Cattle property auction
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