A FARMING history in Oaklands dating back to 1904 is about to end for the Kerr family.
Sandy Mount is being offered for sale for the first time in more than a century after Doug Kerr and his brothers established the 2162.8 hectare cropping and sheep property on Corowa Road.
An earlier descendent of the family, Nathaniel Kerr, came to Australia from Ireland in the 1860s to work in the formative years of Australian Paper Mills.
Adam Kerr is the fourth generation to run the property after his father Ian returned from Albury Grammar School, which later became known as The Scots School, to run the farm full-time in 1964.
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A key feature of the property is a 400 megalitre permanent water entitlement, held in two licences, with about 200 hectares connected to irrigation.
A further 30 dams and bores exist over the property.
"I just decided I want to get out of farming and the decision was made to sell," Adam Kerr, 42, said.
"My brother and two sisters are off doing other things.
"I've been here 20 years after initially doing a diesel mechanic apprenticeship after leaving school."
Mr Kerr and his family live in the original six bedroom property home, which has been fully renovated over the last decade, and includes an inground swimming pool.
A second home nearby comprising four bedrooms was built in 2001 by Davis Sanders Homes.
Other features include machinery sheds, five-stand shearing shed and haysheds with Graincorp and AWB grain storage and receival facilities nearby.
Another property within 2km, Gunambil, farmed by the Kerr family since the 1980s, is also for sale.
Sandy Mount and Gunambil are both being sold via an expression of interest closing on April 12.
Gunambil comprises 215.4 hecatres.
Selling agent Mike Weller from Corcoran Parker said interest was high despite challenging conditions presently.
"Rarely do we see holdings of this size come up for sale," he said.
"We've had good private interest and good corporate interest already.
"We've had a number of inspections and got more lined-up.
"Despite the current climate there is still good demand for high quality property.
"Good quality properties that are true farming businesses are still finding good demand."
Meanwhile, a 76.2 hectare property in Carrolls Road, Mudgegonga was passed in at auction yesterday.
Agent Billy Jones from Landmark Harcourts said discussions with interested parties was ongoing.
The property sits in a traditionally high rainfall area.
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