Former Teagasc 'model' farm creates a stir in the Northwest

Jim O’Brien

A 'model farm' extending to 85ac with a substantial farmyard at Carrowkeel, Chaffpool, Tubbercurry in Co Sligo is set to create a stir among local drystock farmers, according to auctioneer Roger McCarrick.

He said that the residential farm has been walked by farmers from all over the Northwest during the years it was used as a model of good farming practice by Teagasc.

The residential property comes to market by private treaty with a guide price of €600,000 or €7,000/ac.

Located three miles from Tubbercurry the holding comes with a fine three-bedroom bungalow in perfectly habitable condition.

The yard includes a four-bay slatted unit, an outside feeding area, a series of old stone sheds, an enclosed shed formed out of a three-column haybarn, and cattle handling facilities. Entitlements with a value of €11,750 are included in the sale.

The land is laid out in eight paddocks, is serviced by an internal roadway and comes with extensive main and side road frontage.

According to Roger McCarrick the farm is well fitted out and maintained.

"There isn't a paling post or a gatepost that isn't standing straight. Every gate is hung properly, all the fencing is in perfect order with everything in its place and a place for everything," said Mr McCarrick.

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And with water charges pending, the farm has the added benefit of well water piped throughout the holding.


When a farm is described as good Golden Vale grassland, in your mind's eye you picture a herd of Friesian cows happily grazing in neat paddocks separated with electric fences. A 98ac residential farm at Milltown, Charleville in Co Cork fits this picture and will draw the dairy interest when it comes to auction in June with a guide price of €1m or €10,000/ac.

The farm is located 6km southwest of the north Cork town of Charleville. The roadside farm comes with plenty of road frontage and, while it is being sold as a residential property, the house is in need of total refurbishment.

The yard is a traditional farmyard with a haybarn, cowhouse, calf houses and other buildings. The land is described by auctioneer John Flynn as top class Golden Vale ground divided into ten fields and is ideally suited for drystock or dairy farming.

The farm will be sold at public auction at the Charleville Park Hotel at 3pm on Thursday June 12.

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