A 15-year farm tenancy or share farming agreement is being offered to young farmers on an upland Northumberland estate.
Sundaysight Farm is part of the Highgreen Estate which extends to about 2,023 hectares (5,000 acres) and comprises let farms, an in-hand hill farming enterprise, woodlands and let cottages.
The farm is a large hill livestock unit suited to sheep and beef farming and the current tenant, who sold his cattle in 2014, now runs about 900 Swaledale ewes plus followers.
The owner, Sir William Morrison-Bell, says he would like to offer the opportunity to enter into a share farming agreement, although, depending on the level of interest shown, the farm may be let on a conventional Farm Business Tenancy.
He says: “I am offering the share farm option to widen the potential range of interest and, in any event, will look favourably on younger, forward-looking applicants who see a promising future in hill farming.”
Sir William says he will provide land and buildings and the farmhouse to live in, while the operator will provide labour and equipment, with stock ownership split on a basis as agreed between both parties.
The range of buildings includes an 25-metre by 9m (80ft by 30ft) steel portal-framed cattle shed, 18m by 14m (60ft by 45ft) modern timber-framed sheep shed and an 18m by 6m (60ft by 21ft) Dutch barn.
The deadline for submissions is Thursday, February 18, 2016.