South Canterbury farm on the market for the first time in 93 years

A family who have owned the same farm in South Canterbury for 93 years are finally retiring from the historic property.

The Rock Farm, 34km from Timaru, sprawls across 490ha of freehold land, offering a good balance of soil type and contour.

Richard O’Sullivan, Rural Sales Broker with Colliers International, says the farm last changed hands in 1924.

"For nearly a century these farming assets have been continuously developed to the very highest of standards," he says

"Traditionally the property has run an intensive sheep and beef breeding and finishing system, but in more recent years the farming system has moved to utilise the large amounts of quality dry matter grown to graze and finish trading stock.

"The history of the property is reflected in its limestone buildings and mature trees which offer good shelter and aesthetic charm."

O’Sullivan says the contour and development of soil structure and fertility would suit several different farming systems and may include more crops being grown on the flat.

An expansive and well thought out stock water system delivers 21,168 litres per day capacity to approximately 90 paddocks on the property.

There is a full complement of farm buildings, including two homes, a three-stand woolshed, hay barns, implement shed and workshop.

The homestead is an early 1880s home that has been extensively renovated over time.

The Rock Farm was part of the original station known as the Levels Estate. It benefitted hugely from the railway that was completed through to the nearby township of Fairlie in the 1870s enabling easy loading of sheep and cattle. Road transport eventually forced the closure of the rail in 1968.

During the war years cropping increased on the farm but subsequently settled down to a dry stock programme, producing many thousands of fat lambs, prime cattle and bales of wool over the years.

The property was often host to a variety of innovations – one of the first tractors in the area was used on the farm and after the war a Tiger Moth was used to spread super phosphate for clover growth.

O’Sullivan says that given the location, standard of improvements and years of investment in subdivision, stock water infrastructure and fertiliser, The Rock Farm is ready for a new owner to further their farming aspirations and secure a quality investment.

The Rock Farm is for sale by deadline private treaty, closing May 18.

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