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Substantial breeding and finishing farms go up for sale

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A pair of adjoining sheep and beef breeding and finishing blocks – being run as one substantial farming operation serviced by its own airfield and fantastic laneway system - has been placed on the market for sale.


Combined, the two farms near Dannevirke in the Southern Hawke’s Bay encompass a total of 1,738 hectares of rolling countryside fenced into some 160 paddocks, and known as Rolling Downs Station.

There is every chance these could be sold separately covering three scale options. The main block on its own makes for a magnificent farming enterprise, says Mr Rasmussen.

The property consists of a 1,172-hectare farm, next door to 566 hectares of farmland known as the Tunakore block. The property is located at 1096 Ngapaeruru Road near Te Uri some 28 kilometres north-east of Dannevirke, and is being marketed for sale by tender through Bayleys Havelock North, with tenders closing at 4pm on November 13.

Bayleys salespeople Tony Rasmussen and Vic Ellingham said the farms could be tendered for individually, or in their current combined status. Approximately 250 hectares have been sown in new pastures and have a solid history of fertiliser application, with the paddocks accessed by well-maintained laneways and tracks coming off an all- weather central road.

“The 5.5 kilometres of internal roading provide exceptional vehicle access and stock movement – allowing for livestock to be trucked to and from a central location,” Mr Rasmussen said.

“The topography of Rolling Downs Station is exceptionally good. The whole farm contains more than 800 hectares of paddocks spreadable by a fertiliser truck.”

Stock records from June this year show Rolling Downs Station wintered 12,129 sheep, and 506 cows and steers. Most of the sheep flock were Romney bred – with early lambing ewes producing $800 lambs to the nearby meat processing plant at 17.1 kilogram carcass weight average before Christmas 2017.

Farm building Infrastructure on the bigger Ngapaeruru Road farm consists of:

• Two four-stand woolsheds with night pen capable of holding up to 1200 sheep each, with four sets of cattle yards in total

• A four-bay implement shed/workshop with concrete flooring

• A near-new three-bay implement shed and workshop

• A 100 tone fertiliser bin located at the top of the farm with adjoining airstrip for loading top-dressing aircraft

• A central set of near new covered sheep yards with concrete base and cattle yards at the end of the 5.5 kilometre centre road

Accommodation on the properties consist of a four-bedroom owner/manager’s residence and a pair of single-level three-bedroom farm workers’ homes.

“Some 250 hectares of land within this part of the farm have been cropped or where pastures have been renewed in the past four years. There are still large areas though which can be developed further. In particular there is scope for improvement on some of the easy contour land on the Tunakore portion of the station,” Mr Rasmussen said.

Meanwhile, building infrastructure on the Tunakore block, consists of:

• A four-stand woolshed with night pen capable of holding up to 1200 sheep

• A four-bay implement shed/workshop with concrete flooring and

• Cattle yards.

Accommodation on the Tunakore block consists of a five-bedroom owner/manager’s residence.

Mr Rasmussen said the Tunakore block also contained 71 hectares of tended pinus radiata forestry blocks aged between 21 and 24-years-old, with a further 8.5 hectares of young pinus radiata planted within the bigger landholding. Poplar and willow trees had been planted across the property for shelter and soil erosion control.

Soil types on the property consist of mixture of shale, silt, sandstone and mudstone – allowing for cows to calved with minimal pasture damage. Livestock water came from seven fenced dams feeding into reticulated tanks.

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