Property

WA’s The Glen, Cunnamulla irrigation on market

Linda Rowley, November 27, 2023

Carrolup property The Glen has been growing oats, barley and canola as well as running sheep and deer. Photo: LAWD

AS PROPERTY listings follow the usual trend and slow as the year end approaches, some quality properties are still coming to market.

This week they include The Glen in Western Australia’s Great Southern region, and Melrose on the outskirts of Cunnamulla in south-west Queensland.

The Glen, WA

After a lifetime on the land, Carrolup farmer Rob Ladyman is selling his mixed dryland cropping and livestock breeding and finishing opportunity in the renowned Great Southern region of Western Australia.

Farmed by his family for more than 100 years, the 1652ha The Glen is located 15km west of Katanning and 17km east of Kojonup.

Expected to command between $18 million ($11,000/ha) and $21.5M ($13,000ha), strong enquiry is coming from locals and Great Southern farmers looking to relocate in order to expand.

Comprising 20 adjoining lots, the property benefits from fertile soil types and 477mm of average annual rainfall, providing ideal conditions to support crop and pasture growth.

The Glen. Photo: LAWD

The 1312ha of arable farming country is gently undulating with mostly grey sandy and shallow loamy duplex soils growing barley, canola and oats.

Over the past six years, crop production average yields achieved 4.1 tonnes per hectare of barley, 2.3t/ha of canola and 4.2t/ha of oats.

The balance of country runs 3000 ewes and followers, as well as 870 deer.

The Glen is watered by 33 dams and five metered scheme-water connections.

Infrastructure includes two homes, a workshop, a fertiliser shed, a five-stand shearing shed, sheep yards and 13 silos with a total storage capacity of 400 tonnes.

LAWD agent William Morris is handling the sale of The Glen as one line or as separate parcels via expressions of interest closing on December 19.

Melrose, Qld

Offers of around $15M are anticipated for Grimwade and Gordon’s irrigation asset in south-west Queensland.

The 1520ha exclusion fenced Melrose, 3km west of Cunnamulla, is an aggregation of two properties first purchased in 2019 and then added to in 2022.

Combined, the significant Warrego River irrigation asset sources 6388ML of water from the Cunnamulla Weir, supported by an additional 300ML underground licence, as well as a bore.

 

The 462ha of established irrigation (using lateral and central pivots) currently supports Grimwade and Gordon’s livestock depot but previously it focused on table grape and crop production.

Colliers Agribusiness agent Nicholas Warmington said with grey self-mulching cracking clays and red brown earth soils, Melrose has the capacity to produce several crop and fodder varieties.

Colliers Agribusiness boss Rawdon Briggs said the business falls outside of the operation requirements of the vendor.

“With established low cost and efficient irrigation systems and management in place, Melrose offers an opportunity for a buyer to drought proof with a property in a tightly held region.”

Infrastructure includes three main homes and substantial worker accommodation, workshops, several machinery and storage sheds and steel sheep and goat yards.

The sale of Melrose is being handled by Colliers Agribusiness agents Rawdon Briggs, Phillip Kelly and Mr Warmington together with LAWD agents Danny Thomas, Elizabeth Doyle and Simon Cudmore.

Expressions of interest close on December 12.

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