The Agriculture sector is important to Ontario and it’s also important to us. The Agrecomm Appraisal Group’s primary focus is farm appraisals. In fact, developing and expanding our knowledge of the agricultural market trends and property values is an ongoing commitment of our team. We focus on the valuation of both working farms and hobby farms / rural residential properties.
Of course, like farming operations, no one appraisal fits all. Ontario farmers come to us to help them for a number of reasons. Our farm appraisals can help with:
Buying a Farm
We have significant experience and expertise in the valuation of multi-parcel farming operations and farms with substantial building improvements.
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Not all farmland is created equally. Being able to identify the characteristics of what makes farmland more or less desirable is an important distinction. These characteristics can include: soil type, CLI class, tile drainage, topography, and field size, shape and access.
These characteristics also dictate which crops are likely to be grown. Throughout Southwestern Ontario, arable (workable) land, is most commonly used to produce corn, soybeans, wheat, hay and forage, barley, and oats.
Within this spectrum of crops, most farmers opt for annual crop rotations for soil management and disease control. Cover crops have also been increasing in popularity to help with minimizing soil erosion, improving drainage, and improving overall soil health.
The Canadian dairy industry is one of two agricultural industries regulated by supply management. Dairy barns across Southwestern Ontario vary from traditional setups in older buildings to highly sophisticated barns with all the latest equipment and technology.
Important considerations for the valuation of dairy facilities include but is not limited to: the overall barn setup (free stall or tie stall), on-site replacements, feed storage, manure storage, milk house and types of parlour. Ensuring improvements are well laid out can assisting with reducing the labour costs involved in day-to-day operations.
There are four main types of swine farms including weaner, finishing, SEW, and farrow to finish.
Swine farms across Southwestern Ontario have barns with varying characteristics which include but are not limited to: the type of ventilation, type of barn construction, manure storage, feed system and storage and capacity (barn density).
Well laid out improvements can reduce the labor costs involved in day-to-day operations.
The Canadian poultry industry is one of two agricultural industries regulated by supply management.
The two main types of fowl produced in Southwestern Ontario are turkeys and chickens. The most commonly found types of turkey barns include broiler and breeder barns, while the main types of chicken farms include broiler farms, layer farms, and breeder barns.
Poultry farms across Southwestern Ontario have barns which have varying characteristics which include but are not limited to: grain storage, list types of poultry farms and capacity (barn density) which has by-law restrictions.
Beef farming, specifically cattle grazing, is limited in Southwestern Ontario as more and more of this land has been converted into grain production.
Many of the beef farms that remain have pivoted to feed lot style production. The majority of cattle ranges that still exist are located on more marginal land where conventional crops aren’t practical or economically viable.
These facilities generally cater to a specific type of horseback riding which includes English, Western, or Racing. There are also those who hold horses simply for recreational riding or other purposes.
Some of the important characteristics of horse farms include but are not limited to: # of stalls and their size, hay lofts or storage sheds, riding arena, tack room, outdoor tracks (and their sizes), paddocks, on-site veterinary service, rehabilitation facilities, and proximity to urban centres (for boarding or riding schools) and racetracks.
Sheep and goat farming is a branch of animal husbandry where the animals are used primarily for their meat and milk. Sheep are also used for their wool.
These animals are typically grazed on pasture, in addition to being held in a variety of barn types including loose housing. These barns can range from older traditional barns to more modern structures with all the equipment and technology required for milk production.
The materials used in greenhouses can vary from double poly, glass, and polycarbonate. They can utilize multiple types of heating systems with varying efficiencies such as hot water, steam, bio fuel, natural gas, light oil, bunker oil.
Additional factors of greenhouses include service area percentages (warehousing, office, cooler, packing area etc.), employee housing, computer systems, crop systems (hanging trough, leachate collection, fertilizer & irrigation system), back-up generators, crop types (tomatoes, peppers, floriculture etc.), nurseries and garden centres.
In addition to conventional field crops, farmers in Ontario also use arable land to produce a variety of fruit and vegetable produce including but not limited to: carrots, potatoes, sugar beets, onions, broccoli, apples, peaches, pears, cherries, strawberry, blueberries, grapes, sweet corn, peas, green beans, squash, zucchini, pumpkins, ginseng, mushrooms and asparagus.
While some of these crops can be grown in a wide variety of locations, certain crops are more sensitive to their environment and require specific conditions to survive. Some of these conditions include a proper climate, precipitation, and soil conditions.
Ontario has three primary viticultural areas: Niagara Peninsula, Lake Erie North Shore, and Price Edward County.
In recent years, Ontario has seen the potential of additional appellations emerging. Wineries and vineyards and appearing in Norfolk County along the north shore of Lake Erie, as well as the Georgian Triangle, located between Owen Sound and Collingwood along the southern shores of Georgian Bay.
With vineyards, important characteristic include the vine variety, age of the vine, row spacing, mortality rate, historical yields, land drainage, and associated infrastructure (such as posts, wires, and trellis).
Smaller acreage farms or farms that are not suitable or economical for agriculture are often desirable as rural residential properties, hobby farms, or bush lots. These types of properties are attractive to urban buyers looking to live in the country.
Parcels, which are tree covered, are protected from clear cutting throughout most jurisdictions across Ontario, even if they would be suitable for agricultural purposes. Due to these restrictions, parcels are typically purchased as recreational properties where houses may or may not be permitted to be built. These parcels are also in demand by various conservation groups across the province, as well as the forestry industry if there is sufficient lumber value that could be selectively cut.
Due to the size and demands of the agricultural industry, a supporting agri-related business industry has sprouted up across Ontario.
These supporting industries include farm supply outlets, equipment dealerships, agri-tourism, grain elevators, feed mills, trucking facilities, abattoirs, veterinary clinics, and many others.
We have significant experience and expertise in the valuation of multi-parcel farming operations and farms with substantial building improvements. From large cropping operations to hobby farms, our appraisers are well-versed in evaluating the productive capabilities of:
types of farms
Cash Crop Farms
Swine (Farrowing) Farm
Poultry (Turkey) Farm
Swine (Finishing) Farm
Poultry (Chicken) Farm
Swine (SEW) Farm
Swine (Farrow to Finish) Farm
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