Farm Ireland

Thursday 27 October 2016

Streets ahead in the midlands

Farmers from several counties have shown interest in this tillage farm

Jim O'Brien

Published 09/09/2015 | 02:30

The farm at Street is a great tillage holding but conversion to dairy or drystock is also a possibility.
The farm at Street is a great tillage holding but conversion to dairy or drystock is also a possibility.
The two-storey derelict farmhouse
The hay barn on the Streete property

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.

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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.

The land has been rented to a tillage farmer for some time and I cross from one cornfield into another following the tractor tracks.

There are some lovely elevated divisions with great shelter from lovely stands of trees and while the farmyard might be neglected, the ground certainly is not. Firm underfoot, it is planted from ditch to ditch and pushing up a fine crop of barley.

Towards the back of the farm is a 20ac parcel of forestry, mainly in spruce. According to Mr Murtagh, this commands no premiums but should generate a fine return when it comes time to clear it in the not too distant future.

The place will be brought to auction in lots of 103ac and 51ac or as an entire. The auction takes place at the Greville Arms Hotel, Mullingar at 3pm on Thursday, September 17.

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