An opportunity to acquire a good portion of tightly held country in Gladstone, South Australia, is available for the first time after four generations of ownership.
Records of the vendor indicate that the family acquired the holding for five pound per acre back in 1883.
Located on the fringe of Gladstone, approximately 348 hectares (861 acres) of good cropping land is to be auctioned in one line.
The property is well situated within 1.5 kilometres of the major in-land grain receival storage and handling facility in the state.
The holding comprises four titles and the land is intersected by both the Wilkins highway and the Pissant Creek.
The creek provides natural soaks and the vendor has never seen it dry.
The soils range from red loams over clay and red clay to lighter soils on the rises to the south of the holding.
The boundary fencing is in good condition and given the cropping program, anywhere up to 700 ewes run over the property during most seasons.
This season's crop includes peas, barley, wheat and vetch determined on a rotational cropping program.
It's ideal cropping country with an average rainfall in excess of 400mm and typically an even spread of moisture across key growth months.
The vendor describes the yield as typically 20 to 25-bag cereal country in an average year.
New precision farming techniques and varieties are likely to continue to benefit the long-term average yield.
The vendor's have carved out the home and sheds from the sale process.
They intend to continue living in the home in retirement from full time farming.
In their words, 'why would we live anywhere else?'
The auction is to be held at Gladstone Town Hall on Friday, November 12, from 1pm.
For further information, contact selling agents Adam Chilcott and Simon Harding of Elders.