Fairfield which is situated 30km north-west of Corowa, 85km west of Albury fronting the sealed Riverina Hwy is located in a secure 20-21 (500-525mm) rainfall district, and has been sustainably managed to balance high productivity with sound environmental management.
With the use of sustainable farming practices and investment in soil and tree plantations productivity has been increased in all aspects of the farm, from ground cover to stubble retention, salt bush plantations, shelter belts and retention of native vegetation for lambing, off-shears and biodiversity values.
The property has been in the Clifton family ownership for 70 years, comprising of a mixed cropping and sheep enterprise. Cropping consists of cereals, pulses, oilseeds and dryland lucerne. Irrigation is supplied by West Corurgan Scheme with a 200 megalitre Licence. A reliable stock and domestic bore provides quality water even in the driest times for homes, surface dams and watering points to most paddocks on the property.
Fairfield has been sustainably managed through direct drilling practices and excellent Landcare projects to sustain the red loam soils. The use of a rotational grazing system and well designed stock containment areas has helped with this management process. A salt bush plantation has also been established providing a highly palatable protein rich food source and creating resilience to drought. Dung beetles are active within the soil management of the property and assist by creating tunnels in the soil, thus providing healthy porous top soils while increasing water infiltration.
Fairfield has one of the few remaining large on-farm white cypress pine remnant woodlots enhanced with indigenous species and rich in biodiversity in the area. It is used as off shear proctection, for lambing ewes, recreation and also provides a privacy buffer. Tree planting has centred on remnant areas and roadsides creating linkages with corridors across the farm. These areas also provide shade and shelter for stock and are used as living haystacks. Tree corridors and ground cover reduce the dust in wool during dry times and stress free sheep further increases wool production.
Fairfield has two homes, the quality main home is brick veneer construction, comprising 4 bedrooms, office, modern kitchen, large living areas and a newly renovated ensuite. The home is complete with a large lock-up wood open fire place centrally heated through ducting and thermostatic control, it also has reverse cycle air-conditioning, ceiling fans in bedrooms, solar hot water system with electric booster and 5 KW solar panels. The home is set amongst magnificent established gardens including an irrigated orchard enclosure. The second home is double brick and comprises of 3 bedrooms, sunroom, open fire place and gas heating, electric and combustion stoves, electric hot water, 2 showers, lock-up garage, 90,000 litres underground concrete tank. A stock and domestic bore guarantees plentiful high quality water for drinking and gardens for both homes.
Working Improvements include 2 Kotzur silos, 3 stand woolshed and yards, 4 bay workshop with power, fertiliser and machinery sheds, hayshed plus ancillary shedding.
The Clifton’s leave a magnificent legacy for the next owners of Fairfield. It is a rare opportunity to purchase a productive property so rich in biodiversity in the southern Riverina.
A summer weed spray program has been completed and 110 Tonnes of Lime has been spread since July 2014.
2015 Crops include 52HA Lupins, 112HA Livingston Wheat. Last season’s wheat yield were between 2.5 – 5 Tonne/Hectare. Indications are for a good season with 160mls since mid May. Crops are not included in the price. (Possession would be after the crop harvest).
For further information contact David Gittoes 0409 362 722 or Reg Coulston 0418 118 207