Streets ahead in the midlands
Farmers from several counties have shown interest in this tillage farm
I turned off the N4, outside Rathowen in Co Westmeath, and turned left into the farm gate where I was greeted by wind rippling through the barley in almost every field in sight.
The boreen leading to the farmyard at Streete runs alongside the Sligo to Dublin railway line that bisects the farm.
Paul Murtagh of Murtagh Bros explains the farm is located between two bogs and therefore of esker quality with gravelly soil that is naturally free draining and fertile. About 15ac of the ground is in grass.
The farm is a great tillage holding, a rare item in this part of the country but it clearly has other possibilities.
All in one block, it is serviced by a number of roadways making conversion into a dairy operation or a drystock farm a distinct possibility. Although divided by the railway line there are level crossings connecting both sides.
Mr Murtagh says there is great interest in the land from all over the country with farmers from many counties taking the time to walk it.
In the middle of the farmyard lies the two-storey derelict farmhouse that hasn't been lived in for a number of years and would take quite an investment to bring it back to a habitable condition.
The yard also contains a four-column haybarn, some antiquated cattle handling facilities, a corrugated iron garage, a pump-house and a flat-roofed byre. Water is provided by a well and a stream that runs through the property.