From a farming point of view, you might say that there are two West Corks.
One has land of Golden Vale quality and which has very close access not only to the markets of Cork city but also to important and industrious markets towns such as Macroom and Bandon.
The other is composed of land of lesser quality that falls in per-acre value the further west you travel.
A large holding of 80 acres listed with Macroom-based auctioneer Killian Lynch is typical of the former category.
Fresh to the property market, it’s located in the townland of Teergay, hugging the left bank of the River Lee.
The farm is 7km south-west of Macroom and just over 1km from the village of Toonsbridge. This settlement is on the south side of a small stone bridge that crosses the River Lee at a point where it is back to ‘normal’ levels from the flooded valley downstream that powers the Inniscarra Dam.
The area is renowned for dairying activity more than any other, and it is here that the old creamery was brought back to life in a fascinating enterprise where a clever trader in mozzarella cheese identified a gap in the market, and persuaded a farmer to swap his dairy cattle herd for one of Asian water buffalo.
This was how Ireland’s first mozzarella cheese was produced, with the milk producer bringing his herd’s milk to the old co-op, just as in times gone by.
The property at Teergay is close by, and it remains to be seen if the buyer will continue in dairying or go for a more exotic beast.
They would do well to continue in the bovine tradition, for this farm benefits from some high-quality infrastructural fittings that make it a ready-to-go dairying opportunity.
The farm is described by selling agent Killian as a quality holding that has extensive road frontage, with some top-quality farm buildings.
These include a new 16-unit Dairymaster herringbone milking parlour and slatted units. Of the 80 acres, about 30 are in in mature woodland.
The remainder, however, consist of 50 acres of top- quality fertile land that has been completely reseeded in the last five years.
It is very well fenced, with internal roadways throughout, according to Mr Lynch.
“It’s a top-quality holding, ready to go,” he says.
“The parlour, for example, was only built in 2015, at a cost of over a quarter of a million euro. It’s all in absolutely perfect condition,” he says.
This farm will be of strong interest to younger farmers looking for a start-up dairying operation, as well as to farmers with larger holdings looking for a quality outside farm that is ready to go, easy to manage, and easy to access.
“The land is as level as a billiards’ table,” he says, before referring to the impressive list of facilities that this farm has, making it a unique package.
The list includes a 114-unit cubicle house, automatic cluster remover and cluster flush in the parlour, and a tank house with a 10,000 litre Packo tank with ice builder and two-stage plate cooler, as well as various other buildings and offices.
The asking price is €700,000.
It’s a reasonable expectation, considering the level of land quality married to the outstanding quality of facilities.
The farm is in an area that has set very strong price precedents before now.
Expect the interest to be brisk.