Binda woolgrowing heartland opening

Binda woolgrowing heartland opening

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A Crookwell district grazing property listed for auction later this month by its Sydney-based owners has runs on the board as a former component of one of the Southern Tablelands' biggest woolgrowing enterprises.

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A Crookwell district grazing property listed for auction later this month by its Sydney-based owners has runs on the board as a former component of one of the Southern Tablelands' biggest woolgrowing enterprises.

Bolton is a 561 hectare (1386ac) property owned for the past eight years by Sydney-based Andrew and Catherine Page, but before that it formed part of the 2135ha Kenilworth station of the late Garnet Webster.

Kenilworth in turn was part of a wider portfolio of Binda/Bigga district holdings controlled by Garnet and his father, G.B. ('Gundy') Webster, whose woolclip in their 1970s heyday topped 1400 bales, mostly shorn from western-bred wethers.

Most of Kenilworth was originally part of Funny Hill, the adjoining station property of the Carr family, and bequeathed to Garnet Webster (whose mother, Joan, was a Carr) upon James Carr's death in 1953.

Following Garnet's death after a long illness in 2005, Kenilworth was put to auction without result in 2008, but later broken up, resulting in the section now known as Bolton being sold as a separate block.

It has now been listed for sale by Paul McIntosh of Ray White Goulburn and will go to auction on November 22, with recent sales in the area indicating a likely bidding range around $2500/ac ($6250/ha).

Normally carrying 2000 Merino ewes joined to terminal sires and 25-30 Angus cows, the property is now lightly stocked and responding well to a welcome 30mm of rain recorded last weekend.

In its present state, Bolton stacks up as either a low-input extension to an existing operation, or a base for investment offering substantial production upside.

Situated at Binda, 27 kilometres north of Crookwell, Bolton is a property of level to undulating country with granite loam soils and scattered shade trees of yellow and white box and stringybark.

The predominantly native grass pastures have been oversown with clovers, and supplemented by winter fodder cropping (this year about 40ha of oats and barley, plus a 3ha trial of canola).

Average rainfall is 750mm and the property's 22 paddocks are watered by the permanent Diamond Creek and 20 dams.

Working improvements comprise a near-new steel three-stand woolshed and shed room for 800 sheep, an adjoining set of mainly steel sheepyards and cattle yards with loading ramp.

There is approval for an 80ha subdivision.

Coreena East now for sale

Coreena East, the Eurongilly Valley mixed farming property of the Bunn family, remains unsold following online auction, now for private sale at $3.785 million or $8027/ha ($3250/ac).

Situated 60km north-east of Wagga Wagga, the 471ha (1164ac) property is described as 75 percent arable, with estimated carrying capacity of 4500 DSE, currently understocked, and carrying a useful body of feed.

The minimal structural improvements include centrally located steel sheepyards, a fenced laneway system and an equipped bore reticulating to paddock troughs.

  • Contact Chris Meares on (02) 9362 8111.

By PETER AUSTIN.

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