Big farms don’t come on the market too often in Carlow. Much of the land in the county is good-quality, intensively farmed and high in price.

Now a 177ac (71.62ha) farm is going for auction at the end of the month. It will generate plenty of interest.

The main highlights of this farm are that it is in one block and is good-quality land. It’s likely being looked at for its potential as a dairy farm.

The entrance to the farm.

There is an old farmhouse and big old yard. The farm lies on a cul de sac and has no frontage on the main road.

Located at Davishill, Clonmore, the holding is being brought to the market by Kearney Auctioneers. Clonmore is in the middle of the triangle of Tullow, Hacketstown and Tinahely. The area is mainly grassland with some land in tillage, particularly as you go towards Tullow.

The farmhouse and yard sit together. The yard is extensive with a lot of concrete area.

The farm is the last holding on the cul de sac, which is a public road with a tarmac surface. Going back, the farm was owned and farmed by several generations of the Proctor family. Now it’s owned by a tillage farmer based in Ballon.

The house is traditional in style and requires renovation.

The farm is in permanent pasture, laid out in 10 main fields and with little waste. Most of the fields are in the range of 15ac to 20ac and have strong hedge boundaries.

House and yard

The house and yard sit together, about 150m back from the public road and approached by a gated, tarmacadam avenue. The house dates from the late 1800s. It’s one-and-a-half storeys, traditional in style and family-sized at 1450 ft2 (140m2).

It has been vacant for about 12 years and needs full renovation and modernisation. Behind the house is the former back garden – the trees are now grown to full size.

The sheds include this three bay slatted unit.

The farmyard is in front of the house and it is large with a lot of concrete area. Most of the sheds are round-roofed steel sheds with concrete floors that were built in the 1970s and 1980s. While somewhat dated in design, they are in good condition and serviceable. They are fitted out for various uses such as for straw bedding cattle or storing hay and straw. There is one small, three-bay slatted shed and a number of small sheds which date back further again. Also in the yard are two silage pits, livestock pens and a handling setup. An internal roadway runs out from the farmyard, giving good access across the farm.

There is a good road out from the yard to the fields.

Water supply to the farm and house is from a well. There is also a potential water supply from a stream.

Auctioneer Edmund Kearney is guiding this farm at €2-2.5m. It goes for auction on Thursday 30 March at 3pm at the Mount Wolseley Hotel, Tullow, unless previously sold.