141ha Kilkivan Community Farm

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141ha Kilkivan Community Farm

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The Farm

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Closest Town
Kilkivan QLD 4600, Australia
Size
141.0 Hectares
Farm Type
Beef
Annual Rainfall
500mm +
Farming Operation
My plan is to put my farm, Kumbartcho, at Kilkivan into 'community' ownership... Kilkivan Community Farm may be an apt title. With the explosion/impressive growth worldwide of farmers markets/local food networks, I feel the time is right. With the "cost" of agricultural land far exceeding the production capability, it is right-on impossible for young people who are passionate about food production/agriculture to buy land and expect to achieve production returns to pay for it. More about the farm: https://www.youtube.com/embed/fU-ACibBv4k
Infrastructure
Many sheds, reticulated stock water, irrigation capability from the stock water system, 2 houses and good fences. The aforementioned infrastructure is mostly since 2005 so it is in good condition with little to spend here for running beef cattle. For some extra detail... - All sheds - steel frame colourblind and with rainwater tanks.  Workshop shed - 3 phase power and concrete floor.  Hay shed - gravel floor, light and power.  Machinery shed - gravel floor, light and power.  Another shed - concrete floor.  Old dairy shed - with power.  Old piggery. - Fences are a wood post and 4 barbs (2009 vintage). - Other fences - 1 wire electric. - Extensive retic water system with 63mm poly. - Poly and concrete troughs. - A pump on pressure switch from bore mains power. - Solar pump from 2nd bore. - Water system designed for high-density grazing with temporary electric fences. - Stock water system - also capable of running a 15 sprinkler 150m long K-line irrigators anywhere along the line from the pump to header tanks (2). - Yes, naught to spend on infrastructure except for temporary electric fences. - I am also in process of putting in a solar pump for the stock water system and a Tesla 2 battery to go with 5kWh panel and inverter for feed into the grid. - Next then, after the battery is to go stand-alone power system after monitoring for 12 months following the battery going in. - No machinery at all - I have a quad bike, 50L spray pack, lawn mower, 2 wheelbarrows (now that is extravagant).

Future Requirements

What is the opportunity?
Land ownership - My plan is to put the farm into a structure which allows for the community to own shares. - Shareholders then can enter and exit, while the farm remains a farm. - Yes, I am prepared to sell the farm, however, not to just one individual.
Accommodation Provided

Financial Projections

Is the farm currently profitable?
YES
Capital Requirements
Future requirements - Little investment other than infrastructure for chickens, pigs, sheep, goats in intensive pasture production systems. - Shade tunnels for vegetable production. - Plant and equipment for enterprises.
What markets are currently being sold to
Future requirements - Little investment other than infrastructure for chickens, pigs, sheep, goats in intensive pasture production systems. - Shade tunnels for vegetable production. - Plant and equipment for enterprises.