Wednesday, July 6, 2022

A round of golf after milking

A golf course surrounding a Waikato dairy farm adds to the aesthetic appeal and is a constant reminder to balance production and lifestyle.

Twenty kilometres north of Morrinsville, the 149ha farm is for sale at $6.3 million and is described by PGG Wrightson agent John Sisley as "something special", with its golf course neighbour, a school on the boundary and three titles splitting the picturesque property.

The amalgamation of three smaller dairy farms over the years has produced a sizeable unit ranging over mostly flat to gently easy country that milks 400-plus cows.

In the past it has had winter milk contracts and that was a possibility again for a new owner, Sisley said, as it was early country, with calving beginning in early July and grass growth kicking in early in spring.

"It often gets extremely good autumn growth as well and the vast majority of the farm has been regrassed in the last 10 to 12 years."

Before the farm moved from split calving in 2009, it was producing between 150,000kg milksolids (MS) and 160,000kg MS, while last season under its spring-calving regime it reached 119,000kg MS.

In recent times, a contract milker has been in charge of the Friesian herd and has meal feeding set up in the dairy as well as making grass silage out of surplus on the farm. Eight hectares of Bettagraze millet is grown as a crop to break feed to the herd in early summer or harvested to be fed in autumn.

Cows are wintered on the farm, while young stock leave in November and return to join the herd for their first calving.

A well-maintained 40-aside herringbone dairy is in a good location on the property and features an in-shed feed system supported by two silos, while outside a 200-cow feed pad adjacent to the dairy caters for extra supplements.

From the dairy, effluent heads through a stone trap into a 25,000 litre storage tank with two overflow ponds. Underground piping connects to strategically-placed hydrants and a travelling irrigator.

Two implement sheds located at the dairy double as storage and calf rearing facilities, with several other sheds spread around the farm.

"Overall, the infrastructure on the property is excellent, with very good internal fencing, quality racing and, according to the vendor, extremely good quality water supplied from two of the four bores on the farm."

A modern five-bedroom bungalow sits in mature grounds reasonably close to the dairy infrastructure, with a second three-bedroom home sporting brick veneer.

"I think it's a well presented, aesthetically-pleasing property with room to increase production under an owner operator."

The price is negotiable and the herd might also be available for purchase. For further information contact Sisley on 07 858 5302 or 027 475 9808, or visit www.pggwre.co.nz/HAM2186269.

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