Challa Station ... since 1888

Challa Station sits in the heart of the Southern Rangelands of Western Australia. It is a 200 000 hectare beef cattle enterprise that also runs a Human Induced Regeneration Carbon Project. It has been in the Dowden family since 1888 and the current operators are Ashley and Debbie Dowden. 

Challa was once a merino sheep station and it has recently converted to beef. Santa Gertrudis cattle are breed of choice at Challa, and they are handled using stress-free stockmanship. Ashley and Debbie believe in conservatively stocking the property and they have a strong focus on environmental conservation and resilience. 

This website contains information about both Challa Station and the Challa Station Morgans. 


our cattle

We produce something really special from this good country. The red meat product that comes out of our carefully managed little section of the Southern Rangelands, meets many of the expectations of the world’s ethical omnivores. Our livestock graze freely on the native vegetation and always have. We only use chemicals for animal health, we use stress-free stock handling techniques, and we care deeply for the sustainability our landscape. We sequester far more carbon than we emit, and currently sell the surplus. Our vegetation that our cattle graze on is proving to produce low methane levels.

our morgans

Although we are winding down our breeding program at Challa, we still think Morgans make superb station horses. They are tough, sensible and really good doers. We find they have a great work ethic and are great with the cattle.