LOCATION: Coober Pedy region, SA
LAND SIZE: 413,200 ha
STOCK: 20,000 Merino sheep
ANNUAL RAINFALL: 175mm
Mobella is a big run comprising just under half a million hectares. It is located about 190km west of the Stuart Highway, midway between Glendambo and Coober Pedy.
In a low 175mm rainfall area, it is made up of soft sandy loam soils with some dunes. There are areas of Mulga, Bullock Bush and Sandalwood scrub, together with Saltbush, Bluebush and annual native grasses.
The station is well developed with 25 bores, 7 dams and several long pipelines watering 70 paddocks. It has an 8-stand wool shed towards the eastern end of the run. The western and northern boundaries are made up of 1.6m high netting fences, forming part of the famous South Australian Dog Fence. The Manager, Natasha Masters, runs the station with the assistance of up to eight staff.
The station depastures an average of 20,000 medium wooled Merinos, lambing down 8,000 ewes. A Cessna 172 aircraft is used to facilitate mustering using air-to-ground UHF communication with motorcycle musterers.
An average of 6,000 sale sheep are turned off each year, mostly at auction in Jamestown or alternatively on C.A.L.M. The 600 bale clip is transported to Adelaide and usually sold by separation in Melbourne.