16 March 2001

Planned sale of dairy trio clobbered by F&M

THREE dairy farms were due to go under the hammer over the next few weeks but only one will go ahead because of the foot-and-mouth crisis.

Mouchel North Yorkshire was planning to continue its dispersal of the North Yorkshire County Council Farms Estate with the auctions of Cliff Edge Farm, Allerston, on Mar 19 and Croft Farm, Minskip, on Apr 10.

The firms Andrew Purkiss says viewings had been curtailed to the extent it was felt a sale was unlikely to be as successful as hoped for.

Further south, on the Warks-Leics border, Howkins and Harrison are selling Great Poultney Farm, near Misterton, Lutterworth. The agent does not predict the ongoing crisis will affect the sale – the farms 100-head Friesian herd was sold last autumn. However, viewings will be restricted to the house and buildings.

The farmland is made up of a mix of 266 acres of pasture and arable land, of which 76.17 acres are IACS-registered. The principal dwelling is a seven-bedroomed farmhouse several hundred years old. Two pre-war farmworkers cottages in need of modernisation are also included.

The firms Tim Ball has put a guide of £990,000 on the farm which will be auctioned in two lots on Apr 18. The main lot includes the house and 249 acres and is available for £950,000. A further 17 acres of permanent pasture are on offer for £2350/acre.