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High Performing Dairy Unit

Welcome to Ermedale. This very well performing farm has been in the Luoni Family for the last 30 years. The highly regarded and reliable soils have enabled the vendors to winter and produce consistent production through the seasons.

The farm comprises of flat to gentle rolling contour, well formed races, good variety of shelter, calving pads and it has had a lot of regrassing over the years.

There are three well appointed homes strategically placed, good range of farm buildings and a functional 44 aside cowshed with excellent flow.

This is a very good dairy unit, handy to Otautau, Riverton and Invercargill and is for genuine sale.

Land Area

226 ha

Nearest Town

Riverton 16km, Otautau 16km.

Primary School

Riverton, bus at gate.

Secondary School

Aparima, bus at gate.
Invercargill SGHS and SBHS week day boarding.

Freezing Works

Alliance Lorneville, 40km


Lorneville, 40km.

Dairy Supplier and Company Number

Fonterra, supply number 34540.

Present Condition ( areas approx):

Planned for 2021/22 Season: 10.45ha 2nd crop Kale, 11.63ha precision drilled Swedes (past two seasons winter crop yields 18-20T/ha, wintering 510 cows on platform). 14.33ha new grass November 2021. Balance permanent pasture, a mixture of tetraploids and clovers (10% per annum due to wintering on of cows).

214ha effective area, 21-22ha per annum out for winter crop each year.

Contour Description:

Flat to gentle rolling.

Soil Types:

Predominantly Waimatuku with a small amount of Dacre.

Average Rainfall



Generally clean with annual spray programme as required.

Main Paddocks


Water Supply

Stock: New bore and pump December 2017, 31 metre depth. New bore meter December 2020, 150mm bore diameter. Very clean water, no iron issues. 40-50mm mainline, 25 and 32mm to permanent troughs in each paddock.

Domestic: Rainwater but all can take from bore via garden hose to fill house tanks if required.

Water Consents

71,880l per day.


Gravity fed from dairy shed to two weeping walls, alternate use, spread solids annually out onto either worked ground or grass paddock when rainfall readily happening which is usually in autumn. 90 + day storage effluent pond, K-Line maxi pods to spread. 45ha area used although majority of farm is consented to spread effluent if required.


599 cows, 31/5/2030.


Applications as per Ballance recommendation. Soil tests done on whole farm August 2021. Strong history of fertility, always fertilised annually as per recommendation. Lime applied annually as per recommendation.

Nitrogen used


Access & Roads

Mitchell Road and Waipango Ermedale Road.


Silage: 150-180T silage purchased. Generally used in spring both for calving cows on pads and milkers if required. There is a contract in place to purchase 180T this season.

Additional Feed Purchased

750 bales baleage for wintering and 250-300T PKE.

Supplement made on Farm

Approximately 200 bales of baleage made on farm, depending on season.


The homestead has a brick and roughcast exterior and was extensively renovated in 2001. Open plan kitchen, dining, living area and separate lounge, double glazed windows throughout. Three bedrooms plus office or fourth bedroom, bathroom and laundry. Double attached garage with storage in ceiling space. Heating is by heatpump, nightstore and large Masport Kronos woodburner in living area.

The home is currently being refurbished. Painting is complete and there will be new carpet throughout the house and new curtains in living rooms early in 2022.

Other Homes

Second Home: Low maintenance north facing brick home built 2008. Double glazed windows throughout, open plan kitchen, dining and lounge, bathroom and single attached garage with laundry. Heated by heatpump (new 2018). Corrugated iron roof and another storage shed for motorbikes etc.

Farm Buildings

44 Aside Herringbone dairy shed (extended 2007), 14 metre yard plus concrete entrance (600 cow capacity). DeLaval plant (new 2007), in-shed feeding system (installed July 2018) and 30T silo with vibrator.

Silage Pits and Pads

12m x 20m concrete wall silage bunker, padded clay walls. Can hold 650 wet tonne silage.

Shelter & Trees

Plenty of shelter around farm, trimmed annually as required. Mixture of Blue Gum, Macrocarpa and Pinus Radiata.

Wintered Stock (numbers approx)

510 cows on crop/baleage on farm. 100 cows grazed off farm.

Current Stock

Peak milk 590-599 cows as per consent.

Crop Yield

18-20T Kale and 18-20T precision drilled swedes.

Milk Solids



2021/22: On target for 310,000kg MS.
2020/21: 290,074kg MS ex 599 cows.
2019/20: 274,312kg MS ex 599 cows.
2018/19: 271,285kg MS ex 599 cows.


2022 will push back to 5 August for calving.

Date - Calving

1 Aug 2021

TB Status


Philip Ryan
Philip Ryan

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Paula Laughton

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