Farm sales and prices ease on year June but horticulture farms shine
By Rebecca Howard
July 19 (BusinessDesk) - Farm sales fell 7 percent on the year in the three months to June and the median price per
hectare was down 16.3 percent although horticulture farm prices continued to push higher, according to the Real Estate
Overall, 427 farms were sold in the three months ended June 30 from 459 farms in the same period a year earlier. Some
1,480 farms were sold in the year to June, down 17 percent on the year.
The median price per hectare for all farms sold in the three months to June 2018 was $21,745 compared to $25,993 in the
three months ended June 2017. The median sale price per hectare for a dairy farm was $31,881 from $34,789 in the same
period a year earlier, a decline of 8.4 percent.
Horticulture farms, however, saw a median price per hectare jump 75.6 percent on the year to $279,543. Northland, in
particular, saw increased demand for land suitable for horticulture, stimulated in part by Zespri releasing additional
licences for gold kiwifruit and ongoing widespread demand on land suitable for avocados and market gardening, Reinz
Half of the 14 regions recorded increases in the number of farm sales for the three months ended June 2018 compared to
the three months ended June 2017. Manawatu/Wanganui (+21 sales), Waikato (+8 sales) and Hawke’s Bay (+6 sales) were the
top three regions to increase the number of farm sales compared to June 2017. Canterbury and Northland recorded the most
substantial decline in sales (-23 sales) followed by Otago (-12 sales).
Reinz rural spokesman Brian Peacocke said that "rural New Zealand has embarked upon the winter in good shape, with solid
confidence after a very good autumn, forecasts of a good dairy payout and ongoing optimism for export returns from beef,
lamb and horticulture." He added, however, "the pervading presence of Mycoplasma bovis remains the dominant biosecurity
issue, with outbreaks continuing to have a devastating impact on those farming and rural businesses affected."
Meanwhile, the Reinz all farm price index - which adjusts for differences in farm size, location and farming type - rose
3.7 percent on the year in the three months to June 30.