Agricultural department

Ward & Chowen has been serving the Agricultural Community for over 180 years. Our principal aim is to provide our clients with as much marketing expertise as possible and professional quality advice to suit every individual client’s requirements.

Ward & Chowen have been running the Tavistock Livestock Centre since the middle of 19th century. We specialise in the sale of store stock, and have built up an enviable reputation selling good quality cattle and sheep to buyers from all over the country.


Large monthly, catalogued store cattle sales are held as well as seasonal breeding sheep and suckled calf sales. Forthcoming Sales

We also conduct on site sales throughout the year that include farm machinery and implements, stock held at builders’ merchants and garden centres, shop equipment etc.

Our agricultural properties can be found using our property search tool, or you can contact our agricultural department.

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Ward & Chowen was founded over 180 years ago as a predominantly agricultural and land agency practice. Over the years we have developed an excellent reputation as Agricultural Surveyors and Rural Specialists in Devon and Cornwall.

We have the necessary level of expertise to ensure that maximum value is realised wherever possible.

We are also always keen to expand upon our level of competence in order to keep ourselves up to date with the latest information on what is a particularly complex sector of the property market.

As one of the leading rural practices in the area we are fortunate to be instructed on many of the local land sales and lettings in our area. Our excellent client and applicant database ensures that we are the first “port of call” for anyone seeking to purchase, sell or rent land.


In addition to our Agency Department, Ward & Chowen are also able to provide the rural community with a variety of professional services designed to meet the needs of this increasingly diverse industry.

This work may include:

Agricultural land and property valuations – Inheritance
Capital Gains Tax and Bank purposes, Purchase, Development or Sale
Estate Management – Tenant Finder Service, Rent Reviews, Tenancy Renewals, Dilapidations, Management Service
Basic Payment Scheme
Diversification and planning
Agricultural Environmental Schemes – Higher, Entry and Upland Entry Level Stewardship & Countryside Stewardship
Compensation claims
Farm Business Tenancies and Annual Grass Lets
Wayleaves and Compulsory Purchase
Dartmoor Commons Rights
Qualified experts with knowledge of planning and taxation


The most significant natural feature in our area is Dartmoor. As with any significant landscape feature, careful management is required to ensure that both the amenity of the area is maintained and the livelihoods of our farming clients, who derive an income from the moor, protected.

Ward & Chowen has a good working relationship with all of the authorities that contribute towards the management of the moor, including Devon County Council, The Dartmoor National Park, Natural England, The Ministry of Defence and The Dartmoor Commoners Council. This enables us to provide a variety of unique services for our clients with interests on the moor. These services include the negotiation of specific MOD licences across the Okehampton Range and apportionment of Commons Rights where sales, disposals and divisions of land on Dartmoor take place.


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