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Tuesday 10 December 2019, 2.00pm

Thames Dairy

Thames Dairy is located at Opio, just 25 minutes north of Winton. Contour is mostly flat, with some hill at the west, and the farm has a very good balance of soil types.
The centrally located 50 bail rotary cowshed has ACRs and a meal feeding system installed. Adjacent to the cowshed is a 550 cow feed pad and stand off area, well set up for the Southland climate. There are expansive calf rearing facilities, along with many other supporting buildings.
Housing consists of a good family home with four bedrooms and a second, warm, modern home with three bedrooms. There are two self contained sleep-outs onsite also. A reliable farm with a proven production history, this year targeting 320,000kg MS.
If you are looking for larger scale, there is an adjacent farm next door to this unit of 116ha - these two farms would complement each other nicely.

Land Area

276 ha

Nearest Town

Winton 38km, Invercargill 67km.

Primary School

Takitimu or St Patricks, 12km.

Secondary School

Central Southland College, bus at gate.

Freezing Works

Alliance Lorneville 60km.


Lorneville, 60km.

Dairy Supplier and Company Number

Fonterra, #35210

Present Condition ( areas approx):

(areas approx) Effective milking area of 243 hectares. 5ha ex swedes and 9.5ha ex fodder beet to new grass this spring, 10ha summer turnips, 8ha of fodderbeet for 2020 winter. Balance permanent dairy pasture.

Contour Description:

The majority is flat land, with a hill block at the west of the property.


North east.

Soil Types:

Well balanced soils. Predominately Mossburn, Tuatapere, Makarewa, Glenelg and Waiau.

Average Rainfall



Normal farm spraying programme.

Water Supply

Bore located near the dairy shed, supplies stock water and wash for the dairy shed. Troughs in all paddocks.


Gravity fed from dairy shed, stand off pad and feed pad to sludge bed then pumped to the 4,426m3 lined pond. Applied via low rate pods to paddock area with some underground hydrants. Consented for 850 cows. Feed pad for 550 cows expiring December 2024.


Soil tests from six paddocks on file, showing Olsen P 19-44, pH 5.7-5.9 - 6. Ballance fertiliser recommendations.

Nitrogen used

Approx 135kg per hectare.

Access & Roads

Situated on the Wreys Bush Mossburn Rd with access via well formed races to paddocks.

Additional Feed Purchased

318t PKE, 124t corn gluten, 159t DM silage including winter supply.

Supplement made on Farm

84 tonne DM baleage last season.


The main home is brick and roughcast with some double glazed and some wooden windows and an iron roof. Kitchen, dining and lounge is open plan and heated by a Fisher fire. Four bedrooms, modernised bathroom with underfloor heating. Separate laundry with second shower and separate second toilet. Double attached garage.
Second home of a modern standard (2006) being brick exterior and aluminium windows. Sunny, open plan kitchen, dining and living room with a woodburner. Three bedrooms, bathroom and laundry. Detached double garage with a self contained room and a detached single person accommodation.

Farm Buildings

Centrally located 50 bail rotary cowshed with concrete entry and exit race, 500 cow round yard, 14m wide with double backing gate. Milfos plant and equipment with ACRs and meal feeding system. Protrack system and covered vet race with lights. Adjoining the cowshed is a 550 cow feed pad, a stand off pad and a prefab staff room, 12m x 32m calf shed (eight bay), three bay calf shed with load-out bank and PKE bin, four bay hayshed, enclosed workshop with attached, two bay implement shed. The old woolshed attached to the calf shed is to be demolished.
Two feed silos, petrol and diesel tanks, plastic water tank, two colostrum tanks, mineral shed, chemical shed.

Silage Pits and Pads

Concrete silage pad with sump.

Gravel Pits

Rotten rock quarry at top of the hill.


Expansive cattle yards with double load out ramp.

Shelter & Trees

Attractive variety of shelter throughout the property.

Wintered Stock (numbers approx)

Wintered 120 cows on dairy platform on crop.

Current Stock

800 mixed aged cows to calve down. LIC herd summary on file.


2019/20 - Est 320,000kg MS ex 770 cows P/M;
2018/19 - 306,885kg MS ex 742 cows;
2017/18 - 302,425kg MS ex 769 cows;
2016/18 - 316,251kg MS ex 731 cows.


Heifers 30th Jul, MA cows 3rd Aug.

Number of Staff

3 full time.

Dairy Co-op Authority


TB Status


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