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Retirement prompts sale of 45ac farm with dry land, 80 cubicles & outbuildings

A dairy enterprise extending to 45-acres of “rich, dry” land with a 4-bed residence and a range of buildings are for sale in Northern Ireland.

According to selling agents, Eadie McFarland & Co, this presents a “rare” opportunity to purchase a farm some two miles from the outskirts of Enniskillen with panoramic views over a wide area.

The agent explained that the property at 41 Breagho Road, has hit the market recently as the present owner is now retiring from farming.

“As an indication of the productivity of this land, the owner keeps around 95 cows. Although as with many dairy farms, he rents some additional land in the area.”

“We would draw particular attention to this sale as good dairy farms of this type are always scarce on the marketplace.”

Dairy enterprise for sale

According to the agent, the area is approximately 18.3 hectares/45.2 acres (excludes areas the farmland and residences occupy). The agent noted that it is “well serviced” with concrete and stone laneways.

“The land has been cut and grazed but is virtually all suitable for cutting if preferred,” the property firm explained.

Besides, there is a telephone mast on a part of the farm, which the farmer owns outright, with no rental income.

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The property firm claims that it is “one of the driest” farms in Fermanagh with a recently built 82-cubicle slatted cow watering shed.

There is a “vein” of “rich, dry” farmland, which is well-known for producing heavy crops of grass and which runs through Coa down to Ballinamallard and beyond.

This farm lies in this vein which, the agent said, incidentally is the same vein of land in which the Department of Agriculture chose to build Enniskillen College of Agriculture many years ago.

The farmer, in recent years, built a cow wintering cubicle house and installed new Orby feeders, a meal bin, cooling and wash system.

Farm buildings

Firstly, there is a 6-bay cubicle house (c. 85ft x 78 ft) built approximately three years ago with around 80 cubicles on a slatted floor over mostly 9 ft deep slurry tanks.

Also, there is a 4-bay cubicle house with 40 cubicles on a slatted floor over circa 7 ft tanks with a central feeding passage.

Besides, there is a 4-bay silo pit (c. 60 ft x 28 ft) and a former silo pit (c. 55 ft x14 ft) now used as a collecting yard.

Lastly, there is a 3-bay machinery shed (45 ft 8 ins x 28 ft 8 ins), along with ancillary stores, a collecting yard, and a crush.

The farm has a Gascoigne 10-point milking parlour with Orby feeders (as highlighted above), and a 10-ton meal bin installed three years ago.

The current owner installed a 4,000-litre bulk tank, a cooling system, and a wash system around two years ago: 40 ft 6 ins x 17 ft with dairy 16’ 9” x 16’9”.

Residence

The traditional detached two-storey four-bedroom/2 reception houses have an entrance hall, a living/dining room, a kitchen, four bedrooms and a bathroom.

Services and features include PVC double glazed windows and oil-fired central heating.

Outside, you will find domestic buildings, including a workshop and general store/fuel store, to the house’s rear.

In terms of location, the farm is just off Breagho Road, which leads to the Enniskillen/Coa Road.

It boasts views over the countryside and Enniskillen town towards Cuilcagh and Belmore Mountain to the front and views over Enniskillen Rugby Club Ballinamallard to the side.

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