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.
- Georgie Somerset lists northern NSW country
- QLD’s Rosevale Station and Gilalli head to auction
- North QLD breeding, fattening and backgrounding
- Nationwide interest in high performing Gladstone block
- All year grass on CQ’s Lochaber
- Grazing & land banking opportunity at Beaudesert
- Reliable breeder country on offer in southern QLD
- Well located Charters Towers cattle block
- North QLD’s Dillon Creek attracts good interest
- Prized Darling River frontage country
- Historic SA holding listed after 141 years ownership
Georgie Somerset lists northern NSW country
Agforce president Georgie Somerset is offloading her northern New South Wales grazing and farming country which is anticipated to make more than $12 million.
The 1606ha Northcotte is located at Woolomin, 30km from Tamworth and less than 20km from Nundle, in a scenic location near Chaffey Dam.
Mrs Somerset said the family was consolidating its operation and focussing on its Durong properties in Queensland’s South Burnett region.
“It will be sad to part with Northcotte as it has great reliability with both the rainfall and irrigation. The property has plenty of untapped potential,” she said.
The grazing enterprise has an estimated carrying capacity of 9100 dry sheep equivalents, but it currently running 400 Angus cows, as well as trade steers.
Benefitting from an average 780mm of annual rain, Northcotte features mostly black and red basalt soils with 220ha of productive irrigated Peel River flats growing lucerne and cereal hay.
Northcotte fronts the Peel River and Copes Creek and is watered by three equipped groundwater bores reticulating water to four 100,000 litre tanks and 40 concrete troughs.
Water allocations include 229 megalitres from the Peel River Regulated Water Source.
Simon Cudmore from LAWD reports good inquiry from Sydney investors and from producers in New South Wales and Queensland.
Northcotte is being offered for sale by expressions of interest (bare of livestock) closing on April 20.
QLD’s Rosevale Station and Gilalli head to auction
Martin and Danielle Jennings will offload their historic western Queensland grazing property to focus on their northern cattle properties, Flora Downs, Slashers Creek and Canary.
The 39,077ha Rosevale Station is located 20km north-west of Wyandra and 98km south of Charleville and is suitable for beef, sheep and or goats.
The country features diverse Nemunmulla Creek and Warrego River flood out with Mitchell grass flats, dense buffel in the lighter country running into mulga rangelands.
As a result of recent rain and 30,500 ha protected by exclusion fencing (as part of the Wyandra cluster), Rosevale is presenting with heavy stands of native pastures including Mitchell, mulga Mitchell and mulga oats.
There are multiple sets of yards and a laneway system for ease of operation, as well as a shearing shed.
Water is provided by bores, dams and a 100mgl water licence from the Warrego River. Water security is also being upgraded with the installation of new supply tanks in the pipelines.
Rosevale Station will be auctioned on May 10 by Adcock Partners Property & Livestock and Glynn Agriculture.
Meantime, cattle producers seeking high rainfall and downsizers are showing good interest in a prime breeding block being offered with more than 300 head of cattle.
The 386ha Gilalli is located at Tarzali, 12km south-east of Malanda and 90km south-west of Cairns, on far north Queensland’s Atherton Tableland.
The undulating and cleared country features deep red soils growing a large body of improved tropical pastures with legumes in season – ideal for beef production.
The block is fenced into 14 paddocks and features 2.4km of new fencing, undercover cattle yards with an air crush and a lock-up shed.
Water is provided by the picturesque Dirren Creek, natural springs and two bores.
Gilalli is being auctioned on April 18 Adcock Partners Property & Livestock.
North QLD breeding, fattening and backgrounding
The well-developed north Queensland cattle enterprise Slogan Downs is anticipated to make between $8000 and $12,000 a beast area when it goes to auction on May 11.
The finishing, breeding and backgrounding country spans 15,604ha and is located 80km south of Charters Towers.
The flat to undulating country has a mix of pulled open downs and timbers carrying a strong stand of premium fattening quality pastures following a good wet season and recent rains.
In an average season, the Gear family estimates Slogan Downs can run up to 3000 adult equivalents.
The property has a strong balance of heavy carrying melon hole, heavy cracking black and scrub soils and a smaller area of sandier alluvials.
David Woodhouse from Nutrien Harcourts said in recent years, the vendor has invested millions of dollars into extensive improvements and developments.
“A scrub pulling and seeding program has been completed, there are new cattle yards and 100km of new fencing, including an extensive lane system connecting all (but a few small) yards and paddocks.”
“Slogan Downs is exceptionally well-watered after a major upgrade. It is also traversed by branches of Victoria and Spring Creeks and supported by three bores and 16 dams,” he said.
Mr Woodhouse said Slogan Downs is a standalone property that would also benefit a larger operation seeking expansion.
Nationwide interest in high-performing Gladstone block
TopX is receiving Australia-wide inquiry for the Ward family’s well-developed, high performing cattle property in Queensland’s Gladstone region.
The 1823ha Cedar Vale is situated at Gindoran, 30km south of Miriam Vale and 95km from Bundaberg, in a 1040mm average rainfall district.
It has the added attraction of being close to Agnes Waters with pristine beaches on the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef.
The property boasts a mix of rich productive soils ranging from heavy black soil creek flats to gentle rolling hills with red and grey loams.
Brett Christie from TopX Australia said Cedar Vale is a production powerhouse with excellent pasture improvements delivering reliable weight gains.
“Over the last seven years, a large percentage of the country has been raked, ploughed, and seeded allowing the vendor to consistently run up to 2000 backgrounding cattle through to heavy feeder weights.”
Mr Christie said interest was coming from locals and from cattle producers in Western Australia and New South Wales.
“Cedar Vale is an intensive operation with second to none developments. There are very few properties that are capable of running that many backgrounders on 1823ha.”
Water is secured by a solar-equipped bore, two additional bores, several dams and permanent and semi-permanent waterholes in the creeks.
Mr Christie said Cedar Vale also lends itself to a carbon project.
“The way the property has been set up and managed, together with the soils, tremendous pasture growth and reliable rainfall would benefit a soil carbon project.”
Cedar Vale will be auctioned bare on April 27.
All year grass on CQ’s Lochaber
Danielle Meyer Rural has listed a breeding or background property in Central Queensland’s North Burnett with the ability to maintain grass coverage throughout all seasons.
The 5284ha Lochaber is located 13km from Eidsvold and 22km from Mundubbera.
There is a good balance of undulating quality forest country interspersed with gullies and creek systems rising to timbered country which stays sweet in the cooler months.
There are also areas of brigalow scrub, with a mix of quality soils maintaining a good spread of native grasses capable of running 700 breeders.
Water security includes a 10 megalitre Burnett River water allocation, 12 dams four solar bores and seasonal water in the creeks.
Other features include a gravel pit and good stands of Rosewood timber.
Lochaber is being offered for sale via expressions of interest closing on May 19.
Grazing & land banking opportunity at Beaudesert
Offers to purchase are being sought for southern Queensland’s Juburra which is being sold for the first time in 100 years.
The 838ha cattle breeding aggregation (comprising 12 freehold titles) is located 8km from Beaudesert and 70km from Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
The country features rolling hills, undulating open grazing land and creek flats that are currently running 240 cows and calves together with replacement heifers and some steers.
Juburra is well-watered by 2.5km frontage to the Upper Allen Creek, two bores, 16 dams and several springs.
The property includes 360ha of ‘transition precinct’ land within the 1800ha Bromelton State Development Area (SDA) industrial precinct, near several existing and planned corporate operations.
Juburra is being sold by offers to purchase closing on May 4 through Tewksbury Commercial Real Estate and Integrated Property Partners.
Reliable breeder country on offer in south QLD
After 100 years of family ownership, Ken and Caroline Stone are selling their safe, secure and reliable breeder country in Queensland’s South Burnett.
The 1553ha Passchendaele is located in the tightly held Chahpingahin district, 70km from Kingaroy and 97km from Dalby.
The country comprises undulating ridges that are lightly timbered, running into open valleys and creek flats capable of carrying 300 breeders.
The property is currently growing well-developed stands of improved and native pastures offering a tremendous body of feed.
Previously, around 36ha have been cultivated and contoured, with 18ha replanted to improved pasture and some leucaena.
Water is supplied by the East Johnson and West Johnson Creeks, a bore and 17 dams.
Passchendaele is being offered for sale by Gilliland Livestock Marketing / Raine & Horne Dalby.
Well located Charters Towers cattle block
A well located, low-cost cattle enterprise in north Queensland will be auctioned bare of livestock on April 27.
The 6914ha Percy Springs is 28km from Charters Towers and features a mix of fertile creek frontage and sandy and gravelly soils.
The improved pastures, including buffel and native perennials, can carry between 500 and 600 breeders or adult equivalents.
In the centre of the property there are patches of lancewood and spinifex country which offer useful dry weather feed reserves.
Henry Slaney from Slaney & Co said for many years, the vendors have been conservatively managing the property.
“Percy Springs has been understocked, paddocks have been spelled and rotationally grazed resulting in comprehensive pasture coverage, little erosion and very good animal performance.”
Mr Slaney said the property will suit a range of buyers.
“The proximity to Charters Towers is likely to attract established or downsizing cattle producers, professionals and businessmen. It would also be a great starter block for a new entrant to the cattle industry.”
Percy Springs is watered by seasonal creeks, including the Hann, Percy and Gaines, waterholes and springs, together with six bores and eight dams.
North QLD’s Dillon Creek attracts good interest
Locals, Queensland producers and new entrants are showing good interest in a North Queensland cattle breeding block.
The 2952ha Dillon Creek, with an additional 200ha of crown land, is located 50km west of Charters Towers in a 650mm rainfall district.
James Coates from Stockplace Marketing said the property is set up for many different opportunities.
“Dillon Creek is a low cost, efficient operation with quality infrastructure and improvements. Its close proximity to a major centre gives the new owners many options for a work/life balance.”
The country comprises alluvial creek frontages, grey and red timbered soils, various scrubs and conglomerate timbered ridges.
Over recent years, following rotational grazing, the pastures have dramatically improved and are now capable of running 400 adult equivalents.
Dillon Creek is watered by seasonal creeks, three dams and two interconnected bores supplying 20 watering points. It is being sold bare of plant and equipment.
Prized Darling River frontage country
After almost 20 years, the Parker family is selling its prized Darling River frontage country in New South Wales’ far west.
Suited to both sheep and cattle, the 27,526ha Boolkamena Station is located 70km north of Menindee and 150km south-east of Broken Hill.
Boasting significant Darling River frontage and access, water is also secured by two bores and distributed by significant pipelines to all paddocks.
Boolkamena features productive and versatile land systems, including flood out areas, open fertile plains, stretches of red sandy rises, box swamps and an open tableland growing a significant body of feed.
It is estimated to run 6000 ewes and 200 cows with progeny or 7077 stock units.
After experiencing a great season producing an abundance of feed, Troy Hartman from Nutrien Harcourts believes there is an opportunity to capitalise on the current conditions and lift stocking rates.
Registrations of interest for Boolkamena Station close on April 27.
Historic SA holding listed after 141 years ownership
After 141 years and five generations, the Bailey family is selling South Australia’s historic Old Whydown Station.
Jeff Oakley from Nutrien Harcourts who has been appointed to sell the 16,046ha holding, said considerable interest is coming from locals and South Australia producers chasing grazing country.
Comprising Old Whydown Station and Munelta, the aggregation is situated on the Barrier Highway, 58km north of Peterborough, in the Nackara district.
Last year the property received 320mm of rain, over and above the average 244mm based on 40-year-old records. As a result, there is a surplus of feed (including salt bush, native grasses, clovers and sheltering vegetation) supporting 6500 head of sheep and 75 cattle.
Old Whydown features open plains and rolling hills offering 360-degree views from various peaks.
Settled in 1882, members of the Bailey family have extensively developed the property’s water network system, infrastructure, paddocks and stockyards.
The property is serviced by 11 bores, five unequipped bores and 20 dams. There are multiple troughs in the larger paddocks, while most paddocks have both dam and bore water access.
Old Whydown Station and Munelta will be sold as a whole by registrations of interest closing on May 11.
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