Bannockburn and Tancred are being offered for Auction. This is the first time Tancred has been offered for sale since being drawn in 1955. Bannockburn was purchased shortly after in 1957. This is an outstanding breeder property with a reputation for producing some of the best Droughtmaster & Charolais X cattle to be presented for market. Bannockburn & Tancred is traditionally very safe breeder country with diverse lands providing an abundance of fodder and seasonal feeds allowing for any seasonal condition.

Vast improvements over the years have seen the productivity and sustainability of this country increase.  This allows for the expansion to carry larger number of breeders whilst retaining its ability to do so during prolonged periods of drought. Bannockburn & Tancred have maintained breeders and continued to produce weaners during these prolonged droughts. A testament to its reputation as “safe” country.

202,700 acres of diverse country allows for every seasonal condition.

~ Higher altitude narrow leaf Ironbark & Box country with an array of browsable low bushes, seasonal Button grasses, Desert Mitchell, legumes / Seca and Spear grass allows cattle to seek sheltered dry country with an abundance of feed for periods of high rainfall.

~ Lower, heavier country such as Black Gidyea/Bauhinia allows for heavier carrying, improved pastures and native grasses the likes of Buffel, Flinders, Desert Mitchell, legumes and summer perennials. This country is renowned for its ability to grow bulk feed during wetter seasons and retains valuable levels of proteins for drier months.

~ Between these two countries lies the third, Spinifex – true desert country. This is an amazing native grass known for its versatility with the ability to fatten dry cattle or rare an exceptional weaner from the breeder herd. Spinifex country is country that sticks with you for prolonged dry periods. This is a very palatable and desirable variety of Spinifex. There has also seen the introduction of the legume Seca Stylo.

Auction – 11am, Friday 8th September 2023 at Longreach Birdcage Hotel unless sold prior.

Please note green pasture photos were taken during the 2021 season.

Listing Details:

  • Property ID: 235545
  • Listing Type: Sale
  • Status: Sold
  • Sale Type: Auction
  • Auction Date: 08/09/2023
  • Property Type: Rural
  • Property Name: BANNOCKBURN & TANCRED
  • Property Location: TORRENS CREEK
  • State: QLD
  • Location Details:

    Approx 110km South of Torrens Creek & 145km North of Aramac. 300km to Blackall Saleyards, 270km to Charters Towers & 404km to Townsville.

    Clean country located South of the Tick line. Fully sealed bitumen road passes by the main entrances.

  • Size/Area:

    82,030.0746 Ha or 202,700.7287 Acres

  • Tenure: Freehold
  • Rates: Approx $6,430.34 / half yearly.
  • Rainfall: Approximately 455mm / 18.2inches per annum
  • Services:

    Twice weekly mail service, landline, power & satellite internet. Mobile signal sporadic.

  • Improvements:

    3 sets of cattle yards.

    Located at the Bannockburn House, these yards are steel internals and panels used for outlining yards and coolers. Shed over the main working areas. Long cattle race to a steel crush & separate Calf branding race / cradle. 5 way draft off a pound with overhead leavers. Holding yards contain troughs and water throughout yards for dust suppression.

    TANCRED Yards
    7 way draft out of pound via overhead sticks insures safety. Race to crushes all under roof for cool working conditions. All areas under roof are concreted. Separate race and calf cradle also under shed. Main yards are solid steel with outer pens and yards constructed with heavy duty panels. Steel curved loading ramp. Yards work exceptionally well.

    TANCRED Road Yards
    Steel loading ramp with steel & Cable holding yards. These yards are all weather access subject to flooding. Gravel access to the main bitumen enables cattle to be loaded out or received during wet seasons.

    Large 5 bedroom homestead with recently renovated kitchen & Bathroom. House includes an airconditioned office / school room & some bedrooms

    Managers Cottage with 4 bedrooms is located a few hundred meters from the main homestead. Very tidy dwelling with separate shed for cars.

    Workers quarters with 3 rooms are located near the main homestead with access to washing, bathrooms and kitchen.

    TANCRED House
    Old house or workers style house is located near the Tancred yards. Phone connected. House needs work to be livable.

    Bannockburn has numerous sheds located around the main homestead. The old saying you can never have enough sheds has well and truly been catered for. A total of 7 sheds from large machinery sheds to workshop sheds and carports. Workshop shed is fully concreted.

    HAY sheds - on top of the 7 sheds located at the homestead another 2 Hay sheds / shearing shed are located within 1km of the homestead. These sheds have been used for storage sheds and hay shed being up off the ground.

    BANNOCKBURN has an unsealed airstrip and cross strip.
    21 46.871'S 145 5.045'E
    This strip is 1,400m in length.

  • Country Type:

    Bannockburn & Tancred have 3 diverse mixes of grazing country. Black Gidyea & Bauhinia with Sandalwood, Spinifex and Narrowleaf Ironbark, Box & edible shrubs.

    Pulled areas of Gidyea have seen Buffel grass starting to expand and spread. Other grasses include Flinders, Desert Mitchell & Button Grass.

    Spinifex country is traditionally safe breeder country or dry cattle fattening. This season has seen good growth from the spinifex meaning an abundance of feed for the coming year.

    The Narrowleaf Ironbark / Box timbered country to the north with native grasses, summer grasses, Seca Stylo, Button grass, Desert Mitchell and edible bushes makes for a safe breeder grazing area. Having nothing toxic, all plants are edible. The introduction of Seca Stylo into cattle lick has seen this legume spreading across the desert country.

  • Water:

    Bannockburn / Tancred is a very well watered property with numerous bores, tanks, dams and solar pumps.

    9 Bores in total are strategically located over the property with one bore being installed in 2022. These bores range from Sub-Artesian to Artesian and flowing. Water on this property should be noted for its exceptional quality. Bore water on Bannockburn / Tancred is spring like with no heat, odour and can be consumed straight out of the bore.

    SOLAR pumps
    9 Solar pumps are now in place as traditional diesel pumps or mills failed. This has been a great investment in the renewing of older infrastructure therefore saving on man hours refuelling and maintaining upkeep.

    7 windmills are presently pumping from dams to tanks and reticulating to troughs. These dams are closed / fenced to keep stock out.

    4 dams are open to stock. Some of these are seasonal holes.

    *** All Dams - solar/windmills/open have been cleaned out in 2012/2013. Most dams are 7,000 - 9,000 yards.

  • Fencing:

    19 paddocks and holding paddocks make up the aggregations of Bannockburn & Tancred. Fencing has been an ongoing renewal project. All boundary fencing is very good and internal fencing is solid to new over the past few years.

  • Plant & Equipment:

    Being sold on a bare basis.

  • Carrying Capacity:

    2500 Breeders safely and conservatively year in year out. Estimated to carry 5200 to 5800 AE. The greatest testament to this area and why the district is so tightly held is the ability to retain breeders during dry times. This is traditionally very safe country due to the diversity of feeds, plants & trees.

  • Agent: Roma

Contact The Agent

Carl Warren
Carl Warren
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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.