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Pic­turesque model farm lock, stock and bar­rel

- Tirau · Airbnb · Pakaraka

A South Waikato dry stock prop­erty of­fers in­vestors and farm­ers the op­por­tu­nity to own a high- quality pas­toral prop­erty cen­tral to some North Is­land key at­trac­tions and cities.

Lo­cated in the Ta­papa district and nes­tled against the Kaimai- north Ma­maku Ranges, the 270ha Pakaraka Rd prop­erty has been a house­hold name in Rom­ney breed­ing cir­cles for its in­ten­sive breed­ing pro­gramme, run by owner Ross Alexan­der.

In a re­gion of­ten bet­ter known for its dairy­ing than its sheep, the prop­erty is the epit­ome of high quality dry­s­tock coun­try with as­pect, soils, fa­cil­i­ties and lo­ca­tion tick­ing all the boxes on a po­ten­tial buyer’s list.

“I have been very for­tu­nate to farm here for 27 years of my farm­ing ca­reer and to have a prop­erty that was well farmed by those be­fore me. This place has been well looked af­ter for 100 years now,” says Alexan­der.

With its northerly as­pect and av­er­age height of 220m above sea level, good win­ter spring growth is as­sured.

The farm’s prox­im­ity to the ranges en­sures it is sum­mer safe, re­ceiv­ing on av­er­age 1800mm of rain a year.

The quality Ti­rau Ash soils have re­ceived reg­u­lar lime and fer­tiliser ap­pli­ca­tions, with P lev­els rang­ing from 25- 30 across the prop­erty.

Shel­ter­ing DoC- owned bush sur­rounds three sides of the prop­erty, fram­ing it in a pleas­ing nat­u­ral set­ting that gives the farm a dis­tinct char­ac­ter.

The farm has a good ar­ray of build­ings in­clud­ing three hay­barns, a four­stand shear­ing shed and ex­cel­lent yards. Fenc­ing is quality post and bat­ten with sin­gle wire elec­tric in the main race ar­eas.

Water for the fully retic­u­lated prop­erty is sourced from two bound­ary springs.

The jewel of the prop­erty’s im­prove­ments is the three- year- old 315sq m homestead that op­ti­mises its idyl­lic lo­ca­tion.

In ad­di­tion the farm has a cosy re­fur­bished three- be­d­room cot­tage and a two be­d­room smaller cot­tage earn­ing in­come as an Airbnb.

This win­ter the prop­erty ran 250 ram hoggets, 750 hoggets, 1350 mixed age ewes and 110 dairy graz­ers.

The key fo­cus for the Alexan­der’s quality Rom­ney flock has been ge­netic iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and se­lec­tion, fo­cus­ing upon fa­cial eczema, worm re­sis­tance and high- quality meat traits.

The flock i s one of few in the coun­try with cut­ting edge ge­net­ics iden­ti­fy­ing the flock’s lead­ing ma­ter­nal and sire traits.

For any­one pas­sion­ate about breed­ing and farm­ing, the prop­erty and flock would also be avail­able for sale to­gether.

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