Yorkshire dairy farm on offer following expansion

In Yorkshire, Carter Jonas’s Andrew Fallows is selling a 225-acre farm on behalf of a farmer who is so confident dairying has a future he has just bought another farm in the county for his three sons.

Anthony Gill paid £2.2m for Charity Farm at Thornton le Dale, near Pickering, which was on the market with agent Robin Jessop, because he and his sons want to expand the business’s dairy herd to 600 cows.

‘Enthusiasm’

“It is the enthusiasm of the boys that has driven their father to back them,” said Mr Fallows. “Buying Charity to expand is a natural expansion. This is a farming story and that’s good to see.”

The family currently milks about 200 cows at Church House Farm in the Yorkshire Dales at Castleton, 16 miles from Whitby.

Hard to expand

But Mr Fallows said the farm was in an area where little land became available making it hard to expand. It was also in a national park where planning restrictions were tight, he said.

Charity Farm was much closer to the family’s core holding, he added.

Alternative income

Church House Farm, which has a five-bed main house and is guided at £1.4m, could appeal to smaller dairy producers looking to expand, reckoned Mr Fallows. “It has a very good cubicles building.”

For those looking for some diversified income a traditional range of courtyard buildings had been converted to three holiday lets, he said. “There’s a ready-made alternative income stream.”