WA, Vic farms sell amid steady family demand

Linda Rowley, June 26, 2023

Umuna in the Dale area east of Perth has sold for around $9160/ha bare. Photo: Ray White Rural

A CENTURY of single-family ownership has ended for the Williamson family following the sale of its cropping operation in Western Australia’s wheatbelt.

The 1310ha Umuna is located 35km west of Beverly in the tightly held Dale area, and 85km east of Perth.

Comprising 14 adjoining parcels of land, Umuna was split up and purchased by two local farming families for more than $12 million or $9160/ha bare.

Agent John Hetherington from Ray White Rural described the result as “in line with expectations due to Umuna’s reliable rainfall and soils, and proximity to Perth.”

The country is described as exceptionally good cropping country and features mostly strong and medium loams that grow canola, wheat and barley.

Umuna has been conservatively farmed by the Williamsons and in the past, also ran sheep and cattle.

Situated in a reliable rainfall region, the property is well watered by 10 dams, a bore and two soaks.

Three telephone towers provide a small annual income.

Infrastructure includes a five-bedroom home, sheds, a shearing shed and yards and six silos.

Trevelen Farm, WA

A well-presented sheep and broadacre cropping enterprise in WA’s Great Southern region has sold to a neighbour for $9M bare.

The 1320ha Trevelen Farm, located 10km north-west of Cranbrook and 50km south of Kojonup, was offloaded by Ben and Louise Sprigg after 65 years of family ownership.

The country is elevated with strong and gravel loams.

Around 900ha is arable with the balance grazing sheep.

Infrastructure includes three homes, new sheep yards, a shearing shed and several sheds.

Trevelen Farm also boasts a boutique vineyard with a purpose-built cellar door with views to the Stirling Ranges.

The sale of Trevelen Farm was also handled by John Hetherington from Ray White Rural.

The Sprigg family has sold Trevelen Farm in WA’s Great Southern to a neighbour for $9M bare. Photo: Ray White Rural

French’s and Treloar’s, Victoria

A 2968ha broadacre cereal cropping and grazing property in north-west Victoria has been split up and sold to two different buyers for a total of $2.9M.

The adjoining 1265ha French’s and 1703ha Treloar’s are located in the highly regarded eastern Millewa farming district of Carwarp – a major cereal cropping and prime lamb producing region in the northern Mallee.

It is also close to grain receival centres in Red Cliffs, Mildura, Werrimull and Ouyen.

Agent Michael Fernandez from Nutrien Harcourts Mildura was unable to disclose the two buyers but said French’s made $1.3M and Treloar’s achieved $1.6M.

The two properties are suited to a continuous cropping or hay production enterprise plus sheep.

During their ownership, the Nulty family operated a cropping program growing wheat, barley, oats, vetch and lupins, and a sheep breeding and wool growing enterprise.

The aggregation features some elevated aspects and topography, as well as productive arable soil types growing edible herbages including native clovers and medics.

French’s and Treloar’s in Victoria’s Carwarp district have sold locally for $1.3 and $1.6 respectively. Photo: Nutrien Harcourts Mildura

Situated in a 280-300mm rainfall area, French’s and Treloar’s are reliably watered with stock troughs in each of the paddocks.

  • French’s: Arable area totals 1215ha. Part of last year’s break crop included 248ha of Rasina vetch. Structural improvements include a shearing shed, adjoining yards and a workshop;
  • Treloar’s: Arable area totals 1365ha. Part of the 2022 break crop planting included 488ha Rasina vetch.

Mr Fernandez said the two assets attracted inquiry from both new and existing industry groups.

“They offered scale, versatility, operational efficiencies, well-managed soils, and farming practices, all within a highly sought-after location.”


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