Protest expected as one of the largest dairy herds in Ireland is sold

One of the country’s largest dairy herds is to go under the hammer today, April 12, in Co. Cork.

The farm, known as the Cradenhill farm, is owned by Peter and Tracey Kingston and is located in Nohaval, Co. Cork.

The dispersal sale comes after ACC Bank sought a judgement to recover €2.4m in loans from the Kingstons. Today’s sale is expected to see protestors from the New Land League, led by Jerry Beades. According to Beades, the actions of Co. Cork sheriff Sinead McNamara should be investigated as costs of €1.5m had been run up to date.

Over 950 head of elite animals including the entire milking herd, in-calf heifers and calves will be up for sale, according to to the auctioneer, Denis Barrett Pedigree Sales.

The dairy farm is well known, top pedigree cattle, high production and excellent show-winning type according to the auctioneers.

The Cradenhill herd has over 26 EX cows, 113 VG and 175 G+ cows, from the world’s top cow families.

According to the auctioneer, Denis Barrett, on last classification, there were 19 EX cows, 96 G+ cows, with an EX 93 Christina down for a second inspection.

Also up for auction will be machinery and other implements on the farm. Interest from abroad in today’s sale, is expected to extend beyond Ireland. A UK-based auctioneer has been appointed and the sale will be broadcast live online to allow live bidding from abroad. All the animals have been tested for immediate export.

The Kingstons came to prominence after they appeared and subsequently won, Ireland’s Fittest Family two years ago.