Location: The Hayfield homestead is located 38km west of Jundah (26km unsealed) along the Lina Glen Road and approximately 100km north of Windorah. Jundah is 217km south-west of Longreach, 305km west of Blackall via Yaraka and 298km from Quilpie.
Facilities/Services: The homestead is powered by a stand-alone 70 panel 12kw solar system with battery storage as well as a 17 kVa Kubota diesel generator for back-up.
Hayfield has telephone, Wi-Fi, T.V and a twice weekly mail service from Longreach to Jundah. Mobile coverage is available over a good area of Hayfield with a good quality booster car kit and aerial. Jundah offers a Primary School, Hospital, Convenience Store, Hotel/Motel, Post Office, Police Station and Library. It also has a swimming pool, tennis courts and an under-cover sporting complex as well as various sporting and community groups. Jundah is the administration centre for the Barcoo Shire council.
Commercial air services are available twice weekly from Windorah and cattle sales are held two to three times a month in Blackall while Longreach has saleyard and livestock rail trucking facilities. Longreach has major shopping services and government agencies.
Rainfall: Hayfield had 100mm of rain in April 2022 and 45mm in May 2022 setting it up for a very good winter/spring season. The response from the rain has been excellent with very good grass growth as well as summer and winter herbages. The long-term district average for Jundah is 323mm.
Country: Hayfield has a good mixture of country with approximately 40,000 acres of undulating stony country that is mostly timbered with Gidgee, Mulga and Eucalypt trees along with many different species of shrubs. There are areas of Bendee and Lancewood timber along the stony range country that forms an escarpment. This country has mostly Spinifex, and native grasses as well as salines, forbs and herbages that are growing exceptionally well at present. This light carrying browse country is very useful to run dry cattle on.
There is approximately 2,000 acres of open downs country that is grassed with Flinders and Mitchell grass and other native summer grasses along with summer & winter herbages.
The balance of the country is best described as soft red Mulga country that is interspersed with Gidgee flats and has the Stewart, Sheepyard and other minor flood-out creek systems running through-out. This country is well grassed with mostly sweet native summer grasses and summer and winter herbages. Buffel grass is well established along the many creek systems on Hayfield. There is a mixture of timbers throughout this country that include Mulga, Beefwood, Bauhinia, Vinetree, Desert Oaks, Bloodwood, Leopardwood, False Sandalwood and many different Eucalypt varieties.
Waters: There are 11 dams and three operational bores on Hayfield. Water is pumped by a solar pump from the house dam to a tank and trough in Gibber paddock and to the Hayfield bore watering facility into a tank and two troughs. Water is pumped from the same dam to the house and to other water points around the holding paddocks and to Top End Tryeta and Bull paddocks.
The Stewarts Creek bore was drilled in 2001 to a depth of 142 metres. Water is pumped by a solar pump from this bore into a poly tank and two troughs.
The New Gibber bore was drilled in 1995 to a depth of 60 metres and can be pumped at 1.89 litres per second or approximately 1400 gallons per hour. This bore is not equipped at present but has a switch board where a generator can be connected to pump water when required. There are no tanks or troughs servicing this bore.
The Bottom End bore was drilled in 2001 to a depth of 121 metres and is equipped with a solar pump. The water is pumped into a poly tank and trough and is then gravity fed through poly pipe for approximately 4km to another trough in Bottom End Tryeta paddock.
There are many seasonal small water holes along the creek systems that will hold water for 3 to 4 months following a run in the creeks.
Fencing, Paddocks & Yards: Hayfield is fenced into 7 main paddocks, 3 holding paddocks and a lane holding paddock at the bottom of Dam Paddock. The internal fencing is a mix of 5 plain and 1 barb and 3 or 4 barb and is mostly in good stock proof condition.
There is approximately 35 km of new exclusion fence along the boundary with the balance being mostly 4 barb or 5 plain and 1 barb apart from a section of old dog netting fence. The majority of the boundary is in good to very good condition. There has been 37km exclusion fence built on Hayfield over the past 2 years, fencing in approximately 20,000 acres with an additional 15 km of exclusion fence along the boundary with neighbouring property “Wuringle.” The erection of another 13 km of exclusion fence would put an extra 16,800 acres of Hayfield (Top End Tryeta and Bull Paddocks) behind the exclusion fence.
The cattle yards are a mixture of timber post and rails, steel portable panels and permanent steel post and rails. The yards include a water trough, a branding cradle and a cattle crush set in a new steel race.
Buildings & Infrastructure: There is a very comfortable two-bedroom home with an office, lounge, kitchen / dining area and bathroom with separate toilet. It has recently been levelled, re-stumped, painted externally and fitted with new fly screens. This house was built by Peterson Brothers in 1960 and has hardwood floorboards. The kitchen contains a dishwasher, gas cooktop & oven, with an exhaust fan and a large pantry.
The main house is joined by a gauzed breezeway to a smaller second house that was built in 1973 which contains two bedrooms, laundry, bathroom, toilet, kitchenette and lounge room. These houses, which are located towards the centre of the property are set amongst a neat, manageable lawn and garden with a large concrete outdoor entertaining area.
There is a rainwater tank, a clearing tank for use in the house and an overhead tank which supplies water to the garden. There is a meat house and other smaller sheds as well as an old woolshed that is being used as a hay and general storage shed.
Carrying Capacity: Hayfield would have a carrying capacity of 600 breeders or equivalent in an average season. As the property is currently destocked it is very well grassed and is available for immediate livestock access.
Agents Remarks: “Hayfield Station” is an easy-care property that would be considered a safe breeder or backgrounding block because of the Spinifex, tree and scrub browse. It has a good mix of country and has large areas that would benefit greatly from storm runoff. The present feed is a very good quality mix of summer grasses with summer and winter herbages. There are large areas of flood out country growing sweet fattening high quality feed.
The waters are safe and the feed quality very good. Three of the 4 blocks now have freehold status and approximately 20,000 acres has recently been fenced in behind an exclusion fence. I consider Hayfield Station to be an ideal property for breeding or backgrounding either sheep, cattle or goats.
There is the potential for additional income through Carbon Trading either as a whole property or part thereof. There is no Prickly Acacia or Parkinsonia therefore this clean country has the possibility to be certified Organic.
AUCTION — 10:30am, Wednesday 29th June at The Birdcage, 33 Duck Street, Longreach.