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 land is well fenced with the majority including electric wires and all enclosures have water troughs. 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.
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.
The Dairy House is a detached property set within the modern yard complex to the west of the farmhouse. The ground floor accommodation extends to kitchen, sitting room and dining room with three bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor.
The farm buildings are laid out as shown on the accompanying plan and described briefly as follows:
1. Dairy Complex - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 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.