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Friday 21 September 2018

'Fine fattening farm’ of 136ac on the market in Leitrim guided at just €6,500 per acre

The 136ac grass holding is described as a ‘fine fattening farm’ — it is located near Mohill and has a guide price of €6,500 per acre
The 136ac grass holding is described as a ‘fine fattening farm’ — it is located near Mohill and has a guide price of €6,500 per acre

Jim O’Brien

Leitrim land often comes in smallholdings that are destined to be consumed by forestry.

It is unusual for a 136ac grass farm to come for sale in the county but such a farm located at Drumard, Mohill is facing the gavel with a guide of around €6,500/ac.

The holding is located 4km from Mohill, 12km from Carrick-on-Shannon and 12km from Longford.

It comes with 27 entitlements and is described by Fintan McGill of Sherry FitzGerald McGill as a fine fattening farm in good order with plenty of road frontage. Given its proximity to the towns of Longford, Carrick-on-Shannon and Mohill, Mr McGill believes that, with planning permission, it is has good site potential for any purchaser.

The land is laid out in seven fields of good grazing ground fenced with traditional hedgerow. The grass portion extending to about 110ac makes up the bulk of the land while a 25ac piece in two fields is bogland.

An extensive array of sheds are set on a large concrete slab. These include a four-column enclosed round roof shed with lean-tos at either side. Further outside the lean-tos are sheds that can be used for storage, calving or lambing units.

A slurry lagoon is located to the rear of the spacious yard, which also contains a silage pit and cattle handling facilities including a cattle crush.

Wintering yard

All in all there is accommodation for between 70 and 100 head of stock on this comprehensive wintering yard. Such a yard is essential to any holding in the north west given the slightly longer winters. Water is supplied by a mains supply and a natural stream.

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Fintan McGill is expecting a wide range of interest in the executor sale. “We don’t expect it to sell in its entire,” he said, “more than likely it will sell in lots as it divides naturally into smaller parcels given the extent of the road frontage.”

Sherry FitzGerald McGill, Longford and Farrell Bros auctioneers, Longford, are handling the sale as joint agents. The auction takes place at the Landmark Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon at 3pm on Friday, July 6.

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