A VERTICALLY-INTEGRATED and unique mixed-farming operation near Waikerie in South Australia’s Riverland is up for sale with the listing of Glenrae.
Being offered by Allen and Jenny Buckley through Elders, Glenrae covers 7532 hectares in the Holder Siding district, and includes a 1600-head sheep feedlot, 2050 tonnes of vertical grain storage, and a 10-megalitre water licence.
Glenrae is being offered on a walk-in-walk-out basis, and includes 3760ha of barley, oats, triticale and wheat, 300 selected breeding ewes, and plant and equipment.
Potential cropping area is seen at 5180ha, which includes around 600ha of fallow, and 800ha requiring improvement prior to cultivation.
The property comes with two trademarks — Ezi Lamb and Ready Roast — registered in 2016 and 2017 by Glenrae Premium Lamb as testament to the enterprise’s ability to produce lamb of consistent quality.
Elders agents Adam Chilcott and David Kanizay are handling the sale, and Mr Chilcott said the sophistication of Glenrae as a value-adding proposition made it a unique proposition.
“The design and automation involved in drafting and monitoring weight gain, and the grain-handling system make it a sophisticated operation.
“The vendor is also a leader in no-till, and the productivity of the property reflects that.”
Mr Buckley was one of the founders of Mallee Sustainable Farming (MSF), and challenged the widely held thinking in the 1990s that sandy loams could not support a no-till farming system, especially one with sheep in the mix.
With an annual average rainfall of 250 millimetres, 160mm of it in the winter-cropping window, no-till and improved soil health have helped boost the property’s ability to produce crops for grazing and grain.
In 2018, Mr Buckley received MSF’s David Roget Award for farming excellence.
Expressions of interest for all or part of Glenrae close 14 August.
The property last sold in 1925, and has played host to many trials, demonstrations and field days aimed at sharing knowledge and experience in the cropping and mixed-farming community.