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Wednesday 21 March 2018

Pictures: This state-of-the art dairy operation just hit the market in Cork for €2m

West Cork Farm
West Cork Farm
Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

Since the end of the quota regime, Cork dairy farmers have travelled the length and breadth of the country looking to buy farms to convert to milking.

One can only guess what kind of attention a fully equipped residential dairy operation on 126ac in the Rebel county itself will attract when the news gets out.

The farm, one of the finest dairy properties to come on the market in Cork for some time, is located at Tullineaskey East, Clonakilty.

Located 5km west of the West Cork town and fronting on the N71, the farm includes a farmhouse and a manager's bungalow along with top-class farm buildings and dairy facilities. The private treaty sale is guided at between €1.7m and €2m.

The house and the farm have been leased separately for the last number of years but the owner has decided to sell the entire farm as one lot.

The residence is a large two-storey, traditional farmhouse that has been remodelled and extended to 3,000sqft with accommodation that includes four bedrooms, two reception rooms, four bathrooms and a fully fitted modern kitchen.

According to auctioneer John Hodnett, the residence is "finished to a very high standard".

To the rear is a spacious sunroom while to the side is a car garage. Other buildings in the yard and adjacent to the house include a series of lovely refurbished stone outhouses that could be turned to many uses.

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The yard is also home to a manager's bungalow with two bedrooms, a sitting room and a kitchen/living area.

This modern residence is again finished to a high specification and, given the location of the farm, could become the anchor for a viable rural tourism venture.

State of the art

The farmyard is state of the art, with most of the space under cover, including the collecting yard for milking.

The buildings include two modern A-roofed sheds built to a very high specification.

They house the milking facilities, consisting of a 14-unit Dairymaster milking parlour and a Dairymaster automatic feeder.

The larger shed has a 130-animal cubical house that is part-slatted and fitted with automatic scrapers.

There is also a calving house with calving pens, a double three-span haybarn housing two silage pits and an over-ground slurry tank.

The land is in 121ac of pasture and 5ac of forestry, with road frontage on to two roads, the N71 main road between Clonakilty and Rosscarbery and a country bye-road.

In two divisions, the grazing ground is divided into large paddocks serviced by an internal roadway.

There is water supplied to all paddocks, and the land is described by Mr Hodnett as "powerful early grazing ground that is in great heart and very well looked after".

The private treaty sale is being jointly handled by Christy Buckley Farm Sales Ballinhassig and Hodnett Forde auctioneers, Clonakilty.

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