One of the stand-out sales for the past 12 months was that of Begerin Estate, in the North Sloblands, Co Wexford.
The 1,220ac farm was one of the biggest to come on the market in the past three years. The property came with four farmyards, two residences and three chalets. It also had entitlements of close to €126,000.
The farm was sold by Tralee-based milk processors Lee Strand Co-op. The Kerry outfit had originally offered the farm for sale by tender in 2007 but the offers lodged were not accepted.
The property was back on the market by mid-2009, with the owners quoting a guide price of €5.75m.
The property was eventually bought for a price close to the guide -- which equates to around €4,700/ac.
The identity of the buyer was not disclosed, except that he was a businessman from north Wexford. The property is currently being leased out.
The farm is in one block and laid out in large divisions -- the biggest of these extends to 135ac.
The four farmyards have an extensive range of farm buildings, including grain stores, disused milking parlour, cubicle sheds and loose sheds.
Staying in Wexford, the recent sale of a 16ac holding at Ballina, Ballymurn attracted interest from representatives of four local families.
The farm sale was handled by Michael Kehoe of Wexford Farmers Co-op.
He described the land as sandy ground and pointed out that interest was confined to locals as the road frontage on the property had been sold off previously.
Bidding for the farm opened at €80,000 and moved briskly until the hammer finally fell at €128,000 or exactly €8,000/ac.
The farm is located seven miles from Enniscorthy.