Large, working dairy farms rarely come on the market. We see no more than two or three good ones, of over 200ac put up for sale each year.

Now, one of c342ac, with a fine house, has come on the market in Co Laois. The holding is near Crettyard, at Fairymount. It’s for sale with Brady Group by private treaty and the guide price is a cool €5m.

This holding has what a farming family interested in milk will have on their wishlist: plenty of good land, in a prime location, with a fine yard and a spacious house.

This is a central, very convenient location. It’s on the Laois and Kilkenny border, not far off the N78 road linking Athy and Kilkenny.

Carlow is just 15km in one direction, Abbeyleix 17km the other way. Athy is 19km north, Kilkenny 34km south.

The 342ac is not in one unit. However, at 240ac the home block provides a large grazing platform. It sits on all four sides of a crossroads and as a result has lots of road frontage.

The house and large farmyard are together, beside the road and overseeing the cross.

Cows must cross but these roads are relatively quiet and cars have a good line of sight. The land is all in grass and is well equipped with water, electricity, roadways and fencing.

The remainder of the land lies in three nearby blocks, breaking down as follows:

  • Outblock 1 is 30ac, 150m from the yard.
  • Outblock 2 is 30ac, 1km away.
  • Outblock 3 is 47ac, 2.5km away.
  • Prospective buyers will scrutinise the yard. It has 236 cubicle spaces and loose housing for approximately 90 cattle.

    This is a pleasant part of the country with good land and good farming.

    The house is spacious, with five bedrooms, and is in good condition.

    Weanling cubicles

    There are 62 weanling cubicles, two calf houses and calving boxes. The milking parlour is 16-unit doubled up.

    Reflecting the times we’re living in, the auctioneers stress that the yard is “pollution compliant.” Fixing a yard that doesn’t meet those requirements is expensive.

    There are slurry and manure storage for 350 cows plus replacements, Brady Group says. This breaks down as 2,807m3 slurry storage and 880m3 manure storage. The open walled silage pits have capacity for 2,500t.

    The yard expanded over the years and therefore, the sheds are a spread of ages. They have been well maintained but prospective buyers should assess what maintenance is required.

    The holding comes with 134.46 entitlements which are valued at approximately €144.10 each for the 2023 to 2027 CAP period.

    If successfully claimed, the payment total is €29,226 annually.

    The dwelling is a traditional two-storey period farmhouse. It has been extended over the years and is now spacious at approximately 3,000 sq ft. There are five bedrooms.

    The house has been renovated and is in good condition. It’s pleasantly sited with mature trees to one side and gardens with lawn to the front.