Prime dairy farms with an abun­dance of wa­ter

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● Van’s Auc­tion­eers would like to re­mind farm­ers of the huge liq­ui­da­tion auc­tion of var­i­ous ad­ja­cent farms near Un­der­berg in Kwa-Zulu-Natal — a to­tal of ap­prox­i­mately 3,000ha.

These farms truly have an abun­dance of wa­ter, with lots of land un­der pivot and dragline ir­ri­ga­tion. There is also a lot of arable land. The dairy com­plex and equip­ment, as well as cat­tle and farm im­ple­ments, will come un­der the ham­mer as well.

On day 1, Oc­to­ber 17 at 11am, the farms with their piv­ots will be auc­tioned. Lot 1, the farm known as Water­ford Farm and which com­prises the bulk of the dairy op­er­a­tion, has a com­bined size of just over 1,300ha.

It is a dairy and beef farm and also has a horse stud. This farm has plenty of wa­ter, with nearly 100 dams, of which 36 are reg­is­tered. There are about 433ha un­der pivot, and nearly 60ha un­der dragline ir­ri­ga­tion.

The wa­ter sup­ply is part of the Ng­wawane Wa­ter Scheme, and the farm also has about 700ha of arable dry land and veld.

This farm­ing op­er­a­tion han­dles 1,600 to 1,800 cows in milk and about 2,000 fol­low­ers. The in­fra­struc­ture, an im­pres­sive 13,000m², com­prises a par­tially built 40point ro­tary dairy with ta­ble, han­dling fa­cil­i­ties, si­los, sheds, store rooms, houses, staff ac­com­mo­da­tion and much more. There are four Val­ley piv­ots on this farm, and they will be of­fered with the farm.

Walton farm will be of­fered as lot 2. Walton is 657ha, and has about 25ha un­der pivot and the rest as dry land and pas­tures. It has a satel­lite dairy build­ing and staff cot­tage. The 11-tower Val­ley pivot will be of­fered as part of this lot.

River Farm, which is 174ha in ex­tent, will be un­der the ham­mer as lot 3. It has about 21ha of dragline ir­ri­ga­tion and nearly 60ha of arable dry land and ap­prox­i­mately 90ha of veld.

These three farms will first be of­fered in­di­vid­u­ally, and then to­gether as one lot.

Pen­warn Coun­try Lodge is si­t­u­ated on a beau­ti­ful and pic­turesque farm of about 917ha. The farm has a wed­ding venue, chapel and lodge and the im­prove­ments con­sist of two lodges with lux­ury suites, five self-cater­ing cot­tages and dor­mi­tory-style ac­com­mo­da­tion. Pen­warn also has six stor­age dams with a com­bined vol­ume of more than 900,000m³.

On Oc­to­ber 18 at 11am the live­stock and mov­ables will come un­der the ham­mer. These in­clude about 2,000 head of cat­tle, in­clud­ing about 800 cows in milk (de­liv­er­ing ap­prox­i­mately 8,700l of milk a day), dry cows, steam cows, bulls, bulling heifers, open heifers and heifer calves. Beef cat­tle and a va­ri­ety of game will also be avail­able.

A large va­ri­ety of farm im­ple­ments will come un­der the ham­mer. John Deere har­vesters and trac­tors, var­i­ous mixer wag­ons, load­ers, mow­ers, trail­ers, Isuzu trucks and many other im­ple­ments will be on sale.

On Oc­to­ber 17 the farms will be on auc­tion at the Pen­warn Trout and Equine Es­tate on the Bush­man’s Nek Road, near Un­der­berg. The live­stock and im­ple­ments will come un­der the ham­mer on Water­ford the next day.

Pur­chasers can con­tact Van’s Auc­tion­eers at 086-111-8267, or visit Van’s web­site.

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