Dairy market offers choice of size

Dairy farms at both ends of the size scale are on offer this week with the launch of Walk Farm at 170ha (420 acres) in Somerset and the 58.74ha (145 acre) Tirlas Goch near Mold, Clwyd.

At Witham Friary, close to Frome, Walk Farm is a classic ring-fenced commercial dairy farm with central house and buildings, which should sell to a milk producer, said David Cross, of selling agent Savills.

It has extensive buildings and a stone and brick house with five to six bedrooms and a one-bedroom annexe. Lotted into three, Walk Farm’s arable and grassland is on fine loam over clay soils and includes about 68 acres of woodland.

Extensive cattle buildings include 220 cubicles, silage clamps, a straights store, feed bins, a 30:60 Dairymaster parlour and feeders, calf unit and slurry storage for 220,000 gallons. The overall guide price for Walk Farm is £3.3m or £7857/acre.

There is also the chance to buy the farm’s dual-purpose Montbeliard cattle herd, currently milking 300 head and yielding almost 7000 litres a head at 3.83% butterfat and with youngstock. The current businessman owner is selling to restructure his farming assets. (Savills 01722 426 810)

The much smaller Tirlas Goch, near the village of Northop Hall, also has a five-bedroom red-brick farmhouse and a good range of buildings, some with potential for conversion, said Eifion Bibby, of Davis Meade Property Consultants, joint agent with Clough & Co and Strutt & Parker

The 58.74ha (145 acre) farm is in a private location at the end of a long drive and is currently tenanted, but vacant possession will be available two months from exchange of contracts.

Tirlas Goch has an overall guide price of £995,000 but is also available in three lots.

Tenants’ fixtures are available separately, including the parlour equipment, bulk tank and additional buildings. (Davis Meade Property Consultants 01492 510 360; Clough & Co 01745 812 049; Strutt & Parker 01244 354 880)