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St Ronans, Mt Surprise

Scale, Farming, Feedlot & Cattle Mt Surprise

POA

ID #4595

Land Size

44,000 hectares

Property Description

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

Henry Slaney

  • T: 07 4787 1811
  • M: 0429 872 985
  • AH: 07 4787 2985

 St Ronans is a well located versatile property with options including, but not limited to, grain or forage cropping and development of the cleared country with improved pasture and Leucaena. The property has the ability to breed, background and fatten cattle.  Further approval has been given to clear on St Ronans for High value Agriculture.

LOCATION:

St Ronans Station is situated at the junction of the Kennedy Highway and the Gulf Development Road in the southeast of the Atherton Tablelands. The major regional centres of Atherton, Mareeba and Cairns are all within 250km. The closest town, Mt Garnet, is considered to be both the Gateway to the Coast” and the “Gateway to the Gulf” due to its central location and importance on the transport network of the region.

With mobile phone service on much of property, rural power, STD phone, twice weekly mail service, Satellite TV and being only 50 km from Mt Garnet Township, St Ronans is a convenient and comfortable place to live. Mt Garnet has a Primary School, Police Station, Hotel, Motel and Caravan Park accommodation, Grocery store, Post Office and airstrip with 1071m hard surface runway.

Regional facilities:

St Ronans is located within 500km of live export ports/depots at Townsville, Charters Towers, Karumba and Mourilyan as well as comfortable travel times to JBS Townsville meatworks, Charters Towers, Mareeba, Malanda and Innisfail saleyards and buffel/downs fattening country. The ‘Sugarbag’ cattle spelling yards (20km) are frequently used as a Live Export depot and St Ronans highway frontage permits all year access for road trains.

The local grain market consists of well-established Feed mills in Tolga and Mareeba to supply the large regional chicken and dairy industries.

AREA & TENURE:

Rolling Term lease expiring on 30.6.2049

44,000 hectares (about) or 108,680 acres

RAINFALL:

Average 750 mm (30 inches) per year. 

COUNTRY:

St Ronans offers an excellent mix of country comprising approx 55% red and black fertile basalt soils, 15% red and yellow lateritic remnant soils with the balance being open forest granite country.

The Basalt soils are typically timbered with Narrow-leaf Ironbark, Bloodwood and Cabbage Gum and the Granite soils timbered with Ironbark, Ironwood, Bloodwood, Tea-tree and Wattles. Moreton Bay, Blue Gum and Black Tea Tree is common throughout the basalt soils and creek and river frontages.

Native pastures include Black spear, forest Mitchell, white Spear, Kangaroo grass whilst introduced Urachloa, Indian couch and Stylos are dotted throughout. Significant potential exists to positively impact production if the granite, red basalt and lateritic soils are over-sown with Stylo.

 Soils:

Soils derived from the laterites are generally shallow loamy sands underlain by massive laterite. Similarly, granite derived soils comprise sandy red or yellow loam.

Soils derived from basalts can be divided into two distinct units: loamy friable red earths and dark clays. The later soil generally has a profile of moderate depth that almost always has basalt surface stones to 30cm diameter, but often are stone-free at depth.

Topography:

Most of the St Ronans Station comprises gently undulating to undulating basalt lands with occasional low, rocky granite hills. These hills generally occur in the north-west corner of the property along its boundary with the Lynd River. The land generally drains towards the west. St Ronans Station itself comprises a major part of the upper Lynd River catchment. Mero Creek and its smaller tributaries are part of this catchment.

Groundwater:

The geological setting of the St Ronans area strongly suggests that groundwater flow is generally directed towards the west-north-west. Groundwater recharge is thought to occur via runoff and infiltration in the elevated granite areas in the east and possibly subsurface flow from the elevated basalt areas in the south-east

CROPPING:

Approx 2500ha of fertile basalt country has been cleared with 1200ha developed having recently grown various crops, including grain sorghum. A further 6000ha (approx 15000ac) has been approved to be cleared with approx 8000 acres in the final stage of clearing. Some of the area is currently being stick-raked.

A crop of 500 acres of forage sorghum cultivation is planned for this season. This crop will be made into silage and added to the current silage thus providing feed sufficient for 10000 cattle.

Leucaena (Redlands variety) which is psyllid resistant, has been planted on St Ronans as part of an extensive, jointly funded, MLA and DPI north Qld trial. The area of 150acres is fully fenced. Leucaena is a well credentialed pasture inclusion for beef cattle production with documented annual weight gains of around 240kg/yr expected.

 INFRASTRUCTURE:

 Accommodation:

Homestead: The modern homestead constructed in 2013 is a 4-bedroom fully air-conditioned residence with a large master bedroom, ensuite and walk-in wardrobe. All other bedrooms have large built-in wardrobes and the office/school room could easily convert to a 5th bedroom.

The house yard is fully fenced with large shade trees planted along the fence line in 2015 to soon provide a shady oasis.

The homestead is located conveniently to the workshop, cattle processing and feedlot facilities, and has mobile phone reception, broadband internet and satellite television reception.

Managers Cottage:

The managers cottage is located adjacent Mero Creek weir, has recently been internally and externally renovated and now provides comfortable living for a family or workers. The 3-bedroom home has one bathroom, is air-conditioned throughout, and has polished timber flooring, a new verandah and a large undercover carport. Adjacent the house is a detached air-conditioned room suitable for a bedroom, office or schoolroom.

Feedlot:

St Ronans has developed one of the regions best equipped feedlots designed within the strictest of industry standards. The facility can be managed and run by a single person feeding 2000 head. 

  • 2,000 SCU built with 10,000 SCU approved
  • 12 pens with water troughs
  • Loading and weighing facilities
  • 3 phase genset.
  • 3 x Silage Pits – 20,000 tonne capacity total
  • Large cement workshop/ machinery shed
  • 2 x grain silos
  • New large molasses storage facility.

Cattle Yards:

There are two sets of cattle yards on the property.

  • Homestead Yard – These are the main yards and are constructed of steel and cable, with crush, dip, calf branding facilities, and pound with overhead draft.
  • Wire Yard – located toward the western side of the property adjacent Mero Creek and constructed of steel and cable with crush, dip, banding and drafting facilities. A mustering camp is set up at this yard.

Fencing:

There are 7 main paddocks with 90 km of new fencing, constructed of 3 and 4-barb wire plus 8 smaller paddocks in, and adjoining, the cultivation paddock. Approx 15 km of laneway connects paddocks to the Homestead Yard.

WATER:

The springfed Mero Creek, with permanent waterholes, flows through the property and joins the Lynd River flowing north through Springfield Station. The Lynd River with its semi­-permanent waterholes holes forms part of the property boundary.

There are 4 dams (2 permanent) plus the feedlot dam, numerous natural springs and swamps around the lateritic remnant soil type. There are six bores. One bore located adjacent the farming and feedlot area is equipped with an electric submersible pump and supplies water via 35km of polypipe (75mm & 63mm) to 3 x 250,000litre, 5 x 48,000litre water tanks and 34 troughs throughout the property. Two of the unequipped bores have rural power available.

 Recently 2 new irrigation bores were drilled.

CATTLE: Approximately 5000 head + progeny consisting of 3,800 breeders, 500 mixed cull cattle, 1,000 weaners & 60 bulls.

Carrying capacity:  – 6000 head adult with followers

 Herd Management: 

The breeding herd is control mated with cows calving from September to February. Based on the pregnancy test in 2016, the vendor expects 2500+ calves at foot by February-March 2017. 

PLANT and EQUIPMENT: Contact the Agent

 Disclaimer: The above report 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.

 St Ronans is a well located versatile property with options including, but not limited to, grain or forage cropping and development of the cleared country with improved pasture and Leucaena. The property has the ability to breed, background and fatten cattle.  Further approval has been given to clear on St Ronans for High value Agriculture.

LOCATION:

St Ronans Station is situated at the junction of the Kennedy Highway and the Gulf Development Road in the southeast of the Atherton Tablelands. The major regional centres of Atherton, Mareeba and Cairns are all within 250km. The closest town, Mt Garnet, is considered to be both the Gateway to the Coast” and the “Gateway to the Gulf” due to its central location and importance on the transport network of the region.

With mobile phone service on much of property, rural power, STD phone, twice weekly mail service, Satellite TV and being only 50 km from Mt Garnet Township, St Ronans is a convenient and comfortable place to live. Mt Garnet has a Primary School, Police Station, Hotel, Motel and Caravan Park accommodation, Grocery store, Post Office and airstrip with 1071m hard surface runway.

Regional facilities:

St Ronans is located within 500km of live export ports/depots at Townsville, Charters Towers, Karumba and Mourilyan as well as comfortable travel times to JBS Townsville meatworks, Charters Towers, Mareeba, Malanda and Innisfail saleyards and buffel/downs fattening country. The ‘Sugarbag’ cattle spelling yards (20km) are frequently used as a Live Export depot and St Ronans highway frontage permits all year access for road trains.

The local grain market consists of well-established Feed mills in Tolga and Mareeba to supply the large regional chicken and dairy industries.

AREA & TENURE:

Rolling Term lease expiring on 30.6.2049

44,000 hectares (about) or 108,680 acres

RAINFALL:

Average 750 mm (30 inches) per year. 

COUNTRY:

St Ronans offers an excellent mix of country comprising approx 55% red and black fertile basalt soils, 15% red and yellow lateritic remnant soils with the balance being open forest granite country.

The Basalt soils are typically timbered with Narrow-leaf Ironbark, Bloodwood and Cabbage Gum and the Granite soils timbered with Ironbark, Ironwood, Bloodwood, Tea-tree and Wattles. Moreton Bay, Blue Gum and Black Tea Tree is common throughout the basalt soils and creek and river frontages.

Native pastures include Black spear, forest Mitchell, white Spear, Kangaroo grass whilst introduced Urachloa, Indian couch and Stylos are dotted throughout. Significant potential exists to positively impact production if the granite, red basalt and lateritic soils are over-sown with Stylo.

 Soils:

Soils derived from the laterites are generally shallow loamy sands underlain by massive laterite. Similarly, granite derived soils comprise sandy red or yellow loam.

Soils derived from basalts can be divided into two distinct units: loamy friable red earths and dark clays. The later soil generally has a profile of moderate depth that almost always has basalt surface stones to 30cm diameter, but often are stone-free at depth.

Topography:

Most of the St Ronans Station comprises gently undulating to undulating basalt lands with occasional low, rocky granite hills. These hills generally occur in the north-west corner of the property along its boundary with the Lynd River. The land generally drains towards the west. St Ronans Station itself comprises a major part of the upper Lynd River catchment. Mero Creek and its smaller tributaries are part of this catchment.

Groundwater:

The geological setting of the St Ronans area strongly suggests that groundwater flow is generally directed towards the west-north-west. Groundwater recharge is thought to occur via runoff and infiltration in the elevated granite areas in the east and possibly subsurface flow from the elevated basalt areas in the south-east

CROPPING:

Approx 2500ha of fertile basalt country has been cleared with 1200ha developed having recently grown various crops, including grain sorghum. A further 6000ha (approx 15000ac) has been approved to be cleared with approx 8000 acres in the final stage of clearing. Some of the area is currently being stick-raked.

A crop of 500 acres of forage sorghum cultivation is planned for this season. This crop will be made into silage and added to the current silage thus providing feed sufficient for 10000 cattle.

Leucaena (Redlands variety) which is psyllid resistant, has been planted on St Ronans as part of an extensive, jointly funded, MLA and DPI north Qld trial. The area of 150acres is fully fenced. Leucaena is a well credentialed pasture inclusion for beef cattle production with documented annual weight gains of around 240kg/yr expected.

 INFRASTRUCTURE:

 Accommodation:

Homestead: The modern homestead constructed in 2013 is a 4-bedroom fully air-conditioned residence with a large master bedroom, ensuite and walk-in wardrobe. All other bedrooms have large built-in wardrobes and the office/school room could easily convert to a 5th bedroom.

The house yard is fully fenced with large shade trees planted along the fence line in 2015 to soon provide a shady oasis.

The homestead is located conveniently to the workshop, cattle processing and feedlot facilities, and has mobile phone reception, broadband internet and satellite television reception.

Managers Cottage:

The managers cottage is located adjacent Mero Creek weir, has recently been internally and externally renovated and now provides comfortable living for a family or workers. The 3-bedroom home has one bathroom, is air-conditioned throughout, and has polished timber flooring, a new verandah and a large undercover carport. Adjacent the house is a detached air-conditioned room suitable for a bedroom, office or schoolroom.

Feedlot:

St Ronans has developed one of the regions best equipped feedlots designed within the strictest of industry standards. The facility can be managed and run by a single person feeding 2000 head. 

  • 2,000 SCU built with 10,000 SCU approved
  • 12 pens with water troughs
  • Loading and weighing facilities
  • 3 phase genset.
  • 3 x Silage Pits – 20,000 tonne capacity total
  • Large cement workshop/ machinery shed
  • 2 x grain silos
  • New large molasses storage facility.

Cattle Yards:

There are two sets of cattle yards on the property.

  • Homestead Yard – These are the main yards and are constructed of steel and cable, with crush, dip, calf branding facilities, and pound with overhead draft.
  • Wire Yard – located toward the western side of the property adjacent Mero Creek and constructed of steel and cable with crush, dip, banding and drafting facilities. A mustering camp is set up at this yard.

Fencing:

There are 7 main paddocks with 90 km of new fencing, constructed of 3 and 4-barb wire plus 8 smaller paddocks in, and adjoining, the cultivation paddock. Approx 15 km of laneway connects paddocks to the Homestead Yard.

WATER:

The springfed Mero Creek, with permanent waterholes, flows through the property and joins the Lynd River flowing north through Springfield Station. The Lynd River with its semi­-permanent waterholes holes forms part of the property boundary.

There are 4 dams (2 permanent) plus the feedlot dam, numerous natural springs and swamps around the lateritic remnant soil type. There are six bores. One bore located adjacent the farming and feedlot area is equipped with an electric submersible pump and supplies water via 35km of polypipe (75mm & 63mm) to 3 x 250,000litre, 5 x 48,000litre water tanks and 34 troughs throughout the property. Two of the unequipped bores have rural power available.

 Recently 2 new irrigation bores were drilled.

CATTLE: Approximately 5000 head + progeny consisting of 3,800 breeders, 500 mixed cull cattle, 1,000 weaners & 60 bulls.

Carrying capacity:  – 6000 head adult with followers

 Herd Management: 

The breeding herd is control mated with cows calving from September to February. Based on the pregnancy test in 2016, the vendor expects 2500+ calves at foot by February-March 2017. 

PLANT and EQUIPMENT: Contact the Agent

 Disclaimer: The above report 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.

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