Croydon’s jewel Coralie up for auction

Gulf breeding powerhouse Coralie to auction

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John Seccombe with his grandson Jack looking over a line of cows which will be included in the sale of Coralie.

John Seccombe with his grandson Jack looking over a line of cows which will be included in the sale of Coralie.

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John and Geoff Seccombe to sell Gulf property Coralie.

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John Seccombe and his son Geoff have decided to auction their Croydon district property, Coralie, in Brisbane on June 29.

Coralie is 70,000 hectares of Savannah Gulf country and was bought by the Seccombes 13 years ago and has been managed by Geoff.

It is reluctantly being offered for sale as part of the family’s succession plan, to allow Mr Seccombe to retire to Toowoomba, while Geoff will relocate to the Muttaburra property, Kenya. 

Included in the sale is 4000 head of Brahman and Charbray infused females. The breakdown includes 1400 breeders, 106 cows and branded calves, 1404 PTIC cows, 700 number seven heifers and 91 bulls, which are mostly Charbray. 

The country is mainly open forest country with 30,000ha of beneficial flood-out country. It is well watered with 43 dams, two bores, and natural waters. 

During the Seccombe’s ownership they have invested substantially in infrastructure and improvements.

Coralie has been an excellent business model for us, but you do have to manage this country. - John Seccombe

There is a new steel set of cattle yards capable of handling 1000 head of cattle, while the weaner yards with troughs and sprinkle system are capable of handling the same number. The working centre was designed with staff safety a priority and includes a ‘D’  shaped force facility leading to a five-way draft via a curved race. 

The paddocks have been designed to enable a simple rotational grazing system to be successfully operated, which has improved both herd management and production. 

“We introduced rotational grazing and controlled mating, which dramatically lifted our calving percentages,” Mr Seccombe said.

Other improvements include a newly renovated air-conditioned homestead and six bedroom accommodation block.  

Selling agent, Russell Wolff, said Coralie was well improved and capable of running 5000 cattle. Contact Russell Wolff, Ray White Rural, Townsville, phone 0419 698 405.

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