Manager: E. A. Mann, L. W. Mann & D. A. McArthur
Location: Glenthompson, Victoria.
Operations: Sheep, Cattle, Cropping.
Brie Brie, meaning ‘scrub’, was purchased in 1936 by I R Mann, the father of current owner E A Mann. The property is located south of the townships of Dunkeld and Glenthompson, within the southern Grampians region of western Victoria, and was expanded upon in 2006 to incorporate the neighbouring property of Bilpah Hills, and again in 2020 incorporating the northern portion of Fernleigh.
The country is undulating in areas and is primarily comprised of sandy loam soil, which is unique in its location. The property itself additionally incorporates large areas of native scrub, which have rarely ever run stock. Brie Brie runs a range of livestock, including both Merino, Border Leicester and cross-breed sheep (servicing the wool and meat industries) and Aberdeen Angus cattle. In addition, cropping is undertaken annually primarily for purposes of pasture improvement and finishing of lambs.
Over the past two decades Brie Brie has been subject to extensive wetland developments with the aim of mitigating issues associated with erosion, in addition to aiding the active absorption of salt from the environment and resulting in the improvement of native wildlife and birdlife habitats. In excess of 18,000 trees have been established in plantations throughout the property including both native and English and European oak species. In addition to the aforementioned benefits, the extensive tree plantations provide significant and vital shelter for stock.