Squatter: Australia’s classic sheep farming game

The iconic and entertaining Squatter board game about Australian sheep farming has been rereleased with an endorsement from The Woolmark Company.

Squatter is the entertaining board game based on real-life sheep farming. But much more than just fabulous fun, a game of Squatter is highly educational for all ages. Players learn about sheep farming, the wool industry, business management and much more.

As with actual sheep farming, the game is a mix of luck and strategy. Every game brings new challenges. Chance plays a part because no one knows when the next drought, bushfire or flood will strike. Prudent players employ good strategies and careful management to protect their farming business, reduce risks and achieve optimum results.

While Squatter is designed to entertain adults, children from about age 10 also enjoy playing. Squatter enables several generations to take part on an equal footing. Chat and laugh with your friends and family while you discover the challenge of battling the weather and fluctuating stock prices, repairs to the shearing shed, liver fluke and red legged earth mite.

Squatter can be played with 2 to 6 people. It creates winners, not losers and one of the great things about Squatter is that everyone stays in the game until the end.

The game was invented by Robert Lloyd who had worked at ‘Coorumbene’ in South Gippsland, which ran sheep, and then as a travelling sales rep for Dalgety’s Ltd. Squatter was first released 58 years ago at the Royal Melbourne Show in 1962 on the Australian Wool Bureau stand and has gone on to achieve more than half a million sales.


Already featuring the Woolmark logo, which is owned by Australian woolgrowers, Squatter was re-endorsed by AWI’s subsidiary The Woolmark Company in August for the game’s relaunch.

“The Woolmark Company has approved the use of the Woolmark logo on the game because of the relevance Squatter has to the wool industry,” AWI CEO Stuart McCullough said.

“There is no doubt that the game Squatter is helping create a better understanding of the industry which represents a vital part of Australia’s economy.

“Based on sound stock raising principles, it has proven appeal to both city and country people. In the country it could be helpful to those young people interested in a rural country career, while for city dwellers it is an informative and entertaining link with an industry resplendent with social, historic and economic heritage.”

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