Rural for sale

Rural in Sheffield, TAS

3 1 2
$2,000,000

Expressions of Interest invited for quality dairy farm

This has been one of the most highly regarded dairy farms in this region for many, many years. Whether generational change, or owner succession it is a property that has always been a farm that sets a benchmark within the area. It is set apart from many farms by its position, quality of soil and pasture, with level to slightly undulating topography, quality water resources and overall manageability.

The Vendors invite expressions of interest for the farm and dairy operations. The farm is available bare, as a Walk-In Walk-Out 'Going Concern' and will consider Lease/Purchase negotiations under approved circumstances. Further details of the property, livestock, plant and equipment are available upon request from the agent.

The current Spring calving operation until this season has milked approximately 165 to 170 Holstein, Jersey and Holstein-Jersey X cows between 3 and 6 years of age and in 2016-2017 produced 77,333 kilograms of milk solids. Herd and production are both being increased this season.

The entire property is utilised as the milking platform with no followers on the home farm, maximising the potential milk yield. The 2016-17 season with 170 cows saw a lift to 77,333 kilograms of milk solids from 170 cows, of which over 25% were heifers. The previous three seasons until 2016/2017 have seen a production average of approximately 70,000 kg of milk solids with variations in returns only influenced by annual milk prices. Full production figures for the past 4 seasons are available upon request. With additional acreage now acquired, and adjoining lease ground utililised the milking herd this year will be increased to approximately 190 cows and a further production lift projected to approximately 85,000 kg of milk solids.

The cows are milked in an 11 aside swing-over herringbone dairy, upgraded milk line and clusters with recently installed ACR's (Auto Cup Removal), 5,700 litre NDA milk vat, 8 tonne grain silo plus NEW 30 tonne grain silo, The feed system, electronic pulsation and hot water system, have all been recently installed. Inline electronic mastitis meters are being installed new for the 2017/18 season.

The main homestead is a comfortable 3 bedroom brick veneer residence with many updated features and refurbishments including new carpets and vertical drapes throughout, freshly painted interior, and recently renewed electric stove. The homestead has both wood heater and Off Peak electric heating options. Water to both residences is supplied from a domestic bore that also services some water troughs.

The second (and original) homestead is 3 bedroom weatherboard built in the early 1900s, featuring 10 foot ceilings, wood heating and updated electric wiring, new colour bond roof, guttering and flashing. The house is an ideal comfortably appointed second family residence or valuable supplementary income earner as a tenanted option. It too has had a number of additional renovations completed including repainted exterior, upgraded kitchen, bathroom, laundry, WC, and new carpets through much of the house.

The farm features 5 dams with a 28.7 megalitre water licence, which importantly is supplemented by two bores providing an additional 5,000 and 5,500 gallons per hour respectively. The farm is irrigated with a combination of travelling irrigation, and K-line pod systems serviced from underground mains and approximately 16 hydrants. The farm has generous shed facilities with numerous barns, utility and machinery sheds, and livestock facilities including 5 bay piggery (plus two bay extension used as a calf shed) 3 Main barns with a total capacity of up to 450 round bales (depending on size); substantial shearing and storage shed with 3 bay skillion (plus skillion storage area); and two bay utility shed/barn and.

One of the three main barns is situated to service a cemented winter feedpad area for dry cows if needed. The property is currently divided into approximately 35 paddocks, which are then further strip grazed with electric fencing. A new 24metre X 9metre X 4 metre high frontage metal fabrication barn has recently been erected and will this season be used for calf rearing. Numerous other utility sheds and workshops complement the property.

Over many years this property has had a regular fertiliser history, and is highly productive pasture growing ground. The property has well serviced laneways, and strategic windbreaks. Additional pasture has been reclaimed to maximise production. With additional acreage now added to the property and under development with dedicated stock water reticulation, electric fencing, yard facilities and laneways being installed, productivity improvements for the property are assured.

It is set in a scenic location, and very convenient to the Sheffield township. Recent soil sample test results, and a full listing of Plant plus Equipment are available upon enquiry, and for viewing upon inspection.

Additional ground is also now leased for grazing of the dairy herd and followers. Further details are available upon request. Adjacent to the main property is approximately 100 acres of further land available giving the option of a potential total landholding of 373 acres .

The Vendors are also offering the farm as a Walk-In Walk-Out 'Going Concern' and further details of the property, livestock, plant and equipment are available upon request from the agent. The farm is currently priced at $2,000,000 bare, however the vendors are happy to invite expressions of interest for the property bare or W.I.W.O. and will consider Lease/Purchase options from people still building equity to enter the industry freehold including purchasing the 200 acres of the home farm with a deferred settlement for the third title of 62 acres .

For further details on all property options please contact Neil Colbeck. EXCLUSIVE AGENTS

Property Code: 376
Last updated: 08:31PM on Sep 8th 2017
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