€2.13m is price tag on 1988 dairy of the year

THE dairy farmer of the year for 1998, Jan Roskam, is selling his farm at Tuamgraney, Scarriff, Co Clare, in order to concentrate on his new business, importing and selling industrial and agricultural machinery.

As a result, his 92-acre dairy farm is to be sold by Eddie McQuinn, of McQuinn Consulting, Tralee, Co Kerry.

Mr McQuinn puts an overall pre-sale value of €2.13 million on the Roskam property.

This prime holding will initially be offered in lots by private treaty, he says, and, depending on how that goes, he may bring the property to auction at a later date.

Jan and Regine Roskam’s farm is a model for the area, he says and has been described as ‘an oasis’.

They built it up from scratch, having initially leased 56 acres and 29,000 gallons from Jan’s father, a Dutch accountant who moved to Ireland’s west coast and bought a small hill farm.

His son took a strong interest in farming and from a small start, managed to acquire a neighbouring farm of 31 acres and built up the farm to its present size, buying extra quota when it came up.

The land was reclaimed, reseeded, and farm roadways laid, and the couple built a new house and modern farm buildings.

They are now selling most of the holding, 92 acres and 61,329 gallons of quota, in five separate lots, with the bulk of the land and quota in lot one.

This comprises 52 acres and 52,000 gallons. The land, which has good road frontage, is all in one block and while ring fenced, will appeal to dairy farmers in a zone which would take in parts of the Golden Vale, says Mr McQuinn.

He gives a rough guide of €1 million for this lot, or just under €20,000 per acre, and points out that the fat content is 3.9%, off a Jersey herd.

The second lot is 15.4 acres, of which 5.2 acres is under forestry, and the remainder is a long strip of ground with some of the best land on the farm, says Mr McQuinn.

The guide price for this lot is €230,000 to €240,000, the equivalent of €15,000 per acre.

Lot number 3 is 19 acres, with 9,329 gallons of quota and a small, two-acre patch of forestry.

This carries a guide price of €350,000, and Mr McQuinn is at pains to point out that the prices given are not reserves.

The next lot is a site of 3.7 acres, with road frontage, and it has a guide of €100,000.

The final lot is 48 acres of forestry, just four years old, with an annual income of €8,230 and a high yield expected at maturity, says the agent.

He suggests a sum of €200,000 for this lot.

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