Downs gem and mixed-farming opportunities list

Linda Rowley, November 10, 2023

Bellfields South is located north of Dalby and features deep black self-mulching clay soils. Photo: Eastern Rural

THREE New South Wales properties including the historic Clarevaulx Station and two in southern Queensland are among the market’s latest listings.

Clarevaulx Station, NSW

For the first time in 123 years, the historic New England cropping and grazing property Clarevaulx Station is being offered for sale by the McIntosh family.

The 3548ha, originally settled by Captain Phillip Ditmas, are situated 10km north of Glen Innes and 64km from Inverell.

Ray White Rural agent Geoff Hayes reports good early interest from a diverse range of buyers.

“Clarevaulx Station boasts quality and scale. It is an established, easy to manage property with low labour input required with capacity to expand.”

Part of Clarevaulx Station is suited to growing cereals, corn and soybeans. Photo: Ray White Rural

The country comprises 1000ha of premium deep basalt and alluvial cultivation suited to cereals, corn and soybeans, 1000ha of gently undulating cultivation suited to fodder cropping and further development, and 1550ha of open grazing running 24,000DSE.

Situated in a 901mm annual average rainfall region, Clarevaulx Station is well watered by the Reddestone, Reedy and Five Mile Creeks, as well as a number of dams.

Infrastructure includes a circa 1860s, four-bedroom homestead with some original features, three machinery sheds, a workshop, 600 tonnes of grain storage, a six-stand shearing shed, two sheep yards and two cattle yards.

Clarevaulx Station will be auctioned on December 15.

Castle Hill, NSW

Castle Hill Aggregation at Baldry in the Central West of NSW has returned to the market as separate holdings, with the largest listed for $11.6 million.

Located 8km from Baldry, 22km from Yeoval and 44km from Parkes, Castle Hill has been held by stud Merino breeders the Phillips family for 22 years.

Steve, Liz, Sam and Georgia Phillips operate a large-scale grazing enterprise across a number of holdings in the Harden, Yass, Monaro and Gundagai districts, including the highly regarded Yarrawonga Merino Stud.

They are selling Castle Hill after purchasing the 893ha Argyle near Galong, which is closer to the family’s home base at Harden.

Described as versatile and productive, the 1299ha is equally suited to any combination of mixed dryland cropping and livestock breeding and grazing.

The Phillips family of Yarrawonga Merino Stud has listed their Baldry property Castle Hill. Photo: LAWD

Estimated to run 10,600DSE, Castle Hill has been run in conjunction with the Phillips’ adjoining holding which produces feeder steers, prime lambs, mutton, wool, cereals, and oilseeds.

The creek flats rise to gently undulating grazing country, of which 962ha, or 74 percent, is considered arable or suitable for the direct drilling of pastures.

Vendor Steve Phillips described Castle Hill as a standout operation.

“It boasts a reliable 650mm annual rainfall throughout the year and has strong red soils, so you can do pretty much anything with it.”

Mr Phillips said there is also potential to further increase productivity with greater fertiliser use or the development of grazing land to farming.

“A moderate elevation of 440m above sea level provides an excellent climatic base for winter-crop and improved-pasture production.”

Currently, 813ha is sown to improved perennial pastures, and 284ha is growing oats, canola and lucerne.

Water is secured by two bores, 36 dams and 5.3km of frontage to the seasonal Rocky Ponds Creek.

Improvements include three homes, two shearing sheds, three sheep yards, cattle yards, eight silos, numerous sheds and workshops.

LAWD senior director Col Medway expects the variety of operational options offered by Castle Hill will attract widespread interest.

“This is a blue-ribbon property in a very safe district with the potential to either expand the cropping area or maintain the current focus on livestock production with supplementary fodder crops,” Mr Medway said.

The Phillips’ long-term manager is available to remain in place, providing the option for a seamless transition to new ownership.

Volo Station, NSW

A NSW grazing and opportunity farming holding featuring a picturesque natural lake system is expected to make between $6.8 million and $7 million.

Wilcannia’s 23,990ha Volo Station was purchased in 1992 by the Nitschke family who have decided to retire and relocate back to South Australia.

The property is currently running 5000 dorper ewes and followers, 1000 goats, and 360 breeding cows and calves.

Volo Station is grazing country with the opportunity to farm the Poopelloe Lake bed when seasons permit. Photo: Nutrien Russell Property & Livestock

When the season prevails, the family farms the lake-bed country with crops including sorghum, oats, hay, and wheat.

There is around 3300ha of alluvial black self-mulching lake-bed country fronting the Poopelloe Lake, and the sale includes a 1877ha cultivation permit from the receding Darling River flooding system.

The balance of the country is red loam and soft under stone grazing growing an abundance of native shrubs and grasses, salines and a variety of edible fodder.

With around 10km of Poopelloe shoreline frontage, Volo is well watered and is supported by a dam and three bores in a 250mm annual average rainfall region.

Improvements include a three-bedroom home, a one-bedroom worker’s cottage, a four-stand shearing shed, steel sheep yards, cattle yards and numerous sheds.

Volo Station is listed with Nutrien Russell Property & Livestock and will be auctioned on November 29.

Inverclyde, Qld

A versatile property in southern Queensland’s Western Downs region is attracting good enquiry from producers across the state, northern NSW and western Queensland.

The 6668ha Inverclyde is located 36km south-east of Moonie and 87km west of Millmerran, with good access to livestock markets and grain silos.

It is being sold by Brian and Keeleigh Allport, Grassland Goats, who are expanding their processing operations.

Eastern Rural agents Andrew Kirtley described Inverclyde as being one of the largest holdings in the Moonie district.

“It is suited to breeding, backgrounding or finishing cattle, sheep and goats, but is also ideal cropping country,” Mr Kirtley said.

Part of the 6668ha Inverclyde at Moonie is suited to growing cash and fodder crops. Photo: Eastern Rural

Fully exclusion fenced, Inverclyde can run 1000 breeders or 25,000 goats and 150 cows, in addition to 627ha of cultivation which could be greatly increased with further pasture development.

Around 5908ha of open and recently pulled country is growing improved pastures and native grasses, with 3035ha carrying good body of dry feed.

Currently, there is 663ha of cultivation with 627ha planted to wheat and barley, and 36ha for hay production, with a further 4046ha that can be cropped.

Situated in a 625mm annual average rainfall region, water is supplied by a 550ML overland flow dam, 12 dams and two bores.

Improvements include three homes, numerous sheds, a four-stand shearing shed, three seed silos, five grain silos, steel cattle yards, goat yards, a 1000-tonne silage pit, a gravel quarry, and an airstrip.

Inverclyde is being sold via expressions of interest closing November 30.

Bellfields South, Qld

A UK family consolidating its assets is offloading quality farming country on Queensland’s Darling Downs.

The 840ha Bellfields South is situated 12km north of Dalby and 94km north-west of Toowoomba, close to grain depots and cotton gins.

Most of the country is level deep black self-mulching clays.

Bellfields South is growing chickpeas as its winter crop this year. Photo: Eastern Rural

Around 788ha is currently cultivated, of which 381ha has been fallowed and the balance planted to chickpeas.

Bellfields South comes with a 54ML irrigation water licence, two bores, and a dam.

Improvements include a three-bedroom home, a two-bedroom cottage, two sheds, a barn, 640 tonnes of grain storage and cattle yards.

Expressions of interest for Bellfields South closes on November 30.

The sale is being handled by Roger Lyne and Andrew Kirtley from Eastern Rural.


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