Movement at the station: Recent property listings

Property editor Linda Rowley, 12/07/2023

THIS week’s property review includes this wrap-up of interesting recent listings across the country, and a separate article of recently completed sales of note.

  • NQ safe breeder country listed after 70 years
  • Well grassed breeding block in CQ
  • Barraba breeder block heads to auction
  • $6m+ for productive grazing in southern NSW
  • Remotely managed Linnpark lists in southern Qld
  • Cattle & cropping in CQ
  • Nowendoc property offered for $16.5m
  • $8m for western NSW goat operation

Bannockburn and Tancred yards

NQ safe breeder country listed after 70 years

After almost 70 years ownership, the Dart family is selling its safe breeder country in North Queensland.

The 82,030ha Bannockburn and Tancred are 110km south of Torrens Creek and 145km north of Aramac, south of the tick line.

The Dart family drew Tancred, pictured above, in a ballot in 1955 and two years later purchased the neighbouring Bannockburn.

Situated in a 455mm annual average rainfall area, the aggregation has three diverse mixes of grazing country which benefit most seasonal conditions:

  • Lower, heavier carrying black gidgee and bauhinia country has improved pastures and native grasses including buffel, Flinders, desert Mitchell and button grasses.
  • The true desert spinifex country has experienced good growth this season, meaning an abundance of feed for the coming year.
  • The higher altitude narrowleaf ironbark and box country is growing browsable low bushes and numerous grasses including natives, seca stylo, summer, button, desert Mitchell and edible bushes.

The operation runs around 2500 breeders and has a reputation for producing quality Droughtmaster and Charolais cross cattle.

Carl Warren from TopX Australia said the area was tightly held due to its ability to retain breeders during dry times.

“This is traditionally very safe country due to the diversity of feed, plants and trees,” he said.

“Improvements over the years have seen the productivity and sustainability of the country increase, allowing it to carry larger numbers of breeders.”

Bannockburn and Tancred are well watered by nine sub-artesian and artesian bores, four dams and seasonal waterholes.

Mr Warren described the water as having a spring-like quality, with no heat or odour, that can be consumed directly from the bore.

The fencing is an ongoing renewal project with all boundary fencing in good to new condition.

Improvements include three sets of cattle yards, two homes and nine sheds.

Bannockburn and Tancred will be auctioned bare on September 8.


Well grassed breeding block in CQ

After 67 years ownership, Neil Dunne has listed his well grassed breeding and finishing block in Central Queensland.

The 965ha Crowsash is located 16km from Duaringa and 107km from Rockhampton.

When it formed part of the larger adjoining Shandon Aggregation, owned by the Dunne family, it was known as the river block.

The productive country is capable of running up to 250 bullocks and is currently carrying 120 steers.

It ranges from red soils on the tablelands to black soil alluvial flats on the river, which were previously farmed.

Corbmac Fanning from Fanning Rural and Gavin Tickle from TopX said the incoming purchaser could grow leucaena or cereal crops on around 160ha.

“Some pasture improvement and weed and regrowth management could also significantly lift production,” he said.

The softwood scrub on Crowsash features bottle trees and a good body of feed including buffel, green panic, urochloa and seca stylo.

Situated in an 805mm average annual rainfall area, Crowsash has 4km of Dawson River frontage and a dam.

The fences are in very good condition, with 3.2km of new fencing just completed.

Crowsash will be auctioned on August 24.

The 965ha Crowsash is located 16km from Duaringa and 107km from Rockhampton.


Barraba breeder block heads to auction

Breeder country in northern New South Wales is attracting good inquiry from locals and from producers in the New England and Queensland.

The 1471ha Wongala has been in the Harris family for more than 40 years.

Situated 47km west of Barraba, it is nestled in a volcanic valley on the eastern side of Mount Kaputar in a 990mm annual average rainfall district.

The vendors have been running more than 500 cows that produce calves in excess of 300kg at seven to eight months of age.

Wongala has a reasonable super history, having been top-dressed three out of the last six years.

If the property was to be supered and seeded on a more regular basis, Charlie Hart from Hart Rural Agencies believes Wongala could produce even more kilos of beef per hectare.

Fencing on the property is in excellent order with large stretches of exclusion fencing along the national park boundary.

Wongala will be auctioned on September 7.

Wongalea vendors have been running more than 500 cows producing calves in excess of 300kg at seven to eight months of age.


$6m+ for productive grazing in southern NSW

Offers above $6 million are being sought for productive grazing country on the Boorowa River on the south-west slopes of New South Wales.

The 528ha Tara is located 17km from Boorowa and 64km from Young, in a 610mm annual average rainfall area.

Tara has a history of wool and lamb production and can carry 2800 Merino ewes or 5000DSE.

The country rises from the Boorowa River to undulating grazing land and sheltered timbered areas.

Improved and native perennial grass and clover pastures have been strategically fertilised.

It is watered by 900m of Boorowa River frontage and a network of dams.

The fit-for-purpose operational improvements are described as well-appointed and include a three-stand shearing shed, steel sheep and cattle yards and machinery and hay sheds.

Tara is being offered for sale by expression of interest closing on August 3. LAWD agents Col Medway and Tim Corcoran are handling the sale.

Tara has a history of wool and lamb production and can carry 2800 Merino ewes or 5000DSE.


Remotely managed Linnpark lists in southern Qld

A safe breeding block that can be remotely managed has been listed for sale by Greg and Helen Turvey after 12 years of ownership.

The 8486ha Linnpark is located 110km west of St George and 180km south-west of Roma.

Anthony Hyland from Nutrien Harcourts GDL said it was a low cost, high production breeder block.

“Linnpark is good in the good times but even better during the drier times. It has a good fodder bank of mulga and is easily managed by a central laneway for ease of management with access to all paddocks and yards,” he said.

The country has red loamy soils with some small areas of grey melonhole growing mostly natural grasses that can carry up to 400 cows.

It is heavily timbered with low and tall mulga, box, wilga, ironbark, pine, belah and kurrajong.

The property is exclusion fenced on the western and southern boundaries and has portable cattle yards for 300 head of cattle.

Linnpark is well-watered by a flowing artesian share bore which is supplied to 26 troughs and 10 tanks.

It will be auctioned on August 3.

The 8486ha Linnpark is located 110km west of St George and 180km south-west of Roma.


Cattle & cropping in CQ

After 13 years, the Tincknell family is selling its cattle and cropping opportunity in Central Queensland.

The 1848ha Cambridge Downs is situated in the tightly held Orion district, 38km from Rolleston and 48km from Springsure.

It comprises 1180ha of self-mulching open downs soils developed to cropping, of which 100ha is irrigated.

The balance includes 600ha of grazing country running around 270 head of mixed cattle.

Most fences have been renewed in the last nine years, together with 6km of boundary fencing.

Cambridge Downs is situated in a 660mm average rainfall region that allows for some opportunistic irrigation under a 100ha centre pivot.

There is a large irrigation dam with a 2290ML capacity, as well as four equipped bores.

Improvements include two homes, a new machinery shed, a workshop, steel cattle yards, silos and a grain shed.

Grant Veivers and Ben Forrest from the Resolute Property Group, who are handling the sale, said Cambridge Downs is attracting buyers interested in cattle and cropping with a mixed farming interest.

Cambridge Downs will be auctioned bare on July 25.


Nowendoc property offered for $16.5m

A high rainfall and mixed grazing opportunity in the New England region of New South Wales has failed to sell at auction and has now been listed for $16.5 million.

The 971ha Eastern Hills, 18km north of Nowendoc and 42km south of Walcha, can support any combination of beef, lamb and wool production with irrigation options also available.

Located in a 1400mm average rainfall region that is 1280m above sea level, the heavy red chocolate basalt soils, sown to high performance pastures, are capable of running 750 cows or 12,700DSE.

The country comprises rising creek flats to arable slopes and grazing hillsides, with 40ha developed to a potential centre pivot irrigation site.

James and Belinda Lyon purchased Eastern Hills in 2016 as a eucalypt plantation from Forest Enterprises Australia.

As a result, most of the fit-for-purpose operational infrastructure was built in the last seven years and includes a two-stand shearing shed with undercover sheep yards, steel cattle yards and a machinery shed.

The fencing has been completely overhauled and includes 3.15km of internal laneways and 18km of electric wired boundary fencing.

Eastern Hills has dual frontage to the Uriamukki Creek and is watered by numerous dams, including a 100 megalitre dam.

Peter Etheridge from Etheridge Properties and Simon Cudmore from LAWD are handling the marketing and sale.

$8m for western NSW goat operation

A New South Wales Western Division property owned by prominent landholder Robert McBride is being offered for $8 million or $187/ha bare.

The 42,716ha Wyoming Station is located near Moorara, 55km north-east of Pooncarie, 131km south of Menindee and 243km south-east of Broken Hill.

It failed to sell following an expressions of interest campaign and has now been listed with 4000 Merino ewes and around 3000 feral goats (which are currently being mustered).

Mr McBride said the operation is performing exceptional well.

“In the past few years, Wyoming has substantially benefitted from harvesting goats. We trap around 4000 rangeland goats annually – they have been the saviour of the region for the last decade.”

Mr McBride is offering Wyoming to enable infrastructure development of his nearby holdings Tolarno and Peppora Stations.

The current pasture base on Wyoming comprises a mix of spinifex, spear grass and copper burr. Timbers include belah, oaks, wilga, native pine and mallee.

A permanent water pipeline supplied from the Darling River is a key feature of the property, along with 12 fenced dams and a water licence for Regulated River High Security Water for extraction from river, lake or surface water.

Phil Schell from CBRE Agribusiness said Wyoming Station is a well-managed operation that has benefitted from an above average season, drastically enhancing the pasture base for the incoming purchaser.

The 42,716ha Wyoming Station is located near Moorara, 55km north-east of Pooncarie and 240km south-east of Broken Hill.









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