Famous Blelack herd and farm for sale in Aberdeenshire

One of the best-known farms in pedigree cattle breeding is for sale with a guide price of £3.245m.

The 639-acre Blelack Farm, near Aboyne in Aberdeenshire, is synonymous with its championship-winning Aberdeen Angus and Charolais cattle herds.

Since the herd was established in 1970, it has chalked up more Aberdeen Angus champions at the Perth and Stirling bull sales than any other in the breed’s history.

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The Charolais herd and the adult portion of the Angus herd were sold off in 2016 to a peak of 35,000gns and a total of 800,000gns.

Since then, the remaining herd of Angus cattle has grown to 120 breeding head, which will be dispersed through United Auctions in October.

Blelack Farm itself is centred around the grazing herd, with arable land used to provide feed and straw, along with spring barley.

Aerial shot of Blelack Farm

© Savills

The unit is available as a whole or in five separate lots.

The main lot includes a five-bedroom house, three holiday let cottages, a studio flat, buildings and 452 acres of farmland.

Blelack Farm lots

  • Lot 1 – Blelack Farm: Farmhouse (5 bedrooms and 3 reception rooms), 3 self-catering cottages (3 bedrooms) and a studio flat/farm office. Farm buildings. About 452 acres of arable and rotational grass
  • Lot 2 – Land at Mill of Newton: About 56 acres of arable land
  • Lot 3 – Field at Carrue: About 6 acres of arable land
  • Lot 4 – Land at Balnastraid: About 121 acres of arable land
  • Lot 5 – Balnastraid Steading: A range of general-purpose buildings, with planning in principle for residential development

A range of large, modern buildings, capable of housing more than 300 cows, are sited at the centre of the unit.

These include a new feed shed and indoor cattle handling system. The well-drained hill ground is capable of sustaining 200 cows over winter and includes a hardstanding.

If the farm is not sold as a whole, three distinct parcels of land of varying sizes are available as separate lots. 

Also for sale, either as part of the complete farm or alone, is Balnastraid Steading. It offers conversion and development opportunities with planning permission in principle for a residential dwelling.

Founder achievements

The founder of the Blelack herd, Neil Massie OBE, is still involved with the farm, which is run by his son Graeme.

Graeme hailed his father’s achievements. “My father is rightly proud of what he has achieved here at Blelack,” he said.

“Now in his 80s, he is still involved with the herd and checks on them daily. His record over almost 50 years has secured Blelack’s place in the top echelons of the breed.”

Rory Galloway, director of rural agency in Aberdeen for selling agent Savills, added that the sale of Blelack was an exceptional opportunity.

As well as the land and property, it offered a valuable brand from which any future commercial herds could benefit, Mr Galloway said. 

The sale will take place via auction in the autumn.