Farm Ireland

Monday 23 April 2018

West Cork dairy farm on letting market at €100-€250 per acre

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

A large west Cork dairy farm stretching to 200ac with full dairy facilities and cattle accommodation is on the long-term letting market in its entirety or in three lots.

Located at Carriganima, Macroom, the property is in three sections with one part including the buildings and 105ac of top-class ground.

A section of around 35ac of very good reclaimed mountain grazing makes up the second portion, while 60ac of mountain land which is designated a special protection area for hen harriers comprises the third parcel.

According to Gerry O'Sullivan of CCM Marts, Macroom, the 105ac with the buildings should command €250/ac.

He said the 35ac of reclaimed grazing ground is expected to fetch €200/ac, with the 60pc of mountain likely to get over €100/ac.

"Ideally we would like to let the farm to a single tenant," said Mr O'Sullivan.

"In that case we would be looking at an average of €200/ac for the 200ac on a longer lease, if that can be worked out."

"It carried 90 cows and their replacements along with sheep. It also provided fodder for all the stock.

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"The land is under a serious cover of grass at the moment and, weather permitting, will be ready for grazing in late February," said Mr O'Sullivan.

The owner had a crossbred herd with a smaller cow that suited the land in the area. The fields are all serviced by a fine network of internal roads thanks to the presence of a wind-farm constructed in the area a number of years ago.

There is an extensive yard on the farm that includes a 10-unit milking parlour, cubicle accommodation for 90 cows, a five-bay slatted shed, calving boxes, a calf house, a silage pit full of silage, silage bales, a straw storage area and plenty of slurry storage.

Under the GLAS plus payment scheme associated with the hen harrier, it can generate an income of €370/ha or just short of €150/ac up to a maximum of €7,000 per annum, said Mr O'Sullivan.

On this farm the scheme applies to the 60ac of mountain land, which entitles the holding to the maximum amount. There is active interest in the holding with a lot of local interest in the various lots.

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