Renowned for the quality of its deep basalt soils, the Edgeroi farming property “Byalla” attracted 10 registered bidders to last Thursday’s auction by Landmark Harcourts Narrabri.
Owned by Cameron and Roslyn Williams, and marketed by Paul and James Thomas, the 539ha property was sold under the hammer for $4.275m or $7931/ha ($3209/ac) and bought by a near neighbour.
Boasting 465ha of ready-to-sow farming country, the property has a sound history of winter and summer cropping, and comes with brick veneer home, sheds and silos.
The following day’s Crookwell auction of the Cummins family property, “Weedalga”, saw a new price benchmark established for commercial-scale Crookwell grazing country.
Offered by Professionals Goulburn to wind up 70 years of one-family ownership, the 418ha basalt-soil property attracted 11 registered bidders following about 30 inspections.
It sold under the hammer for $4.305m or $10,299/ha ($4163/ac), and was bought by a Southern Highlands interest. The price was at the upper end of listing agent Allan McDonald’s expectations.
“Weedalga” has typically carried 1700-1800 first-cross ewes for prime lamb production, plus cattle, and comes with a five-bedroom double-brick homestead and sheds.
Another significant auction took place at Wellington last week when Geoff and Ross Plasto of Raine and Horne Rural submitted for sale the “Merindah” property of Bernard and Janelle Sheridan.
“Merindah” is a 633ha mixed farming property at Suntop, 25km west of Wellington.
Described by listing agent Geoff Plasto as “one of the best pieces of land in the district”, “Merindah” attracted a field of seven registered bidders before selling for $3.55m to Errol and Margaret Babbage from Orange.
Described as 90pc arable with rich basalt-derived and red loam soils, the property is mostly sown to pasture and managed for prime lamb production, running 2000-2200 Merino ewes.
Improvements include a three-bedroom brick home, four-stand shearing shed, steel sheep and cattle yards, machinery and hay sheds and seven silos.
Still in the Central West, last week’s Dubbo auction of the Gulargambone property “Wilbermere” drew good competition from local and outside buyers resulting in a sale under the hammer at $720,000 or $3158/ha ($1274/ac).
“Wilbermere” was described as “strong breeding and finishing country” with a history also of crop and hay production.
The property has an equipped bore supplying paddock troughs and comes with a three-bedroom homestead, machinery shed, shearing shed and cattle yards.
Offered for sale to wind up the estate of the late Mrs G.P. O’Brien, the property was marketed by Richard and Sam Gemmell of Elders Dubbo.
It was bought by Greg and Rosanne Standfield who will use it to finish livestock from their “Barcheka” property at Wanaaring.