One of Australia's largest irrigated and dryland cropping farms up for sale

Toobeah farmer John Norman has decided the time is right to sell. Pic Wayne Pratt Photograpgy.
Toobeah farmer John Norman has decided the time is right to sell. Pic Wayne Pratt Photograpgy.

One of Australia's largest irrigated and dryland cropping operations near Goondiwindi has been offered for sale with expectations for well over $100 million.

The  18,028 hectare "Kalanga" and "Mobandilla" Aggregations, are owned by Norman Farming.

The properties have historically grown about 40,000 bales of cotton each year, consistently yielding in excess of 12 bales per hectare which is well above the industry standard.

Norman Farming is renowned Australia-wide for its cotton production.

Norman Farming is renowned Australia-wide for its cotton production.

The farms have a huge water entitlement with a maximum volumetric limit of 71,170 megalitres as well as on-farm water storages. Norman Farming was the Australian Cotton Grower of the Year in 2010.

"We have been looking to sell for some time," John Norman said. "The recent sale process of the Sustainable Agriculture Fund's farms and the general talk about where farmland values are have encouraged us," he said.

"We think this is the right time to be selling." The Norman family acquired Kalanga in 1981, and the operations have since been expanded through further acquisitions so that they now include about 5000 hectares of highly developed flood irrigation country. "It was hard to tell my son that we are selling because I want him to become a seventh generation farmer but we are not stopping farming. We will look for something new to farm once a sale is complete," Mr Norman said.

CBRE Agribusiness regional director Danny Thomas and senior director Duncan McCulloch have been appointed to oversee the sale via an international expressions of interest campaign.

"The vendors have strategically acquired and developed a first-class asset of international significance," Mr Thomas said. "No expense has been spared in the development of the Aggregations, which has significantly increased their productivity through expansion of land area and redevelopment of irrigation fields as well as the introduction of bankless channel irrigation and efficient water management."

The properties are being offered for sale on a walk in-walk out basis, inclusive of land, water licences, plant and equipment and crops.