Struan Research Centre

The South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) own and maintains the Struan Research Centre.

We use the centre’s facilities to conduct research on:

  • crop agronomy
  • revegetation
  • cattle and sheep genetics
  • grazing management
  • meat production and quality
  • animal wellbeing and behaviour
  • livestock nutrition.

Facilities at the centre include:

  • feedlot capacity of up to 200 cattle for nutrition and feedlot research
  • two centre pivots for irrigation capacity supporting pasture, parasite and other livestock trials
  • a TechnoGrazing™ system under irrigation and dry land conditions to increase pasture use.

Our staff also conduct livestock and crop agronomy trials throughout the South East and Murray Mallee regions, complementing research elsewhere in South Australia and interstate.

The research centre is supplemented by facilities at:

  • Kybybolite Research Centre, approximately 35 km from Struan, which include a small sheep feedlot facility
  • Bool Lagoon share farm, which provides a well drained and reliable cropping site.

The environment

The centre is situated approximately 370 km south-east of Adelaide and 17 km south of Naracoorte.

Struan lies on the edge of limestone ridges and comprises:

  • 250 hectares of sandy high country
  • 832 hectares of flood plains (rendzina and podsolised soils overlying limestone).
  • Kybybolite Research Centre contains 300ha of Red Gum soils

Underground water supplies are available at shallow depths (3 to 4 metres) and approximately 140 hectares are irrigated.

Variable paddock sizes to facilitate small plots through to large animal field trials.


The centre has collaborative contracts with:

  • The University of Adelaide
  • veterinary organisations
  • livestock groups
  • seed companies
  • Sheep Co-operative Research Centre
  • Grains Research and Development Corporation
  • MacKillop Farm Management Group.

Joint projects are also conducted with interstate agricultural research organisations.

Contact us

John Cooper, Farm Manager, Struan Research Centre
Phone: (08) 8762 9190

Page Last Reviewed: 27 Jul 2015
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