Almonds Thurla Farms has 568 acres of almonds with 130 acres planted in 2008 and 437 acres planted in 2009.
All almond areas are irrigated using the drip irrigation system. The variety mix of the 2008 planted trees is 50% Nonpareil (Californian Paper Shell), 33% Carmel and 17% Price. Carmel and Price are pollinators. Carmel is planted in alternate rows with Nonpareil but every 6th row is Price. The 2009 planted trees are 50% Nonpareil, 33% Carmel and 17% Monterey (pollinator). Carmel is planted in alternate rows with Nonpareil but every 6th row is Monterey.
The majority of trees are on Peach Nemaguard rootstock but trees in stony ground or areas where drainage is suspect, are grown on the hybrid GF677 rootstock to alleviate any problems which may be encountered.
The planting configurations used are relatively standard industry practice and result in optimum cross pollination between varieties. All 3 pollinators are compatible with Nonpareil which is the dominant variety in the world markets with Carmel, Price and Monterey all being commercially well accepted.
Trees are planted at approximately 6m spacing in 7m rows, at a density of approximately 300 trees/ha. Almond orchardists still tend to talk in trees per acre and this density equates to 120 trees/acre. Over the last 10-15 years a significant change in thinking has occurred in the industry with modern new age orchards now planted at 120/130 trees/acre, a considerable increase from the older planting configuration at approximately 100 trees/acre. In the almonds, headlands are estimated to comprise approximately 8.5% of the net planted area of the orchard.
Prior to planting the land was prepared by ripping tree lines (to allow root penetration), hill grooming as above, fertilising tree lines, general working up of the orchard area, and broad acre spraying of the orchard floor to control weeds during tree establishment. Trees are irrigated by the treated waste water which has a substantial nutrient factor and as a result display advanced growth characteristics for their stage of development.
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Thurla Farms Crop's Multiple crops, quality production and unique opportunities for future growth
R.M.B 150 Red Cliffs,
Victoria, 3496, Australia.
Ph: +61 (0)3 50241203
Fax: +61 (0)3 50242285
Cereals Thurla Farms’ cereal production is based around wheat, barley sorghum, canola and oats with production being driven by market prices and demand.
Predominately dryland production is based around annual rainfall. With state of the art equipment, ie direct drilling equipment, GPS guided auto-steer, etc, highest possible production is guaranteed.
Livestock Thurla Farms are currently carrying 1000 merino ewes cross bred with dorper rams for lamb production.
A feedlot has been established to value add the fodder produced on the property with stock bred on the property or sourced from local pastoral properties and/or markets and the finished product sold through Forward Contracts.
The feedlot is set up for the production of fat lamb. Up to 5,000 lambs can be produced through this facility. The facility was built to be able to handle feedlot cattle also, if the opportunity to purchase cattle at a price to turn a profit arises.
Currently we have approximately 140 acres planted to pumpkins, but we have the ability to grow differing vegetable crops.
Cropping Service Buildings Include an implement shed, fabrication shed, workshop, grain shed, shearing shed with adjacent yards, 6 fixed grain silos and a hay shed. The implement shed is an angle iron prefabricated steel frame pitched roofed building with steel deck walls, corrugated galvanised iron sheeted roof and contains 4 earth floor bays of 72.9m2.
The fabrication shed is a heavy steel post upright building with prefabricated open web joist portal roof frames. Corrugated galvanised iron clad walls and roof and a concrete floor containing 8 bays in an area of 504 m2 It has 3 phase power and florescent lighting fitted, 2 storage tanks and potable town water connected. A concrete apron of 345m2 fronts this shed.
The workshop is a steel pipe upright and prefabricated open web joist clear span 5 bay corrugated galvanised iron pitched roof building with concrete floor. It is fitted with single-phase electricity, electric fluorescent light fittings and an evaporative cooler. The store shed abuts the workshop and is an identical building in construction. Located next to it is a concrete paved wash down bay graded to a central drain.
The grain shed is a steel upright steel frame corrugated galvanised iron sheet pitched roof building with internally clad corrugated galvanised iron walls of 195.0m2 and has a capacity of 570 tonnes.
The 154.2m2 2 stand shearing shed is a cyclone steel and timber frame pitched roof corrugated galvanised iron clad building raised on steel stumps. It has electric overhead gear, 10 internal steel pens over a timber slatted floor and 13,500 litre corrugated galvanised iron rain water tank. The adjoining sheep yards are also constructed of cyclone and comprise 4 holding yards, 3 way draft, 3 draft pens a race, shedding up race and small rotary dip. The hay shed is a 4 bay steel frame corrugated galvanised iron clad skillion roofed building with an earth floor of 74.3m2.
Fencing The vineyard area is enclosed by steel star post, treated pine post, fowl mesh and top barb wire vermin proof fences. Fences are generally in excellent condition and are stock proof.
Thurla farms are strategically positioned to be able to purchase adjacent land to expand irrigation or dry land cereal
· Lot 1 TP217751F,
· CA 54, Parish of Ginquam,
· Allotment 13, parish of Yatpool,
· Lot A on Plan of Subdivision 603876
· Lot 2 on Plan of Subdivision 603876
Total area: 2902.7 HA(7172.57acres)
· Lots 1, on Plan of Subdivision 603876
Total Area: 68.9HA(170.25acres)
· 6600 Mg/L 25 yr plus 25yr water agreement and licence for the LMW reuse water
· water licence to pump 1335 Mg/L of river water
· 370 mg/l permanent water rights high security
Fixed Asset & Plantations:
· 320 acres of well-established wine grapes of high demand variety’s
· 500 acres of 3 and 4 year old Almond plantation coming into significant production with
potential of large profits over the next 2 to 3 years with all high value variety’s.
· 200 acres of well-established alfalfa [lucerne] all irrigated by centre pivot irrigators.
· 700 acres of centre pivot irrigation currently used for vegetable crops and cereal crops.
· 1200 acres prepared for centre pivot irrigation or for permanent irrigation.
· 60 acres of overhead irrigation used for vegetable growing.
· 20 acres of well-established Avocado plantation.
· 6 acres of kalamata olive trees irrigated with overhead sprinklers.
· 8 large water storage dams holding 470 megs of water on the property.
· Pack sheds
· Shearing sheds
· Engineering sheds
· Irrigation infrastructure including dam pumps, irrigators, controllers etc
Wine Grapes & Avocados Wine grape planting on the property are contained in Lot TP217751, in this parcel of land.
Hay Thurla Farms’ hay production is based predominately around lucerne and oaten hay, with 81 ha(200 acres) planted to L56 lucerne and, depending on market and seasonal requirements, up to 245 ha(605 acres) of Winteroo oaten hay.
* Areas included headlands & internal roadways.
Vines are trained onto aged treated pine post with 2 wire vertical trellising and boxed strainer assemblies strained by wire. Trellis is designed for mechanical harvesting and pruning and is in good condition without exception, having been installed new when the vines were planted.
The vines are planted at 2.0m centres in 3.0m rows, at a density of 1,666 vines/ha, which is a standard configuration of modern vineyards. 28 x Gopher soil moister monitoring sites, plus 11 x G Bug sites are located throughout the vineyard, which are manually read and the data downloaded to computer. This data is then used to assist with irrigation scheduling. Grapes are currently contracted to Treasury Wines Estate, formerly Fosters Wines, and Kingston Estate Winery.
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