History

Anama was originally part of Bungaree station, which was founded in 1841 by George Charles Hawker. His sons divided the property in 1906. Walter Hawker was the first owner and manager of Anama and he had a great interest in breeding animals, including show poultry, merino sheep and Friesian dairy cattle. John Carey Hawker took over the management of the property in the 1920s. John Hawker continued to innovate Anama with objective measurement in sheep breeding and pasture renovation. He was responsible for breeding Australia’s most famous Friesian cow in the 1950s, Anama Griselda Lutzie.

Ryves and Tom Hawker
Ryves and Tom Hawker

Ryves Hawker took over daily management in the mid 1960s and founded Anama Red Angus in 1970. Ryves has been heavily involved with South Australian Stud Merino Breeders Association, Society of Animal Production and Animal Breeding and Genetics and was a foundation member of the Australian Red Angus Society. He also introduced Ramboullet genetics into the merino flock from Texas in 1988 to improve meat characteristics of the merino. Meat now plays a major part in the merino industry.

Tom Hawker returned to Anama in 1995 after studying animal breeding and genetics at Adelaide and New England Universities. Genetic progress was accelerated with extensive artificial insemination and embryo transfer.