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Dairy with Scale and Irrigation

Excellent opportunity to secure a dairy unit with scale and the added bonus of irrigation, which underpins production in the Riversdale farming district of Northern Southland. Infrastructure comprises a 50 bail rotary cowshed with in-shed feeding and three houses. The main four bedroom home has been renovated and is set in attractive surroundings.

The farm currently peak milks 1,000 cows and average production in the last three seasons has been 397,000kg MS. Effluent and water permits have been extended recently to expire in 2029. The irrigation consent is due to expire in 2024, circa 65% of the farm can be irrigated mainly by two centre pivot irrigators and some k-line pods.

The farm has productive soils with good fertility, functional internal lane system, good standard of fencing with similar paddock sizes, and stock water system. The farm is currently operated by a herd owning 50:50 sharemilker who has been in place since 2012 and consistently generates good milk production.

Land Area

322 ha

Nearest Town

Riversdale, 5km. Gore, 25km.

Primary School

Riversdale School, 9km. Bus at gate.

Secondary School

Gore schools. Bus at gate.

Freezing Works

SFF Waitane, 40km.


Charlton, 40km.

Dairy Supplier and Company Number

Fonterra, Edendale 62km.

Present Condition ( areas approx):

The effective area has been assessed from the GPS map at 291 hectares. There is 10 ha of ground to go into winter feed and 14 ha to be regrassed ex winter feed 2020.

The farm has had a good regrassing history with on average 7% of the farm regrassed annually.

The Mataura river runs along the western boundary of the property. Being a river located property, there are some gains/losses of land and all purchasers are required to complete their own due diligence on the land area.

Contour Description:

Farm is predominately flat.



Soil Types:

Combination of Mataura, Riversdale, and Fleming. Soils are fertile, free draining river silt soils.

Average Rainfall



Largely clean pasture. Some dock with annual maintenance program in place.

Walking Distance to Shed

Longest walk 1.7 km.

Water Supply

Bore situated near cowshed which provides water for shed washdown and all stock water. There are three 30,000 litre tanks at cowshed. Stock water distributed via 50/40mm mainline, stock water troughs in all paddocks. Consent expiring December 2029.

Irrigation; Two bores feed two centre pivots, a third bore provides irrigation water for the k-line system. The irrigation consent expires March 2024, with allocation of 7,200m3/day or 594,000m3/annum.


The effluent from the dairy shed is contained on concrete and gravity fed through stone trap to a float controlled concrete sump. Effluent is then pumped from sump to sludge beds where separated by weeping wall and from there pumped to main effluent pond. The effluent is applied to the land via one of the centre pivots (pivot 2) and also via k-lines.
Consented for 1,200 cows, expiring December 2029.


Very good fertility levels with soil tests on file.

Access & Roads

Good tar-seal road frontage from Pyramid Waiparu Road along the entire eastern boundary Well laid out and functional wide internal lane system.

Additional Feed Purchased

350–400kg DM/cow is brought in off farm as supplements for milking cows.

Supplement made on Farm

Approx. 400-500 bales made annually on farm.


The main house set on its own title of 4.14ha was recently purchased by vendors in 2018. The split block exterior block house has been recently renovated with designer kitchen and new bathroom. Featuring open plan living spaces and four double bedrooms. In addition, there is a single/rumpus room. Heated via Woodsman fire and heatpump. There is an array of support buildings on this title including shearing shed, horse arena and multiple other sheds.

Other Homes

Second home – Three bedroom tidy weather board home with double glazing and open plan kitchen, dining, and living. Bathroom and one toilet. Heating is a woodburner. Detached single garage

Third home – older four bedroom and office in below average condition. Still being utilised as staff accommodation. Bathroom and one toilet. Heating is woodburner. Detached single garage

Farm Buildings

Well appointed 50 bail rotary shed, fitted with Nu pulse plant, Waikato ACRs and blower, Protrack with auto drafting, auto teat spraying and meal feeding system fed from 30 tonne silo. Large circular yard can hold up to 600 cows.

Farm buildings include two calf sheds, two woolsheds, and various implement and supporting sheds.

Farm Chattels (Plant & Machinery)

Two centre pivots, k line sprinklers, grain silo.

Shelter & Trees

Well-maintained and attractive shelter plantings throughout.

Wintered Stock (numbers approx)

Normally winter circa 1,040. These stock are wintered mainly on the run-off and some of the stock on the dairy farm.

Current Stock

Sharemilker owns stock. These may be available to purchase and herd profile available on request.

Milk Solids



2020/21 – 392,879 kg MS ex 1,000 cows.
2019/20 – 400,589 kg MS ex 1,000 cows.
2018/19 – 397,193 kg MS ex 1,000 cows.


5th August

Number of Staff

The farm is operated by a herd owning 50:50

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Matthew Harrington
Matthew Harrington

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