Ardlethan, Buddigower, Wyalong farms list

Linda Rowley, July 14, 2023

Eastleigh is being sold by the Hill family of Cootamundra. Photo: Miller and James

THREE farms in the southern half of New South Wales have come to market this week to offer cropping with scale and grazing options.

Eastleigh, Wyalong

AROUND $13 million on a walk-in walk-out basis is anticipated for an institutional-grade turnkey cropping enterprise in the southern New South Wales’ Riverina region.

The 1814ha Eastleigh, located 8km east of West Wyalong, is owned by the Hill family from Cootamundra who is selling after eight years ownership to concentrate on other farming operations.

Since 2016, Eastleigh has been used as a specialised winter-cropping operation.

This year’s program consists of 489ha of wheat, 430ha of canola, 416ha of barley and 443ha of vetch.

The property is roughly divided into four large paddocks. These areas are unfenced which means sowing can commence on one side of the property and finish on the other side without navigating any gates.

Trees have been planted along the roads to provide protection and wildlife corridors to offset the large, mainly treeless cropping paddocks.

An extensive soil-testing program has been used to pinpoint areas that require lime or gypsum to improve the soils and maximise production.

Around 8km of all-weather gravel roads allow for easy transportation, no matter what weather conditions are prevailing.

Town water is connected to the property, ensuring clean spraying water at all times.

Angus McLaren from Miller and James said Eastleigh comes to the market at a time when large-scale cropping assets are difficult to find.

“The beauty of this property is the new owners can immediately begin farming without having any development work to do.”

Infrastructure includes two homes, a four-stand shearing shed, steel sheep yards, numerous sheds and 12 grain and fertiliser silos totalling 700t of storage.

The Hill family uses contractors for all aspects of their farming operation, with the team willing to continue working with the new owners.

Eastleigh is being offered for sale via a two-stage expressions of interest process, with the first-round offers closing on August 11.

Interested parties can purchase the property with the crop or opt for an after-harvest delivery.

Warri, Ardlethan

The home of the Ardlethan Picnic Races has been listed by Justin O’Brien for $2.95M.

The 481ha Warri is 3km south of Ardlethan and has Newell Highway frontage, close to livestock markets at both Wagga Wagga and Griffith.

The property adjoins country owned by Warakirri Cropping, one of the largest croppers in Australia.

Warri is described as one of the most well-known properties in southern NSW, having hosted the iconic Ardlethan picnic races on the banks of the Mirrool Creek for close to 60 years.

Mr McLaren said Warri was suited to dryland cropping and running sheep and cattle.

Warri has a long history of being home to the Ardlethan Picnic Races. Photo: Miller and James

There are fertile loam soils on either side of the Mirrool Creek, running through the middle of the property, that grow wheat and canola.

The 2022 crop consisted of 93ha of canola, with the balance under pasture.

Currently, around 60ha of wheat are being leased.

Water is supplied by several large dams and the infrastructure includes steel sheep yards.

Killarney and Strathaven, Buddigower

Soft sandy creek country held by the same family for four generations is also being offered for sale in the Riverina.

The 1674ha Killarney and Strathaven Aggregation is situated near Buddigower, a highly regarded farming area in the Bland Shire, 17km from Tallimba and 25km from West Wyalong.

It is being offered by the McDonell family in a bid to wrap up its farming interests.

The adjoining 987ha Killarney and 687ha Strathaven are located in a safe area that grows mostly wheat, barley and oats, with some canola and fodder to support a Merino flock.

Killarney and Strathaven feature red loam soils, a hallmark of the outer south-west slopes of NSW. Photo: Quade Moncrieff Livestock & Property

Paul Quade from Quade Moncrieff Livestock & Property said the region offered good value for money and was s appealing to southern NSW producers where country is in short supply.

The aggregation comprises:

  • Killarney: 95 percent arable, 12 paddocks and eight dams. Improvements include a three-bedroom home, a shearing shed, steel sheep yards, two sheds, and four silos.
  • Strathaven: 95pc arable, 10 paddocks and 10 dams. The infrastructure includes a three-bedroom home, a shearing shed, steel sheep yards, sheds and four silos.


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