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Riverside, Giru

Hay farm- fertile soils, abundant water, North Queensland Giru

Auction 11th November 2021

ID #93667

Land Size

98.73 hectares

Property Description

Interested in this listing or have any questions? Please contact using info below:

Charlie Phillott

  • T: 07 4787 1811
  • M: 0459 293 134

 OFFERS PRIOR TO AUCTION WILL BE CONSIDERED

PROPERTY LOCATION:

The property is located on the banks of the Haughton River, adjacent the rich Burdekin Delta irrigation district. Just 40km along the Bruce Highway south from Townsville and 40km north of Ayr, Riverside Hay Farm is well positioned to grow a wide variety of crops. Formerly a Sugarcane Farm the property has been converted to Hay Farming in 2021. With roadtrain transport to the west (Flinders Highway – 3 trailers) and B-Double road trains along the Bruce Highway the farm is readily accessible.

 Townsville is a vibrant coastal city of approx 200,000 people with diverse industry and opportunity for employment, business and higher education. For cattlemen the Live Export shipping ex Townsville and Townsville JBS meatworks are also major attractions for this location.

 Giru (population 700) is noted for the Invicta Sugar Mill, which is owned by Wilmar Sugar. There is a bowling club, the Giru International Hotel and a local store to pick up basic grocery items.

AREA & TENURE: Freehold

Total Area 98.73ha (243.86acres)

 THE HAUGHTON RIVER:                   

Whilst it doesn’t take up a large land area the water infrastructure in the Haughton catchment is of particular importance to the agricultural production systems and the supply needs of the Burdekin Shire, and Townsville City Councils. Water from the Burdekin River is transferred across to the Haughton Balancing Storage via the Haughton Main Channel where it is distributed to the Haughton River for irrigation and the Giru town water supply. It is also transferred from the Haughton Balancing Storage via pipeline to the Ross River Dam to supplement the water supply of Townsville.

Approximately 13,000 hectares of cane land is situated within the Haughton River catchment. The Burdekin region produces the highest tonnage of sugarcane per hectare compared to an industry average of approximately 80 tonnes. The main reason is the availability of water for irrigation. All cane in the Burdekin is irrigated. The Haughton River catchment has approximately 14% of the Burdekin region’s cane farming area within its boundaries. It is also the home of the region’s largest mill, Invicta.

Orchards, tree crops, tropical fruits and other small crops form an important part of the agriculture mosaic in the area. Cattle production in the immediate Giru area is limited to a small number of properties due to the opportunity cost of flat, arable farming land.

 A unique feature of the Burdekin & Haughton irrigation scheme is the absence of seasonal water shortages.

 Farming land / Agronomy: 

Soils – deep, fertile, well drained river and clay loams. The property is divided into laser levelled bays suitable for FLOOD irrigation. 

  •  9 bays (40 acres) of oats
  • 5 bays being prepared for lucerne
  • 4 bays being prepared for Rhodes grass
  • 1 bay currently growing grassy lucerne
  • 140acres remaining being fallowed/prepared for December forage planting 

Fertiliser usage is conservatively managed to ensure optimum crop growth and minimum wastage.

The fertiliser currently used is Entec CK 135 S and is supplied in 1 tonne bags.

 Hay crop – The property is presently being converted to hay growing and as such has only newly establish plantings of perennials… ie. Lucerne and Rhodes Grass.

Annual crops of Oats have been very successful will likely be replaced with either Rhodes  or lucerne

 Rhodes grass crop yields for the area are typically 60 bales (3’x4’) per hectare or 25 bale/acre with approx 6 cuts /year
N.B. It should be noted that the best quality hay crops are baled prior to seeding so as to optimise grass protein and palatability levels. Much higher yields can be obtained … at the expense of hay quality.

 Oats yields are 140 small squares to the acre 

 Lucerne (SARDI 10 variety) is being established. The vendors have earlier trial planted lucerne to ensure its viability.

 Former property use:

Riverside has successfully grown a wide diversity of crops in the past, including:

  • Mung beans
  • Rice
  • Sorghum
  • Dolichos lablab
  • Sugar cane

 River – The property has a Haughton River frontage of approx 400m which is timbered by large native trees and an understory of smaller shrubs. Due to the very flat nature of the Burdekin & Haughton delta, the cropping portion of the property is subject to flooding in extreme rainfall events.

 Horse paddock – a new 4-strand barb horse/cattle paddock has recently been constructed.

 INFRASTRUCTURE:

 Home: Located on the SW corner of the property the older style, 3-Bedroom weatherboard home is airconditioned throughout. Four new Mitsubishi invertor Air conditioners have recently been installed.

The layout features open plan living with adjoining lounge, dining and kitchen and bedrooms each side of the hallway, with a one bathroom. A small patio/veranda area overlooks nearby cropping paddocks. The carport is presently used for storage.

 Services include mail delivery three times per week and a school bus pickup is available.

 Sheds:

There are two sheds. 

  • 24m x 12m machinery/workshop shed with cement floor/ 3 phase power
  • NEW 36m x 15.5m hay shed (currently under construction and to be completed prior to settlement.)

 Solar Power:  

A 20kw solar power system was installed in 2019 and makes a significant contribution to the property viability.

WATER: 

Water usage is carefully applied and only a minor proportion of the SunWater Allocation is used.

The whole property is set up for flood irrigation with 68 acres which have been recently lasered for optimum drainage and runoff catchment.

Riverside is adjacent the Haughton River and approximately 2-3km upstream from the weir. Permanent surface water is a feature of the property.

 Irrigation … RIVERSIDE Hay Farm has water licenses drawing water from two large bores and a lagoon. 

 Sunwater Announced Allocation

There is two separate Allocations totalling 604 megalitres.

Pumps: There are 2 irrigation bores that pump a total of 418,000 litres/hr (92,000 gal per hour)

  •  Well / Bore – Davey 6 inch centrifugal pump does 43,000 gal per hour
  • Bore No. 2 – submersible pump does 50,000 gal per hour
  •  Lagoon pump – Hatz diesel driven centrifugal

 Flood irrigation is the means by which all paddocks are irrigated. By the use of plastic fluming, cups and laser levelled paddocks the low-pressure water is delivered cheaply and efficiently to the hay paddocks. The irrigation drills vary from approximately 300m to 400m in length.

  •  380mm underground concrete mains
  • 400mm underground poly mains

 OPTIONAL PLANT & MACHINERY:

Because a buyer may have machinery or may have alternative land use plans, Riverside Hay Farm is being sold exclusive of farming plant and equipment. Most items in the plant & machinery list are new or near-new and in excellent condition. ALL or any part of plant and machinery list is available for purchase by the incoming purchaser. Fixtures such as pumps and motors pertaining to irrigation will be included.

 Machinery list:  Contact Agent

  FISHING & WATER ACTIVITIES

For a ‘boatie’ this is paradise! The farm has direct and private access to land based freshwater fishing from both the Weir wall and the riverbank. The Haughton River & Morrissey Creek have renowned barramundi fishing and crabbing and are a very popular destination for fishermen far and wide. There is two Public Boat Ramps accessing the saltwater reaches. The mouth of Haughton River is within ½ hour boat ride from the boat ramp and is the launching pad for those heading out to fish the nearby Shoals and Great Barrier Reef.

 N.B. Estuarine Crocodiles are part of this general Haughton River environment 

  

DISCLAIMER:  The above report on Riverside Hay Farm has been prepared by Slaney & Co based on information supplied by the property owner and other credible sources. Every endeavour has been made to verify its accuracy. Whilst we trust the information to be correct, we make no warranties or guarantees and prospective purchasers must rely on their own enquiries & research.© Slaney & Co

 OFFERS PRIOR TO AUCTION WILL BE CONSIDERED

PROPERTY LOCATION:

The property is located on the banks of the Haughton River, adjacent the rich Burdekin Delta irrigation district. Just 40km along the Bruce Highway south from Townsville and 40km north of Ayr, Riverside Hay Farm is well positioned to grow a wide variety of crops. Formerly a Sugarcane Farm the property has been converted to Hay Farming in 2021. With roadtrain transport to the west (Flinders Highway – 3 trailers) and B-Double road trains along the Bruce Highway the farm is readily accessible.

 Townsville is a vibrant coastal city of approx 200,000 people with diverse industry and opportunity for employment, business and higher education. For cattlemen the Live Export shipping ex Townsville and Townsville JBS meatworks are also major attractions for this location.

 Giru (population 700) is noted for the Invicta Sugar Mill, which is owned by Wilmar Sugar. There is a bowling club, the Giru International Hotel and a local store to pick up basic grocery items.

AREA & TENURE: Freehold

Total Area 98.73ha (243.86acres)

 THE HAUGHTON RIVER:                   

Whilst it doesn’t take up a large land area the water infrastructure in the Haughton catchment is of particular importance to the agricultural production systems and the supply needs of the Burdekin Shire, and Townsville City Councils. Water from the Burdekin River is transferred across to the Haughton Balancing Storage via the Haughton Main Channel where it is distributed to the Haughton River for irrigation and the Giru town water supply. It is also transferred from the Haughton Balancing Storage via pipeline to the Ross River Dam to supplement the water supply of Townsville.

Approximately 13,000 hectares of cane land is situated within the Haughton River catchment. The Burdekin region produces the highest tonnage of sugarcane per hectare compared to an industry average of approximately 80 tonnes. The main reason is the availability of water for irrigation. All cane in the Burdekin is irrigated. The Haughton River catchment has approximately 14% of the Burdekin region’s cane farming area within its boundaries. It is also the home of the region’s largest mill, Invicta.

Orchards, tree crops, tropical fruits and other small crops form an important part of the agriculture mosaic in the area. Cattle production in the immediate Giru area is limited to a small number of properties due to the opportunity cost of flat, arable farming land.

 A unique feature of the Burdekin & Haughton irrigation scheme is the absence of seasonal water shortages.

 Farming land / Agronomy: 

Soils – deep, fertile, well drained river and clay loams. The property is divided into laser levelled bays suitable for FLOOD irrigation. 

  •  9 bays (40 acres) of oats
  • 5 bays being prepared for lucerne
  • 4 bays being prepared for Rhodes grass
  • 1 bay currently growing grassy lucerne
  • 140acres remaining being fallowed/prepared for December forage planting 

Fertiliser usage is conservatively managed to ensure optimum crop growth and minimum wastage.

The fertiliser currently used is Entec CK 135 S and is supplied in 1 tonne bags.

 Hay crop – The property is presently being converted to hay growing and as such has only newly establish plantings of perennials… ie. Lucerne and Rhodes Grass.

Annual crops of Oats have been very successful will likely be replaced with either Rhodes  or lucerne

 Rhodes grass crop yields for the area are typically 60 bales (3’x4’) per hectare or 25 bale/acre with approx 6 cuts /year
N.B. It should be noted that the best quality hay crops are baled prior to seeding so as to optimise grass protein and palatability levels. Much higher yields can be obtained … at the expense of hay quality.

 Oats yields are 140 small squares to the acre 

 Lucerne (SARDI 10 variety) is being established. The vendors have earlier trial planted lucerne to ensure its viability.

 Former property use:

Riverside has successfully grown a wide diversity of crops in the past, including:

  • Mung beans
  • Rice
  • Sorghum
  • Dolichos lablab
  • Sugar cane

 River – The property has a Haughton River frontage of approx 400m which is timbered by large native trees and an understory of smaller shrubs. Due to the very flat nature of the Burdekin & Haughton delta, the cropping portion of the property is subject to flooding in extreme rainfall events.

 Horse paddock – a new 4-strand barb horse/cattle paddock has recently been constructed.

 INFRASTRUCTURE:

 Home: Located on the SW corner of the property the older style, 3-Bedroom weatherboard home is airconditioned throughout. Four new Mitsubishi invertor Air conditioners have recently been installed.

The layout features open plan living with adjoining lounge, dining and kitchen and bedrooms each side of the hallway, with a one bathroom. A small patio/veranda area overlooks nearby cropping paddocks. The carport is presently used for storage.

 Services include mail delivery three times per week and a school bus pickup is available.

 Sheds:

There are two sheds. 

  • 24m x 12m machinery/workshop shed with cement floor/ 3 phase power
  • NEW 36m x 15.5m hay shed (currently under construction and to be completed prior to settlement.)

 Solar Power:  

A 20kw solar power system was installed in 2019 and makes a significant contribution to the property viability.

WATER: 

Water usage is carefully applied and only a minor proportion of the SunWater Allocation is used.

The whole property is set up for flood irrigation with 68 acres which have been recently lasered for optimum drainage and runoff catchment.

Riverside is adjacent the Haughton River and approximately 2-3km upstream from the weir. Permanent surface water is a feature of the property.

 Irrigation … RIVERSIDE Hay Farm has water licenses drawing water from two large bores and a lagoon. 

 Sunwater Announced Allocation

There is two separate Allocations totalling 604 megalitres.

Pumps: There are 2 irrigation bores that pump a total of 418,000 litres/hr (92,000 gal per hour)

  •  Well / Bore – Davey 6 inch centrifugal pump does 43,000 gal per hour
  • Bore No. 2 – submersible pump does 50,000 gal per hour
  •  Lagoon pump – Hatz diesel driven centrifugal

 Flood irrigation is the means by which all paddocks are irrigated. By the use of plastic fluming, cups and laser levelled paddocks the low-pressure water is delivered cheaply and efficiently to the hay paddocks. The irrigation drills vary from approximately 300m to 400m in length.

  •  380mm underground concrete mains
  • 400mm underground poly mains

 OPTIONAL PLANT & MACHINERY:

Because a buyer may have machinery or may have alternative land use plans, Riverside Hay Farm is being sold exclusive of farming plant and equipment. Most items in the plant & machinery list are new or near-new and in excellent condition. ALL or any part of plant and machinery list is available for purchase by the incoming purchaser. Fixtures such as pumps and motors pertaining to irrigation will be included.

 Machinery list:  Contact Agent

  FISHING & WATER ACTIVITIES

For a ‘boatie’ this is paradise! The farm has direct and private access to land based freshwater fishing from both the Weir wall and the riverbank. The Haughton River & Morrissey Creek have renowned barramundi fishing and crabbing and are a very popular destination for fishermen far and wide. There is two Public Boat Ramps accessing the saltwater reaches. The mouth of Haughton River is within ½ hour boat ride from the boat ramp and is the launching pad for those heading out to fish the nearby Shoals and Great Barrier Reef.

 N.B. Estuarine Crocodiles are part of this general Haughton River environment 

  

DISCLAIMER:  The above report on Riverside Hay Farm has been prepared by Slaney & Co based on information supplied by the property owner and other credible sources. Every endeavour has been made to verify its accuracy. Whilst we trust the information to be correct, we make no warranties or guarantees and prospective purchasers must rely on their own enquiries & research.© Slaney & Co

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