THE Maher family is set to wind up 45 years of farming at Bungunya on the Queensland-New South Wales border with the listing of the Kingswood Farming Company Aggregation.
Covering 3033 hectares, the aggregation comprises the 1733ha Kingswood and the nearby 1300ha Eastwood, and is listed with LAWD agents Simon Cudmore and Josh Ledingham.
Combined, they offer 2638ha of dryland cropping country on favourable soils, and have produced barley, chickpeas, faba beans, linseed and wheat over winter, and mungbeans as a rotational summer crop.
The property is being offered for sale by Pam and John Maher, who plan to retire in Goondiwindi, the major service centre located 60 kilometres east of Kingswood.
Mill adds value
In 2015, the Maher family built a plant to clean, grade and bag its own linseed.
That developed into a grading shed, and with the purchase of a mixer and bagging line, the KFC Stockfeed business.
KFC Stockfeed has supplied poultry, cattle and other customers, and now operates from other sites, but the plant is remaining behind.
It includes a full commercial grading plant which can operate at up to 25 tonnes per hour, a pre cleaner, roller mill, corn cutter and weighbridge.
Soils, improvements impressive
Soils in the aggregation comprise alluvial black and brown self-mulching clays and clay loams with small areas of red brown loams, and the mix of soil types allows a staggering in planting and harvest times.
Improvements include around 3150t in total of silo storage and extensive machinery shedding.
The property also features secure water from a fully equipped artesian bore.
Accommodation comes in the form of two well-appointed four-bedroom homes and portable workers quarters.