Eastern wheatbelt scale on offer from WA vendors

Linda Rowley, October 20, 2023

Harvesting last year at Boodarockin Farm. Photo: LAWD

TWO large-scale mixed-farming opportunities in Western Australia’s eastern wheatbelt have come to market with Boodarockin Farm and the Panizza family’s Mary’s Block.

Both listings are being handled by LAWD agent William Morris.

Boodarockin Farm

A productive broad-hectare dryland cropping and livestock grazing opportunity in Western Australia’s tightly held Westonia Shire has been listed for sale by a local farmer consolidating his assets.

The 7497ha Boodarockin Farm, comprising 11 contiguous parcels of land, is located 27km from Westonia, 36km from Bodallin and 62km from Merredin.

Some of the blocks have been held by the family, trading as Manicowest Pty Ltd, for around 30 years.

Mr Morris would not discuss price expectations, but local properties are achieving $1480-$1730/ha, which means Boodarockin Farm could make $11 million to $13 million.

Mr Morris expects the listing will attract strong enquiry from local farmers, investors and the carbon market.

Benefited by a mix of strong fertile soil types and wide-open paddocks, two thirds of the property is arable, with 4315ha currently planted to wheat and 665ha fallow.

The vendor reports yields averaging 1.2 tonnes per hectare of wheat over a six-year period.

The gently undulating farming country has yellow sandy earths, gravel and red loamy duplexes and pale deep sands, and is situated in a 300mm average annual rainfall region.

The property is supported by 21 dams, and spray water is sourced from scheme connections plumbed into two 110,000-litre water tanks.

Structural improvements include two homes, numerous sheds, a six-stand shearing shed, steel sheep yards and five grain silos with a total capacity of 270t.

Boodarockin Farm is offered for sale by expression of interest closing November 28.

Mary’s Block

Offers above $2M are being sought for the Panizza family’s remaining dryland cropping and livestock breeding, fattening and finishing opportunity in WA’s Yilgarn shire.

The 1902ha Mary’s Block was named after relative Mary Panizza, and is located 11km south-east of Moorine Rock and 23km south-west of Southern Cross.

Owned by the Panizzas since 1976, the land has been leased for the past five years and is being sold to wind up the family’s farming assets; another branch of the Panizza family continues to farm around Marvel Loch and Southern Cross.

Mary’s Block is this year growing canola and running Merino sheep. Photo: LAWD

Mr Morris said the property is being offered as a vacant possession, but the current tenant is happy to extend the lease if purchased by an investor.

Featuring 1815ha of arable land, 700ha is currently planted to canola, with the balance under pasture supporting Merino sheep.

In the past, Mary’s Block has also grown wheat and barley.

The undulating country features red and brown loams, deep and gravelly yellow sands and granite and gravelly earths in a 303mm average annual rainfall region.

Water is sourced from seven dams.

Mr Morris said Mary’s Block could have carbon play or mining offset benefits in the future.

“Situated between two bushland reserves, Frog Rock Nature Reserve to the east and an unnamed reserve to west, enquiry could come from local mining companies seeking freehold country for fauna and flora corridors.”




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