Kaikoura farm a chance to invest in NZ's world-leading venison market
New Zealand is the number one source of farm-raised venison worldwide and with such international demand, interest is expected to be strong in well-known large deer farm being sold near Kaikoura in the South Island.
Set on Inland Road, 30 minutes from Kaikoura, Stone Jug is a high-end 1,290ha freehold property that runs deer and cattle, supporting approximately 11,500 stock units.
The highly regarded farm is being marketed by Shane O’Brien and Richard O’Sullivan of Colliers International Rural and Agribusiness. It is for sale by deadline private treaty, closing April 19.
O’Brien says the property is well balanced with impressive production and performance credentials built on strong genetics and pasture development.
“This is a proven and highly regarded farming location that also has the benefit of hunting, fishing and agri-tourism opportunities all on the farm’s doorstep on the Alpine Pacific Triangle," O'Brien says.
“Comprising well developed flats that are complemented by about 200ha of spray irrigation, there are easy downs through to steeper hill, all with well-developed access and a high standard of fencing.
"Boasting an excellent farming history, Stone Jug has a high standard of pastures and fertility with more tahn 100ha cultivated annually.
“Stone Jug is offered for genuine sale as a going concern and has all the hallmarks of being a landmark farming opportunity."
The farm comprises 59 main deer paddocks, two medium hill blocks, three native hill blocks and five river terrace blocks.
O’Sullivan says there is very good all-weather access to all parts of the property, allowing easy stock movements all year round. All the hill blocks and river terraces have good tracked vehicle access.
With the addition of irrigation, the property reliably grows large areas of productive grass species, lucerne and fodder crops annually. The developed 550ha and two fenced hill blocks are predominantly used for carrying all the deer, while the beef herd uses the back hill country.
“This reliability of feed and ability to rotationally graze all classes of deer stock means the property fully utilises the deer improvement genetics,” O’Sullivan says.
A large new homestead is about to be completed and there is also a three-bedroom cottage, workers accommodation plus large deer and cattle handling facilities and a full array of farm buildings.
Deer farming is relatively young compared towiththe rest of New Zealand agriculture. Now entering its third generation, the first licence was issued in 1970. Today around 2,000 farmers farm about one million deer, according to Deer Industry New Zealand and Statistics NZ.
New Zealand exports an array of products derived from farmed deer including hides and deer leather and deer velvet. Germany is the biggest export market, followed by the US, Belgium and the Netherlands.
“With such a strong focus on the New Zealand deer industry and such a bright future ahead of it, Stone Jug is perfectly poised to take advantage of our growing international reputation,” O’Brien says.
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