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Optimum Scale Dairy Unit

Located in the reliable dairying area of Aparima, 37km to Winton and 64km to Invercargill, this farm features an ideal rectangle shape with attractive trees and shelter across the property. The farm comprises 222 hectares with an excellent wide internal race system and feature infrastructure includes a 56 bail rotary cowshed with in-shed feeding, Protrack, ACRs and a large circular yard. There are three houses on the property making the overall infrastructure sufficient for a farm of this size. The five year production average is 240,467kg MS from circa 560 cows peak milked but produced 286,000kg MS under a different management system in the 2013/2014 season.

The effluent system is currently being upgraded and will be in place by the settlement date. Water and effluent consents have been extended until 2029 for 700 cows.

The farm has genuine production upside subject to the new purchaser's farm management and input system. This is a great opportunity to purchase an optimum scale dairy unit with excellent cowshed and good farm infrastructure in the Aparima District.

Land Area

222 ha

Nearest Town

Nightcaps, 9km. Otautau, 13km. Winton, 37km.

Primary School

Nightcaps School, 9km.

Secondary School

Central Southland College, 37km.

Freezing Works

Alliance Lorneville, 54km.


Lorneville, 55km.

Dairy Supplier and Company Number

Fonterra, supply #34907.

Present Condition ( areas approx):

There is approximately 11.5 hectares in fodder beet for the winter of 2022. 2.5ha will be grazed in the autumn and used for transitioning cows pre winter. Balance of farm is in permanent pasture and has had good regrassing history.

Contour Description:

The farm is predominately flat with some gentle contour at the eastern end.



Soil Types:

Majority of Aparima and Pukemutu, small amount of Makarewa soils.

Average Rainfall



Some docks. There is an annual maintenance program in place.

Walking Distance to Shed

Longest circa 1.6km.

Water Supply

There is a bore at cowshed and the bore at the western end of farm feeds the dairy shed for wash down and all stock water. The water take is for two litres per second with 84 cubic metres per day between 1st August and 31st May. Between 1st June and 1st August, consent is 10.5 cubic metres per day. Consent expires in 31st May 2029. 40mm mainline to 1,000 litre troughs in each paddock.


The current effluent system is part way through being reconstructed. Once completed this season, the effluent will be gravity fed from the cowshed to new sludge beds for separation by way of weeping wall. RDA Consulting are overseeing this project.

The effluent application area on the farm is 113 hectares and all the farm is in ES appendix map area. Application is by way of low rate pods and travelling irrigator.

The discharge permit is for 700 cows and expires in May 2029.


Fertiliser is applied in line with Ballance recommendations. Soils test are on file.

Access & Roads

Very good road access with simple rectangle shape, three road frontages being Waikouro-Wairio Road, Woodlaw Road, Otautau-Nightcaps Road. Good internal wide race system with excellent base.

The low usage Ohai railway line runs through the property with two lane crossings over the railway line.

Additional Feed Purchased

Last three years between 60-80 tonne of in-shed feeding to milking cows.

Supplement made on Farm

130 bales of baleage and 94 tonne of silage.


The main home is an older large roughcast home with five bedrooms. There has been a new kitchen installed. Open plan kitchen/dining area and separate lounge. One bathroom with toilet, separate laundry. Heating is by wood burner and heatpump. Aluminium and wooden windows. Larger single garage.

Other Homes

Second home (rapid 870): Brick three bedroom permanent material with aluminium windows and single garage. Open plan kitchen/dining living. One bathroom and toilet with laundry.

Third home (rapid 836): Brick three bedroom permanent material with aluminium windows and separate two bay shed for parking. Open plan kitchen/dining living and conservatory. One bathroom and toilet with laundry.

Farm Buildings

Well appointed 56 bail rotary cowshed with Protrack, ACRs and in-shed feeding. There is a circular yard with backing gate and double load-out ramp to side of the yard. Good lane access flows into cowshed yard.

There are covered yards set up for calf rearing and separate calf shed. Two implement sheds are based in this hub of buildings with some smaller storage sheds.

At western end of farm there is an older woolshed and covered yards with four bay implement shed and four bay haybarn.

Farm Chattels (Plant & Machinery)

Grain silos, electric fence units, effluent system, plant and equipment as provided in a 56 bail rotary shed.

Shelter & Trees

Well-maintained and attractive shelter plantings throughout the farm.

Wintered Stock (numbers approx)

Management plan is to winter circa 610 cows. Approximately 120-160 cows wintered on farm depending on season.

Current Stock

As at January 2022, there were 570 cows being milked.


2021/22: 255,000kg MS ex 570 cows peak milk was budget, has been revised 233,000kg MS.
2020/21: 236,181kg MS ex 568 cows peak milk.
2019/20: 240,489kg MS ex 568 cows peak milk.
2018/19: 243,089kg MS ex 547 cows peak milk.
2017/18: 246,346kg MS ex 550 cows peak milk.
2016/17: 236,233kg MS ex 550 cows.


10th August.

Stock & Plant

The Friesian cross herd is very well recorded with significant investment in breeding and will be available for purchase subject to valuation.

Number of Staff

Contract milker.

TB Status


Hayden McCallum
Hayden McCallum

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