Livestock units are first for sale as land market warms up

As the land market starts to warm up, the majority of farms for sale this week appear to be livestock-based enterprises.

Mid-sized stock farms and bare grassland blocks are available across England and Wales in livestock-based areas, including Carmarthenshire, Denbighshire, Devon, Gloucestershire, Cheshire and County Durham.

Many of the farms are equipped enterprises and come with opportunities to add value or to renovate old agricultural buildings and farmhouses.

Farmers Weekly looks at some of what is on offer this week.

Carmarthenshire

In Nantgaredig, near Carmarthen, a family-run stock farm with a modern 10-bay stock shed and 161 acres is for sale at a guide price of £1.55m.

Godor Farm has gently sloping to undulating pasture currently supporting 700 sheep and is capable of accommodating in excess of 200 cattle.

Traditional buildings include a large lambing shed and machinery stores and there is a renovated farmhouse.

(Savills 02920 368 900 / Rees Richards 01792 650 705)

Denbighshire

A grassland farm with about 75 acres in the Vale of Clywd is to be auctioned on 29 April.

Goblin Farm, near Denbigh, is currently put to temporary and permanent grass leys, although several fields have previously been ploughed for arable and root crops.

It has a modern eight-bay Dutch barn with a lean-to and a five-bay steel-framed shed. Viewing dates start in March. The guide price is £850,000-£950,000.

(Halls 01743 450 700)

Devon

A former dairy farm in Holsworthy with an extensive range of buildings is for sale at a guide price of £1.2m.

Currently run as a beef and suckler unit, The Barton has 82 acres of pasture in a ring fence.

Most of the farm’s 14 buildings are in good condition and include livestock housing and storage situated around a six-bedroom house and annexe. 

(D R Kivell 01822 810810)

A 30-acre block of grazing land which straddles the River Bray near Barnstaple is for sale at a guide price of £195,000 as a whole, or in three lots.

The land in the Bray Valley has a small stone and tile building used as cattle shelter, and has some double-bank fishing rights. An entry level stewardship agreement expires in July. 

(Greenslade Taylor Hunt 01769 574 500)

Gloucestershire

A 65-acre former dairy farm with Grade 3 land and development potential will be auctioned on 16 March.

Chase Lane Farm, near Wotton-under-Edge, is available as a whole at a guide price of £1.14m or in three lots.

Planning permission has been granted to convert two agricultural buildings to houses, to be set in about 12 acres with the current farmhouse.

(Knight Frank 01285 659 771)

Durham

West Maylands farm in Bishop Auckland has 116 acres of predominantly Grade 3 grassland and large, portal-framed livestock buildings.

Planning permission has been given to convert several old buildings into two homes, which adjoin a four-bedroom farmhouse.

The farm is available as a whole at a guide price £1.15m or in three lots.

(George F White 01388 529 579)

Cheshire

A 98-acre beef unit near Northwich is for sale at a guide price of £1.55m.

The ring-fenced land at Higgins Lane Farm is Grade 3 and 4 and all down to grass with good access. Many of the large fields have water troughs and are stock-proof.

The farmhouse needs renovation throughout, and the traditional brick buildings are also in need of attention.

There are several brick and portal-framed sheds which are used for livestock housing and general storage.

(Berrys 01606 49200)

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