Glenlee a distinctive and highly productive 756 hectare (or 1874 acres held in twelve titles) property in the Ararat district is being offered for Sale by Tender with offers to be lodged via the Rodwells Ruralco Property Stawell offices closing on Thursday 12 October at 4 pm.
The property at 1197 Tatyoon Road Langi Logan is about 12 kilometres south of the rural city of Ararat (population about 8,500).
Glenlee has been held by the vendor Hinchliffe family since 1862.
Now farmed by the sixth generation of the family the proposed sale is to facilitate a realisation and distribution of the family farming assets.
The property has been used throughout history as a highly successful cropping and livestock operation most notably for fat lamb production.
It has been established over time as an easy to manage property with a highly effective fencing subdivision into 37 paddocks with a laneway system, established attractive tree lines and shelter belts, with water in every paddock.
Comprising essentially a basalt plateau of undulating hills and flat country Glenlee is judged to be ninety percent arable with an established mix of permanent pastures to provide livestock with the best quality feed all year round.
Significant investment has also been made in the water supply that with watering points in each of the paddocks allowing a rotational grazing plan to be implemented.
A variety of grain, hay and legume fodder crops have also been grown for supplementary feeding with a carrying capacity estimated at 3,500 to 4,000 ewes and their lambs without the need for supplementary feeding.
In consequence, the fat lamb production grazes on nutritious mixed grass and forage pastures at low stocking rates.
This practice is effectively a low stress, free range management philosophy and with excellent genetic selection has led to animals of outstanding nutrition density, flavour and tenderness as evidenced by the Wild Lamb brand.
The physical improvements on Glenlee are also substantial with two homes and extensive farming infrastructure including woolshed and machinery sheds and extensive silo capacity for storage.
The main homestead is a four bedroom brick building attractively sited in an award-winning garden with all services and affording a dramatic panorama of the Grampians to the north.
The second home is the original Victorian style timber homestead of character also with four bedrooms and all services.
But it is the value adding business opportunity in the production of the Grampians ‘Wild Lamb’ business that is sure to attract interest.
In recent years the Hinchliffe family at Glenlee along with five other family owned farms in the western district of Victoria have produced the feedstock for the award-winning Grampians Wild Lamb brand.
Grampians Wild Lamb can be purchased by the consumer online with markets including major metropolitan retail butcher shops, as well as leading restaurant clients.
Each of the participating family farms supplies appropriately graded prime lambs, in the case of Glenlee upwards of 2,500 head annually, that are processed and packed for the market at the Koallah Farm abattoir and processing facilities established by the Castle family near Camperdown.
The Koallah Farm facilities are a fully accredited and integrated boutique abattoir that enables its suppliers to control their own supply chain using their animal production that is grown the way nature intended.
Further they are not transported long distances, are processed respectfully, butchered and packed in house and delivered direct to the trade or the public as consumers.
Craig Hinchliffe who manages Glenlee on behalf of his family says that participating in Grampians Wild Lamb branding has also enabled a number of costs to be taken out of the supply chain to increase the gross return to the farmer suppliers as a value-added outcome.
“Grampians Wild Lamb producer accreditation provides an additional market option when considering whether to sell sheep, hoggets or lambs to the local processors in Ararat, Stawell or Colac, or to major livestock saleyards in Ballarat, Hamilton or Horsham, all of which are within easy reach”.
“The Grampians Wild Lamb group is an informal alliance between six highly committed and professional family farm producers of premium fat lambs and the opportunity is for the purchaser of Glenlee to retain or even expand their participation in what is effectively a direct to market process for their production.
“Wild Lamb is in a strong growth pattern and there is clearly a scenario when this type of branded product direct to market chain can continue to grow and expand.”
The Tender offer of Glenlee is being conducted via the Stawell branch office of Rodwells Ruralco Property.
The Ruralco Rodwells manager Max Brown says the Tender offer of Glenlee is creating a unique agribusiness and farming opportunity.
“Firstly, the property is attractively sited being about 185 kms from Melbourne and close to Ballarat in a district that is strong with a long established farming culture with all services available.
“Secondly, Glenlee offers magnificent exposure and wonderful views to the Grampian ranges while the rich volcanic soils, climate and landforms of this farm are naturally suited to the sheep and cropping enterprises that are conducted on the property.
“The forward plan envisages a lift towards 3,500 premium fat lambs annually to be supplied into the Grampians Wild Lamb production and marketing chain where consumer demand for one hundred percent free range, pasture fed meat that is hormone and antibody free will continue to expand.
“I am inviting interested farmers, businessmen and corporate investors to obtain all the information on the Glenlee tender offer by contacting myself on 0429 854 772.
“They will need to recognise that the anticipated investment to participate in this exceptional agribusiness and freehold farming opportunity will be in excess of $6 million”.
For a copy of the Information memorandum, a fourteen page brochure, or the opportunity to inspect contact Rodwells Ruralco Stawell on 03 5358 1068 or agents Max Brown on 0429 854 772 or Kirsty Keightley on 0418 328 813.