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Mix of country on market in NSW as autumn nears

Linda Rowley, February 16, 2024

The Tulloona property Oaklea features is located in the prime Golden Triangle cropping region. Photo: Ray White Rural

AS THE AUTUMN selling season nears, a range of properties are coming on to the market in New South Wales.

They include Forest Lodge and Oaklea in the state’s north-west, Ridgeway Farms at Tottenham, and Oakleigh at Temora, all offered by private and family vendors.

Oaklea

The McWilliam family’s cultivation country in northern New South Wales’ Golden Triangle has been listed for sale after failing to sell following an expressions-of-interest process.

Owned for 53 years, the 1870ha Oaklea is situated near Tulloona, halfway between North Star and and Croppa Creek, 60km south of Goondiwindi and 75km north of Moree.

The level to gently sloping, brigalow, belah country has soft reddish loams and heavier black self-mulching soils that grow both winter and summer cereal crops.

Around 1775ha or 92 percent of Oaklea is planted to cereal, oilseed, pulses and dryland cotton in rotation.

The property benefits from 5km of Croppa Creek frontage, a bore, nine dams and a 6.5ML water licence.

Oaklea forms part of the Currumbah capped and piped bore scheme that is accessed by seven adjoining properties.

Structural improvements include two homes, steel cattle yards, 10 silos with 1310 tonnes of grain storage and a machinery shed that provides an extra 2500t of grain storage.

Ray White Rural agent Tim Gleeson is handling the sale.

Ridgeway Farms

Sam Martel and Brett Cumberland have listed prime Central West cropping country for $5.2 million.

The 1533ha Ridgeway Farms, located 14km north-west of Tottenham, is being sold by the pair after three years of ownership to allow them to consolidate their assets.

Featuring red loam kurrajong country, around 95 percent is arable and growing wheat, barley, canola and lupins.

Over the past four weeks, this area has been made ready for 2024 sowing.

Country on Ridgeway Farms is ready for planting of the its next winter crop. Photo: Flemings

Flemings agent Richard Fleming said Ridgeway Farms has benefited from crop rotations and good weed management, and was already attracting inquiry from locals seeking expansion.

Infrastructure includes a three-bedroom home, a machinery and hay shed, 10 silos and steel cattle yards.

Ridgeway Farms is serviced by six dams and 150,000 litres of tank water, supported by 490mm of average annual rainfall with 160mm received in the past 60 days.

Forest Lodge

Jenny Hodgson’s well-developed mixed farming enterprise, Forest Lodge in the state’s north-west, has been listed for $12.5M.

Owned by three generations of the Teys family spanning more than 130 years, the 2084ha holding is located 17km south-west of Merah North and 31km west of Wee Waa.

Around 765ha of the mostly heavy self-mulching black soils are used for cultivation, with the balance conservatively running 220 cows and calves.

Terry Adams from Moree Real Estate said for more than 100 years, Forest Lodge has produced award-winning sheep and prime cattle.

“Natural grasses transfer weight gains into the fattening of livestock,” Mr Adams said.

“The incoming purchaser has the option to establish high performance pastures to enhance the current livestock production.”

The Gunidgera Creek runs through the middle of the property, with water also provided by six bores and five dams.

Infrastructure includes a home, a four-stand shearing shed, two cattle yards, sheds and silos.

Rockleigh

A meticulously managed mixed farming enterprise in New South Wales’ eastern Riverina has been listed for $7.15M after failing to sell via an expressions-of-interest campaign.

The 588ha Rockleigh is situated 21km south-east of Temora, 36km west of Stockinbingal and 40km north of Junee.

It was offered to the market in September last year with expectations around $8M.

After two generations of Oliver family ownership, the current vendors Brian and Alison Oliver are selling to downsize.

Rockleigh is currently growing 325ha of oilseeds, cereals and vetch and 210ha of lucerne, medic and clover pastures for the wool and prime-lamb enterprise which runs around 1250 ewes, replacements and lambs.

The land is open and arable, lightly timbered with established tree plantings along the watercourses and the fence lines.

Water is supplied by a mains water connection with a 110,000-litre tank that gravity feeds to stock troughs.
Local watercourses traverse the holding filling 14 dams.

This is supported by multiple rainwater tanks with around 170,000l of storage capacity, in a 535mm annual average rainfall district.

Improvements include a three-bedroom home, raised four-stand shearing shed, new sheep yards, small steel cattle yards, numerous sheds, six self-emptying grain silos with 375 tonne capacity, a 40t fertilizer silo and four seed silos.

Nutrien Harcourts agent Sally Douglas is handling the sale.

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