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Thursday 14 December 2017

Top-spec dairy farm expected to spark interest among those eager to expand

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

The bigger farms are definitely taking the place of the smaller parcels in the farmland property market at the moment.

A powerful 108ac farm located at Lombardstown, Mallow, Co Cork, pictured right, has come to the market and will attract significant interest.

For sale by private treaty, the holding, which comes with a huge range of new sheds, is being guided at between €10,000 and €12,000/ac.

Located 11km west of Mallow, Lombardstown is home to Dairygold Mills, which bounds the farm.

The current owner bought the property a number of years ago with the intention of developing a sizeable dairy enterprise. To that end he built a substantial farmyard, most of it under one roof, to house cows, calves, drystock and replacements.

The farm buildings and facilities are among the best that would be seen anywhere and will be a huge advantage to any new owner, local auctioneer Dan Fleming says.

The new shed includes accommodation for up to 250 head of stock and includes cubicles with mats and cattle holding and calving facilities. The slatted shed has automatic scrapers and underground slurry storage.

There is an older yard on the farm which includes a number of sheds and lean-tos and this is also a working farmyard.

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While waiting to establish his dairy business, the owner farmed the land as a mixed tillage and grazing farm, planting mainly winter grain.

Dan Fleming says the land is the best of arable ground, well farmed, in great heart and laid out in neat paddocks that are serviced by an internal roadway.

Bounded on one side by the Mallow to Tralee railway line, the farm has no road frontage aside from two access points to the central roadway.

Dan Fleming is justified in his expectation of significant interest in this farm, given the forecast growth in the dairy sector over the next seven years.

Over the past few weeks, quite a few Kerry-based dairy farmers have been moving east to buy land in Limerick and Cork. This particular farm will most certainly attract more men of the Kingdom to "go east for the land".

Irish Independent

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