Can You Buy The Ideal Macadamia Farm?

It’s really about patience when you want to buy a macadamia farm. Rushing into a purchase can have huge repercussions with the cost of making it work potentially spiralling beyond your means. Remember once you buy it you’re stuck with it.  

The eight key criteria to look for include:

  • Location
  • Variety
  • Tree age
  • Spacing
  • Slope
  • Machinery 
  • Amount of trees 
  • Production history

Those eight criteria are what you want to look for when you want to buy a farm. 

But be warned, you’re not going to find the ideal macadamia farm. The above criteria are a guide and if you can ensure a couple tick the boxes then you are well on your way to having some peace of mind. 

Realistically it’s unlikely you’re going to all eight of the criteria -- however, two-three will give you a positive indication that you’re on the right track. 

Things to ask the prospective seller include: 

Who is their agronomist?

Who does their pest scouting work?

What type of management plan they have on their farm?

How are their neighbours when it comes to their harvesting and spraying?

Are there any other macadamia farms close by?

Has the owner done an actual tree count?

Like all major purchases do your homework and due diligence when it comes to research. If you know other growers in the industry or region talk to them and ask for some feedback.

Once you become the owner of a macadamia farm know that you will have to adapt and make the best of what you have. Some trees may outperform others, certain conditions may favour one part of the orchard and there are things you may just have to live with. 

As always if any growers need help with anything please call either myself or Paul and we’ll be happy to assist. 

Garth Templeman
Grower Liaison
Waliz Nuts PTY LTD