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Top performing dairy farm placed on the market for sale

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A high-performing dairy farm with multiple accolades and certifications from milk production co-operative Fonterra has been placed on the market for sale.


The highly-productive 48.2-hectare farm located just south of Waiuku in the Counties region south of Auckland, milks 160 Friesian-cross cows – averaging 65,000 kilogrammes of milk solids per season.

The farm has been officially recognised numerous times over the past nine-years by Fonterra for the quality of its milk – including twice being ranked among the Top 40 dairy farms in New Zealand, and additionally being ranked among the Top 230 dairy farms in New Zealand on two other occasions.

The property at 356 Otaua Road is now being marketed for sale by auction at noon on November 6 through Bayleys Counties. Salespeople Ben Jameson and Shona Brown said the flat contour of the property ensured almost all of the landholding was included within the milking platform.

“The near rectangular shape of this fertile farm, combined by its level topography, enables the property to be sustained by a highly-efficient race system servicing 29 paddocks which are well fenced with four and six wires internally, and seven and eight wire electric fencing around the boundary,” Mr Jameson said.

“Part of the credit for the exceptional milk quality coming off this farm is the well bred herd which has been reared from a high quality gene pool. There are very few dairy farms for sale at present in the Counties region.”

Building Infrastructure on the property consists of:

• A 16-aside herring bone milking shed with DeLaval milking system and liquid feed plant

• A four-bay implement shed/workshop, a separate three-bay implement shed/workshop, a two-bay implement shed with three-phase power, and a single-sized shed

The family home stead is a solid four bedroom/two-bathroom brick residence surrounded by mature hedging and gardens.

Ms Brown said the supporting inventory of sheds was set up to comfortably rear up to 60 calves at a time. Meanwhile, the residential dwelling was handily located just a short walk from the milking shed – “making it a very easy trip between home and the ‘office’.”

Water for the farm is drawn from a new, consented four-inch artesian bore, while the farm soil consists of yellow/brown loam growing excellent pasture. Recorded rainfall for the 12 months to September 2018 was 1,833 millimetres.

“This size, topography, and soil type of this property make it is a high performance farm with low input requirements,” said Ms Brown.

She added any potential buyer of the Otaua Road farm would also have the option of purchasing the herd, and could additionally lease an adjacent 28 hectare support grazing and run off block. The farm is being sold without any Fonterra shares.

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