Bolobek originally covered more than 900 hectares. Some 270 hectares abutting Hamilton Road was excised after the 1952 bush fires. A further 70 hectares was sub-divided in the late 1990’s.
Oswald Syme was a member of the Royal Agricultural Society and the owner of a well-known and successful Romney Marsh Stud as well as a prize winning Friesian Stud. During the Syme era there was an extraordinarily extensive dairy complex of shedding, housing and yards. These were destroyed by fire in the 1950’s.
During the ownership of the Law-Smiths the property continued as an agricultural enterprise and ran approximately 400 Hereford Cows and 1000 First Cross Ewes.
Bolobek is now approximately 550 hectares. The property runs approximately 1000 Border Leicester x Merino ewes for meat production and a self-replacing herd of some 500 Angus Cattle.
Bolobek steers competed exceptionally well in the 2014 Beef Spectacular coming 3rd, 5th and 7th overall in the pen of 5 steers competition. We also achieved Reserve Champion in the Feedlot Performance and Reserve Champion in the Certified Angus Beef Australia Performance trial.
Recently a significant programme of renovation of the internal streams has been undertaken in conjunction with Melbourne Water involving the clearing of woody weeds, re-fencing and replanting of more than four kilometres of creek frontages to aid in improving water quality flowing into the Riddells Creek and the Maribyrnong catchment.
Over the last 9 years the avenues of Cypress and Pines trees dying from old age and years of drought have been removed and replaced with avenues of Oak trees which in the years to come will provide a spectacular backdrop to the farm. In addition there are thousands of new native plantings including many varieties of Eucalypts native to the area that will in time also enhance the immediate environment as well as providing shelter for the cattle and sheep and the native fauna and birdlife that abounds here.
A program of significant pasture renovation is also being undertaken and dryland Lucerne will be planted for the first time later in 2015. Like the garden the property is a work in progress