Farm flush with his­tory

Countryman - - PROPERTY -

Min­ni­nooka Farm, just 45km from Geraldton in the tightly held area of Min­nenooka, is flush with his­tory. Taken up in the 1870s, the mixed farm­ing prop­erty was recog­nised very early for its highly pro­duc­tive soils and abun­dant, re­li­able wa­ter sup­plies.

The farm is lo­cated along the hills and val­ley of the Gree­nough River and in­cludes nearly 3km of river own­er­ship. Com­pris­ing 10 ti­tles, the 1958ha have been his­tor­i­cally used for a mixed live­stock and crop­ping op­er­a­tion, with a high stock­ing ca­pac­ity as well as reg­u­lar lime in­puts over the 720ha of crop­ping land.

A 148-year-old, well-main­tained five-bed­room stone home of­fers views over the val­ley from its front ve­randa. Sur­round­ing the house, a cot­tage gar­den and sprawl­ing lawns is an ex­ten­sive, orig­i­nal stone wall.

The house boasts a mod­ern spa­cious kitchen, ren­o­vated bath­room, four open fire­places and French doors open­ing onto the ve­randa from sev­eral bed­rooms. There is also a huge of­fice area, a for­mal din­ing room, two im­pres­sive lounge rooms and an out­side store­room.

Used as worker ac­com­mo­da­tion, an­other air-con­di­tioned one-bed­room, one-bath­room self-con­tained cot­tage sits close to the main res­i­dence.

In­fra­struc­ture for the prop­erty is ad­e­quate for both live­stock and crop­ping. Sheep are pro­cessed through steel yards with a work­ing ca­pac­ity of 1000 head, lo­cated be­side a 30m x 15m five-stand, raised-board shear­ing shed. Three feed­lot pens with a di­rect laneway to the yards are also used for value adding and truck­ing. There is also a set of 80-head ca­pac­ity steel cat­tle yards with a load­ing ramp and 26 fenced pad­docks.

Stor­age and work­ing ar­eas are gen­er­ous, with a 25.8m x 7.8m ma­chin­ery shed in­cor­po­rat­ing a work­shop and chem­i­cal stor­age and a sec­ond 22.6m x 9.4m ma­chin­ery shed with lock­able fuel bay. The fuel bay con­tains three over­head tanks, one with 5000 litres ca­pac­ity and two at 2500 litres ca­pac­ity.

Feed stor­age is achieved with two hay sheds, 8m x 18m, and a sec­ond 7.8m x 14.8m shed lo­cated cen­tral to the farm for easy dis­tri­bu­tion. Fer­tiliser is stored in the ce­mented front sec­tion of the shear­ing shed with slid­ing doors and a front apron.

A ma­jor as­set of the prop­erty is an abun­dance of qual­ity wa­ter, with two bores pro­duc­ing a slightly pos­i­tive arte­sian flow. There are an­other two sup­plies with an av­er­age depth of 13m.

Unique to the farm, within the prop­erty bound­ary, is a 200m se­cluded per­ma­nent pool in the Gree­nough River.

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