Glenmore Estate has announced that it will sell off its dairy herd as part of a move to focus on growing renewable energy crops.
An Grianán Farm located in Burt, Co Donegal, is Ireland’s largest organic farm at 1,290ac. The estate consists of 2,400ac in total and was sold in 2017 for €17.4m to local businesspeople Karol and Chantelle McElhinney.
The decision to concentrate on the growing of energy crops will mean a two-day dispersal sale will be held in February.
The event will be held at Stranorlar auction market on 7 and 8 February. A follow-up sale of youngstock will be held on 21 February.
Specialist dairy auctioneer Glyn Lucas from Harrison and Hetherington livestock auction company based in Carlisle will manage the auction. Catalogues for the sale will be available from their website.
In August 2018, Glenmore Estate Farms announced a redevelopment of the farmyard area of the estate, involving the removal of old infrastructure and construction of a state-of-the-art robotic dairy farm enterprise.