Princess Royal Station at Burra has been named SA Regional Business of the Year and SA Medium Business of the Year in the Telstra South Australian Business of the Year awards.
The family-owned livestock and cropping business were announced winners at an awards ceremony at the Adelaide Convention Centre on July 10.
The highly-respected enterprise was formed in 2003 from an existing business, T&R Pastoral, by Simon Rowe and his father, the late Robert Rowe.
The business employs about 42 staff at its Burra property as well as overseers and managers at its Flinders Ranges operations.
The Rowes have forged a business in breeding and preparing premium cattle for domestic and overseas sale, and trading of cattle, sheep and lamb.
Boasting its own freight division for livestock transport, they also produce one third of their stock feed requirements from a large scale cropping enterprise.
In an acceptance speech at the awards ceremony, Simon’s daughter Katherine, who also works within the business, said the awards were recognition of her father’s foresight and the team behind his vision.
“We are a family business, we are a farm, but we’re more than a farm,” Ms Rowe said.
“My father just doesn’t know how to sit still so there’s always projects.
“We feedlot cattle which is quite strange in South Australia, but it’s developing and growing it and learning from him (Simon) that’s all just an amazing experience.
“ We have an amazing team, management team, we’re all one big family in a small rural community and family is everything, without it we wouldn’t have a business.”
During the awards evening, Mr Rowe reiterated Katherine’s words, saying it was a group effort, but also that the success of the business was a win for the local community.
“The Telstra Business Awards is very important to us, but also to the community,” Mr Rowe said.
“Meat and Livestock Australia put out some papers in 2003 showing that every dollar spent, particularly in our feedlot, mean a $4-$6 turnaround within our community, so that’s grain buyers, hay growers, hospitals, the shops, the contractors, the truckies.
“So for every dollar we spend in the feedlot, basically there’s a $4-$6 turnaround within the community.
“In the town of Booborowie most of the students in the school are from staff who work at Princess Royal.”
Telstra SA Business of the Year judges described Princess Royal Station as “a very innovative, steady family business that continuously improves the quality of its products.
“They had very structured future business plans, strong vision, were very community-focussed and had a strong online presence that was rare for a regional business”. Winners of the Telstra SA Business Awards will head to the 2015 Telstra Australian Business Awards on August 20.