Farm Ireland

Tuesday 21 November 2017

Dingle dairy farm cream of the crop

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

Modern 204ac residential holding will test the level of Kingdom interest when it goes for sale

Kerry farmers are among the most active buyers of farmland in the nearby counties of Limerick, Cork and Tipperary.

It will be interesting to watch the level of Kingdom interest that is generated by the sale of a 204ac residential dairy farm located near Dingle that comes with 159ac of commonage, a newly built house and a fully equipped farmyard. The private treaty sale is being guided by Eddie McQuinn of McQuinn Consulting at €10,000/ac, with the house being guided at €320,000 giving a price tag on the entire of €2.3m.

Located at Ballyristeen and Ballintaggart on the outskirts of the famous west Kerry town of Dingle, the farm, which is a working dairy farm, can be sold as an entire or in lots. The vendors are a farming couple with young children who are milking up to 100 cows and are looking to buy a bigger dairy enterprise.

The main portion of the land, c.170ac, is situated to the right, off the N86 Tralee to Dingle road as it approaches the outskirts of Dingle. The land is described by Mr McQuinn as good pastureland, 85pc of which is on a gentle slope with about 30ac of upland. The land is in top condition, paddocked and serviced by an internal roadway.

The remainder of the land, 35ac, is located at Ballintaggart, fronting onto the N86 and adjoining Dingle racecourse on the outskirts of the town. Aside from three acres of marginal ground, this is described by Mr McQuinn as the best of the land and while the average guide price is €10,000/ac he expects this portion to make up to €20,000/ac.

Also included is 159ac of good quality commonage.

The farmyard has everything one would expect of a modern dairy farm. A cubicle shed with accommodation for up to 100 head of cattle is serviced by four automatic scrapers, while an eight unit, 16 stall DeLaval milking parlour with a 750gal bulk tank complete the milking facilities. The yard also includes a 170ft x 175ft silage slab, a 300,000gal lined slurry lagoon and a slurry pit measuring 75ft x 35ft x 5.5ft. Most of the farmyard facilities were developed between 2005 and the present and are in the best of condition. The house is a newly built four-bedroom bungalow extending to 2,900sq ft with panoramic views of Dingle Bay and the Skelligs.

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The property can be bought as an entire or in a combination of 10 lots. The lots outline as follows: Lot 'A', comprised of 28ac of quality grassland, is all in one block and well serviced by a farm roadway while lot 'B' is made up of 47ac that are all in one block with extensive road frontage and include the farm yard.

Lot 'C' is a 35ac parcel of fine land with extensive road frontage, while lot 'D' is 7.5ac in one compact block.

Lot 'E' represents a 46ac piece of dry mountain land under grass while lot 'F' refers to the 159ac of commonage.

Lot 'G' is a 3ac parcel of land with a traditional stone dwelling and road frontage and will be of interest to the buyer with a view to building a house. Lot 'H' is the lot that incorporates the bungalow on 1.5ac. Lot 'I' consists of the 35ac of land at Ballintaggart that fronts onto the N86 and is located adjacent to Dingle Racecourse. The final lot, lot 'J' is a 1ac plot with road frontage that adjoins the main farm.

According to Mr McQuinn the vendors have not included the milk quota or the Single Farm Payment with the sale but these may become available if a property they buy already has sufficient quota and entitlements.

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