Northern duo offer contrasting opportunities

Two very different farms are launched in Cumbria and Yorkshire this week, both areas which have seen relatively few sales this year.

At almost 291ha (718 acres), Greengate Well Farm, with additional land at War Carr, Greenhead, near Brampton, is a mix of improved grazing, mowing land and rough grazing with good livestock housing and slurry storage.

It runs the Thirlwall Castle suckler herd of 100 cows and their calves, but could also support up to 600 breeding ewes, said agent Andrew Dyer of H & H Bowe.

Greengate Well lies 20 miles north-east of Carlisle and has a recently modernised two-bedroom stone farmhouse with modern and traditional farm buildings. It is on the market with an overall guide price of £1.675m but has also been lotted three ways.

“This is a very well-maintained farm which has been substantially improved over the time the Scott family has owned it,” said Mr Dyer.

There is a Higher Level Stewardship scheme incorporating Uplands Entry Level Stewardship on the land, which also has Single Farm Payment entitlements. (H&H Bowe 01228 406260)

The integration of decent-sized arable and pig enterprises makes Trotters Farm at Green Hammerton near York a rare offering. The availability of home-grown feed and plenty of land on which to dispose of muck and slurry meant the two enterprises complemented each other, said Sarah Hinchcliffe of Savills.

“This is a profitable, very efficient and well managed unit,” said Miss Hinchcliffe, who has set a guide price of £3.7m.

As well as the self-contained 350-sow pig unit, producing 150 bacon pigs a week, there is a modern 1,200t grain store serving the 177ha (437 acres) of land, presently in a wheat/oilseed rape rotation. There is a five-bedroom modern farmhouse and an application for a further four-bedroom house has been submitted.

Ample slurry storage and mill and mix facilities are included in the infrastructure of the farm, while the land is classified mainly Grade 2 and is in two main parcels. An Entry Level Stewardship scheme runs on Trotters until 30 September 2015. (Savills 01904 617800)