Poll Hereford Cattle grazing on “The Bottom Place” with cultivation paddocks in the background.THE decision to sell the Muttama properties “Rosebud” and “The Bottom Place” has been a hard one for owner Rodney Butt.
Family links in the area stretch back a long way, to Rodney’s grandfather William, and for Rodney himself the two properties have proved to be productive and reliable, generating a good income.
All up, the Cootamundra offering totals 271 hectares (671ac) of grazing and cultivation land.
“Rosebud” and “The Bottom Place” have been listed for sale by auction on February 20, through Garry James and Steve Tolmie, of Holman Tolmie Stock and Station Agents, Cootamundra.
“The Bottom Place” itself has been in the family for 60 years; it had originally formed part of a much larger holding of some 1600ha (about 4000ac).
That land was divided up between Rodney and his brother, and in 2000, Rodney purchased the adjoining property “Rosebud”.
Health reasons have prompted the sale.
“Rosebud” consists of about 129 hectares (320 acres), of which about 40ha (100ac) is dedicated to cultivation and about 89ha (220ac) to soft grazing hills.
In the past, the cultivation portion was typically growing oats.
“Rosebud” has carried in the vicinity of 700 crossbred ewes and lambs for the past five years. It is considered to have a DSE of 2.5 sheep per acre.
“The Bottom Place” has a heavy carrying capacity of 3.5 DSE per acre.
The properties have also carried Poll Hereford cattle.
“The Bottom Place” consists of about 91ha (225ac) of soft grazing hills, and about 50ha (125ac) of cultivation which has been sown to oats, barley and wheat.
“The Bottom Place” has received lime applications twice in the past three years and fertilising of the crops each year, including diammonium phosphate in 2012, monoammonium phosphate in 2013, and urea and single super in 2014.
“Rosebud” was fertilised in 2011.
Water is a feature on both blocks, with “Rosebud” featuring a bore pumping to troughs in all five paddocks, distributed via a concrete holding tank.
“The Bottom Place” has a well equipped with a solar powered pump. Each property has three dams. Both blocks have good potential home sites taking in views across the Muttama Valley.
Fencing on “Rosebud” is in good, stockproof condition, with the property subdivided into five paddocks.
“The Bottom Place” features six paddocks with fencing also good.
Soil types are typically red loams and pastures are mostly natives.
The properties are 32 kilometres south of Cootamundra.
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