John Early is gearing up for a big summer and two farms that have come to the market in the last week have kickstarted this.

The first is a 46-acre residential holding in Bushfield, Castleplunkett, Co Roscommon. The second is a 43-acre spread in Creeve, Mount Temple, Athlone – the Westmeath side of the border. Both are manageable, affordable packages and if recent demand for such holdings is anything to go by, interest should be relatively high.