With a long history in the dairy industry farming across NSW and northern Victoria, the Thomas family of ‘Sunnycrest’ at Deer Vale on the Dorrigo Plateau are confident it is the best property they have farmed.
Not just a vendor talking up their property, this view is supported by the production figures of the current and previous owners who have both seen increases to their production figures after relocating their herds to the property.
In a region renowned for the quality of its farmland, ‘Sunnycrest’ is one of the best in the area and has been tightly held with only three owners in its history.
It was to remain in the family, however, with the partnership now being dissolved, the property is being presented to the market and provides an opportunity whether looking to retire and downsize, convert to a beef finishing operation or continue as a high performance dairy.
Although just over 200 acres in size, the property is all usable with a gently undulating northern aspect and rich basalt soils.
The high rainfall and good drainage plus temperate climate, not too hot in summer or too cold in winter, help extend the production potential of the property.
That along with intelligent management sees it consistently recognised as a high performing farm not just locally or in NSW but nationally.
Presenting as good value when compared to other basalt, high rainfall areas, there is strong confidence in the Dorrigo region with increased activity over the past 12 months including a number of local dairies purchased additional land and expanding operations.
Benefiting from extensive investment in infrastructure and a proactive focus on maintenance the new owners could walk straight in with nothing to do other than start milking.
Opportunities to further increase production include utilisation of the 167ML water licence, not currently used, to boost feed production or provide options for different operational approaches and insurance against climate variations.
Come auction day, whatever price is achieved, the quality of ‘Sunnycrest’ will see it present good value to the new owners and be difficult to match elsewhere.
‘Sunnycrest’ is one of four properties being auctioned by Ray White Rural Dorrigo and Bellingen on April 5 at the Heritage Hotel Dorrigo.
The other properties include an 11 acre riverfront property on the edge of town, a beautifully renovated three bedroom home and cottage on one acre.
There is something for everyone.
- SUBMITTED BY RORY BIRT, RAY WHITE DORRIGO and BELLINGEN