VICTORIA WEST: Economically viable Karoo farm with quality infrastructure
Situated in the midst of a sought-after area between Victoria West and Richmond, this particular 7,688-hectare fully operational farm is known for its size, abundance of irrigation water, topography that facilitates easy farming, and well-preserved veldt with a wide variety of typical Karoo vegetation.
The farm consists of 3 adjacent title deeds. This area is well-known for the production of excellent quality mutton, lamb, wool and beef.
The five-bedroom homestead boasts 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. An AGA stove in kitchen keeps the home cosy in winter and air-conditioning conveniently installed throughout the house cools it all down at the height of summer. There is a fireplace, and two braai areas, indoor as well as outside. All finishes are in good repair. Tones of nature, echoing the natural surroundings, give depth and warmth to the spacious manor that offers an authentic, yet luxurious, Karoo experience. The double garage and all other buildings are in good repair.
From the stoep you can soak up the Karoo atmosphere while enjoying a panoramic view over the hills in the distance. After a day of activities, the quiet of the night, surrounded by nature, enhances peaceful evenings for sipping wine over dinner with family and friends.
Farming facilities comprise of a shearing shed, sheep - and cattle handling facilities with loading dock, lambing facilities, garage, workshop, storage sheds, fodder storage shed with hammer mill as well as 4 labourer houses. 3 Phase Eskom power supply as well as 5 kW solar system with inverter are available.
The farm is well-planned, with 24 inner camps together with smaller camps, and various sets of sheep handling facilities. All the infrastructure, including the roads, windmills, solar pumps and fences are well-maintained and in good repair.
Drinking water is obtained from windmills, and solar pumps are positioned strategically all over the farm supplying ample drinking water to at least 2 water troughs per camp.
There is enough water and quality soil for expanding the current 12 hectares under irrigation by 2 Agrico pivots. Another 3 hectares are planted with lucerne and irrigated by permanent sprayers. The water usage rights for the irrigation are registered.
The vegetation and topography are diverse. Due to proper veldt management and conservative grazing practices applied over many years, the veldt is in near-pristine condition. A large section is flooded after good rains, (vloed leegtes), which substantially increases the carrying capacity.
With an annual summer rainfall of 250 mm, the long-term grazing capacity norm of the pristine veldt is 1:24 LSU or 1,922 small stock. The seasonal streams flow after heavy rainfall.
The perimeter fencing is electrified jackal-proof and in good repair. Kudu and Springbuck roam across the whole farm.
This well-established livestock farm offers the opportunity to continue an economically viable farming operation that lends itself to retain successful production units.
Farms of this size and nature are seldomly offered for sale in this area.
The seller is a VAT vendor and, if the purchaser is also a VAT vendor, this sale could be a 0% VAT transaction.
This farm is offered at R22,000,000.00, excluding VAT, livestock, game, and farming equipment. About 2,700 Merino ewes, together various farming equipment, are also for sale at market-related prices.