13Km East of Katanning
Fronting onto Ranford Road, this land is an excellent mixed farming and conservation site only 10 minutes east of Katanning. The farm is comprised of 3 titles of adjoining blocks with a total area of 386 ha. (approx. 1000 ac).
All upper northern areas and the lower south-eastern block comprising approximately half the area of the farm have been leased to a local farmer on an annual basis for rotational cropping since 2008 while being maintained in exceptional condition with minimal tillage and stubble cover during summer. Power is at the front gate, and scheme water is connected from the Nyabing road to the shearing shed block on Ranford Road.
Over the past ten years the present owners have vastly improved the land, soil and waterways found within these blocks. Working with Katanning Landcare and Blythe nursery, an extensive re-vegetation program has been implemented resulting in a noticeable improvement with a range of land use options for consideration by an interested buyer.
Over 100,000 native species of trees and under-storey plants have been strategically planted, predominantly in lower areas along the Eulyamartup Creek, which runs east through the property, and around the two freshwater sources. There have been no sheep on the property since 2008, reducing impacts on the soil and vegetation. The three sheds near the front gate entrance, including an historic shearing shed, are in good condition.
The annual native species plantings have transformed the farm, providing biodiverse ecosystem services, including salinity management, wildlife corridors, increased insect eating birds, lower wind speeds and presenting opportunities for alternative commercial activity such as selective timber harvesting and sheep agistment. Host acacia species ready for Sandalwood and Quandong plantings, long-term brushwood and timber harvesting and payments for carbon credits are other possible income streams.
Important monitoring data including annual species planting lists, with GPS positions and areas, historical photo sequences to assess revegetation and initial Carbon Credit analysis are available. The leased areas have consistently provided high yields of wheat, barley, canola and legume crops. The higher gravel block has one fresh water soak, and affords stunning panoramic views to the south over the wetland and creek for anyone considering constructing a sustainable house to live in this wonderful region.