About the Collaboration

We’re excited to launch our eighth collaboration with David Brook, a resident of the remote outback community of Birdsville, in Western Queensland and our Chairman.

OBE Organic is proud to be Australia’s oldest and most trusted organic beef marketing company: a company established and owned by family farmers. Our family farmers are united by a shared respect for the environment and their animals, and a commitment to produce the best possible organic beef. Our business was founded in the late 1990’s in Australia’s heartland, the Channel Country and we are committed to showcasing the places and people who make our certified organic beef so unique.

About David Brook

David is a founding Director, a shareholder and the Chairman of the OBE Organic group. David and his wife Nell own and operate 30,000 square kilometres (3 million hectares) of certified organic farms in the pristine Channel Country grasslands region of central Australia. Together, they’re proud to have raised six children on their farming properties.

David was born and raised in the iconic Australian outback desert town of Birdsville (population 100 people) and continues to live there to this day. His maternal great grandparents were married in Birdsville in the late 1880s, and his father Bill Brook purchased their first property, Adria Downs Station, in 1939. In addition to his organic farming operations, David is co-owner of the Innamincka Hotel. Regardless of the remote location of David’s properties and investments, he is exceptionally widely travelled and takes an active and energetic role in the management and fortunes of OBE Organic around the world.

The vast scale of David and Nell’s business enterprise is enhanced by their operation of an aircraft, a Cessna 210. Both hold private pilots’ licenses, with David having logged over 12,000 hours as a senior pilot.

In 2002 David received one of the nation’s highest civilian honours, the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his contribution to the community, local government and the establishment of organic agricultural production. In his spare time, David enjoys his passion for breeding and racing thoroughbred racehorses. Watch this video to learn more about David’s passion for OBE Organic & racehorses!

Kaliduwarry Waterhole on the Mulligan River
The Mulligan River in southwest Queensland starts at an elevation of 205m…
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Peter Hughes & Lloyd Mills
I joined the board of the Stockman’s Hall of Fame in Longreach…
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The Diamantina Crossing
The Diamantina Crossing is a stone causeway across the bed of the…
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Birdsville Airport (IATA: BVI, ICAO: YBDV)
The Birdsville Airport is 48m above sea level. I’ve been parking my…
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Jean & Jimmy Crombie
Jean & Jimmy Crombie are brother and sister. They give us advice…
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Congratulations Kim Stalley!
We recently celebrated Kim’s ten-year anniversary at OBE Organic with a little…
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Simpson Desert Ultra Event Hub
Where: Simpson Desert | Birdsville | Qld | Australia What: 25K I…
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Father Paul Crotty & the Coober Pedy Parish
‘I went to a catholic boarding school in Adelaide called Rostrevor when…
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Deirdre Lander
Deirdre Lander was a Non-Executive Director of OBE Organic for 9 years.…
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Ziga Drev from Slovenia
We hosted Andrew Blinco, OBE Organic’s General Manager Operations & Ziga Drev…
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The Old Birdsville Hospital
Located in Adelaide Street, Birdsville, the Australian Inland Mission Hospital building was…
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Herefords
These certified organic Herefords are in the Nappanerica Yards on Adria Downs…
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Steam Engine
This relic is aging in the sand near the ruins of the…
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Dalene & Deon
In the early 1980’s a photographer for the National Geographic magazine came…
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Deon’s Headstone
We buried our son Deon in the Birdsville Cemetery in 1996. The…
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Where the bitumen ends
This is where the bitumen ends near Carcory Homestead Ruins on the…
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Kamaran Downs Homestead
Our family bought Kamaran Downs Station in 1975. It runs about 7000…
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A snake
If snakes like these come close to our home in Birdsville, it’s…
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The Nutbush World Record
My granddaughter Ella joined 4000+ others at the Big Red Bash on…
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Bill Brook on Alert
My Dad, Bill Brook, was a short man. He was a successful…
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Spinny Monaghan
Whilst Kevin (Spinny) Monaghan now bides his time riding plant horses on…
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Craven’s Peak & Wangkamadla
In July 2021 the Wangkamadla people’s rights were formally recognised in a…
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The Annadale Chimney
This is all that is left of the house that Nanna lived…
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The Annandale Homestead
This photo dates back to about 1910 when my Nanna lived there.…
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An oil green
A golf course in the desert means we putt on oil greens.
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Constructing the golf course
We were excited to see the Birdsville Dunes golf course being built…
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Nell Brook & Sam Watkins
My wife Nell and Sam are active members of the new ‘Birdsville…
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Mostyn Nicholls
We move cattle around our organic cattle stations depending on the seasons.…
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Murnpeowie Station
Murnpeowie is located approximately 96 kilometres (60 miles) east of Marree and…
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Bully Booth
This photo of Bully and I, is on the wall of the…
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A sunset on Adria Downs
I think this photo was taken near Reuben’s Yard on Adria Downs.…
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A windmill
We are slowly removing windmills from service and replacing them with solar…
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Rhonda Heslin
Rhonda Heslin was the cook at Adria Downs Station for over ten…
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Bronco Panel
This bronco panel was used up until about the 1950s at Neliaka…
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The ruins at old Alton Downs
Alton Downs Station is situated approximately 50 kilometres south west of Birdsville…
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On the way to Birdsville
I found this old photo in one of Mum’s albums. The caption…
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The South Australian Pastoral Commission
I’ve inherited various photo albums from my parents, Dorothy & Bill Brook.…
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Comparing Notes
I captured this image of Don Rayment showing Jimmy Crombie his cow…
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Water for Life!
This article appeared in the Adelaide Stock and Station Journal on the…
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‘Lest we forget’
‘At the going down of the sun, we will remember them’
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The Double Ramp
We put in a double ramp at the house yards on Adria…
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Cracks in the road
These cracks appeared in a road on Adria Downs after rain. The…
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Decision-making with Don Rayment
Don Rayment manages Adria Downs Station, which means he makes all the…
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Road over sand dunes
Adria Downs Station is located west of Birdsville on the edge of…
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OBE Organic in Dubai
Over the last 20 years of so, my wife Nell and I…
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Ramadan Kareem
Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. It is a…
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Trucks #2
It’s not often we have 16 decks ready to load at one…
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Loading Ramp Under Construction
Property improvements come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes we have to…
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Jim Friis
We’ve been processing OBE Organic livestock at the same processing facility for…
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Trucks #1
It’s not often we have 16 decks ready to load at one…
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A road on Adria Downs Station
This road traverses sand dunes so we’ve had to clay the top…
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Joyce Crombie & Karen Monaghan
Nell and I dropped in to see Joyce and Karen on one…
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Crotalaria cunninghamii

Crotalaria cunninghamii, also known as green birdflower, birdflower ratulpo,…

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Norman Harris
Norman is a bit younger than me. We’ve known each other all…
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Solar Array at the Innamincka Pub
This solar array doubles as a shelter for cars parked at the…
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Coongie Lakes
I took this photo as I was flying south from Birdsville to…
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The Old Crossing at Birdsville
If you look closely, you’ll see the old crossing over the Diamantina…
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The Cuttaburra Crossing
I took this photo of the Cuttaburra Crossing while flying south from…
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Horse Plant & Cessna
We use our Cessna 210 aircraft to more around our cattle stations.…
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Our Cessna
Nell and I purchased our Cessna in February 1981. We bought it…
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#save1000Lives
Back in early 2021, OBE Organic started a campaign to save 1000…
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How did OBE Organic begin?
People are always interested in how OBE Organic began, so I took…
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