With only 2 owners in the last 102 years, Birricannia is definitely a unique purchase opportunity!!

Since taking ownership in 2011 the current owners have completed an extensive water development program, put in a new set of yards, renovated 2 existing yards, upgraded the fencing and attached a neighbouring property. They have managed to achieve this in a time that can be said to be a drier run of seasons.

As can be seen on inspection of the property, the family has been conservative stockers of the country. The pasture is in very good health and the cattle are blooming. Due to this care for the country and the diverse range of pasture and browse types available to stock, Birricannia is a very safe and reliable breeder and fattening operation with scale to match. Located in the tick free area on the edge of the Black Soil Downs and the Desert Uplands, Birricannia is perfectly situated to be within economic distance of either the southern feeder and fattening operator or the producer looking to go north into the live export market.

Contact the exclusive selling agents Tom McLeish - 0427 580 490 or Cyril Close 0428 222 308.

Property ID : 28761
Sale Type : Private Sale
Property Type : Rural
Property Name : Birricannia Aggregation
Property Location / State : Muttaburra / QLD
Location Details : Situated approximately 90km North of Muttaburra or 132km South of Prairie in tick free country. Muttaburra is approximately 150km via bitumen road North West of Barcaldine or approximately 123km North of Longreach via bitumen and gravel roads.
Size/Area : Birricannia Approx 45,285.52ha, (111,900ac) in GHPL & TL titles, plus approx 6,100ac of additional area. Casterton Approx 16,144.12ha, (39,893ac) in TL titles.
Tenure : Birricannia is held under 3 x Grazing Homestead Perpetual Leases & 1 Term Lease: L6 SP 178403, GHPL 0/221879, L1 SP 178404, GHPL 0/221880, L 6 TL 3, GHPL 23/16353, L 1 TL 3, TL 0/210197 Casterton is held under 1 x Term Lease title: L1 & L2 TL22 PH 23/4274
Rates : Approx: $2,892.15 per quarter – Flinders Shire Council
Rent : Approx: $2,975.55 per quarter – DNRME
Services :

STD Telephone, rural power, satellite internet and mail service twice weekly via Prairie. Primary schooling at Muttaburra or Distance Education available through Longreach. Longreach boasts all the necessary business and medical services required, including cattle saleyards. For the escape away, Townsville is easily accessed to the North East.

Improvements :

• Homestead – A comfortable 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, air conditioned weatherboard home, with front deck area. The home is in good order and sized to accommodate the average family.

• Cottage – A newly constructed (2009), 2 bedroom, air conditioned cottage, with modern styled bathroom, toilet, and kitchen. This cottage was constructed to be the governess quarters and school room or separate living quarters for extra family or workers.

• Horse Stable Complex – A newly erected (2009), 4 stable with day yards, plus tack room complex. This is connected to power and water and includes a cement wash bay.

• Workshop & Shed – 4 bay machinery shed with power connected and cement floor in the workshop area. This shed also houses the Lister backup generator.

• Machinery/Woolshed – The original woolshed has been converted into a storage and machinery shed. A skillion was built off one side for machinery storage. Hay is generally stored in this shed also.

• House Yards – Permanent steel yards in good order complete with concrete race, vet crush, calf cradle, pound draft as well as draft out the front of the crush. Attached to yard is a wire cooler and 3 holding paddocks. Yards will work approx 500hd.

• Eastern Yards – A new set of portable panel steel yards that include a pound draft, vet crush with draft out the front, calf cradle and race. Attached to the yards is a wire cooler and watering square. Yards will work approx 350hd.

• Casterton Yards – A portable panel steel yard that includes pound draft, old crush and loading ramp. The calf cradle & race from the breeder yards is transported to these yards for branding. Attached to yards is a watering square and holding paddock. Yards will work approx 350hd.

• Western Yards – Portable steel yards in good order, complete with vet crush, pound draft, calf cradle and race. Attached to yards is a wire cooler and holding paddock. Yards will work approx 500hd.

• Airstrip – 700 meter all weather strip that does need some maintenance.

Country Type :

Birricannia can be broken up into the following approx country types:
• Approx 8,000ac of pulled Gidyea country established to Buffel (US, Gayndah & Biloela), Urochloa, Mitchell, Rhodes and numerous native grasses. This country was pulled in 2005/2006 and is now a significant contributor to the fattening operation. The introduced grass species are significantly established, with very good weight gains being achieved. This area of pulled country is locked in as white (Category X) on the PMAV.

• Approx 13,000ac of open to well shaded Mitchell and Flinders grass downs country timbered with Gidyea, Bauhinia, Whitewood and Boree.

• Approx 12,000ac, plus approx 6,100ac of additional area of alluvial type country associated with creek and channel systems. Grasses include Buffel, Urochloa, Mitchell, Flinders, Rhodes and numerous native grasses. These channel systems are part of the Tower Hill and Station Creeks. Both creeks enter Birricannia and then spread into a maze of channels that provide nutritious pasture off sometimes very little local rainfall.

• Approx 118,000ac of desert uplands type country, including areas of Ironbark, Gidyea, Desert Oak, Box, Wattle, Mulga and many other tree species. Grasses include Soft Spinifex, Desert Mitchell, Forest Bluegrass, Flinders, Wiregrass, Buffel and numerous other native grasses. The legume Seca Stylo is also now significantly noticeable among the pasture. Over the last 15 years the vendor has been distributing Seca Stylo seed through their dry lick mix. Another noticeable attribute to this desert upland country is the significant areas of black soil flats that produce dominant stands of Flinders grass and Ironbark hollows, abundant with areas of Desert Mitchell.

Water :

Birricannia is watered by 5 bores, 23 troughs, 24 tanks and 25 dams. The Tower Hill & Station Creek system also run through Birricannia, which provide an abundance of water holes in the first half of the year that dry back to a few permanent holes by the end of the year.
The 20 dams on Birricannia and 5 dams on Casterton range in size from smaller non permanent holes in the creek to 3 x new 40,000 yard dams on Casterton that were built in 2015.

The 5 bores are all equipped with submersibles that are either run by solar, 240V mains power or diesel generators. 3 of the bores were put down in 2012. All bores are in good working condition. Making up the 20 stock tanks are 5 poly lined Rhino type design, that range from 6,000 gallons to 57,000 gallons and 15 poly tanks that range from 5,000 to 6,000 gallons. Connected to these tanks are 23 troughs. The majority of the troughs have been put in since 2012 and are heavy built cement troughs with aprons. There are an additional 4 poly tanks for domestic use around the homestead and cottage area ranging from 3,000 to 5,000 gallons.

Rainfall : Average Annual Rainfall approximately 475 mm or 19 inches  mm/year
Fencing :

The property is divided into approx 21 main paddocks plus 5 holding paddocks. The fencing around Birricannia is of high standard with approximately 160km of new fence being erected in the last 15 years. The majority of the fencing is 3 barb with steel posts and steel end assemblies. The smaller percentage of fencing is a mix of 2 barb & 2 plain or 6 wire plain. The western boundary is currently being replaced and has 12km of new 4 barb up with a remaining 8km in the process of being done. There are a number of grids located throughout the property. Overall the fencing is all stock proof.

Plant & Equipment : To be included in the sale is the following plant: • CAT 962 HL Loader with 16ft stick rake, 2 buckets and 2 tine ripper • Toyota Landcruiser 2001 • Nissan trayback 1999 • Suzuki DRZ 400 • Honda TRX 500 Quad • Poly Roller • 3 x 1000L Overhead Fuel Tanks
Carrying Capacity : Birricannia is estimated to have a conservative carrying capacity of approximately 3,100hd. It could be suggested there is country suitable to run 2,100 breeders and country suitable to run 1,000 backgrounders. It must be noted that the previous owner and current owner have never, in their period of ownership, had to completely destock the property in times of drought. Available for sale separate to the property are approximately 1,500 Droughtmaster & Santa Cross Breeding Cows and their progeny as well as approximately 50 Droughtmaster & Santa Bulls. The cows would range from 3 to 11yrs with calves ranging from fresh to big weaners. These are good quality, functional breeders that are currently residing on Birricannia.
Price Type : P.O.A.


The details above are those supplied by the vendor although great care has been taken to compile accurate information, prospective purchasers should by inspection, or otherwise satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of the information.