Tom Shanahan is a fifth-generation farmer who began his career in 1981 at their family farm in Freeling that borders the famous Barossa Valley. Tom started managing the family farm after his father Michael and has continued to do so with his wife Carolyn in the form of Hillsview Props Pty Ltd. In 2005 they expanded their operation after purchasing ‘Wild Dog Creek’, a farming property located at Melrose in the lower Flinders Ranges region of South Australia. Since then they have acquired more land as well as leasing other properties in the area.
Hay & Straw Sales and Storage
The property also boasts hay and straw storage with a capacity of 25,000 medium square bales in purpose built sheds. This enables Hillsview to supply top quality fodder year-round. We also offer feed tests on all hay and straw if required.
Grain Sales & Storage
Hillsview have invested in grain and hay storage on both farms giving them the capacity to store in excess of 3000 tonnes of grain in vertical storage, as well as a further 4000 tonnes in grain sheds.
Hillsview are also involved with grain trading, not only what they produce themselves but also a range of seed and feed grains to supply feed mills, as well as supplying certain lines of seeds to other farmers.
Both properties have weighbridges for use, providing accurate weight measurements for grain and hay orders.
Poultry Farm ‘Litter-in’ Services
Hillsview also supply and cut straw into chicken farms, which is used for bedding of day-old chickens. This is done with a dedicated team of workers which arrive at the farm with a full array of equipment needed to place the bedding straw, using tub grinders, specialized raking equipment and telehandlers to complete the task. We also have capacity to spread rice hulls and wood shavings.
Land Leasing Opportunities
We are a progressive company that has the capacity to increase its farming enterprises and are always interested in new opportunities.
Hay Production & Contracting
Hay production has long been a major part of Hillsview’s agriculture history, with Tom being heavily involved in the industry for his entire career. Our hay has supplied export marketers for over 28 years and Tom has a wealth of knowledge and experience in hay making from seedling, cutting, baling, handling, storage and freight logistics. Whether we buy standing crops or hay, or are engaged to cut, rake and bale all types of fodder crops. Hillsview can offer paddock to shed full service boasting the latest hay equipment to handle any size job.
Currently we have the following equipment available for use:
- 3 x Krone HDP2 8 String high density Balers
- 3 x Krone swadro rakes
- 2 x MF Self propelled Razor mower conditioners
- Bale wagon
- 6 x Telehandlers
- Storage facilities for 25000 bales
- Multiple hay trailer combinations
Standing Crop Purchasing
In times of drought, frost , or if you would like an easy solution to a crop you wish to have turned into hay we can provide a range of options that may help the farmers bottom line.
Livestock Feedlots (Lambs)
Hillsview Props run a number of lambs through their feedlots at both Freeling and Melrose and sell to local and interstate abattoirs.