Farm for Sale
A very productive farm with a high carrying capacity, well-developed infrastructure and ideally suited to the raising of cattle, sheep and Angora goats. The veld is in a highly improved state with a very good species composition. With Holistic Management the farm has previously been farmed with over 200 cattle, 64 calves and 1,500 Merino sheep to make up 470 LSU – the figures are to hand on request. The property is aesthetically appealing with towering cliffs over a pristine mountain “forest” with a clear stream of fountain water and magnificent views from both the plateau and the homestead. With advanced care and management and an innate quality of ‘sweet’ veld this property fattens its sale stock without irrigated lands.
LOCATION: Approx. 35 km west of Graaff-Reinet
SIZE: ± 3,037 ha
CARRYING CAPACITY: ± 8 hectares per Large Stock Unit (Total: 380 LSU’s)
ANNUAL RAINFALL: ± 300 mm on the plains, 450 mm on the slopes and 700 mm on the plateau.
VEGETATION: The soil type varies from sandy soil on the plains to shale on lower mountain slopes to dolerite based soil on upper slopes and on the plateau.
INFRASTRUCTURE: The fencing and water provision is in a good state of development with 64 camps in 8 wagon-wheels enabling a very high production management system. Stock handing facilities include 4 sets of sheep kraals and 1 set of cattle kraals. The road network, pipelines, reservoirs, troughs, and fencing is all in reasonable order
WATER SUPPLY: Stock waters are supplied by fountains, bore-holes, (with gravity pipelines & reservoirs where needed) and many small earth dams. A diesel engine (with a back-up engine) on the main fountain pumps water to the plateau in dry seasons. This fountain also supplies the lower areas, staff cottages and farmhouse via JoJo tanks and a gravity pipeline. Two solar pumps and five windmills also provide water for part of the plains.
BUILDINGS: The circa 1940’s 3 bedroom and 2 bathroom farmhouse has recently been extensively renovated and an adjoining newly constructed annex contains 1 bedroom, a bathroom and laundry. Other buildings include a new steel 150 m2 storage and vehicle shed, a shearing shed, workshop, storerooms and three staff cottages.
POWER: A new stand-alone solar power system consisting of 15 solar-panels, 24 x 2 volt deep cycle batteries, a charge controller and a Victron Energy “pure sign” smart inverter convert the 48 volts of DC power to 220 volts AC power providing 10 kW during the day and 5 kW at night with 2 days battery backup. A heat pump with a back-up element provides hot water for the house. A back-up 7 kW generator with a manual change-over switch is also connected to the system. The staff cottages are independently supplied with solar lighting and geysers.