Cat­tle prop­erty auc­tion

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

WALK­ERS Park, a high­qual­ity breed­ing and fat­ten­ing prop­erty 70km north of Winton, has been placed on the mar­ket.

The 19,372ha well-wa­tered prop­erty fea­tures a mix of soil types and for the past five years has been home to a drought­mas­ter herd of 2000 breed­ers and re­place­ment heifers.

It is one of three graz­ing prop­er­ties held by Wayne and San­dra Birch­more and f a mil y who op­er­ate the Bern­bor­ough Drought-mas­ter stud near Winton and a nearby sta­tion, Kiri­wina.

Walk­ers Park is sur­plus to needs and is be­ing of­fered for sale bare of cat­tle and plant i n an auc­tion cam­paign han­dled by Alan Bod­man, of Land­mark Townsville.

It will be of­fered un­der the ham­mer at Am­monite Inn, Rich­mond on April 29.

Walk­ers Park has 10km of dou­ble front age to the Stawell River with well­grassed al­lu­vial soils.

About one-third of the prop­erty com­prises bro­ken black­soil downs coun­try, with the bal­ance be­ing soft for­est coun­try dis­sected by creek flats and red gravel ridges.

There are nine main pad­docks and two hold­ing pad­docks. Fenc­ing in­cludes a new laneway sys­tem with trap fa­cil­i­ties ser­vic­ing most of the prop­erty.

Walk­ers Park en­joys 600mm av­er­age an­nual rain­fall and is wa­tered by six shal­low bores, some pow­ered by wind­mills, oth­ers by gen­er­a­tors and all with large stor­ages, two dams and nu­mer­ous sea­sonal wa­ter­holes and river soaks.

Fa­cil­i­ties in­clude a six-way race draft, vet crush, undercover air-op­er­ated brand­ing cra­dle, new five-bay ma­chin­ery shed, three-bay ma­chin­ery shed with con­crete-floor work­shop and power con­nec­tion, new por­ta­ble steel yards with han­dling ameni­ties and road-train ac­cess.

The prop­erty in­cludes a river­front t hree-bed­room air-con­di­tioned home with pool and en­ter­tain­ment area, plus a ren­o­vated two-bed­room, air-con­di­tioned home.

Mr Bod­man said since pur­chas­ing the prop­erty more than five years ago, the own­ers had made ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture im­prove­ments.

‘‘ The buyer will have the ben­e­fit of 44km of new fenc­ing, wa­ter im­prove­ments in­clud­ing pipe­lines and large stor­age ca­pac­i­ties, and the new yards,’’ he said.

‘‘ Also, an ex­ten­sive pro­gram to seed the prop­erty with buf­fel, ver­ano, seca and wyn­cas­sia, is now de­liv­er­ing high-qual­ity pas­tures.

‘‘ Walk­ers Park has de­liv­ered calv­ing rates above 80 per cent, with av­er­age wean­ing weights of 250kg, and in­spec­tion of its high-qual­ity drought­mas­ter herd will at­test to the cal­i­bre of the prop­erty.’’

HIGH-QUAL­ITY PAS­TURES: Cat­tle graze at Walk­ers Park, north of Winton

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