70 acres Chestnut Farm in Western Australia

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70 acres Chestnut Farm in Western Australia

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The Farm

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Closest Town
Nannup WA 6275, Australia
Size
70.0 Acres
Farm Type
Broad Acre Cropping
Annual Rainfall
500mm +
Farming Operation
This farm is 70 acres located 15 kilometers from Nannup in the south west of Western Australia. It is a 900 tree sweet chestnut farm that was planted 40 years ago and extended 20 years ago. The trees are mature and do not need irrigation. The farm is in a valley with year around spring water that flows into three dams on the farm. The farm has a farm stay and a separate farm house. It has a working shed with a commercial kitchen and office. The farm has 923mm of rain in an average year, most rain coming as winter rain.

Future Requirements

What is the opportunity?
We are open to discussion for transition arrangements with an aspiring farmer. Our specialism is marketing rather than farming. We are prepared to sell, vendor finance or look at other opportunities.
Accommodation Provided

Financial Projections

Is the farm currently profitable?
YES
What markets are currently being sold to
There is potential to upgrade the operation to develop a flour mill for chestnut flour. As all gluten free sweet chestnut flour is imported from Italy and we believe a market exists for a local product in Australia. Nuts are hand picked at present and a FACMA picking machine would improve the harvest procedure considerably. The harvest has now reached up to 12 tonne, depending on the season, and a third of the nuts are now peeled using the Korean Peeling machine, we believe this may be the only commercial sweet chestnut peeling machine in Australia. Peeled nuts are used in added value products that vary from chestnut ice cream to chestnut ale and from frozen peeled nuts to chestnut flour. The small nuts that most farmers plough back into the land are harvested and fed to Berkshire pigs to produce chestnut fed pork. This pork is sold to major restaurants around WA and is recognized as some of the best pork you can buy. We now get enquires from China, Singapore, Malaysia Japan and Italy for our product and the next part of the journey will include the export of added value chestnut products.