My travels recently took me to North Cork and to the town of Charleville. It was a wild, blustery and cold day when I visited a 70ac farm with extensive farm buildings at Kiltoohig on the outskirts of the town located on the Dromcollogher road inside the 60kmph speed limit.
The place is for sale by private treaty with a guide price of €900,000, or about €12,500/ac.
It was originally an 85ac residential holding but the owner is retaining the farmhouse with a smaller farmyard and 15ac of land. Even on the harsh day that was in it, this farm looked the picture of health, a fine dairy holding all in one block with an extensive yard and land in top-class condition.
Set in a long narrow shape, the property is bounded on its perimeter by traditional hedgerow and internally is all laid out in neat paddocks fenced with electric fences and water laid on to every paddock. There isn't a centimetre of waste on the land and the entire farm is accessible by a hardcore internal roadway.
The farm is accessed from the main road by its own entrance where there is decent road frontage and a good elevated field that would make a fine site for a dwelling, subject to the required planning permissions.
"This place is very well farmed and carried 90 cows when it was a dairy operation," explains auctioneer John Flynn. "Nothing was spared to make sure that everything was right."
The main yard with the farm has a shed for everything with facilities that are second to none.
The milking parlour is a six-unit, fully fitted Dairymaster with a bulk feeder, a bulk tank and a generator. Adjacent to the dairy is a kitchenette with WC.
The main shed with accommodation for up to 100 adult cattle is an extensive seven-bay A-roofed shed with full lean-tos to eitherside and automatic scrapers.
Also in the yard is a four-bay shed with cubicles and loose pens for weanlings, an open silage pit and an extensive nine-bay calf shed with pens and storage space.
Adjacent to this is a round-roofed machinery shed and workshop. The slurry is handled by a relatively new 125,000gal round-tower slurry tank.
All in all this is one of the finest farms one could visit, the land is made up of quality grazing ground in the best of order and the farmyard facilities are second to none.
Anyone buying the place has nothing to do but walk in and start farming.
These days a 70ac operation would not be regarded as a viable stand-alone farm but this holding would go a long way to delivering a good income and would certainly make an excellent out-farm.