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Self-sustaining grazing block and finishing farm goes up for sale

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A Northland cattle finishing farm and run-off grazing block - complete with its own self-sustaining animal watering network and forestry block - has been placed on the market for sale.

The 63-hectare property located in Waiotira just south-west of Whangarei consists of easy to rolling-contour grazing paddocks bordered by 18 hectares of 18 – 27-year old tree plantings consisting of Pinus radiata and Cypress. In addition, approximately 5000 poplar trees are planted along fence lines and gullies to provide shelter and shade for animals.

The farm’s grazing platform of perennial ryegrass consists of some 45 hectares of pasture, which are divided into 28 well-fenced paddocks. A series of earth dams supply water to all water troughs throughout the farm by gravity using the natural elevation on the land.

Grass carp were introduced to the dams in 2004 to control aquatic weed growth for maximum water collection efficiency, although it is unknown how well they have established. The average annual rainfall of the area is around 1500mm.

The property is located at 945 Waiotira Road in Waiotira just south-west of Whangarei and is now being marketed for sale by auction at 1pm on July 6 through Bayleys Whangarei. Rural specialist Vinni Bhula said the property presently stocked between 75 - 80 cattle – either for finishing or in a run-off capacity.

“The grazing infrastructure - including the fencing, yards, and water supply - is in great condition, and the property is easily accessed by either four-wheel drive vehicles, tractor or quad bike.

“The property has traditionally been operated from a lifestyle business perspective for almost three decades with a large focus on sustainability and soil health. In its current format, the farm has been run at conservative stocking levels to ensure pasture and soil integrity.

Building Infrastructure on the farm consists of:

• A north facing three-bedroom homestead with a substantial adjacent orchard and greenhouse complex producing apples, plums, lemons, oranges, satsuma mandarins, bananas, figs, peaches, persimmons, feijoas, guava and grapefruit

• A recently-re-roofed two-stand woolshed with wool baler and shearing equipment and

• A half-round hay barn and a small workshop.

Mr Bhula said a nearby niche wood processing mill could eventually be supplied with the poplar timber given the specialist equipment required to process it, so any new owner of the property could realise a substantial return from the eventual sale of the wood asset.

Soil types on the property consist of predominantly of Waiotira clay and Waiotira clay loam.

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