There have been a number of farms that have come up for sale in the prime area of south Tipperary over the last couple of years. However, the number of large ready-to-go dairying or tillage operations of top-class quality that have come to the market in this area is a figure that can be counted on one hand.
A 160-acre residential holding near the appropriately-named village of Golden in south Tipperary is one such rare package. This is a farm that has it all: top-quality land in the heart of the Golden Vale, a working dairy operation with facilities for 300 cows, an excellent array of buildings and a large (over 2,000 sq ft) modern home.
Located in the townland of Suircastle, Ballyvada, the property is for sale jointly with Clonmel-based agents Dougan Fitzgerald and Jordan Auctioneers of Newbridge, Co Kildare.
“It’s a superb piece of land,” says Paddy Jordan of Jordan Auctioneers. “There are 160 acres in two parcels. It has a modern purpose-built yard with a 14-unit milking parlour, a 10,500-litre bulk tank and housing for 300 cows. There are plenty of sheds and it’s a really tidy property.”
The range of modern outbuildings includes the afore-mentioned 14-unit herringbone Alfa Laval milking parlour with automatic feeders; feed silo; slatted collecting yard with feeding troughs; a 12-column double-A-roof structured shed with 200 cubicles; automatic scrapers and feeding passages; crush and handling facilities; a fully secure feed store (40ft x 60ft) with concrete base and sliding doors; a calf shed (47ft x 90ft) with concrete floor and roller shutter doors; a five-span hay shed with two lean-tos; 84 cubicles and automatic scrapers; open-air 60-cubicle unit with rubber mats; two silage pads; isolation shed with slats; a beef shed (80ft x 23ft) with slats; underground effluent tanks; the 10,500-litre built tank and other ancillary sheds and stores.
All in all, an impressive collection of facilities, of which its equal hasn’t been seen on the market for some time. And that’s before one even talks about the quality of the land.
“The land is all very good,” says Paddy.
The owner is running it as a successful dairying operation and everything is there for the next owner to hit the ground running, representing the rarest of opportunities. This also includes an extra 60 acres or so that the owner is leasing to supplement his already substantial holding. It’s an option that may well suit the next person coming in.
“It’s a good enterprise and it’s very well located just outside Golden and close to Cashel, Cahir and Tipperary town, as well as the M8 (Dublin-Cork) motorway,” says Mr Jordan,
The farm is 6km south of the village of Golden, 14km from Cahir, 13km from Cashel, 15km from Tipperary town and 10km from the nearest junction of the M8. The dwelling is an attractive modern home offering 2,131sq ft of living space.
Accommodation includes an entrance hall; sitting room; television room; kitchen; utility room; bathroom and bedroom on the first floor. Upstairs, there are three more bedrooms (one with ensuite facilities) and a bathroom.
The farm will suit a certain kind of client, one who has been short of options like this one for a while.
“It’s ideal for someone such as a farmer trying to set up a son in business, for example … that kind of an operation or indeed, somebody trading up or expanding.”
Unsurprisingly, interest has been strong so far with a price guide of €15,000 per acre.