West Country and Midlands grassland enters market

A range of West Country grassland farms are for sale this week, while opportunities for dairy farmers and mixed enterprises have also surfaced in Cheshire and the Midlands.

Somerset

Leading the way in the West Country is 240-acre Newlands Farm near Shepton Mallet, which was converted from a dairy to a bull beef and store cattle unit five years ago.

Newlands Farm near Shepton Mallet

Newlands Farm near Shepton Mallet

It has more than 45,000sq ft of modern, covered yard space and productive grassland – the majority of which is in a ring fence.

A four-bedroom bungalow is included in the guide price of £2.75m. (Cooper & Tanner 01373 455 060)

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Close to the Devon-Somerset border, a 168-acre mixed farm with three houses and planning consent for three further dwellings has a guide price of £2.7m for the whole or in six lots.

Burrow Farm at Ashbrittle, near Taunton, also has modern livestock and machinery sheds.

Burrow Farm at Ashbrittle, near Taunton

Burrow Farm at Ashbrittle, near Taunton

It has mostly south-facing pasture and arable land. (Stags 01392 680 059)

Gloucestershire

A former dairy farm near Stow-on-the-Wold will be auctioned on 11 November.

Woodlands Farm has about 108 acres of gently sloping pasture which is largely ring-fenced, apart from a six-acre offlying block situated nearby.

Alongside a number of stone and brick barns the farm has larger, modern buildings used for cattle and for bale storage.

It has a guide price of £1.8m. (Tayler & Fletcher 01451 820 913)

Wiltshire

Near Melksham, Hill Farm has about 100 acres of gently sloping and level grassland used to rear beef cattle.

Hill Farm, near Melksham

Hill Farm, near Melksham

Its buildings include a number of dutch barns and some covered yard space, while traditional stone buildings have planning consent for conversion to three houses.

The guide price here is £2.35m. (Cooper & Tanner 01373 455 060)

Cheshire

Calveley Green Farm, in the heart of Cheshire’s prime dairying area, has about 147 acres of ring-fenced pasture and excellent farm buildings.

Calveley Green Farm, Cheshire

Calveley Green Farm, Cheshire

Situated near Tarporley, six miles from Nantwich, the farm has dual-span cubicle sheds for 240 head, loose housing, a concrete slurry store, silage yard and feed bins.

The farm’s milking robots have been removed but the parlour could easily be re-equipped.

A farmhouse is included in the guide price of £2.6m. (Fisher German 01244 409 665)

Warwickshire

A beef, sheep and arable unit with Grade 2 soils and 120t of grain storage is for sale near Coventry.

About 56 acres of Grange Farm’s land at Ryton on Dunsmore is traditionally used for spring arable cropping but currently lies fallow, while 58 acres is used for grazing.

It is for sale at a guide price of £2.35m for the whole or in four lots. (Howkins & Harrison 01788 564 680)

Herefordshire

McCartneys has set a guide price of £10,000/acre for a 64-acre block of Grade 2 land near Leominster.

It comprises about 41 acres of arable and temporary grass with the balance put to grassland.

ELS and HLS agreements are in place until 2019, and tenders for the block as a whole, or in three lots, must be received by 12pm on 30 October. (McCartneys 01544 230 316)