Well balanced LFA livestock farm with conservation & lifestyle appeal
Balquhadly, extending to about 353 acres, is an attractive ring fenced livestock unit which is directly accessible off the minor public road. The farm benefits from a long private access road enhancing privacy and security and leads to the south facing
farmhouse and steading. There is a good balance of arable/ploughable land and grazing. Arable fields surrounding the farmstead produce cereal crops for feed and silage. The hill ground to the north of the farm is ideally suited for summer grazing although is capable of outwintering cattle with the natural contours providing shelter.
Much has been done to improve the natural habitat of both wildlife and birdlife across the farm as is evident by the number of peewits, curlews and oyster catchers nesting on the hill and shell ducks on the ponds which have been created. The terrain allows for several days enjoyable shooting across the farm for a variety of game over the winter months.
Lying to the west of the farm steading is a harled two storey farmhouse under a pitched slate roof with an enclosed garden to the rear which enjoys the evening sun. The principal reception rooms on the ground floor enjoy far reaching views with a wood burning stove in the sitting room providing warmth in the winter months. There is a well appointed kitchen with an oil fired Raeburn, bedroom and shower room on the ground floor with a further three bedrooms (one en suite) and a further bathroom on the first floor.
Parts of the original stone steading at Balquhadly remain and have been adapted to merge with modern additions and purpose build general purpose sheds. The result is a compact yard/steading suited to housing suckler cows and to producing
barley beef calves and finished fat cattle. The large general purpose shed to the rear of the steading is ideally suited for indoor lambing.
1. Cattle Court (36.5m x 30.2m)
Steel portal frame construction, concrete panel/brick walls, aerated cladding fibre cement roof with central feed passage. Open on north elevation.
2. General Purpose Shed (28.2m x 13.3m)
Brick walls under a steel truss roof with fibre cement.
3. Cattle Court (25.1m x 21.7m)
Steel portal frame construction, stone/block walls with Yorkshire boarding above, corrugated roof, concrete floor and a raised feed passage.
4. Traditional Range
Stone and slate buildings which are currently utilised for storage. There are also two bull pens adjoining.
5. Cattle Court (21.6m x 6.3m)
Open fronted steel portal frame building with diagonal feed barriers, concrete panel walls and corrugated sheeting and roof.
Partially earth bunded/ concrete panel walls.
The land rises from the minor public road (141m above sea level) on the southern boundary to 250m above sea level. The
eastern boundary is demarked by the Cruick Water which flows through a steep ravine and shows excellent pheasants. The farm access road continues through the farm and provides good access to the outlying fields.
The land is classified as being predominantly Class 3(2) by the James Hutton Institute for Soil Research with the top hill field being Class 4(1). The soils are described as humus-iron podzols from the Strichen series.
The average field size (excluding the open hill and rough grazing) is 15 acres which is ideal for the rotation of stock and
production of silage. Cereal crops are grown and used on the farm for feed mixing with lupins for protein and sugar beet
pulp. Two cuts of silage are made, with the first cut being baled and the second cut going into the pit to the east of the farm steading. Turnips are included in the rotation as a useful break crop.
The current farming system is based around the production of beef cattle from a Spring calving suckler herd which has
gradually been reducing number over the past few years. Bull calves are fattened off the farm with surplus heifers sold
through the mart. Both a Shorthorn and a Simmental bull are used. Summer grazings are let to a neighbouring farmer on
a weekly basis. At capacity, the farm was capable of stocking 100 suckler cows and 300 sheep.
In summary the land can be summarised as follows:
Arable/temporary grass 138 acres
Permanent pasture 176 acres
Rough grazing 19 acres
Woodland/woodland grazing 10 acres
Until very recently about 500 pheasants were put down each season and provided about 6 days shooting. Duck and geese are attracted to three flighting ponds in the winter months which lie on the hill.