12 May 1995

Farm would split into arable and dairy units

ALTHOUGH currently managed as one, an arable and dairy farm in West Sussex could easily be split in two.

Springhead and Rackham Farms, near Storrington, include 1700 acres of arable, pasture and downland, and are being sold as part of a rationalisation programme on behalf of the trustees of the Parham Estate.

Most of the arable land – 700 acres – is included in the 1100 Springhead Farm and is valued at between £1700 and £1800/acre by Rupert Montifiore of selling agents Savills.

There are also 200 acres of woodland and downland providing good shooting.

140 cows plus

Rackham Farm is mainly a well equipped dairy unit housing 140 cows plus followers. Although totalling 600 acres of pasture with some arable land, the dairy and 290 acres would be available separately.

Guide prices for the lots have yet to be decided, but the whole unit including 900,000 litres of milk quota is valued at £4m.