‘Established’ dairy farm includes 3 robotic milking machines on 523ac

Galbraith has brought to the open market East Tarbrax Farm in North Lanarkshire, a substantial dairy unit of 523.33ac currently supporting 150 milking cows and followers.

It is situated near Shotts in North Lanarkshire, three miles from junction five of the M8 and one mile from the nearest train station; while Glasgow is 23 miles and Edinburgh is 30 miles away.

Agriculturally, the surrounding area of North Lanarkshire provides an accessible location with a combination of productive pasture and arable ground with rolling hills in the distance.

The area is well served by a wide variety of merchants and suppliers, and there are a number of agricultural contractors who can provide additional farming resources as required.

The farm lies approximately 17 miles north of Lanark Auction market, and within 35 miles of both Stirling Auction Marts – all of which provide a choice of three outlets for store and finished livestock produced on the holding.

Alternatively, Carlisle Mart, which is an excellent outlet for dairy and breeding stock, is just over an hour and a half’s drive via the M74.

East Tarbrax

East Tarbrax has been farmed by the same family for a total of 107 years with the current sellers being the third generation to milk cows on the holding. It is currently for sale in two lots.

Lot 1 includes 523.28ac of productive pasture and silage ground, as well as an array of outbuildings and dwellings. Prominent features include three Fullwood Merlin robotic milking machines and housing for up to 430 head of cattle.

Duncan Barrie, a partner with Galbraith, said: “This is an established and renowned dairy farm with a long history in the dairy industry.

The farm presents a rare opportunity to acquire a commercial dairy farm within central Scotland, equipped with an extensive range of modern and traditional farm buildings, including three robot milkers and two dwelling houses.

The farmland, which is situated in four large blocks, has been classified as Grade 4.1 and Grade 4.2 by The James Hutton Institute. All the fields are easily accessible from a network of farm tracks or via field gates which lead onto a number of public roads.

The current owners have ensured the land has benefited from a healthy supply of slurry and farmyard manure and have undertaken an extensive programme of drainage and reseeding of the land over the years.

Some of the farmland to the north of the holding, adjacent to Shotts, offers longer term development potential, subject to the necessary planning consents.

The farm buildings, situated adjacent to the farmhouse, are an excellent range of modern and traditional farm buildings, comprising: 

  • Tank house (8.94m X 3.94m);
  • Traditional steading (309.62m²);
  • Calf shed / former parlour shed (19.57m X 7.48m);
  • Clean room / calf shed (17.16m X 11.8m and 39.4m X 11.7m);
  • Feed shed (36.5m X 9.14m);
  • Five cubicle sheds:
    • Shed 1 (36.5m X 9.14m);
    • Shed 2 (20.28m X 7.65m);
    • Shed 3 (37.5m X 6.47m);
    • Shed 4 (27.5m X 10.7m);
    • Shed 5 (15.4m X 14.5m);
  • Straw court (24.3m X 14.2m);
  • Cattle court (20.4m X 4.44m);
  • Slatted shed (15.5m X 9.0m);
  • Slurry store, with capacity for 1,000,000L;
  • Feed store (9.9m X 7.72m);
  • Large silage pit shed (56m X 45m at largest);
  • Calving shed (30.4m X 13.34m);
  • Young stock shed (55.2m X 11.9m);
  • Straw shed / young stock (36.5m X 15m);
  • Bull beef shed (60.0m X 14.4m).

Additional features

The farm has an attractive two-storey farmhouse with a private enclosed garden, although the property is in need of renovation.

Additionally, there is a further three-bedroom detached cottage with a large garden.

The current owners also receive an income stream from an 80kw turbine and telecom mast, allowing for efficient and sustainable running of the dairy enterprise.

East Tarbrax Farm is for sale as whole or in two lots as follows:

  • Lot 1: Offers over £1,830,000;
  • Lot 2: Offers over £45,000;
  • As a whole: Offers over £1,875,000.

Commenting on the potential attraction of the farm, Duncan said: “The farm is ideally suited for modern dairy farming and accompanied by a productive block of 523.33ac of pasture and silage ground.

“East Tarbrax is a very productive holding and this, coupled with the development potential of the land close to Shotts, is likely to attract a wide range of buyers,” he concluded.

Further information can be found online.