See the 700ac farm that the beef and milk barons are battling over
Milk output in Roscommon could be in for a significant hike next year should dairy interests win the battle for a 700ac farm that has just come on the market near Elphin.
The farm is not for sale but is available for a 20-year lease, and is certain to attract enquiries from large-scale dairy concerns, as well as from those finishing big numbers of cattle for beef processors. Indeed, even the beef barons themselves might be tempted to take it.
The property is owned by Marcus Hanly, who runs the nearby Laragan Quarry, and the rental is being handled by the Cork-based farm consultant and auctioneer Mike Brady.
It is located between the towns of Strokestown and Elphin, and is situated 7km from the former and 8km from the latter. It is 26km north of Roscommon town.
The farm is currently all in grass and is divided in to two blocks of 550ac and 150ac. It is described as good-quality grassland by Mike Brady. Indeed, the current owner has cut silage from most of it, he says.
The Corkman points out that the farm is all at an elevation of 350-400ft and is bone dry. "You rarely get wetland around a quarry," he comments.
The lands are currently laid out in big fields, which are accessed off farm roadways. However, Mr Brady says that further roadways will be needed if the farm is converted to dairy-ing. He adds that the filling for any such development would be supplied by the landowner at what he describes as a "reduced rate".
The property is currently run as a beef unit and has a number of double-slatted and loose sheds that provide accommodation for up to 1,000 cattle.