State-of-the-Art Cumbrian Dairy Farm Hits the Market at £5 Million

Source: The DairyNews
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A contemporary dairy enterprise in the heart of the Eden Valley, Low Abbey Farm, spanning 350 acres, is now available for purchase at nearly £5 million.
State-of-the-Art Cumbrian Dairy Farm Hits the Market at £5 Million
Located near Penrith, the farm boasts cutting-edge features, including four automated milking robots, a 16,000-litre bulk tank, and an automated feed and cleaning system catering to over 200 cows.

Situated in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the Eden Valley, Low Abbey Farm comprises productive Grade 3 arable land, permanent grassland, and woodland.

Additional amenities include approximately 2,300m³ of slurry storage, two uncovered silage pits, open-sided straw barns, grain and machinery stores, cattle courts, and young stock holding pens.

The farm's infrastructure includes general farm buildings with the capacity to house an extra 400 head of cattle, offering significant potential for change of use, subject to obtaining necessary consents.

John Coleman, representing GSC Grays, the selling agent for the farm, stated, "This modern dairy farm has seen substantial investment in recent years, both in the steading and the land." He highlighted the recent addition of a spacious new cubicle building with a slatted floor and an automated scraping system.

Positioned against the backdrop of the Cumbrian Fells, with the Lake District National Park in close proximity, Low Abbey Farm features a primary enterprise of a 220-head pedigree Holstein and Jersey dairy herd, supporting bull beef production. Additionally, the farm manages a sheep flock of 1,000 breeding ewes on land between Low Abbey and a secondary holding.

Presently, approximately 35 acres are cultivated with winter wheat, 23 acres with winter barley, and an additional 23 acres are earmarked for spring barley planting this season.

Low Abbey Farm benefits from a 30kW roof-mounted solar PV array, with the majority of the electricity generated utilized on the farm. A small syndicate shoot, historically operational on the farm, has provided 8-10 days of sport.

GSC Grays is offering Low Abbey Farm for sale as a whole or in four lots.
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