***We are inviting Best Offers by 12 noon on Friday 29th January 2021*** First class large scale dairy farm with extensive buildings and 221.78 acres of mixed use land
***We are inviting Best Offers by 12 noon on Friday 29th January 2021***
Manor Farm Dairy is located between Shepton Mallet and Frome, in an attractive part of Somerset. The farm totals approximately 221 acres with extensive modern farm buildings which are centrally located. Currently, the farm is operated with additional rented land and forage crops grown under contract of over 1,348 acres within a radius of 6.2 miles.
The buildings at Manor Farm provide state-of-the-art facilities, offering the potential to run an intensive and efficient dairy system. They comprise a large dairy complex including a 64 point DeLaval rotary milking parlour. The three large open-span buildings which, together with cubicles, silage pits and slurry facilities, currently provide year-round accommodation for a 1,300 cow dairy herd. The site gives the opportunity to easily expand further making it an exciting farming and investment opportunity.
Location and Situation
The pretty hamlet of Downhead lies in the heart of the Mendip Hills. The hamlet has its own church, Church of All Saints, and is a short distance away from the village of Leigh-on-Mendip, which provides a range of amenities including a primary school taking children from 4 - 11, a village shop, The Bell Inn public house, St Giles's church, a village hall and many active clubs and societies.
The market town of Shepton Mallet is approximately 6 miles away and offers a comprehensive range of amenities and services including additional schools. The Georgian City of Bath lies 25 miles to the north and the picturesque City of Wells 11 miles to the west.
The holding includes a 2 bedroom mid-terraced house which is currently occupied by an employee of the farm. Council Tax Band B.
In total the land at Manor Farm extends to approximately 221 acres, the majority of which is Grade 3 and farmed in a rotation of forage maize, grass leys and arable crops.
The land north of the Old Wells Road is a free draining, loamy soil. The main block of land around the dairy complex is characterised by base-rich, loamy soils which may in places be slowly permeable and seasonally.
The farm is currently farmed together with an additional 1,348 acres of rented land comprising a number of separate Farm Business Tenancies and other agreements which the vendor has entered in to locally. Further details are available from the vendor's agents.
The farm is farmed in hand by the vendors. The high yielding pedigree Holstein dairy herd currently comprises 960 cows which are milked 3 times a day with a 379 day index, calving all year-round, with an impressive pregnancy rate of 30%. The herd have a rolling average yield of approx. 11,100 litres based on 305 day average and 12 month average milk sale showing butterfat levels of 3.97% and protein levels of 3.20%. The milk is sold to a cheese producer. More details of the herd performance are available from the agents.
At present, the staffing comprises 12 full-time employees. Further details are available from the agents.
The farm buildings are in one central location, these form the basis of the dairy unit. Please see the brochure for more information on the buildings.
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