As supermarket giant Morrisons commits to buying only free-range eggs, an opportunity to buy an operational free-range egg production farm has come on the market.

High Catlowdy Farm, north-east of Longtown, is up for sale with an overall guide price of £750,000, or offered in two lots, through Carlisle’s Borderway office of H&H Land & Estates.

The small poultry farm consists of four poultry units with Vencomatic egg collecting and packing equipment which has previously housed 10,000 hens, around 52 acres of land, a five-bedroomed farmhouse, five stables and traditional stone outbuildings. 

The farm also has planning consent for a holiday chalet.

Thomas Armstrong, director for H&H Land & Estates, said: “This is the first stand-alone poultry farm I have brought to the market and I really do believe this offers a fantastic opportunity, as it is fully operational and quite literally set up for someone to run. 

“As soon as the hens are in-situ, the new owner can start their business. It has been run as a free-range unit; however it could also be suitable for organic free-range egg production.” 
He added: “People are investing in poultry units, but they are not selling them, so coupled with the Morrisons’ announcement this is a very timely opportunity. 

“Also, being close to Carlisle and the M6, we are expecting a lot of interest.”

The land, registered for Basic Payment purposes, is split into 15 field enclosures. It is quality pastureland well-suited to a combination of uses including free-range egg production and horse and livestock grazing.
High Catlowdy Farm is offered for sale freehold with vacant possession on completion.