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Rural property

Yesterday

Flux towers are used to measure carbon dioxide returning to the soil in real time.

The ‘toolkit’ helping measure carbon capture in real time

Using flux towers and sensors, the technology developed by Queensland University of Technology and Agrimix has the backing of some big industry names.

  • Larry Schlesinger
Wykeham offers more than 1000 ha of pastoral land against the backdrop of the Southern Grampians

Holistic farming couple spend $22m on South Grampians beauty

Wykeham at the foothills of the Grampians was acquired by Anna and Michael Coughlan, who farm according to holistic principles.

  • Larry Schlesinger

This Month

High commodity prices for beef and grains will keep the rural property market buoyant says Elders.

Quarterly fall in rural property prices ‘not the start of a trend’

The median price of a hectare of farmland fell 2.5 per cent in the first three months of 2022, but is not the start of a trend says Elders.

  • Larry Schlesinger
The elevated property neighbours Venman National Park, which supports koala and other native wildlife.

Koala fund beats lifestyle buyers to rural block near Brisbane

The 35 ha vacant rural property at Mount Cotton was sought after by lifestyle buyers, but they missed out, as the Koala Farmland Fund swooped.

  • Larry Schlesinger

June

Simpson Farms has around 850 ha of avocado orchards near Bundaberg.

‘May have to defer rent’: avocado glut hits country’s biggest grower

After revenues plunged and the company sunk deep into the red, Simpsons Farms warned it may not be able to meet its lease obligations.

  • Larry Schlesinger
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Broadacre cropping properties growing things like canola delivered total returns of 39 per cent.

Rising fuel, fertiliser costs to crimp bumper farmland returns

Prime farmland delivered annual returns of 15 pc over the year to March, but increasing headwinds such as the rising cost of fuel could start to crimp them.

  • Larry Schlesinger
The aggregation includes 235 ha of avocado trees.

Avocado aggregation seeks $50m investment partner

The aggregation, put together by Avocados Australia vice-chairman Daryl Boardman, includes 43,000 mostly Hass trees and a packaging business.

  • Larry Schlesinger
Some farming investments are returning less than risk-free bonds.

Farming yields fall below value of government bonds

Surging capital values and stagnant rents have taken their toll on the sector, according to valuation firm Herron Todd White.

  • Larry Schlesinger
A multi-pronged strategy: Gunn Agri execs Daniel Hough, Alan Hoppe and Bradley Wheaton at The Watermark property.

CEFC-backed farming fund to regenerate former coal mine site

The Transforming Farming Platform will grow summer and winter crops, graze livestock and sequester carbon across the 6000ha property.

  • Larry Schlesinger
ADAF’s portfolio includes livestock properties in Blackall, in outback Queensland.

Agri fund manager targets SMSFs for $120m beef and sheep expansion

AAM is seeking to raise $60m to buy 40,000 head of cattle and grazing properties for its diversified fund, which is delivering 18pc total returns.

  • Larry Schlesinger

May

Cawarra had been held by the Peacock family since the 1960s.

Prized WA farming aggregation sold to locals for $32.4m

High commodity prices drove WA farmers to acquire all four parcels of Peacock family’s mixed-farming aggregation at Gairdner in the Great Southern region

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  • Larry Schlesinger
Codrilla was never used for mining by Peabody.

Former Rich Lister Jim Gorman pays $27m for Peabody cattle farm

The property known as Codrilla was never mined by Peabody Energy, who sold it as a large-scale cattle fattening and breeding property to Jim Gorman.

  • Larry Schlesinger
Hume Forests, in southern NSW, has been owned by a Global Forest Partners fund since 2004.

Timberrrrrrrrrrr! Global Forests ready to unload NSW assets, Resolute hired

The forestry investment giant appears poised to harvest another big Australian asset, this time calling in advisers to sell some of its holdings in New South Wales. 

  • Anthony Macdonald, Sarah Thompson and Kanika Sood
Withcott provies vegetable seedlings for many of the country’s biggest growers

London PE firm takes charge of Toowoomba seedling farm

ADM Capital has acquired a majority stake in Withcott Seedlings, one of Australia’s biggest growers of vegetable seedlings.

  • Larry Schlesinger
Lorray includes 5km of Burneet River frontage.

Local farmers snap up $23m of cattle properties at auction

There were multiple bidders on large grazing properties from Rockhampton to Condobolin over April as more than $23m of grazing country sold.

  • Larry Schlesinger
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Pine Hill Dairy is about 100 km east of Melbourne in West Gippsland.

Logistics boss puts Victorian dairy farm up for sale

Pine Hill dairy in West Gippsland is being offered for sale by Mike Shannon, founder of trucking and logistics firm Kings Transport.

  • Larry Schlesinger
The national median price of a hectare of farmland is up 123 per cent in eight years.

Farmland price growth to moderate after 20pc surge last year

The median price of farmland increased 20pc in 2021, the highest level of growth in 16 years, but will moderate this year as rates and inflation rise.

  • Larry Schlesinger
David Goodfellow: Values of livestock properties are starting to surge

Surging farmland a ‘good hedge’ against inflation: CBRE agribusiness

CBRE agribusiness managing director David Goodfellow says rising inflation and interest rates won’t hurt farmland values. In fact, it’s the opposite.

  • Larry Schlesinger
Hyperion Asset Management chairman Tim Samway sees cattle and carbon farming as a winning combination.

‘Aussie carbon credits heading for $US100’

Packhorse Pastoral has snapped up the Moolan Downs aggregation for $42 million as part of plans to create one of the country’s biggest carbon farming plays.

  • Larry Schlesinger

April

Josef Chromy Wines includes 110ha of vines and capacity for further plantings.

Endeavour, Warakirri snap up Tassie winery Josef Chromy for $55m

The price paid for the Launceston-based winery is one of the highest ever paid for a single wine brand, said Nick Butler who brokered the deal.

  • Larry Schlesinger