North Kerry land will always get plenty of attention from the market place — especially if it consists of good quality grassland.
Such is the case with a circa 64-acre residential holding that’s just come on the market with Listowel-based auctioneers Corridan & Associates. This farm — located close to Ballybunion (10km) and Listowel (10km) — ticks all the boxes for anyone looking for a substantially-sized piece of productive pasture in North Kerry.
One suspects that the famous Kerry Co-op shares will come into play in deciding the final value of this farm that is described by the selling agents as a ‘ready to go as a dairy enterprise’ but it’s a property that is sure to have a good deal of suitors from the locality and from farther afield. They don’t make decent quality grassland anymore and this one comes with some valuable commodities in the form of a house and recently-built outbuildings.
“It’s really good grassland,” says selling agent John Corridan. “This is land that will always produce grass. For example, during the period when we had drought conditions last year, we had great grass growth on this farm.”
The property is located in the townland of Glouria, approximately 3.5km from the village of Lisselton, 10km from Ballybunion and 17km from Tarbert. The size of the farm is substantial and will make for a good outside farm for someone but its outbuildings and dwelling house give another edge.
“The house is in sound condition and in need of refurbishment… It’s a four-bedroom bungalow built in the early 1980s to replace an older farmhouse that was on the farm,” says John, who points out that the really strong selling point of this farm is the quality of the outbuildings — something one finds only rarely but which one looks for in virtually every situation:
The slatted house was built around 2010 and is approximately 577m2. It’s a really high-spec building and was constructed at significant cost.
The slatted cubicle shed is a modern well-ventilated building containing loose pens and there are also adjoining cubicle sheds with automatically scraped passages to the slatted tank. There are a total of 96 cubicles available.
They’re sized up to 2.4m x 1.2m with a total feed face of 55 metres. The slatted tank has a freeboard capacity of 869m3 — sufficient capacity to meet wintering nitrates directive slurry storage requirements for 145 dairy cows.
There is also an eight-aside herring bone parlour in operational condition together with a nearby feed bin capacity of six tonnes. The parlour would benefit from the installation of meal troughs linked to meal bin; there is grant assistance available for this, 60% for young qualified farmers and 40% for everyone else).
There is a good planning history for further extension to the yard with a previous planning permission having been granted for an upgrade to the parlour yard including the addition of a dairy effluent tank.
The yard situated next to the slatted cubicle shed is of concrete and gravel and measures 1,000m2. It’s suitable for the construction of a machinery shed or for storing round bales. The remaining outbuildings may be used for housing calves or for extra storage. A well with unfailing proven reliability provides water for the farm buildings and the paddocks while the house is served with mains water and septic tank.
A central roadway runs through the farm giving easy access to all paddocks.
The property comes with entitlements and these are worth in the region of €5,000 per annum at the moment and which may rise.
As for the price, this good-quality residential grass farm with views of Mount Brandon is expected to achieve in the region of €12,000 per acre.
“This is the expectation,” says John, “considering the value of the land combined with the value of the sheds.”