Two substantial Cork farms with dairying tradition and potential remain on the market despite expectations that they might have been snapped up sooner. Both are located in the north of the county, at Buttevant and Mallow.
Glenville House, the home place of renowned Cork dairyman, the late Billy Nagle, once hosted one of the top Holstein Friesian herds in the country.
The 160ac residential farm, at Bregoge, Buttevant, Co Cork is for sale by private treaty and comes with a guide of €2m.
The sale is being handled by Buttevant auctioneer Tom Sheahan.
Located 1.5 miles from Buttevant, the 160ac farm comes with substantial road frontage. It is laid out in a series of level, easily worked fields and is suitable for tillage or grazing.
The facilities include three yards, a traditional courtyard adjacent to the house, a modern farmyard and an older yard with a derelict dwelling house.
The modern yard has wintering facilities comprised of a five-bay shed with 66 cubicles with mats and serviced by a wide drive-in feeding passage accessed through a rolling door and cleaned by automatic scrapers into underground slurry storage.
The residence, a period house built in the 1820s, is still in good condition with modern conveniences such as oil fired central heating.
The accommodation includes two reception rooms, a kitchen, a pantry and two smaller rooms, while the upstairs accommodation includes four bedrooms, a bathroom and a dressing room.
Nearby at Lombardstown, outside Mallow, a 108ac farm with an extensive range of new sheds continues to be for sale by private treaty.
It comes with a guide of €10,000 to €12,000/ac.
Located 11km west of Mallow, Lombardstown is home to Dairygold Mills, which bounds the farm.
The current owner bought the property a number of years ago with the intention of developing a sizeable dairy enterprise.
To that end he built a substantial farmyard, most of it under one roof, to house cows, calves drystock and replacements.
According to auctioneer Dan Fleming the facilities are among the best he has seen.
The new shed includes accommodation for up to 250hd of stock, with cubicles, slatted units, holding and calving facilities, automatic scrapers, mats, underground slurry storage.
There is an older but relatively modern yard on the farm, with round sheds and lean-tos. This is also a working farmyard with a range of useful sheds.
According to Mr Fleming the land is the best of arable land, well farmed, in great heart and laid out in neat paddocks serviced by an internal roadway.