With the dairy industry absolutely booming in New Zealand, many are planning a change in lifestyle and career and taking up dairy farming. Sheep and beef farmers are also shifting to dairy farming because of current returns and the future potential of dairy farming in this Country. If you are thinking about a move into the dairy industry in New Zealand then you should consider farm sales in Timaru.
Timaru is located on the eastern coast of the South Island of New Zealand. It is an agricultural service town strategically and centrally located on major transport arteries. The airport and port facilities are vital to South Island exports/ imports, and also to the South Canterbury regional economy.
Timaru has a prosperous agricultural hinterland with links to smaller rural communities such as Pleasant Point, Pareora, Woodbury, Geraldine and Temuka. Farm sales in Timaru include fertile farming valleys, rolling hills, views of the incredible Southern Alps, favourable rainfall, and fantastic soil. Besides farming, Timaru has an incredible array of activities that can be enjoyed on holidays. Nearby are Mount Cook (New Zealand’s highest mountain), numerous ski fields, picturesque rivers with salmon fishing, bush trails and more.
Dairy farming is New Zealand’s most important economic activity. The dairy industry is a major player on the world market due to the development and adoption of new technologies and because New Zealand farmers are at the forefront of innovation. The largest dairy cooperative in New Zealand is Fonterra. Recently Fonterra started trading on the Global Dairy Trade (an online auction platform for commodity dairy products), and they created a Fonterra Shareholders’ Market on which shareholders can buy and sell Shares among themselves (operated by NZX). The success of both the GDT and the shareholders’ market has meant the current economic climate is very positive for this industry compared to other types of farming.
If you decide dairy farming is right for you, then you need to make sure you invest in the right property. The key to finding the right farm is having a knowledgeable real estate agent or agency that has both local knowledge of the region and also understands the industry. You will also need to find an agent with a good track record and proven experience in brokering deals for farm sales. An experienced rural sales consultant will make sure the farm has quality land, sheds, herd, and a decent house to live in – as well as potential for all of these to be developed.