Historic Mid West farm for sale
One of WA’s historic farming properties has been put on the market.
The Smart family, of Mingenew, have hammered the For Sale sign into the ground at the 22,177ha Erregulla Plains — a farm once owned by innovative farmer Sir Eric Smart.
It is rumoured the farm could sell for more than $90 million.
In 1949, Sir Eric and wife Lady Jean purchased the initial 10,000ha of Erregulla Plains and set out to tame its sandy soil.
Introducing superphosphate and sowing hundreds of acres of sand-plain lupins, Sir Eric successfully rejuvenated the land’s depleted nitrogen levels and built his cropping empire.
Word of Sir Eric’s feat quickly spread as the grain grower developed into the southern hemisphere’s biggest grain producer by 1960 with crops reaching as much as 12,100 tonnes.
Stuart Smart — the grandson of Sir Eric and son of Peter Smart — boasts a life-long association with the grain-sheep enterprise, based 2km west of Mingenew.
Mr Smart declined to talk with Countryman but it is understood the third-generation farmer and wife Cherie are opting to sell the farm to pursue other business ventures.
Ray White Rural WA real estate agent Steve Vaughan, who remained non-committal on an asking price, said the multi-titled property was an attractive investment.
There isn’t a lot on the market, particularly of this nature and size,
This year, Erregulla Plains’ cropping program comprised of 15,000ha — about 2000ha less than normal due to a late season start.
It included about 7500ha of wheat, 3750ha of canola and 3750ha of lupins.
Mr Vaughan said Erregulla Plains featured established grain and sheep infrastructure in addition to a 435sqm main homestead.
“It includes about 100km of internal roads,” he said.
“The farm buildings are also second to none, topped off by a nice homestead.”
Erregulla Plains includes staff accommodation, a helicopter shed, chemical shed, workshop, multiple machinery sheds, 1000sqm grain shed and 700sqm shearing shed.
At its peak, the Smarts ran up to 25,000 Merinos which included 15,000 breeding ewes.
Erregulla Plains is shared between 21 titles. While the titles can be split, this sale is designed for the conjoined lots to sell as one.
Sir Eric, who hailed from South Australia, was knighted in 1966. The Smart Men of Farming — written by Helen Cooksey, nee Smart — was published in 2001 detailing the family’s ability to change the property’s sandy soil into productive land.
Expressions of interest close on October 10.
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