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Catherina Cunnane
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Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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€9 million guide for 564ac farm with 50-unit rotary parlour in Meath

An “extensive” agricultural and residential estate in the heart of Co Meath has hit the market through Savills, with a €9 million guide price.

Brownstown Estate spanning 564-acres (228.24ha), in Kentstown, Co Meath, contains an attractive, early 19th-century 6-bedroom house with ancillary accommodation, a gate lodge (two bedrooms) and a historic range of outbuildings with two converted apartments, stores and a courtyard.

Accessed via a stone-pillared, walled entrance with cast-iron gates, the house is approached along a sweeping driveway flanked by mature trees which leads to a parking area.

External features include a hipped slate roof, stone quoins, pedimented limestone window frames and a striking limestone porch within which the front door is set beneath a fanlight.

Occupying a private, elevated position, the accommodation extends to approximately 9,483 square feet / 881 square metres and is “fit for hosting house parties and comfortable family living in equal measure”.

Dairy farm

A key feature is an in-hand dairy farm with a 50-unit Pearson rotary parlour with cubicle accommodation for over 470 cows and heifers.

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It also boasts indoor and outdoor silage pits, and slurry storage along with productive land in a contiguous block, including 531-acres tillage/pasture and BISS entitlements.

Milk is supplied under contract to Tirlán, with milking taking place twice daily (for circa 1.5 hours per milking).

Typically, three cuts of silage are taken annually, with a small area of cereals also grown. Silage work and slurry spreading is contracted out, while the farm is a member of the Bord Bia Quality Assurance programme.

While the land is predominantly in grass to serve the dairy enterprise, some arable crops are typically also grown at Brownstown.

Agricultural land

James Butler of Savills commented: “The productive farmland lies within a contiguous block. It is in excellent heart and has been well-tended to by the current owners.”

“The fields are of a good workable size and layout for modern farming. A feature of the land is the excellent access through the estate, including good frontage onto a number of public roads and an extensive network of internal cow tracks and roadways.”

“The current owners have made substantial investments and improvements to the land and infrastructure during their ownership. In particular, the internal road network, fencing, drainage, supply, and reseeding,” the selling agent added.

The traditional range of buildings also includes equestrian facilities comprising stables, tack rooms and stores, while an outdoor arena adjoins.

The farm is situated in an area which is renowned for its fertile farmland, and as such, it is well served by agricultural merchants, machinery suppliers, milk processors and livestock markets.

Extensive and productive agricultural estate

Butler continued: “Having been under the ownership of the present family since 1969, the Brownstown Estate presents one of the finest opportunities across Ireland in recent years to acquire both an extensive and productive agricultural estate, which is well-served with residential accommodation and an equipped 2017 modern dairy complex.”

The estate is “extremely accessible”, with access to the N2 situated less than 5 kilometres to the north, while Dublin International Airport is 42 kilometres distant.

See previous article on: 9,486ac farm estate guiding at over €40 million

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