Picturesque model farm lock, stock and barrel
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.