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    Challoch Farm

    Challoch Farm for sale in Challoch Farm, Leswalt, Stranraer, Wigtownshire, DG9 0LQ
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    DESCRIPTION

    Challoch Farm is highly regarded locally as being a first class dairy farm known for the productivity of its land and its excellent location: both of these factors mean that often the cows can be out as early as mid February each year. The farm was purchased by the current owner in the mid 1990's and in recent years has had significant investment to create a modern dairy complex to house the 300 Holstein Friesian milking cows plus followers, which produce around 2.2 million litres annually.

    The farm extends in total to about 373 acres (151 hectares) and includes a substantial period farmhouse with five bedrooms nestled within attractive secluded grounds; a three bedroom dairy house; a modern dairy complex with Fullwood parlour; a New Zealand style handling system with foot trimming crush and automatic shedding gate; cubicles for 340 cows; calf rearing sheds; loose housing; and three silage pits (with capacity for over 2500 tonnes), all set on concrete yards located towards the centre of the holding and benefitting from good access to the grazing paddocks via hardcore cow tracks. The buildings have been designed by architects to meet the highest standard of cow comfort and welfare with excellent cow flow.

    The land is well fenced with the majority including electric wires and all enclosures have water troughs. The farmland is in excellent heart receiving regular applications of fertiliser and slurry, with lime applied as and when required for maximum grass growth. The farm has consistently grown over 15 tonnes of dry matter per hectare since recording started five years
    ago through the AgriNet grassland management software. As part of the improvement works in recent years, slatted storage for 180,000 gallons of slurry was installed in the main yard, pumping underground to two off-lying lagoons with capacity for 280,000 and 450,000 gallons to the east and west of the holding respectively. Outlets to this system are located throughout the farm for ease of spreading. Winter fodder is produced on the farm with 3 cuts of silage. The farm is laid out in a paddock system with each paddock having easy access onto the 2.3 kilometres of cow tracks which further enhance cow flow across the farm and extend the grazing period.

    CHALLOCH FARMHOUSE
    Challoch Farmhouse stands within 4.8 acres of mature wooded grounds and is accessed via a separate tree lined driveway leading to a gravelled parking area at the front. The original dwelling dates back to 1573 with the rear extension being a later addition in the 19th century. Challoch is a well-proportioned property offering ample family accommodation over three storeys (plus cellars) as shown on the accompanying floor plans.

    On the ground floor, the house is accessed via the main entrance vestibule (with original tiled floor) which leads via an attractive glazed timber door to a large hallway with imposing sweeping stair case. The hallway provides access to accommodation on all floors.

    The two reception rooms to the front of the house benefit from many period features including original wooden shutters, open fireplaces and dual aspect windows. A connecting rear hallway also provides access to a sitting room, bathroom and kitchen.
    The back door enters a side hallway with original quarry tiled floor and provides access to the farm office and log store.

    On the first floor the four bedrooms are accessed from two light and airy landings and the two bedrooms to the front of the property enjoy dual aspect windows. Further stairs lead to the attic space providing access to the fifth bedroom and an attic room (currently utilised as a children's playroom).

    To the rear of the farmhouse is a fantastic walled garden, predominantly laid to lawn with mature shrubs and plants set within borders providing a safe haven for children to play and a
    private and tranquil area away from the working farm.

    The farmhouse has UPVC double glazing (timber effect, sash and case windows to the front) while heating and hot water are provided by the 80kW biomass boiler.

    DAIRY HOUSE
    The Dairy House is a detached property set within the modern yard complex to the west of the farmhouse. The property is of traditional stone and slate construction with a brick extension to the rear. The ground floor accommodation extends to kitchen, sitting room and dining room with three bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor.

    The property benefits from UPVC double glazed windows and heating and hot water from the biomass boiler. The biomass boiler is housed within the adjoining Dairy House building.

    FARM BUILDINGS
    The working farm is accessed from a separate driveway off the main road leading to the spacious concrete yard surrounding the modern farm buildings. There is ease of access from here to the newly constructed cow tracks serving the network of grazing paddocks. The farm buildings are laid out as shown on the accompanying plan and described briefly as follows:

    1. Dairy Complex (79.3m x 29.1m) Completed in 2012 the dairy complex is set within a modern steel portal frame shed with solid concrete and part slatted floors fitted with automatic scrapers, side feed barriers, concrete panels, ventilated cladding sheets and fibre cement roof sheets. Housed within the building are cubicles for 220 cows, the Fullwood 24:48 swingover parlour with automatic identification and in-parlour feeders,automatic cluster removers, automatic washing system, with a heat recovery system for the hot water, and a handling system with New Zealand style Artificial Insemination pen, automatic shedding gate and foot trimming crush. In addition is the dairy office, the bulk tank with capacity for 6000 litres, a WC, staff room and general storage where the automatic mineral dosing system (connected to all the drinking water troughs) is located.

    2. Cubicle Shed (44.8m x 25.5m) Completed in 2015, this comprises a steel portal frame shed with solid concrete and part slatted floors fitted with automatic scrapers, concrete panels / block walls, side feed barriers, ventilated cladding and fibre cement roof sheets. Housed within are a further 120 cubicles.

    3. Calf Shed (22.7m x 8.6m) Steel portal frame shed with part concrete / hardcore floor, concrete panels, profile metal sheet cladding and fibre cement roof sheets.

    4. Dry Cow /Calf Shed (24.4m x 12.0m) Steel portal frame building with concrete floor, concrete panels, ventilated and profile metal sheet cladding and fibre cement roof sheets. Within close proximity to the dairy complex and cubicle shed are the three silage pits and two draff clamps. The farm buildings benefit from a private water supply and split phase electricity supply. The biomass boiler situated adjacent to the Dairy House also provides hot water for the calf shed.

    FARMLAND
    The farmland sits within two ring fenced blocks, with an altitude ranging between 10 ? 105 metres above sea level. The majority of the farm is class 3(2) with some class 3(1) to the north and some 4(1) to the south of the holding respectively, as classified by the James Hutton Institute for Soil Research. Accessibility to the farmland is excellent via internal cow tracks and public roads. All grazing paddocks benefit from water troughs either via mains or private supply.
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    Price:£ 2,500,000
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