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Cream rises to the top with Manawatū legacy farm

A high-performing Manawatū dairy farm with scale on the market for the time in 45 years, is one of the finest in the country and unrivalled in the current market according to the experienced agents tasked with its sale.

Braeside Dairies is located in Te Puna Road in Linton/Ōpiki and has its genesis with the Dalzell and Whitelock families who have multi-generational ties to the district. The landholding of around 433.5ha across 12 titles was incrementally acquired over many years and the farm has strong sustainability fundamentals thanks to diligent management and operation.

With the family owners of Braeside ready to move on to the next stage of their lives, the property is being sold by International Tender closing Wednesday 12th June, unless sold prior, via Peter Kelly and Mark Monckton of Bayleys.

The property has flat contour, high-class soils, an impressive array of infrastructure and is well-sited between the Manawatū River and the ranges close to Palmerston North.

Braeside is milking approximately 1,450 mixed-age cows and has a three-year production average of 662,133 kilograms of milk solids. Thoughtfully implemented stock and breeding programmes with a strong focus on animal welfare mean livestock reap the benefits of pro-active animal health management.

The farm has been comprehensively fitted out with no expense spared and supports top-of-the-range infrastructure including a modern 80-bail rotary milking shed, extensive calf-rearing facilities, five well-maintained homes, and a high standard of fencing and laneways.

Kelly and Monckton said Braeside is one of the most impressive dairy farms in the Manawatū district – if not New Zealand – with fine attention to detail, strong guardianship and a consistent production history.

“This is a true legacy offering and provides a generational opportunity for new owners to acquire a superbly maintained and faithfully farmed large-scale dairy farm with an exceptional production record,” said Kelly.

“The layout, soil quality, and calibre of infrastructure makes this a near-perfect farm that is fully equipped to be a turn-key operation, up and running from day one, and renowned for attracting good quality loyal staff.”

Kelly said the property is expected to resonate with local and national dairy farmers of scale seeking high-quality properties with additional land use opportunities, national agri corporate buyers searching for a new scaled opportunity, and well-resourced private buyers looking for passive farm investment under management with potentially some future development scope.

Some preliminary investigation has been carried out for a proposed rural-style subdivision of one of the titles on Humes Road, with this potential opportunity available for the incoming purchaser following due process.

Kelly said a proposed settlement date of 29th May 2025 will give interested parties plenty of time to transition to ownership, and with increased forecast farm gate dairy payouts and lift being seen in global dairy auctions, the sector is seeing encouraging signs.

“Enquiry and activity for quality dairying properties remains strong, and the scale of this offering coupled with development possibilities opens it up to a broad buyer base.

“Linton/Ōpiki is a renowned and proven farming area with quality soils and strong recreational appeal and Braeside borders the Manawatū River which further enhances its appeal.

“Being just 20km from Palmerston North, 37km to the rural service town of Feilding, and only 35km to Foxton Beach, the property straddles the Manawatū and Horowhenua districts and had definite locational upside.”

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