Magnificent cat­tle prop­erty of­fered to the mar­ket for $±. 5 mil­lion Slice of ru­ral life

Townsville Bulletin - - Investor - by Martin Rasini martin. rasini@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

BURLING­TON Sta­tion, a b r e e d e r p r o p e r t y 5 0 k m north of Mt Sur­prise held un­der one own­er­ship since 1972, has been placed on the mar­ket with a $ 3.5 mil­lion price tag.

T h e p r o p e r t y c o v e r s 4 5 , 5 0 0 h a , i n c l u d e s a 1200-tree mango plan­ta­tion, and is for sale on a walk-in, walk-out ba­sis with 1500 b r a h ma n b r e e d e r s , a l l prog­eny at foot, 190 re­place­ment heifers and 70 brah­man bulls as well as plant and ma­chin­ery.

It has been placed on the mar­ket by David Steele and wife Betty who have de­cided to re­duce their graz­ing in­ter­ests and fo­cus on t heir Lion­town Stati on, near Char­ters Tow­ers.

B u r l i n g t o n S t a t i o n strad­dles the Mt Sur­priseAla­maden Rd, which pro­vides ac­cess to sa­le­yards, live-ex­port and store-cat­tle mar­kets at Cairns ( 260km), Ma­reeba ( 210km), Char­ters Tow­ers, Townsville and Hugh­en­den ( 440km), Mourilyan ( 220km) and Karumba ( 500km).

The prop­erty is be­ing mar­keted by Henry Slaney, of Slaney & Co First Na­tional Ru­ral at Char­ters Tow­ers, who said a ma­jor boon was the pres­ence of Stock­lick Trad­ing, 90km dis­tant at Mt Gar­nett, which en­abled a buyer to eas­ily meet sup­ple­men­tary feed re­quire­ments.

‘‘ Burling­ton is fed by large springs, semi-per­ma­nent holes in the Lynd River, and b y F o s s i l b r o o k a n d Salt­wa­ter creeks, which run all year,’’ he said.

‘‘ Its nu­mer­ous creeks are com­ple­mented by a net­work of 19 large dams, bore and springs and there is a li­cence to ir­ri­gate 12ha from Fos­sil­brook Creek.

‘‘ The farm has some 1200 mango t rees, with 32ha cleared and cropped.’’

The prop­erty has a mix of coun­try, has been seeded for 20 years with seca and ver­ano sty­los and in­dian couch grasses, and is in­ter­sected by ranges.

It has de­com­posed gran­ite and sandy soils, al­lu­vial soil f r o n t i n g w a t e r c o u r s e s , ar­eas of red soil and about 6 0 0 0 ha of f ert i l e basalt coun­try sup­port­ing black spear, urachloa, stylo and in­dian couch grasses and t i m b e r e d m a i n l y w i t h blood­wood and iron­bark.

Else­where are also kan­ga­roo grasses as well as num e r o u s n a t i v e e d i b l e shrubs and tim­ber.

Burling­ton has re­li­able 750mm an­nual rain­fall and av­er­age an­nual turnoff over the past five years has been 1330 wean­ers, 16 bulls and 160 cows, or 78 per cent.

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