Collector’s farm has a vintage advantage

This Gullane, Roscarbery farm, which hits the market this week, was the home of the late John Burns, a man who was well known in the Roscarbery/Glandore area of West Cork as a collector of vintage cars and tractors and a dealer in farm machinery.

Following a record-breaking sale of the farm stock through CCM recently, agents Hodnett Forde are about to sell the farm, but this weekend will auction the contents.

These include a significant collection of vintage cars, but also a range of vintage tractors which include two rare Ford Nans for which the agents have yet to set pre-auction guides. A big crowd is expected as Mr Burns was well known in machinery and vintage circles, says John Hodnett, and used to ferry guests at local weddings around in his vintage vehicles as a courtesy to neighbours.

The farm is a modern, dairy operation which is for sale by private treaty and comprises a tidy, 72 acre block with a substantial and decent ratio of milk quota — a total of 91,606 gallons and an undisclosed amount of entitlements.

Hodnett describes the property as an outstanding holding with good road frontage, top quality land and a modern, easily managed dairy operation. “Just turn on the switch and you’re up and running,” he says.

Located just a half mile to the west of Rosscarbery on the Glandore Road, the farm has mains water and comes with a good range of modern farm buildings, including accommodation for 70 cows, an 8-unit milking parlour with automatic feeders, two covered silos with lean-tos, calving pens and sheds and a 1,150 gallon bulk milk tank.

The property can be sold in the entire or in three lots, says John Hodnett, with lot 1 comprising 32 acres and 41,000 gallons, lot 2 at 5.5 acres and 7,000 gallons and the final lot of 34 acres and 43,000 gallons. The guide price given has wide parameters — from €12,000 to €15,000 per acre, according to John Hodnett.

The agent has already tied up a number of successful sales in recent months, in particular, a tillage farm owned by the Sisters of Mercy at Ballindeasig, Nohoval.

The agent isn’t at liberty to disclose the sale price, but the 115-acre farm is believed to have changed hands for €1.55 to a local farmer — that’s €13,478 per acre.

And a reflection of the quality of the tillage land too.

Another farm, at Glenview, Smorane, and which featured on these pages, has also been sold by Hodnettt Forde for close to its guide of €800,000 — it sold in three lots.


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