Probably the most harmful speech you can also make is the ‘thanks’ speech. An omission can destroy years of fine work and expend a lifetime of goodwill.
as soon as bought sound recommendation on this from an previous parish priest who mentioned, “point out nobody and also you’ll miss nobody”.
On the danger of irritating good friend and acquaintance I’ve determined to kick off 2023 by choosing my ‘farm of the month’ for every of the 12 months of 2022.
The factors for choosing the winners is influenced by sure components, together with scale, fertility, services, potential and worth.
January – Dwelling benefit counts
You don’t have to be a farming guru to know that that is the period of the Golden Cow when all issues dairy have Midas-like powers.
Farm of the month for January is located within the coronary heart of Limerick’s dairy nation. This 148ac working residential dairy farm at Breska, Clarina bounds the farm the place my late mom was born and reared.
Whereas this had no affect on my designation of the farm as the highest of the category for January, it didn’t do it any hurt. The land is made up of top-quality, elevated grazing floor in neat paddocks fenced by a mixture of mains electrical fence, stone partitions, pure hedgerows and serviced by an inner roadway.
The farm buildings embrace cubicle lodging for about 140 animals, a 14-unit milking parlour with automated feeders and a ten,500l bulk tank. The residence is a standard, hip-roofed farmhouse with a self-contained annex.
The non-public treaty sale was dealt with by GVM’s Tom Crosse, and the place offered to a West Limerick farmer for round €2.85m.
February – 140ac Louth ‘billiard desk’
Dairy farmers didn’t have all of it their very own approach and a 140ac tillage holding at Carstown, Termonfeckin, Co Louth described by Stephen Barry of Raymond Potterton as “a billiard desk” and “a ploughman’s dream” revamped €12,600/ac.
In two plenty of 79ac and 61ac, the property has frontage on to 2 roads and is tilled from boundary to boundary. At public sale it offered as a complete to a tillage farmer for €1.775m.
March – There’s gravel in them there fields (for €44,627/ac)
In West Cork the popular technique of sale is non-public treaty however in a uncommon foray into the public sale room in early spring, the gavel practically melted within the hand of John Hodnett through the sale of a 57.7ac residential farm.
Situated at Knockaneady, Ballineen, 16km west of Bandon, the tillage farm got here with a standard home in want of consideration, a dated farmyard and land with substantial sand and gravel deposits.
At public sale the cash on supply rapidly overtook the information and it went on to make €2.575m or €44,627/ac. The profitable purchaser was a businessman with an curiosity in aggregates.
April – A Swift ascendancy, an 18th-century home and a Twenty first-century yard on 341ac
This 341ac farm close to Baltinglass in Co Wicklow dates again to the 18th century and was owned by the Dennis household, direct descendants of Jonathan Swift, creator of Gulliver’s Travels.
It modified palms in 2019 and is again available on the market.
The property contains an 11-bedroom Georgian mansion, two lodges, a steward’s home and a ‘herder’s cottage’, whereas the grounds embrace a lake with an island and a famend assortment of bushes.
The farm was a dairy operation for about 60 years and was farmed for tillage and grass for the final variety of years: 145ac produced crops of beet, barley and maize, 125ac is in everlasting pasture and 71ac is in parkland and meadow.
The intensive vary of contemporary and conventional farm buildings contains 220 cubicles, slatted items and an 18-unit milking parlour.
Joe Kinsella of Kinsella auctioneers is guiding the sale at between €4.5 and €5m.
Could – Primrose blooms in spring as 152ac holding makes €4.1m
The aptly named Primrose Park is a 152ac tillage farm at Kilsallaghan on the Meath /Dublin border, 5km from Ashbourne.
It has a considerable Seventies home on mature gardens and a small yard.
The land is in 10 massive fields and bounded by a neighborhood river, which kinds a part of the county boundary.
With frontage on to 3 roads, the land was planted in winter crops when auctioned in Could.
The equestrian sector was anticipated to have curiosity for the reason that legendary Arkle was educated throughout the highway.
Certainly, a neighborhood equestrian household gained the day when the property made €4.1m beneath the gavel of Pat O’Hagan of Savills.
June – La Bella Vita on 250ac by Lough Derg
Bellevue Home on 250ac is on the centre of a renovated property at Coolbawn on the Tipperary shores of Lough Derg.
Courting from 1750 the property was purchased in 1997 and the primary home was totally renovated, with options together with a cinema.
Lots of the outbuildings have been restored and the place has a small farmyard.
The land contains 50ac of mature woodland and 70ac of economic hardwood forest. The remainder is in grass.
There’s 2km of frontage to Lough Derg the place the property has a jetty and a boathouse. The non-public treaty sale is being dealt with by Colliers and is guided at €4.8m.
July – 234ac Kilkenny grass farm sells for €3.1m
One of many greatest farms to come back available on the market in Kilkenny was this 234ac residential holding at Columbcille, 1.6km from Thomastown.
Specified by massive fields and fenced by conventional hedgerow the land is sound however might do with reseeding and basic tidying.
Situated at both aspect of a highway, the foremost a part of the farm is in grass with 30ac in forestry.
The home wants renovation whereas an in depth yard of previous and comparatively fashionable buildings has lodging for as much as 90 cattle.
Initially on the non-public treaty promote it was delivered to public sale later within the 12 months the place it made €3.1m beneath the hammer of Joseph Coogan.
August – Equine winners and prime pâté at 31ac Galtees gem
August is usually a quiet month on the property entrance, however it can be a time when little gems of locations come into their very own.
Knockara Stables, a stunning compact equestrian holding at Emly in Tipperary’s Galtees, features a stone home and a small secure yard on 31.3ac have been purchased and renovated by Maria Mulcahy and her husband George Durrheim in 1989.
It turned house to an artisan meals operation producing ‘Knockara Pâtés’, and it made headlines when Maria and George bred Knockara Beau, winner of the Cleeve Hurdle in 2014.
Sherry FitzGerald Nation Properties dealt with the sale and the property went sale agreed for a worth believed to be forward of its information of €575,000.
September – 182ac Meath property has all of it
It isn’t usually you discover a big working farm with a liveable interval home.
Parkstown Home, a 182ac tillage property with a interval home and wide selection of farm buildings at Ballivor, Co Meath has all of it: an energetic tillage holding with the infrastructure for a beef ending operation and loads of dairy potential.
On the sting of Ballivor, the property features a six-bedroom home inbuilt 1777.
Nearly all of the land is in tillage; this 12 months’s crops included winter wheat, winter barley, oats, oil seed rape, potatoes and maize.
Three grass fields are fenced and watered for livestock. The yard can accommodate 550 cattle with matching area for fodder, equipment and the capability to retailer 3,000t of grain.
An public sale dealt with collectively by Savills and Loman Dempsey Property Consultants noticed the place make €3.15m or €17,300/ac.
October – No expense spared for man or beast at €6.8m Offaly stud
Shining brightly amongst a variety of top-class properties going through the hammer in October was Lumville Stud close to Edenderry in Co Offaly.
The 218ac is without doubt one of the sequence of Derrinstown Stud farms. Nothing was spared within the kitting out of the residential and equine lodging, whereas its equestrian file contains 41 winners in Group 1 races.
The property features a most important residence and two workers homes. Three secure blocks accommodate 58 free packing containers in American-style barns.
There are three isolation packing containers, fashionable barns and sheds, a vet room, a lunging ring, two horse walkers and livestock-handling services. The land is specified by a sequence of neat stud-railed paddocks.
Lumville was offered at public sale by Coonans for €6.8m, exceeding its information by €2.5m.
November – 220ac ‘farmer’s farm’ in Galway
In Bolisheen, Corundulla, Co Galway a 220ac roadside sheep farm got here on the non-public treaty market in a sale dealt with by veteran auctioneer Martin Tyrrell.
Described as “a farmer’s farm”, the place comes with €31,000 in entitlements and is guided at €2.5m.
It was initially a winterage farm for a big Mayo concern and 45 years in the past turned the house farm. It carries a flock of about 1,000 and is completely laid out as a sheep operation.
December – Shannonside smash on 116ac sells for €1.65m
Doonass Home on 116ac on the banks of the Shannon at Clonlara, Co Clare made €1.65m beneath the hammer of Richard Ryan of GVM Kilmallock, in one of many final auctions of 2022.
The home is a smash, however in its day it was one of many prime estates within the environs of Limerick metropolis. Constructed up by descendants of a Cromwellian soldier, it modified palms over the centuries and was destroyed by fireplace in 2009
One of many largest parcels to come back available on the market close to the Treaty metropolis for a while, it’s made up of mature grassland with some previous woodland fronting the Shannon close to Doonass Falls.
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