MEANDARRA property Darlington Downs is being sold to finalise a family estate.
Darlington Downs was taken up by the Cover family in 1938. The quality softer brigalow/belah scrub country has been passed onto the six descendants of Ken and Joyce Cover.
Located 22km south of Meandarra, the property is described as ready for further development and totals 1990 hectares (4916 acre) in two freehold titles.
Darlington Downs will be auctioned in Meandarra on November 24.
The property is described as well grassed with a mixture of buffell, blue grass, and other natives as well as marine couch grass in the melon holes. It is also capable of growing a variety of seasonal herbage.
Each paddock has good shade lines, indicating the quality country and some smaller areas of broadleaf Ironbark ridge for both livestock shelter and as a reliable water catchment.
Some regrowth control and timber management is required, varying from light raking to sucker control with blade or pellet. However, the majority of the country is marked white on vegetation maps.
Water is supplied from eight dams, including three equipped dams. The annual rainfall is considered to be about 575mm.
The fences are described as a combination of hinge-joint netting barb and plain with steel and timber posts, in fair, stock proof condition. The boundary is considered stock proof.
Structural improvements include a three bedroom bedroom HardiPlank home in fair condition and a older, original weatherboard home. The property requires a new set of cattle yards, with the existing old set relying on portable panels to handle and load stock. There is a workable four stand shearing shed with sheep yards.
The property has recently been running a mix of sheep and cattle and is estimated to run 400-500 adult equivalents in season. At present there are about 100 breeders and just under 1000 sheep. Stocking numbers could be increased with pasture development. Some areas were cultivation about 30 years ago.
Marketing agent Contact Clayton Smith, Elders, said Darlington Downs was a versatile property with strong brigalow/belah soil types ranging from grey/brown to red.
“These fertile soils are conducive to breeding and or fattening livestock and also well suited to growing both cash and fodder crops,” Mr Smith said.
“The property is considered to be strategically well located with good roads to Toowoomba, Roma, Dalby and Goondiwindi cattle markets.
“Certainly this presents a truly rare opportunity to acquire a block in the premium Meandarra/Inglestone district.”
Contact Clayton Smith, 0428 878 523, Elders.