism.
While building up their cattle herd, they developed acreage under irrigation where they farmed cash crops on an extensive scale.
In 1999, the opportunity arose for the Burtons to purchase Yeeda Station, the adjoining Station to Kilto. In order to fast track their vision, Yeeda Pastoral Company was formed and the Burtons teamed up with the Taberers and Keys, who provided additional equity funds, and the broader vision for Yeeda commenced, with 3 equal partner families.
In 2001, Yeeda acquired Mt Jowlaenga Station which adjoins Yeeda Station. Then in 2003, Yeeda acquired the Springvale Station aggregation area which includes Mabel Downs, Texas and Alice Downs Stations, with some 20,000 head of cattle. Springvale is located near Halls Creek, about 500km from Yeeda Station, in the East Kimberley Region.
Whist increasing livestock numbers is a major objective for the business, of equal importance is preservation and enhancement of Yeeda's pastoral environment. Yeeda has photographic and documentary evidence that the country under the Company’s control has been progressively enhanced over the past 10 years.
Yeeda has a professional, experienced management team led by Jack Burton who has been leading Yeeda's operations. We have continually invested in the Yeeda business for over 12 years building a world class business and international-scale herd.
Jack manages all Yeeda operations. He has introduced efficient, modern methods of running Yeeda, so much so that the entire cattle operation is overseen by ten full-time staff, eight casual workers and eight independent contractors. With Yeeda Station’s helicopters and roadtrains, the business is managed in a modern, efficient, self-contained, and very economical manner.