Waikato finishing and dairy support farm

12:38 PM Tuesday October 7, 2014 Colin Taylor

Whatawhata dairy farm, partial view of property

A substantial finishing and dairy support farm at Whatawhata on the road from Hamilton to Raglan has been placed on the market for sale.

The property known as Annandale is being marketed for sale by tenders closing on October 23 through Mike Fraser-Jones of Bayleys Waikato who says it could be managed by one person.

 The 515 hectare farm in five titles features a mixed topography of 90ha of flat to gently rolling land, 330ha of rolling countryside and medium contoured hills, some steeper hills, and between 25-30ha of bush and wetlands.

The farm currently stocks 570 cattle and 2086 sheep. It is divided into 123 main paddocks and 10 holding paddocks through a mix of electric and seven-wire fencing, with post and batten fencing on the boundaries.

Fraser-Jones says a full record of the last five years of stocking is available for viewing to potential purchasers, along with the five-year history of fertiliser input for the same period. Last financial year some 132.8 tonnes of Superten/Sulphur Gain, DAP S Super, Pasturezeal G2 and Urea fertiliser was applied to the farm.

Over the same 2013/14 year, the farm produced 141 bales of hay from its own grass, and brought in an additional 100 bales of hay for feed.

A wide laneway extends through the centre of the farm with side races on either side. Farm water is pumped over the property from a stream to five holding tanks then through gravity feed to troughs in each paddock.

Fraser-Jones says there are two homes on the property. The main home is a three-bedroom Lockwood-type construction and double garaging. The second is a smaller three-bedroom home with an adjoining stable. Water for both homes is bore-fed.

“Building infrastructure on the farm includes a three stand woolshed, near-new sheep yards with a curved three-way drafting race, a four bay implement shed, hay barn, and a substantial arrangement of cattle yards and pens leading into a loading facility,” he says.

The soil type on the property us a blend of clay loam mix, volcanic ash and silt loam.

Fraser-Jones says he expects a variety of potential buyers to be looking at running the farm either as a dairy support site in conjunction with existing farming operations in the Waikato, or as an easy-maintenance finishing unit for sheep and beef farms in the South Waikato and King Country regions.