MOST likely to turn heads because of its large area for the region, this beautiful property offers a great opportunity for the discerning buyer, due to the hard work, planning, maintenance and land care undertaken over many years by the Hewson family.
Consisting of two parcels, 'Pillinwaberup' and 'Old Mobrup and Girraween farm', this property of 4528.8ha has solely been operated as a cattle enterprise for the past 20 or so years.
It offers buyers excellent diversity as the high quality country is also suited to running sheep, and broadacre cropping.
Having not had a crop sown on Pillinwaberup and Old Mobrup for about 30 years, and 15 years for Girraween, it's a fair assumption that the country would naturally have minimal chemical resistance.
In terms of operating a cropping enterprise, this property is ideally suited to grow wheat, barley, oats lupins, canola and other legume cultivars.
(Pillinwaberup) also has a second three-bedroom, one-bathroom house which would provide excellent accommodation for workers.
For the past 18 months, the farm has been very conservatively stocked with numbers similar to the recent herd of 2000 Angus breeders plus calves, 300 replacement heifers and 100 bulls.
In the early years the farm was mostly utilised for running sheep with some cattle.
Around the early 1990s, it ran as many as 30,000 Merino sheep and some cattle - a testament to its exceptional productivity.
As the wool and sheep market declined in the 1990s more cattle were introduced, which for the past 20 years, have been the prime income avenue.
To complement the farm's gently hilly to gently undulating topography, the country is mostly open with a number of creek lines running throughout.
Soil types on the farm are regarded as some of the highest quality in the Jingalup and Mobrup areas, with an excellent spread and balance across the property.
The majority of the soils are comprised of loams, granite loams and gravel loams, and red gum country on Pillinwaberup, Old Mobrup and Girraween.
The original timber consisted of mainly red gum, white gum, jarrah and flooded gum.
These properties are considered to be drought-proof as the farm is well watered with a vast array of dams, many of which are strategically located for rainwater to be utilised for stock, spraying, domestic use and sheds.
Records dating back to about 50 years give an average annual rainfall of about 550 millimetres.
As at the middle of October, the farm had received 476mm so far for the year, which the owners said was lower than normal but it hadn't had much of an impact due to the perfect timing of the rains and the property being understocked.
The owners have put a great deal of work into the property, conducting extensive landcare over the years including attention given to drainage, pasture management and the dams.
Pillinwaberup, Jingalup is the home block of the farm, measuring 2211ha and the first lot was taken up by the Hewson family in 1936.
It's believed that the name of this parcel was derived from an Aboriginal word, meaning 'having fun in the place of water', named after the creek which flows through the property.
Old Mobrup was added in 1990 and Girraween, which neighbours Old Mobrup, was purchased in 2001.
The owners present these well-setup properties as cleared and suitable for livestock and cropping production including some areas of landcare and pastured landcare.
Pillinwaberup has an extensive list of infrastructure including the main six-bedroom, three-bathroom homestead which is surrounded by an enchanting garden with a below-ground swimming pool and tennis court.
This parcel also has a second three-bedroom, one-bathroom house which would provide excellent accommodation for workers, as well as some quarters which are in fair condition.
Farming infrastructure comprises a steel framed 9.1 metre x 7.6m workshop with Colorbond walls and fully enclosed concrete floor; two machinery sheds of 7.3m x 4m and 11.6m x 4.6m; 15.2m x 7.6m steel fertiliser shed with a sliding roof and concrete floor and walls and capacity of 150 tonnes; a six-stand 24.4m x 21.3m shearing shed with a 12.2m x 15.2m lean-to; and an additional two 24.4m x 21.3m shearing sheds.
Stockyards include one set of 2000-head wooden sheep yards, and two sets of 300-head cattle yards (one set is in excellent condition and is of a steel frame and panels and the other is constructed of wood, mesh and steel in sound workable condition).
Grain or feed storage is catered to with three 81.6t silos with are in sound condition.
Water storage comprises four 90,000 litre concrete tanks for domestic use and two 50,000L tanks for stock and the gardens.
Old Mobrup and Girraween, Mobrup, comprises 2317.8ha, also has an extensive list of quality infrastructure.
There is one homestead to each of the blocks on this parcel including a four-bedroom, one-bathroom home on Old Mobrup and a three-bedroom, two-bathroom residence at Girraween.
The outbuildings include a 9.1m x 6.1m steel and timber framed, fully enclosed workshop with a zincalume roof and walls; 21.3m x 9.1m as new steel framed and zincalume machinery shed; two fertiliser sheds of 18.3m x 9.1 (concrete floor and walls and zincalume construction) and 15.2m x 7.6m (concrete floor and walls and steel build); a six-stand 18.3m x 18.3m shearing shed of timber, steel and zincalume construction; as well as two older four-stand shearing sheds and numerous other sheds.
There are two sets of cattle yards on Old Mobrup and another set at Girraween which are in excellent condition, as well as three sets of sheep yards which are in fair condition.
Each lot has an 81.6t silo for grain or feed storage and a 75.7 kilolitre concrete rainwater tank.
Shire rates for the property as a whole are about $40,000 per annum, about $20,000pa for Pillinwaberup and $19,000pa for Old Mobrup and Girraween.
Pillinwaberup is 32 kilometres south west of Kojonup and 164km north of Albany.
It is strategically situated on Hillier Road which leads off from Kojonup-Frankland Road.
Also coming off Kojonup-Frankland Road, Old Mobrup and Girraween is 42km south west of Kojonup and 160km from Albany with frontage to Keston Road, Forrester Road, Furniss Loop, Mobrup South Road and Mobrup Road.
This is certainly a rare opportunity to secure such a large scale property presented to high standards that is within the Kojonup shire.
Even more so, to find a property that is well regarded for livestock production and likely to have limited chemical resistance for cropping is certainly an exciting opportunity for farmers seeking mixed enterprise farmland in the Great Southern.
Pillinwaberup, and Old Mobrup and Girraween are offered for sale as a whole or in two parcels through expressions of interest by formal offer, closing Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 4pm if not sold prior.
- For more information about this outstanding farm, contact Neville Tutt at email@example.com or call 0419 193 500.