Gatton Farms

The University of Queensland Gatton Farms is located on the UQ Gatton Campus 80 kilometers west of Brisbane. The farms cover 1068 hectares and includes a dairy, piggery, sheep and goat herd, horticultural fields, post-harvest facilities and greenhouses, and an extensive range of plant and farm machinery. UQ Gatton Farms is spread across two locations. The main area of activities is on the Gatton Campus with another farm, Darbalara, located 10 kilometers from the main campus. Darbalara is 184 hectares in size and is the home of the School of Veterinary Science Droughtmaster herd and beef cattle teaching facility, along with other grazing and crop production.

The Campus is located in the Lockyer Valley which is a highly fertile horticulture area with a subtropical climate that features relatively long hot summers, and short, mild winters with occasional frosts. Rainfall is summer dominant with 65-70% of the total rainfall occurring in the October to March period. The average annual rainfall to the area is approximately 780 mm making this the driest part of the South East Queensland region.

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