Milk this English opportunity
Irish buyers keen on high spec dairy unit in Leicester
Published 01/06/2010 | 05:00
Several Irish farmers have expressed interest in a top-of-the-range dairy unit in Leicester, England. The 234.85ac dairy farm is a ready-to-go unit, having been purpose built over the past seven years.
Ridgefield Farm is located on the edge of Woodhouse Eaves, a village eight miles from Leicester, in the English Midlands.
The farm comprises 216ac of pasture land, together with more than 78,000sq ft of modern, steel portal-framed farm buildings, with some constructed to industrial specification.
The main dairy building extends to about 42,000sq ft on the ground floor, with a first floor mezzanine area providing a further 2,750sq ft of space. This area includes offices, kitchen and self-contained flat, together with extensive conference facilities.
The ground floor includes the cubicle building with AI area, isolation pens, collecting yard, parlour, tank room, plant room, offices, toilet and shower facilities.
There is currently cubicle housing for 186 dairy cows, plus loose housing and individual boxes for 40 more cows, although this area has the potential to provide a further 92 cubicles.
There are also two modern farmhouses, with more than 5,500sq ft of accommodation in total. These are currently sub-divided into four three- bedroom dwellings.
Ridgefield Farm was bought by John and Val Barker, who sold the existing herd of dairy Shorthorns and replaced them with pedigree Holsteins in 1995.