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Grassy Creek Sheep and Beef Unit

This sheep and beef unit has been farmed by two generations of the Howden family and is genuinely offered for sale. Comprising a mix of contour from flat, with rolling terraces, a river flat, steeper hill country, mature trees and some steep grazable rough hill. Subdivided into 51 paddocks and five hill blocks with a well-formed track that provides access to the rolling ridges. A water system is in place which supplies troughs to approximately two thirds of the farm. Sheltered from winds by way of forestry, bush, natural hill and tussock country.
Currently running 1900 MA ewes, 520 hoggets, 35 R3 cattle, 25 R2 cattle and 15 breeding cows. Normally winters 2,200 MA ewes, 550 hoggets and 70-100 breeding cows.
Excellent infrastructure with a near new four stand woolshed and covered yards, cattle yards, workshop and implement shed.
The well-appointed four bedroom homestead set in an established cared for garden, enjoys outstanding views of the rolling hills and mountains.

Land Area

493 ha

Primary School

Hauroko Valley Primary School with a community school bus at gate.

Secondary School

Invercargill boarding schools or Waiau Area School. Bus 5km at Wairaki bridge.

Freezing Works

Alliance, Silver Fern Farms.


Lorneville, 84km.

Present Condition ( areas approx):

12ha in chou moellier to be sown in new grass late spring, a further 12ha of chou moellier/winter crop for next winter sown late November/early December. Balance of land 320ha flat to gentle rolling, 120ha rougher faces, 75ha in trees.

Contour Description:

Variety of flat terraces to rolling ridges and steeper hill country.

Soil Types:

Braxton and Mangapiri soils with Upukerora and river.

Average Rainfall





Gorse and Broom - programme to be defined.

Hill Blocks


Water Supply

Electric pump from grassy creek (by shed) to tanks on hill (40,000L) then gravity fed to troughs in 2/3rds of paddocks. Natural water in west flats. 40mm line with 50mm mainline.
House water sourced from a tank ex farm.


Applied in spring and autumn. Normally 120kg per hectare over 320ha in spring, top up in autumn according to affordability. As per Ballance recommendations.

Nitrogen used

On crops and spring/autumn application as recommended.

Access & Roads

Internal gravel track on north boundary to back ridges.


70 - 100 bales annually.


A well-appointed split block homestead built in 1979, with aluminium windows and iron roof. Open plan kitchen, dining and living, heated by yunca mutlfuel burner (wetback). Four bedrooms plus office and a main bathroom. Second shower and toilet in the laundry. Double attached garage. Elevated site with mountain views in established sheltered, maintained, attractive garden setting.

Farm Buildings

Woolshed built 2016, four stand raised board, covered yards (1500 woollies), workshop with concrete floor, two bay implement shed, hayshed.

Farm Chattels (Plant & Machinery)

Two electric fence units.

Gravel Pits

Available on farm if required.


Cattle yards, sheep yards.

ETS Status


Wood Lots

Planted 1995-2000, 75ha pines with cutting right to be retained until 2026.

Wintered Stock (numbers approx)

Normally winter 2200 ewes, 550 hoggets, 70-100 breeding cows

Current Stock

1900 breeding ewes, 520 hoggets, 30 rams and killers, 35 R3 cattle 25 R2 cattle, 15 breeding cows.


Previously wintered 300 cows in 2008 and 250 in 2010.
Scanning 165% - 180%. 50/50 fatten/store.


135% - 140%

Date - Lambing

25 Sep 2018

Lambing Weights


TB Status


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