Multimillion-dollar price for Australia’s biggest land sale

One of Australia’s biggest arable farms, extending to 200,000ha, has been put up for sale with a price tag of between $75m (£41m) and $85m (£47m).

The complete farming portfolio belongs to Western Australia grain giant John Nicoletti who has decided to retire from grain farming, aged 64.

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It is the biggest offering of a single parcel of farmland ever to be sold in Australia and is being handled by sales agency CBRE.

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Included in the sale are 76,575ha of freehold land, plus 127,018ha of leasehold land, spread across 30 farms in the state.

The sale also includes a flock of more than 50,000 merino ewes plus progeny, and an extensive list of near-new equipment, including 14 headers, 12 seeders, seven sprayers and 20 tractors.

A 15,000t vertical grain store is also included in the sale.

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Lots of money

“I feel the time is right to exit farming,” said Mr Nicoletti. “Having spoken to a number of people around the globe, the conclusion is there is a lot of money to deploy to agriculture now.”

Mr Nicoletti says planting will go ahead as normal this year, setting the crops up for a new buyer.

Although he is intending to exit from farming, Mr Nicoletti wants to spend more time at his John Deere dealerships.

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“I have 110 people working at my six John Deere dealerships and the headquarters in Perth. I want to give that side of the business more attention.”

According to sales agent Danny Thomas of CBRE, “this is a unique offering of scale for mixed farming in Australia”.

“At over 200,000ha, this is a world-class asset offering an incoming purchaser the ability to optimise operations and influence price, whilst stepping into a genuine going-concern complete with experienced personnel.”