The Seis family was one of the early pioneering families of the Gulgong district, in the central tablelands of NSW. The family has been farming and grazing in the area since Nicholas Joseph Seis selected a small 40 acre farm in 1868 east of where Winona now stands.
Over the next 145 years each generation has added to the acreage and a large area of the district is now owned by descendants of Nicholas Joseph Seis and Catherine (granny) Seis. Part of that area is the 2000 acre (840 hectare) property Winona, which is now owned and managed by Colin Seis and his son Nicholas.
- The property runs around four thousand, fine wool merino sheep which are managed holistically, using ‘time control grazing’ methods.
- The Winona Merino Stud which consists of 500 stud ewes was founded in 1949 by Harry Seis.
- The Winona Kelpie Stud is one of the largest and better known ‘kelpie working dog’ studs in the world and sells dogs and pups to many countries like USA, Chile, Brazil, Holland Norway and Ireland as well as all states of Australia.
- Winona grows up to 500 acres of oats annually using the ‘pasture cropping’ technique that Colin Seis and Daryl Cluff developed in 1993.
- Native grass seed is an important enterprise for Winona, with the seed being harvested from the property’s native grassland.
(Photo: Peter Morris)