DSE - ‘Dry Sheep Equivalent’ value – Area’s that still represent value & security DSE is the measuring method to determine the livestock carrying potential of a particular property, based on the consistency of livestock numbers, rainfall, feed availability and climate.
As rural property values have increased significantly within the past several years, a rate per acre is commonly used to determine values by less experienced buyers, as experienced productive farmers and selling agents use the ability for a property to determine its current and potential carrying ability through the right advice and methods to best maximize the true value of a rural property.
DSE values can vary throughout the Central West, Central Tablelands and through the Southern slopes, for which most rural buyers reside, that are further acquiring additional land to complement existing operations for diversity, expansion, and down sizing or simply to relocate. Rural values range from approximately $500 – $2,000 per DSE unit.
There is still value within the market where City metro buyer markets have not inflated values or ‘lifestyle value’ does not come into play. True rural value is found on scale and rainfall/district rainfall security.
My advice is; secure a minimum 600mm rainfall zone with $600/per DSE unit value and you have done very well.
– Josh Keefe
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