Seafield and Strathspey Estates
 

Business Divisions

The family businesses of Seafield and Strathspey Estates operate through a number of trading concerns and include farming, forestry, fishing, accommodation and field sports.

Seafield Estate

ForestryThis is the main business in the Cullen area with let farms and residential property and provides the administration for the management of all the family ownerships and related businesses.

There is considerable interaction with the local villages. As the major landowner in the area, the Estate acts as a facilitator, making land available for housing and commercial needs to enable the settlements to grow.

Land use is mainly divided between reasonable sized arable holdings and commercial forestry. Much of the farm output is in the form of quality malting barley for the local whisky distilleries.

Salmon Fishing on the River SpeyStrathspey Estate

Strathspey Estate is the trading name of the Reidhaven Estate and offers a range of field sports – primarily salmon fishing, but also by arrangement red deer and roe deer stalking, and grouse shooting.

The Estate also offers accommodation at Inverallan House for corporate and private functions to compliment the multitude of activities available in the area such as walking, bird watching, canoeing, sailing, quad biking, skiing, golf and mountain biking for example. ... more

The Estate manages some of Scotland's most prestigious landscape. Our sporting brochure and quality accommodation, which is also available for corporate or private lets, can be viewed at www.strathspey-estate.co.uk. The three Castle Grant fishing beats are internationally renowned. The sporting operations, including grouse moors, are managed entirely commercially rather than for the benefit of the proprietor.

Sporting shooting is labour intensive. While revenue comes from only a few days sport, there is a continual programme of vermin control and moor maintenance. The sport is expensive to supply and operate but it enables essential essential land management to be financed and helps maintain our beautiful Scottish uplands. Shooting supports rural families and jobs and brings considerable foreign currency into the local economy. Shooting sports receive no subsidy from the EU or the UK Treasury.

Old Cullen Farms

Farming at Seafield Estate
One of three family farming businesses operating across Aberdeenshire and Moray, this partnership between Lord and Lady Seafield is the largest. The main crops are malting barley and wheat, using potatoes and oilseed rape as break crops. Some Seafield Estate tenants supply contracting services and the partnership acts as a contractor to other family businesses ... more

Old Cullen Farms - a typical annual cropping programme

Farming at Cullen Farm Seafield Estate
 
Acres
Hectares
Spring Barley
2,313
936
Winter Barley
254
103
Winter Wheat
736
298
Winter Oilseed Rape
288
117
Grass
371
150
Potatoes
109
44
Set Aside
270
109
Totals
4,341
1,757
 

Under the new European Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the partnership qualifies for 1,269.05 Single Farm Payment (SFP) units of entitlement. The amount paid is after deductions for the National Reserve, modulation and financial discipline. In 2013 the payment is around £304,000 (around �70 per acre). Payment depends on the land being managed to Standards of Good Agricultural and Environmental Conditions (GAEC). The SFP and associated cross-compliance controls acknowledge the public benefits derived from good agricultural management. Under the new CAP proposals, it is anticipated that the SFP will reduce in future years.

Seafield Rural
The operation manages commercial woodlands in the Cullen area and in Strathspey ... more

Forestry Operations at Seafield EstateWoodland at Cullen is predominantly Sitka spruce which grows on a 55 year rotation and is intended, mainly, for the UK construction market. In the course of a growing cycle, a number of thinnings may be made to allow the better development of the crop. Much of the timber at Strathspey is native Scots pine which has a much longer growing cycle. All of the family woodlands are certified under the UK Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS). Compliance with UKWAS involves adhering to agreed principles and practices of sustainable forest management, from initial planning to harvesting. UKWAS is recognised by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), which is an international organisation that brings people together to find solutions which promote responsible stewardship of the world’s forests.

Reidhaven Farms
This business specialises in growing cereal crops ... more


Reidhaven Farm Seafield Estate
 
Acres
Hectares
Spring Barley
421
170
Winter Barley
179
72
Winter Wheat
111
45
Winter Oilseed Rape
192
78
Grass
35
14
Potatoes
121
49
Set Aside
18
7
Totals
1,077
435
 

The business qualifies for 374.24 Single Farm Payment (SFP) units of entitlement after Standards of Good Agricultural and Environmental Conditions (GAECs) have been met, with the 2013 payment in the region of £90,000 (�83.50 per acre).

Wind Turbines at Boyndie Airfield, near BanffOgilvie-Grant Estate
With business interests at both Cullen and Strathspey, income is generated from forestry and the letting of agricultural land at Cullen.

Seafield Heirs 2009 Trust
This small farming business also grows cereals and qualifies for Single Farm Payment entitlements.

Dava Enterprises Ltd
This Company provides a small industrial site at the former Boyndie Airfield, near Banff. A wind farm at Boyndie has been generating electricity since 2006 with eight turbines now on the site.

CONTACT US
Seafield Estate Office
Cullen
BUCKIE
AB56 4UW
Scotland
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1542-840777
Fax: +44 (0)1542-841413

General Enquires
mail@seafield-estate.co.uk

Sporting Enquiries
mail@strathspey-estate.co.uk

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