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HomeFarming News494ac residential sheep and beef farm guiding at over €2.8m
Catherina Cunnane
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Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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494ac residential sheep and beef farm guiding at over €2.8m

An “attractive and productive mixed beef and sheep farm in a highly scenic and accessible location” is how Savills has described its newest listing in the form of Brownsbank Farm in Biggar, Lanarkshire, in the UK.

The property, is available in lots with guide prices of over £500,000 -​ £2,500,000.

According to the agent, the farm has been in the sellers’ family since the 1930s.

Farm for sale 

It encompasses:

  • 244-acres of arable and temporary pasture;
  • 206-acres of permanent pasture and hill;
  • 33-acres of woodland;
  • An extensive range of farm buildings with “extensive” wintering and lambing accommodation;
  • 3-bed farmhouse;
  • 3-bed cottage.

Commenting on the listing, a spokesperson for the property firm said:

“The land is well suited to support a mixed stock enterprise with a well-balanced combination of ground ranging from low lying silage and croppable fields to improved hill enclosures providing good grazing.”

“The grass leys are in good heart and have benefitted from regular applications of fertiliser and manure with lime also applied when required.”

“A programme of re-seeding, fencing and drainage has been followed in recent years.”

Sheep and sucklers

Currently, the farm is home to a herd of 65 pedigree Luing suckler cows plus followers as part of a spring indoor calving system.

On the other hand, the sheep flock consists of about 800 breeding mule ewes, as part of an indoor lambing operation, with followers in addition.

The owners produce all fodder on the farm, while they have cropped circa 167-acres with spring barley in the past.

The land is largely contained within a ring fence with the exception of 106-acres. The latter sits to the north-west of the public road and are offered for sale as a separate lot.

The low-lying land adjacent to the Hen Burn on the north-western boundary is at about 200m above sea level and, at its highest point, the land rises to about 426mat the peak of Broomy Law.

The soils are mainly Class 4.2, according to the James Hutton Institute for Soil Research.

The agent continued:

“The fields are of a good size and layout and are serviced by a useful network of hard internal tracks.”

“All fields and hill enclosures benefit from either a natural or a private piped water supply.”
There are 33 acres of woodland, providing shelter and a “useful” source of timber for the biomass heating and hot water system supplying the farmhouse.

13-acres have been clear felled and brash removed following Storm Arwen. The sellers intend to replant the respective areas throughout the winter of 2022-2023.

The agent suggested that the farm may offer the potential for further woodland creation, subject to obtaining the required consents.

The farmstead lies at the southern foot of Broomy Law in an elevated yet sheltered position overlooking the upper Clyde valley and Tinto Hill beyond.

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