CORPORATE farming entity Lawson Grains is coming to the market for the first time, offering its buyer the chance to secure a 105,000-hectare holding which last year produced a total of more than 250,000 tonnes of grains and oilseeds.
Lawson Grains is owned by Macquarie Crop Partners, and represents one of the largest single offerings of Australian cropping country ever to hit the market.
Its portfolio represents more than 70 farms acquired over the investment’s 10-year life, and an arable area of 90,500ha.
Lawson Grains is to be offered to the market in a campaign due to launch on Monday and being managed by LAWD’s Danny Thomas, Col Medway and John McKillop.
Lawson Grains comprises four aggregations in New South Wales and six in Western Australia, and all have had significant investment in soil and structural improvements during current ownership.
The NSW aggregations are: Kealandi at Moree; Uah at Forbes; Grassmere at Oaklands, and Borambil near Rand.
The WA aggregations are: Walyoo at Dandaragan; St Leonards and Wongan at Wongan Hills; Jerry South at Jerramungup; Gunnadoo at Jacup, and Hakea near Munglinup.
The location of each aggregation gives the portfolio a good geographical spread within each state’s grainbelt to offset risk from adverse seasonal conditions.
Grain Central understands the properties offer scope for further increases in productivity based on continuing improvements to soils and adoption of technology.
Lawson Grains is headquartered in Albury in southern NSW, and the company comes to market with a strong operational and management team in place.
Macquarie has other separate agricultural investments including Macquarie Pastoral Fund’s Paraway Pastoral Company, and Macquarie Agricultural Fund Management’s Viridis Ag.
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