A high-performing dairy farm, now listed for sale at Waiuku, has received multiple accolades and certifications from milk production co-operative, Fonterra.
The highly-productive 48.2ha property in the Counties region, south of Auckland, milks 160 Friesian-cross cows — averaging 65,000kg of milk solids per season.
In the past nine years, Fonterra has recognised for the quality of the farm's milk several times.
It has twice been among New Zealand's Top 40 Dairy Farms; twice among the Top 230.
The property, at 356 Otaua Rd, is now being marketed for sale by auction at noon on November 6 through Bayleys Counties.
Agents Ben Jameson and Shona Brown say a flat contour ensures almost all the landholding is included within the milking platform.
"The near rectangular shape of this fertile farm, combined with the level topography, enables the property to be sustained by a highly-efficient race system. This services 29 paddocks which are well fenced with four and six-wires internally, plus seven and eight-wire electric fencing around the boundary," Jameson says.
"Part of the credit for the exceptional milk quality coming off this farm is the well-bred herd, which has been reared from a high quality gene pool. There are very few dairy farms for sale at present in the Counties region."
Building Infrastructure includes:
• a 16-aside herring bone milking shed with DeLaval milking system and liquid feed plant;
• a four-bay implement shed/workshop, separate three-bay implement shed/workshop, two-bay implement shed with three-phase power, and a single-sized shed; and
• a four bedroom/two-bathroom brick homestead surrounded by mature hedging and gardens.
Brown says the inventory of sheds has been set up to comfortably rear up to 60 calves at a time. "The residence is just a short walk from the milking shed, making for an easy trip between home and the 'office'."
Water is drawn from a new, consented four-inch artesian bore; the yellow/brown loam soil grows excellent pasture and rainfall for the 12-months to September 2018 was 1833mm.
"This size, topography, and soil type of this property make it is a high performance farm with low input requirements," says Brown.
She says the buyer will have the option of purchasing the herd, and may additionally lease an adjacent 28ha support grazing and run-off block.
The farm is being sold without any Fonterra shares.