Fully developed dairy farm is ‘cow ready’ and ‘needs very minimum investment’

An excellent opportunity has arisen to purchase a circa 143ac fully developed residential dairy farm, located at Coolnahinch, Moynalty, Co. Meath.

The property is for sale in three lots or whole, through Raymond Potterton, and will go to auction on Tuesday, September 29, at 3:00pm at the Ardboyne Hotel, Navan.

Of further interest, the land is located 4km from Moynalty, 10km from Kells and 10km from the M3 and Carnaross.

Lot 1

Lot 1, situated on 34ac, includes a two-storey farmhouse and farmyard.

The farmyard includes a 2008-built 72-unit cubicle shed of portal steel-frame construction, complete with automatic scrapers and slatted slurry accommodation.

A well designed collecting yard leads to an eight-unit herringbone milking parlour with milking machine, orbi auto feeders with accommodation for bulk milk tank adjoining.

Adjacent to the modern cubicle shed is a calving box while the balance of the yard consists of: a four-link hayshed with two lean-to’s; and eight links of slatted accommodation with a central feeding passage in a separate unit.

Moreover, the yard enjoys large areas of concrete and hard standing.

This farmyard connects easily to the first block of land (Lot 1) via a super farm roadway which divides the lands into evenly based paddocks and runs to the bottom of the farm and the public road on one side and to the underpass connecting to Lot 2 on the other side.

Lot 2

Lot 2 comprises 79ac and is described as an “excellent block of ground” laid out in seven main divisions and benefiting from extensive farm roadways and a large farmyard.

However, the farmyard is dated according to the auctioneers.

Nonetheless, it consists of:

  • One large block of three four-bay sheds – two of which have slatted accommodation;
  • Adjoining these sheds there are two large silage pits;
  • Excellent cattle handling facilities; and
  • A large lagoon for run off.

Behind the farmyard in the adjoining fields stands a now derelict cut-stone cottage which offers the potential for restoration to its former glory.

The lands on this lot are of the highest quality, well fenced, elevated and slope downhill towards the public road.

All of the lands are under top-quality permanent pasture and are currently producing heavy swards of predominantly perennial ryegrass.

The lands link perfectly via the farm roadway and the underpass to Lot 1 and the majority of Lot 3.

Lot 3

Lastly, Lot 3 comprises 30ac and is in three distinct parcels.

The first parcel is 20ac and is located at the end of a cul-de-sac, is well fenced and is of top quality ground. These lands have mainly been used for silage production and some grazing in recent years.

The balance of Lot 3 is two 5ac portions, one accessed via the aforementioned cul-de-sac, while the second portion fronts the public road and adjoins Lot 1.

Both parcels offer the potential to purchase a convenient parcel of land and, as both parcels have excellent road frontage, there is a level of potential for the construction of a dwelling subject to the necessary planning permission being obtained.

‘Impressive holding’

The residential farm has a guide price of €1.2 million.

Speaking on the viability of the farm, the auctioneers stated: “Coolnahinch has been an extraordinary well developed farm by the current owners.

“They have put together an impressive holding where they have strived to allow the operator to run the farm as efficiently as possible with the minimum amount of labour, while ensuring that every corner of the farm is easily accessible and farmed to the maximum.

The new owner of Coolnahinch will be purchasing a farm with an incredible level of infrastructure including sheds; yards; farm roadways; an underpass; fencing; and the provision of drinkers.

“This farm is cow ready and needs the very minimum of investment before the farm can be put to work.”