Farm Ireland

Tuesday 20 February 2018

South Kerry farms full of facilities

Jim O’Brien

Two south Kerry farms owned by the same vendor will cause some excitement in that part of the Kingdom when they come for auction in early July.

The main holding is situated at Dungeel, Killorglin about 2km from Killorglin town. Extending to 43ac, the farm has been very well run over the years with productive pastures and quality livestock housing.

The holding is being sold by the owner who is moving to another part of the country where he intends to up-scale.

A guide price of €545,000 or €12,500/ac is quoted by selling agent Tom Spillane.

Divided into 11 divisions, the farm is the handiwork of a careful and diligent farmer. The divisions are well fenced and watered and the land is in great heart having been ploughed and reseeded at least once in the last 15 years and limed at regular intervals.

There is an extensive yard capable of handling cattle and sheep. The buildings include a five-bay suckler shed with calf creep and cattle crush, a six-bay portal-framed sheep shed with an adjoining sheep handling unit complete with dipping tank, drafting race and a roofed footbath.

Other buildings and facilities include a three-bay hayshed and a three-bay multi-purpose shed, a manure store and a 1,500 gallon effluent tank.

For those with an equestrian interest, the yard comes with four loose boxes complete with timed light switches and wiring for foaling cameras. All buildings are constructed to a high standard and supplied with water and electricity, while the yard areas and livestock handling areas are floodlit.

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The property has two separate entrances and includes a traditional orchard and a derelict dwelling house, which could offer a redevelopment opportunity, subject to planning permission.

The property enjoys 350m of single bank fishing rights on the River Laune, a river populated with salmon, sea trout, brown trout and other species. Shooting rights for deer and woodcock are also included and the farm is home to a duck flighting pond with mallard and teal. Among other species of game found on the land are pheasant, woodcock and pigeon.

There are panoramic views of the MacGillycuddy Reeks and the River Laune to the south and the Slieve Mish mountain range is visible to the north of the old house.

This farm is a ready-to-go operation – all the new owner will have to bring is stock, since everything else is in place.

The second property for sale by the same owner is a hill farm at Gortluachra, Kilgobnet, Beaufort, Killarney. This 60ac farm is currently home to Scottish blackface sheep and Highland cattle. It comes with sporting rights and a bog producing around 700 bags of turf annually. This latter portion is being guided at €200/ac.

Included in the sale is a roadside field of just under 4ac, being sold as a separate lot at €7,000/ac. The hill farm and roadside field come with entitlements generating more than €13,000 annually.

The guide price for this part of the property is €140,000 to €150,000.

Both farms will be sold at auction at 3pm on Friday, July 5 at the Royal Hotel, Killarney.

Irish Independent