Asking price for ‘exceptional’ dairy farm nearly €3m

Located in the middle of a triangle formed by the main roads linking Tipperary Town, Cahir and Cashel, a 146-acre dairy holding is perfectly located in terms of today’s agricultural land market.

Asking price for ‘exceptional’ dairy farm nearly €3m

Located in the middle of a triangle formed by the main roads linking Tipperary Town, Cahir and Cashel, a 146-acre dairy holding is perfectly located in terms of today’s agricultural land market.

Far from being a Bermuda Triangle, this is one of the hottest parts of the country in terms of land sales.

Not only is this farm in excellent condition throughout, it is also ready and geared up and currently being used as a modern dairy operation, and comes with the possibility of obtaining a further 13 acres, if required.

The village of Golden is approximately 6km north of this holding situated in the townland of Suircastle.

Tipperary town is 15km to the west, Cashel 13km north-east, and Cahir is 14km to the south of this exceptional farm.

It is a residential dairy holding of free-draining limestone land, presented mainly in one block of 146 acres, but totalling 159 acres, including the 13 acres across a road.

“The main block is an outstanding single division of the best type of farmland in Ireland,” says selling agent John FitzGerald of Clonmel-based Dougan FitzGerald Ltd.

“We are selling it in two lots but if someone was interested in the entire holding, we’d be interested too.

“It’s a modern working dairy farm ready to move into in South Tipperary. You just don’t get this kind of property coming up.”

The farm is mostly in one block and, although the road frontage is relatively short, (touching the public road at one location on the southern tip of the holding), there is a very wide “field-width” entrance to a high-quality roadway that runs through the farm, first to the residence and then on to the farmyard and buildings.

The arrangement of the house being separate from the farm buildings makes for a situation where home and work are divided.

It also means that, unlike the problem facing most residential farms, this residence has a chance of holding its value in its own right.

“The cows are there. The current owner is milking them at the moment,” says John. “Every inch of the farm is in good order, there are no negatives with this farm. If you bought it tomorrow, you could milk the cows that evening. It’s exceptional.”

There are no complications with getting vacant possession of the farm for the next owner, the agent confirms, adding that there have already been a number of enquiries from a wide geographical spread, testament of the rarity of what is on offer here. As the selling agents point out, this is a living farm, whose owner is milking between 250 and 300 cows at present, using the land for sale as well as land leased next door.

The internal roadway allows access to all the paddocks, according to John, while the additional 13 acres may be sold with the farm or sold to a separate client.

This latter block is located just across the road from the main holding.

The house is an attractive modern dormer two-storey red-brick dwelling in very good condition, according to the agents. Accommodation includes four bedrooms, two reception rooms, kitchen, utility room and two bathrooms, as well as an ensuite bathroom in the main bedroom. There is also a detached garage to the rear of the house.

The outbuildings, including milking parlour, slatted cubicle house for 300 cows, and holding yards, are state-of-the-art.

“It will be by private treaty,” says John. “We don’t have any closing date for offers at this point, but we’re looking at offers in excess of €18,000 per acre.”

Given its location and quality and the extremely rare quality of being literally ready to move into, that figure is a realistic expectation.

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