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Sunday 22 October 2017

157ac grass and tillage farm hits the market with state-of-the-art finishing sheds

The farm at Berrillstown near Dunshaughlin goes to auction on May 23 and is guided at €2m
The farm at Berrillstown near Dunshaughlin goes to auction on May 23 and is guided at €2m
Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

As I got out of my car to walk the 157ac non-residential Ber­rillstown farm near Dunshaughlin in Co Meath, I asked my host, Stephen Barry of Potterton auctioneers, would I need wellingtons.

His reply was succinct.

And I didn't need wellies to walk this powerful farm that comes with an array of sheds, plenty of road frontage and a guide price of €2m or over €12,700/ac.

It was a hardy but fine morning when I arrived at the farm on the Navan road, 6.5km from ­Dunshaughlin.

It is difficult to avoid the superlatives jumping off the keyboard as I attempt to describe this place.

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It is one of the best farms I have set foot on, currently in a mixture of grass and tillage with state-of-the-art finishing sheds, this land is fit for anything.

It is dry, level, fertile and farmed to the edge of every boundary.

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It has a top-class internal roadway and fencing the like of which I haven't seen on any livestock or tillage holding, with a combination of high-quality post and rail with V-mesh wire and hedgerow.

The place is as neat as a stud farm and has an attention to detail in terms of infrastructure and maintenance I have only seen on top-of-the-range equestrian properties.

There is 560m of road frontage on to the R147, the old N3, and the farm backs on the M3 motorway with access from a service road.

The land is currently under 34ac of spring barley, 28ac of winter barley and 87ac of grass with the remainder in internal roadway and yard space.

The yard is situated just inside the main gate and sits on a huge concrete footprint. The facilities include a double round roof, six-column shed with lean-tos at either side covering almost 12,000 sq ft. These are currently used mainly for fodder and machinery storage.

To the rear of these sheds is a 12,000sq ft slatted floor feeding and finishing unit with a central feeding passage wider than many country roads.

The unit is divided into 18 slatted pens on gang slats set over slurry tanks made to measure with the shed and fitted with a central agitation point. The shed is surrounded by an earthen embankment that acts as a windbreak and has a planted shelter-belt to one side.

This farm is undoubtedly suitable to the whole gamut of Irish farming enterprises from dry-stock to bloodstock to tillage and dairying.

Given its extensive road frontage, with the requisite planning permission, it could be turned into a residential holding.

According to Stephen Barry, the current owner has other farming, equestrian and property interests on which he wants to concentrate his energies.

The place will be sold at auction at the Navan salesrooms of Raymond Potterton auctioneers at 3pm on Tuesday, May 23.

Tara Tillage farm

At the same auction, Potterton auctioneers are handling the sale of a fine 62ac tillage farm at Rathfeigh near Tara in Co Meath.

The holding will be sold with a guide of €600,000 to €620,000.

Located 8km from Ashbourne, 9km from Tara and 13km from Slane, the farm is in five fields and comes with 440m of frontage on to the N2 between Ashbourne and Slane.

Laid out in large divisions, the holding is without any waste, is in the best of heart and suitable for any farm enterprise.

It could become a residential property subject to planning permission.


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