Cork dairy farm with option on cow herd priced at ?1m
In this era of seismic changes in the dairy industry, the sale of a fully equipped, residential Cork dairy farm with a quota of 67,000gal and the option to buy the 103-cow herd, will create quite a stir.
The farm at Scart, Ballyclough in north Cork, is brought to auction by Christy Buckley with a guide price of €1.3m for the property and €1,200 per cow for the herd. The owner is moving to a farming property in another part of the county.
The farm is located less than a mile from the village of Ballyclough and about five miles west of Mallow in Co Cork. It consists of a house, a farmyard and 123ac of land all in one block with plenty of road frontage.
The house is a modern three-bedroom bungalow convenient to the farmyard. The yard has some fine facilities, including a new shed with loose housing for up to 70 cows and a 12-unit, modern milking parlour. There are also a range of older sheds and a new slatted slurry storage facility that could be covered with shedding if required.
The land is the best of gazing ground that is all in one block and comes with good road frontage. A central roadway provides internal access to the fields and paddocks, which divided by a combination of traditional hedgerows and electric fencing.
According to auctioneer, Christy Buckley, this is a walk-in operation. "If the new owner buys the cows, he or she can walk in, turn on the milking machine, and away they go," he said.
While Mr Buckley usually operates by private treaty sales, the owners of this farm are anxious to see it sell at auction and the agent believes it will attract lively interest.
The farm will be sold at the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow, at 3pm on Friday, May 30.