Video Biomes that produce our food, industrial materials and fibre: producer video

TLF ID M019393

This is a video about the mixed farming operations of Boonderoo Pastoral Company in South Australia. The farm is introduced by owner Lachie Seears who describes its size, family history and how region's Mediterranean climate allows him to diversify across a range of valuable commodities including Angus cattle, cross-breed ewes and lambs, wheat, broad beans, barley, canola and carrot seeds. Explaining how the farm is run as a system with crops on the heavy black soil and sheep and cattle grazing in areas with shelter trees, he discusses the advantages of these commodities. Sustainability is seen as the key for profitable farming for future generations and Seears comments on the strategic tree-planting being undertaken, the technologies being used for harvesting crops and monitoring irrigation, and his employment of young people. The video lasts 5:02 min and visuals of the farm provide background for the commentary.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is an excellent resource for studies of agriculture in the context of the Design and Technologies, Geography, and Economics and business curriculums. In Design and technologies the video's coverage of the mixed farming techniques and the technologies used are very useful for content descriptions about how and why food is produced in managed environments in years 5/6 and about how food is produced in managed environments and how these can become more sustainable in years 7/8. The Boonderoo Pastoral Company would also be a most worthwhile case study for the years 9/10 content description about investigating and making judgments on the ethical and sustainable production and marketing of food.
  • The visuals shown in the resource and Lachie Seears' discussion of the climate, soil types, tree-clearing and subsequent strategic replanting are of considerable value for the 'Biomes and food security' unit of study in year 9 geography, especially for the content description about human alteration of biomes to produce food and fibres, and the environmental effects of these alterations.
  • The resource is also relevant for the Economic and business curriculum. The economic benefits of mixed farming presented in the video support content descriptions in years 7, 8 and 10 about the characteristics of successful businesses, the types of businesses and how they respond to opportunities in Australia, and the ways businesses organise themselves to improve productivity.
Year level

5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10

Learning area
  • Humanities and social sciences
  • Economics and business
  • Geography
  • Design and technologies
  • Digital technologies
  • Technologies

Other details

  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL:
  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA)
  • Organization: Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA)
  • URL:
  • Publisher
  • Name: Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA)
  • Organization: Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA)
  • Description: Publisher
  • URL:
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL:
Access profile
  • Unknown
Learning Resource Type
  • Video
  • © Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia 2015, except where indicated otherwise. Except where indicated otherwise, this material may be used in accordance with the Standard YouTube License at