Dairy unit with hay on side

8:33 PM Friday October 11, 2019 True Commercial

386 Wilder Rd, Porangahau, in Central Hawkes Bay, is run as dairy support unit with summer hay cutting. Photo / Supplied

A 356.3ha farm with quality infrastructure and a large, well-appointed homestead is for sale in a prime central Hawke’s Bay location.

Denford Farm is a flat to easy contour property at 386 Wilder Rd, Porangahau, about 25 minutes’ drive from the regional hub of Waipukurau.

Colliers International’s Hawke’s Bay rural and agribusiness team has been appointed to sell it by negotiation. National director Hadley Brown says it presents a chance to secure a well-improved farm.

“It is run as dairy support unit with a large portion of the property shut up for hay in spring and summer. Access around the farm is via two main laneways and good quality tracking.

“The farm offers excellent conventional and electric fencing, with 62 larger paddocks capable of being subdivided into smaller cells with electric wire.

“Tidy stands of new pines have been planted in shallow gullies and a number of shelterbelts throughout the farm.

“The recently renovated two-storey, five-bedroom  home, set in established grounds, offers open plan living flowing out to an expansive deck and in-ground swimming pool.

“With all the hard work done, Denford Farm offers a multitude of options and is a must-see farm.”

Rural sales specialist James Bridge of Colliers International says the farm boasts high-quality infrastructure.

“A near-new implement shed includes a workshop and three roller doors for storing farm equipment. 

“A  good set of cattle yards is  beside the main implement sheds. The property also has five hay barns with a total capacity of 1700  bales.

“Other infrastructure includes three in-ground silage pits, a 100-tonne fertiliser bin at the sheds and a 50-tonne fertiliser bin at the airstrip.”

The farm generally takes on 300 to 400 mixed-age cows between May to September. After Christmas the farm cuts hay, making between 4500 to 5500  bales.

The bales are sold out of paddock when there is demand, while the remaining 1700 are stored in barns for sale during the winter.

The farm has been well fertilised with  various soil nutrients, resulting  vigorous pasture growth. The soils are predominantly clay loam, while the pasture cover is mainly a strong rye/clover mix that has been improved over the years with a cropping programme.

Good drainage is provided by an extensive network of tiles and drainpipes installed over some 20ha.

The property benefits from two water systems. Farm water is pumped from the Mangangarara stream, while a natural spring provides both domestic and farm water.

Both systems supply three 25,000-litre storage tanks which  distribute water to 13 troughs and  40 grazing cells.

Native trees in gullies provide summer shade and shelter, and the radiata pines, comprising about 25ha of one-year-old trees and 10ha of five-year-old trees, will soon provide additional shelter.

The farm’s homestead was built in the 1920s and has undergone extensive renovations over recent years.

It has three bathrooms, the bedrooms are large and airy, and the master bedroom has  an en suite with heated flooring. Living areas include a large open plan kitchen and dining room, and lounge and sitting room with an old-style brick chimney. There is space for a small office beneath the stairs.

A four-bay garage is accessed via automatic doors. There is also a recently refurbished  cottage close to the implement shed. It has a double bedroom with en suite, lounge and kitchen area with attached laundry.

Denford Farm offers a good mix of lifestyle and amenity. Schooling in the area include primary schools at Porangahau and Flemington. There are also other primary schools in Waipukurau.

Buses for both primary and secondary school students pass the Porangahau/Wilder Rd intersection.