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Movement at the station: Recent property listings

Property editor Linda Rowley, 07/02/2024

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

  • North-west NSW mixed grazing offers scale
  • Qld’s fully exclusion fenced Bullamakinka heads to auction
  • Hopgood’s offer Moonie’s Mundagai
  • Surat grazing offers remote management
  • Reduced price for well-known southern NSW grazing holding
  • Downsize to Qld’s Appletree
  • High income producing protein operation in South Burnett
  • Moruya dairy offers small scale grazing
  • Willow Tree development opportunity
  • Producer interest in remote roadhouse

The large-scale, well-improved Aberfoyle Aggregation in New South Wales’ far north-west has returned to the market after receiving 200mm of rain this summer.

North-west NSW mixed grazing offers scale

Moree Real Estate agent Terry Adams has listed two mixed grazing aggregations in New South Wales’ north-west offering incoming producers scale and quality improvements.

The large-scale, well-improved Aberfoyle Aggregation in New South Wales’ far north-west has returned to the market after receiving 200mm of rain this summer.

Located 34km south of Goodooga and 110km north of Brewarrina, the 15,271ha Aberfoyle Aggregation comprises three adjoining holdings – 6744ha Aberfoyle, 5213ha Julievale and 3314ha Pt Leander.

The holding last changed hands in 2018 when a local farming family purchased it from Newcastle-based David and Sue McMaster after 35 years ownership.

The country features Mitchell, coolah, neverfail, blue and Flinders grasses. There are large areas of winter herbage and bluebush, as well as soft burrs, goathead, salines, jelly burr and salt bush.

Aberfoyle is conservatively running 1000 sheep and backgrounding 800 steers, however, it has previously run 13,000 sheep and 300 cows or 1500 cows, plus 2000ha cropping sown to cash crops or feed.

Two thirds of the operation comprise level black soils, with the remaining third red chocolate soils. Around 2400ha is arable and is growing winter crops.

Situated in a 400mm rainfall region, the properties receive beneficial flooding to the black country and are dissected by the Birrie River, Yamba and Little Yamba Creeks. This is supported by 44 tanks and troughs fed by piped bore and dam water.

Improvements include two four-bedroom homes, numerous sheds and dwellings, two five-stand shearing sheds, steel sheep and cattle yards, four silos with 822 tonnes of storage and 11km of new exclusion fencing.

The Aberfoyle Aggregation is being offered for sale via expressions of interest closing on March 7.

 

Guildford Aggregation

Being marketed separately through Moree Real Estate agent Terry Adams, brothers John and David Oats and families are offering the Guildford Aggregation in north western New South Wales, with one of the blocks held by the family for five generations.

Offered for the first time in more than 130 years, the Guildford Aggregation comprises three holdings – the adjoining 2049ha Guildford and 1995ha Castlevilla and the nearby 1526ha Boronga.

The 5560ha of country near Boomi is currently run as a backgrounding operation turning off up to 3000 steers annually off buffel pastures, supplemented by fodder crops.

Around 2674ha are arable with 1825ha fallow for the winter crop, but Mr Adams believes around 3600ha could be farmed.

The country features alluvial brown or grey clays and black loam soils timbered with coolibah, river red gum, western grey box, belah, weeping myall and river cooba.

Water is secured by frontages to the Boomi and McIntyre River, the Boomi and Boomi East capped and piped schemes, 45 tanks and troughs and a 150ML water licence.

Situated in a 525mm average rainfall area, Guildford has already received more than 300mm since October.

Improvements include two four-bedroom homes, a five-bedroom cottage, numerous sheds, three cattle yards, quality fencing and five silos with 365t of grain storage.

Guildford is being offered as a whole or as separate assets with expressions of interest closing on February 29. Around 824ha of sorghum are included in the sale.

The 5560ha Guildford aggregation near Boomi is currently run as a backgrounding operation turning off up to 3000 steers annually off buffel pastures, supplemented by fodder crops.

 

Qld’s fully exclusion fenced Bullamakinka heads to auction

Celia Mackay is offering for sale her highly improved, fully exclusion fenced grazing property, centrally located between Goondiwindi, Roma and Dalby.

The 2140ha Bullamakinka is located near Tarawera, 25km south-east of Westmar in southern Queensland.

Suited to cattle backgrounding, breeding and stud operations, the brigalow and belah country can also run goats on the 1011ha of improved pastures which have recently received 90mm of rain.

Previously, home to the Bullamakinka Santa Stud, the property is currently home to the Celamba Speckle Park Stud.

Roger Lyne from Eastern Rural Dalby said the incoming purchaser could also increase the 930ha cropping area sown to wheat and barley.

“The versatile country has attracted good early inquiry from producers from northern New South Wales to southern Queensland,” he said.

Water is secured by eight dams and an equipped artesian bore piped to troughs.

Infrastructure includes a five-bedroom home, a two-bedroom cottage, cattle yards, three sheds, 600t of grain storage and an onsite feedmill system.

There is also an on-farm quarry site.

Bullaminka will be auctioned on March 5 bare of livestock and plant and equipment.

 

Hopgood’s offer Moonie’s Mundagai

The home of Hopgood Charolais in southern Queensland is being offered for sale by the Hopgood family after eight years ownership.

Described as a high capacity grazing enterprise with mixed farming capabilities, the 1947ha Mundagai is located on the Weir River, 20km east of the Moonie Crossroads and 109km from Dalby on the Western Downs.

The country features mostly brigalow and belah soils growing Queensland blue, buffel, urochloa and bambasti.

Exclusion fenced on the property’s eastern and southern boundaries, Mundagai is capable of running 1000 adult equivalents.

It is watered by seven dams and three sub-artesian bores supplying water to tanks, troughs and turkeys nests.

Improvements include a four-bedroom home, a three-bedroom cottage, new steel cattle yards, a five-stand shearing shed, a shed and workshops.

There are two grain silos with 324 tonnes of storage and a 40t liquid silo.

Mundagai will be auctioned on March 7 by JLL agents Clayton Smith and James Mitchell.

 

Surat grazing offers remote management

A low-cost grazing opportunity in southern Queensland that can be remotely managed is expected to attract absentee owners and producers looking to expand existing holdings.

The 1036ha Miraposa is located 32km from Surat and 50km from Roma, close to saleyards and feedlots.

Listed with Nutrien Harcourts GDL agent Russell Jorgensen, the property is being offered for sale for $3700/ha.

Featuring a good balance of soft sandy red loamy soils and low-lying black self-mulching soils, Mariposa is carrying a good body of feed, mostly buffel.

Mariposa is well watered by four dams and an equipped sub-artesian bore.

During the last two years, the vendors have erected 6km of exclusion fencing along two sides of the property.

The infrastructure on Mariposa includes a set of steel cattle yards.

The 1036ha Miraposa is located 32km from Surat and 50km from Roma, close to saleyards and feedlots.

 

Reduced price for well-known southern NSW grazing holding

The home of the Walwa Merino Stud on New South Wales’ Southern Tablelands has returned to the market with a $13.7 million price tag.

In November last year, the 1046ha Walwa Homestead was offered for sale by Alan McCormick after 37 years for more than $15m.

Situated near Gurrundah, 28km north of Gunning, the property boasts a string of prominent owners including sheep breeder Sir Walter Merriman and Ros Packer’s parents Dr Stephen and Phyllis Weedon.

Walwa Homestead has a long history of producing wool, lamb and beef, with a carrying capacity of 8090 dry sheep equivalents or 7.7DSE/ha.

The current sheep enterprise encompasses a self-replacing merino flock (1616 ewes), first cross ewe flock (500 ewes), Merino wethers (800 head), mixed sex hoggets (562 head) plus stud stock comprising 300 Merino ewes and 100 Merino rams.

The cattle side of the business runs more than 300 mixed head, including 200 females.

The mostly gently undulating country with rolling hills features red basalt and granite soils with areas of shale. Around 540ha are pasture improved with scope to increase this area by a further 125ha.

Forage cropping has recently been incorporated into the paddock rotations with 43ha of grazing canola and 34ha of oats.

The property is watered by 27 dams, a number of natural watercourses and springs.

Walwa Homestead has 13 turbines which are part of the Gunning Wind Farm, offering a supplementary income from a renewable energy lease which expires in 2038.

Accommodation includes the historic six-bedroom Walwa homestead built in 1913 and two other homes.

New working improvements include a five-stand shearing shed and yards, steel cattle yards, numerous sheds and two 60-tonne silos.

Walwa Homestead is being sold by LAWD in conjunction with Delta Agribusiness.

Walwa Homestead has 13 turbines which are part of the Gunning Wind Farm

 

Downsize to Qld’s Appletree

A lifestyle and grazing property in Queensland’s South Burnett should appeal to producers looking to downsize.

The 234ha Appletree is situated in the Moffatdale winery region and boasts views and frontage to the Bjelke-Petersen Dam.

It sits on three freehold Certificates of Title, leased land and flood margin lease and offers productive land and soil types growing established pastures.

JLL Agribusiness said the property offers potential natural capital opportunities.

Expressions of interest for Appletree close on February 15.

The 234ha Appletree is situated in the Moffatdale winery region and boasts views and frontage to the Bjelke-Petersen Dam.

 

High income producing protein operation in South Burnett

Pig producers wanting to expand and beef producers looking to lease are showing interest in a high-income producing protein operation, also in Queensland’s South Burnett.

The Inverlaw Aggregation, comprising two holdings, is well located, close to Kingaroy, and is being run as a multi-site pig breeding operation with scope to increase production.

Aussie Land & Livestock agent James Bredhauer believes the aggregation has potential to earn a sustainable income.

“The incoming purchaser could continue the current operation as breeding units, convert it into farrow to finish, or use it as a grow out pork facility. In addition, the scale of Inverlaw allows for a cattle or cropping business to run in conjunction with the piggery,” he said.

9606 Bunya Highway, Inverlaw is a 92ha property 15km south-west of Kingaroy and licenced for 3500 SPU.

Most of the country is contoured ex-cultivation with red soils and sandy clay loams with 8ha of black soil flats and watered by a bore and four dams.

Infrastructure includes a three-bedroom home with views across the Stuart River and to the Bunya Mountains, workers accommodation, numerous sheds, a piggery, steel cattle yards and silos.

The 3.15ha Trouts Rd, Crawford is situated 9km from Kingaroy and is currently run as a farrowing operation and weaning/gilts. It is licenced for 3500 SPU.

Watered by bores and a 16MG Stuart River licence, the infrastructure includes a farrowing shed and feeding and watering systems.

The Inverlaw Aggregation will be auctioned on February 15.

The Inverlaw Aggregation, comprising two holdings, is well located, close to Kingaroy, and is being run as a multi-site pig breeding operation with scope to increase production.

 

Moruya dairy offers small scale grazing

Expressions of interest are being sought by LAWD for a small scale and profitable dairy farm operating under management, also suited to cattle.

The 180ha Coolooli is located 12km from Moruya and 31km from Batemans Bay in the Eurobodalla region of southern New South Wales.

The property is situated in a picturesque valley with pastures that annually produce 550 bales of silage.

Water is secured from eight dams including a 12ML storage dam, a bore and the Mogendoura Creek, supported by 961mm of rainfall.

The dairy enterprise conservatively milks on average 130 cows, annually producing 740,000 litres of milk.

The dairy herd and plant and equipment are available for separate purchase.

Infrastructure includes a circa 1870s three-bedroom home, a two-bedroom cottage, numerous sheds, cattle yards, a 40t elevated pellet silo and a 100t elevated grain silo.

Coolooli is located 12km from Moruya and 31km from Batemans Bay in the Eurobodalla region of southern New South Wales.

 

Willow Tree development opportunity

Willow Tree farming country on northern New South Wales’ renowned Liverpool Plains is being marketed as a development opportunity by LAWD.

Located 20km from Willow Tree and 37km south of Quirindi, the once mixed farming enterprise Ellersie Park has been rested since 2019.

The 283ha of alluvial creek flats rising to sloping, open and timbered grazing showcase black and chocolate self-mulching basalt soils, with the arable area suited to growing wheat, corn, canola, legumes and sorghum.

Situated in a 691mm rainfall region, Ellersie Park boasts 1.4km of double frontage to Big Jacks Creek, supported by an equipped well, an irrigation well and two unequipped wells.

Infrastructure includes a four-bedroom home, steel and timber cattle yards, numerous sheds and grain storage silos.

Ellersie Park will be auctioned on March 12.

Situated in a 691mm rainfall region, Ellersie Park boasts 1.4km of double frontage to Big Jacks Creek, supported by an equipped well, an irrigation well and two unequipped wells.

 

Producer interest in remote roadhouse

Pastoralists from South Australia and the Northern Territory are showing strong interest in the Cadney Park Roadhouse which has been listed for $1.9 million by Neville and Adriana Jacob after seven years ownership.

The 6.9ha stop is situated on the Stuart Highway near Wintinna, 151km north of Coober Pedy – the gateway to the Painted Desert on the road to the Oodnadatta Track.

It is regularly visited by tourists and aviators, including the Royal Flying Doctor Service, travelling through Central Australia from Sydney and Melbourne.

The Jacobs who love the open space, the people, big starry nights and being surrounded by interesting travellers and station people, said after living remotely for 21 years, it is time to retire.

Previously, the Jacobs owned the William Creek Hotel, the Penong Hotel (on the Eyre Highway, 70km west of Ceduna) and the Pink Roadhouse (on the Oodnadatta Track).

The motel accommodation at the Cadney Park Roadhouse includes six rooms with ensuites, eight budget rooms and eight donga rooms each with an ensuite.

There is a campground, a laundry, a 40-seat indoor dining room and a swimming pool, as a well as a two-bedroom manager’s home, six staff quarters with ensuites, a two-bedroom cottage and a workshop.

 

 

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