Farm in Port Elizabeth Central

R 13 800 000

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Farm in Port Elizabeth Central

R 13 800 000

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This farm is located on the picturesque and well maintained Elandsrivier road approximately 43km from Rocklands and well within the magical 100km radius of Port Elizabeth.

This farm is located on the picturesque and well maintained Elandsrivier road approximately 43km from Rocklands and well within the magical 100km radius of Port Elizabeth.

Size

Made up of 1 consolidated title, the farm is approximately 860ha in extent.

Description

The bulk of the properties along this stretch of the valley have been cut to incorporate a chunk of the fertile valley itself and then a stretch of the magnificent Stinkhoutberg Mountains that precede the Baviaans range. This farm is no different with it stretching back from the main gravel road to include a magnificent fertile basin followed by a series of rolling hills intersected by 3 deep valleys before it climbs steeply up the Southern side of the Stinkhoutberg reaching the top of the ridge at one point. In terms of change in elevation the propertys lowest point is +- 390m above sea level whereas the highest point is a towering 880m. One of many interesting features is Tafelberg (575m), located along the Eastern boundary and which as the name suggests is this perfectly formed table top mountain.

The intensive agricultural potential in the valley, coupled with the dramatic topography and unspoilt wilderness encompassed by the mountain section offer the best of both, with something to satisfy both the farmer and adventurer.

Veld types

Over time, almost the entire stretch of the Elandsrivier valley has been put to the plough. Aerial pictures show the intensive patterns of contoured lands exploiting all but the most inaccessible spots of this fertile stretch of land. Approximately 300h of this property has been developed in the same way with all available fertile land having been extensively contoured. It is currently obvious here, that these lands have still been worked as the lands are very clean with little sign of encroachment. While these lands have historically been planted to wheat, sorghum and oats, the current owner has developed these dry lands into perennial pastures in order to improve the livestock carrying capacity and soil fertility. The established dry land pastures on these sections are mostly Mooirivier mixture which is comprised of Smuts finger (Digitaria eriantha), Rhodes grass (Chloris gayana) and Small buffalo grass (Panicum coloratum). Rooigras (Themeda triandra) grows on those pieces of ground that have escaped the plough, with a blend of Cynodon and Eragrostis Curvula on the disturbed ground. The above pastures are well managed and supplemented by the substantial amount of existing irrigation mentioned below, this elevates the carrying capacity here to 340 LSU i.e. +-2.5ha 1 LSU as an average across the entire spectrum of veld types and land usage on the farm. (Note this carrying capacity is under normal rainfall conditions and therefore not applicable during the current drought conditions see current figures under the Livestock heading).

Climbing out of the valley and into the Southern most mountain sections, the grass species change quite abruptly. While the Themeda was still present in healthy densities, the default grasses found were Aristidas with the odd tuft of Merxmuella. The Rooigras provides good summer grazing to both small and large livestock.

There is evidence of a good covering of indigenous bush in the 3 valleys and smaller drainage lines and there is also limited wattle encroachment as well. The latter is still at a stage where it could be managed.

Rainfall / water

The farm falls in a transition rainfall area, with an annual average of approximately 600mm / annum. Currently the farm has three fairly large earth dams which are registered for irrigation purposes and have the following water capacity: 250 000 cubes, 80 000 cubes and 15 000 cubes. The two smallest of these dams are linked by a short furrow and both are in turn linked to the largest dam (345m in length X 150m wide) by a long furrow of approximately 1900m in length. There are also another 4 smaller earth dams on the farm and one of these is of fair size and is gravity fed by a 50mm pipeline which draws water from a spring situated above the largest dam. There are a total of 5 fountains or springs on the farm and 4 of these feed dams with the 5th one being near to Tafelberg and it feeds a small earth dam there.

The registered earth dams gravity irrigate a total of 30ha as follows: a 13ha pivot situated on a slope towards the western part of the farm and then a 12ha plus a 5ha block of permanent irrigation at the bottom of the valley. Note the pivot does have a variable speed drive which helps keep the rotation speed constant across the top/elevated section and this is facilitated by a 15kva electric pump but the rest of the pivot is gravity fed. Couple this irrigation to the above mentioned carrying capacity and you have a very viable stock farming unit. Another huge plus factor pertaining to this farm is the planned development of a 30ha citrus orchard which will soon become a reality (end 2017). All the preliminary studies have already been completed such as the soil sampling and analysis as well as the soil profiling and the results were favourable indicating that the soil is suitable for both citrus and avocadoes. This project forms part of a joint venture with a nearby large citrus producer/pack house which will provide the necessary input costs as well as the management aspect therefore which leaves any new prospective owner with a lucrative passive income.

Basic summary of the farms water reticulation:

Firstly 125mm pipeline gravity feeds the 13ha pivot (see above re the variable speed drive) plus the 5ha block of permanent irrigation from the dams located near the Western boundary. There is a 50mm T from this same 125mm pipeline which supplies water to the main house and staff houses.

Secondly a 160mm reduced to a 125mm pipeline gravity feeds water from the largest dam which is located in the central valley and this supplies the 12ha of permanent irrigation plus it is also earmarked to supply the water requirements of the proposed 30ha of citrus.

Thirdly, all of the camps on the farm have at least one water point in the form of drinking troughs/earth dams.

Lastly as discussed above there is the 50mm pipeline feeding the one dam.

There is no need for boreholes on this property since there is ample surface water as per above.

Game species

The valleys and drainage lines are home to a fair density of bushbuck, and some of which seemed totally habituated in that they are at times relatively unfazed by human presence. I was also able to find sign of common duiker and what Im sure was Cape Grysbok. While I never ventured too far up there, I can guarantee that the mountain section would be home to a number of mountain reedbuck and klipspringer. Lastly, while kudu are not necessarily considered resident on the farm they most certainly do move through the property on a regular basis.

Livestock excluded from the asking price but can be negotiated on separately.

The current owner is presently faming with 600 dohne merino ewes, 130 maiden ewes plus there are 17 rams (it is envisaged to push the sheep numbers to 800-1000 once the drought conditions are broken). As far as cattle are concerned there are 147 head of Registered Tulis (note the total was 180 but 33 animals were recently sold off). The current split on the Tuli herd is as follows: 70 cows, 37 heifers, 3 stud bulls, 15 x 2015 bulls, 12 x 2016 bulls and 10 calves at foot.

Improvements

It is obvious that considerable effort has been lavished on keeping the main house and surrounding outbuildings well maintained. The main house has a wrap around verandah and its set in a beautifully manicured garden with lots of mature indigenous trees. There is also a swimming pool located in the yard plus a nearby braai spot.

The main house has 4 bedrooms (main ensuite), 2 bathrooms, a large well fitted kitchen (open plan), two lounges and each has its own fireplace and while the one lounge opens into the kitchen the second lounge opens into the large dining area and entrance hall. Flooring is a mixture of wooden flooring (3 of the 4 bedrooms and the passage) plus tiles and this all adds the final touch to what is a very neat and spacious farm house.

Behind the kitchen/backdoor is a rondawel which has a storeroom at the one end and a laundry at the other. Another nearby outbuilding, which is a long rectangle, has a double garage on the front end and a very large office/study area in the middle and then a storeroom/workshop at the back.

The farm also has a large shearing shed with garaging for farm vehicles/implements and with inter-leading storerooms and a cold room. There is also a 2nd shed/storeroom which is used to store feed.

There is an old cottage on the farm which would need some TLC before being habitable.

The staff compliment consists of 3 guys and 2 ladies (domestic and gardener) and housing is provided for in 3 labourers cottages.

The boundary fencing as well as the internal camps all appear to be intact and of a good standard. As far as camps are concerned then the following totals apply: 6 irrigation camps, 8 dryland camps and 7 veld camps.

Stock handling facilities include: a sheep kraal and plunge dip tank plus a cattle race and neck camp. There is also a loading ramp at the kraal.

The farm is supplied with 3 phase electricity and the average monthly usage is R2000.

Conclusion

This farms high carrying capacity, coupled with the irrigation mentioned above, translates into the fact that it can be run as a very viable and rewarding unit. The project involving citrus production will only catapult the incoming earning potential as citrus is a real money spinner based on current market prices. The house and nearby outbuildings are neat, and with the mountains, hills and low lying portions the farm offers a diversity of scenery and topography that should appeal to most. Add to this the fact that it borders onto the Stinkhoutberg Nature reserve, is a stones throw away from Baviaanskloof, and yet still within comfortable reach of P.E. I feel this makes it a best of both for most people. The Elandsrivier Valley is a popular choice amongst farmers and I can state with confidence that this property is the top property in the valley. The owner is VAT registered and the property can, by negotiation be taken over as a going concern.

Price R 13 800 000 plus Vat at the applicable rate.

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3 labourers cottages

old cottage for restoration

cattle

sheep

Game - bush buck grysbok and Klipspringers

Garages : 3

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