Dairy farm, value added business - 170 acres for partnership or sale - Landaff, NH

Posted on April 20, 2019Last updated 3 months ago

The Land

Property Owner:

Farmer or farm family

Property Location:

460 Mill Brook Rd., Landaff, NH

Total number of acres available with this property:

170.0

Acres of cropland or tillable land:

70.0

Acres of pasture:

15.0

Acres of forested land:

70.0

Other open and/or non-farmable land

The 15 acres of permanent pasture are divided into 7 paddocks for rotational grazing for the milk cows and 2 additional pastures for the heifers. We rent 60 additional acres for haylage and corn silage. Existing paddocks have good fences and water tubs.

Soils map:

Is the property enrolled in a current use or other state program that affects property taxes?:

Yes

Is the property protected with any type of Conservation Easement?:

No

Is there a forest management plan for forestland on the available property?:

No

Is the property certified organic, or does it qualify for organic certification under federal organic regulations?:

No
Farm Information

Water sources present

Available

Types of water sources present

Drilled well
Shallow well or spring reservoir
River/stream

Water sources details

We have 2 houses with artesian wells and a spring. There is a trout brook that runs thru the farm fields. All pastures have either water tubs or access to the brook crossing for water.

Barns, sheds or other structures

Available

Farm infrastructure details

2 free-stall barns, one with 64 stalls and feed bunk and one with 25 stalls, feed bunk and calving pen. We have a double 7 milking parlor, generators for both businesses, fully equipped, heated 2 bay farm shop, one bay with pit.

Farmer housing

Available

Farmer housing details

Property has 2 four bedroom farmhouses with drilled artesian wells. One house has 1.5 baths, large deck and back lawn, currently used as employee housing. One has 2 baths with indoor pool and attached value added business. Both have home offices.

Equipment and machinery

Available

Equipment and machinery details

Complete working dairy farm and all equipment in good condition for normal cropping of haylage and corn. Vertical mixer wagon, 4 tractors, articulated loader, mower with merger, bobcat skid steer with both bucket and rubber tire scrapper. 20 calf hutches, 3 buddy hutches.
Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement

Property for sale
Property for rent
Other

Property for sale

Current owners are willing to work with the right person or couples to make these two businesses continue for the next generation. Options could include working partnership, installment purchase over time or outright purchase. Interested parties please contact us by email and send a letter of interest, including your background.
Additional Information

Description

Value added raw-milk cheese creamery and complete working dairy farm for sale. Unique opportunity with pasture rotational grazing program summer months of the year, two houses, barn and full line of equipment, 170 acres, including managed woodlot. Herd consisting of 60 registered Holstein milking cows, DHI herd average 26,773; BF 4.2, P 3.3 averaging 80 pounds and all young stock. Interested persons should have the ability to manage the dairy farm for high quality milk and an interest in raw milk cheeses. Creamery and Farm are located in the beautiful town of Landaff, NH. http://www.landaffnh.org. Over half of the current production is used in creamery on site to produce the farm’s nationally recognized, award winning Landaff Creamery cheeses. www.landaffcreamery.com the remaining milk is shipped to the Agri-Mark Dairy Cooperative and the membership will be transferable to the new owners.

Landaff, NH was named after the Bishop of Llandaff, Wales, chaplain to England’s King George III. We were fascinated by the historical link and wanted to make a cheese traditional to that area of Wales. We named our cheese “Landaff Cheese” and have based it on a recipe Doug learned from Chris Duckett and Dr. Jemima Cordle. Chris Duckett was a 3rd generation cheese maker from Somerset England who had kept the tradition of Welsh farmstead cheese.

Landaff Cheese is a semi-firm cheese with a delicious combination of flavors, tangy with a buttery texture and a natural cave-aged rind. It melts beautifully and makes a wonderful addition to any cheese plate. Cheese is aged, marketed and distributed at the Cellars at Jasper Hill. www.cellarsatjasperhill.com Value added product with established market and this arrangement is an option for future owners.

The farm consists of approximately 170 acres: 15 acres of permanent pasture, 70 acres cropland chopped for grass haylage and corn silage and 70 acres of managed wood lots and wildlife habitat. All in current use tax base. The pastures are in 7 fields for rotational grazing during the summer and 2 additional fields across the road for heifers. Existing fences and roads between pastures as well as water tubs available in every field and are in good condition. We rent ~60 additional acres grass and corn ground. We usually grow enough silage and purchase ~140 large round bales of 1st cutting to supplement our TMR.

There are two houses on the property. One is a 4 bedroom house with a room for office and 1 ½ baths. Nice deck on the backside, overlooking a large lawn. The other is a 4 bedroom house with office, attached to the creamery with 2 full baths and pool. Both are farm houses dating back to the mid 1800’s. Both houses have drilled artesian wells.

Springvale Farms was founded in the 1950’s by Doug's parents, Dr. and Mrs. Fredrick A. Erb, DVM, who purchased and combined the land from several small farms in Landaff, NH. In 1980 Doug and Deb returned to Landaff and worked for them for several years. By 1989 we had purchased the cows and equipment and started out on our own. Since then we have made many updates to the facilities and large improvements in the genetics of the herd, which result in a higher quantity and quality of milk production. In 2010, ‘12 and ‘16 our farm was the 1st place quality award member, in our region of our cooperative, Agri-Mark. In 2016 we were 3rd overall top quality producer for Agri-Mark.

Landaff Creamery was built in 2008 with the intention of creating a high-quality value added raw cow’s milk cheese that would increase the sustainability of our farm and help preserve agriculture in our small town. The creamery is located next door to the farm in the building where Doug’s father, Dr. Frederick Erb used to have his Veterinary Practice prior to his retirement. The clinic was completely redone into a modern creamery that meets all regulations for high-quality cheese making.

Trout fishing brook runs thru farm

Managed wood lot

Fully equipped, heated farm shop with 2 bays, one with work pit

2 haylage bunks, 1 corn silage bunk

2 Free stall barns, one with 64 stalls and feed bunk; one with 25 stalls, feed bunk, calving-pen

Double 7 herringbone parlor with auto takeoffs

2 bay commodity shed

Roofless heifer facility with 70 headlocks, 4 super hutches

Farm does not have conservation easement but process could be started.

Farm has full line of equipment, in good working condition.

Interested parties please contact us by email and send a letter of interest, including your background.

Nearby Ski areas, snowmobile trails and hiking trails in the White Mountains

https://www.visitwhitemountains.com/

https://www.visitnh.gov/things-to-do/recreation/

20 minutes to retail shopping area, Littleton, NH

https://www.nhpr.org/post/nh-ages-littletons-getting-younger-and-hipperb...

https://www.visitwhitemountains.com/attractions/hiking-the-whites

Numerous craft breweries locally

https://nhbeer.org/beer-map/

45 minutes to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

https://www.dartmouth-hitchcock.org

 

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