A pair of Organic Suckler farmers from Co. Roscommon are retiring from the industry having recently sold their faimly farm and are holding a mammoth machinery, tool and agricultural accessory auction in a bid to sell the remaining portion of their items.
The Faughnan family had run their agricultural enterprise on the family’s 90-acre residential farm in Knockhall, Rooskey, Co. Roscommon, until a sizeable portion of the lands was sold only three weeks ago.
“It’s for my parents, they are retiring and getting out of farming.” Son Jason Faughnan explained to Kevin of That’sFarming.
“Basically, they will be selling all of the machinery.” He added.
The family had originally run a Suckler farm on the lands, before making the switch to an organic Suckler system approximately 20 years ago.
“We were Suckler farming all through the years, but we went into organic around 20 or 25 years ago.” Anthony Faughnan said to That’sFarming.
Anthony, his wife Margaret and their two sons, Jason and Fergal, kept approximately 100-head of cattle on the 90-acre holding, calving down approximately 40 Simmental Suckler cows every year and selling heifers to a farmer in Mayo, Tommy Lyons, and any bullocks to a farmer in Maynooth, Co. Kildare, John Browne.
“We were organic Sucklers. We would sell them (weanlings) off at nine months old.” Anthony said.
“We kept mostly Simmental…We used to have forty cows and hopefully forty calves. We would have had the guts of 100 cattle,” He added.
The family who purchased the residential farm have already moved into the property near Rooskey, which is why the family have decided to sell all their agricultural related possession as soon as they possibly can.
For Anthony and his wife Margaret, this auction is so they can themselves see some of the world, having spent most of their lives on the farm.
“We are in our 60’s…I would have been out farming, feeding hens since I was eight.” Anthony noted.
“We are going to try and see a bit of the world.” Anthony laughed.
The Auction -
The “Monster Farm, Tools & accessory Auction” will take place at the farm itself in Knockhall, Rooskey, Co. Roscommon on Saturday January 5th, 2019.
Viewing for the auction will take place from 9am on the day, with the auction running up until 4pm. Auctioneer on the day will be John Earley, of Property Partners Earley, who was responsible for selling the farm itself.
“The auction will be around 11am.” Farmer Anthony Faughnan explained to That’sFarming.
There are an abundance of items to go under the hammer as part of the auction, most notably a vintage Massey Ferguson 135.
Other major pieces of machinery listed include a Massey Ferguson 290, 1,000gallon slurry tankers, a Haybob, a dung spreader, a fertiliser spreader and much more.
The most sought-after item set to go under the hammer at the auction is the recently, fully-restored Massey Ferguson 135. The tractor was actually in use up until Anthony’s recent retirement and the only thing missing in the 135, is a cab.
“It was restored and the only thing missing is a cab” Anthony explained to Kevin.
“It has the original tax book.” He continued.
Check out the full list of items below!
- Vintage Massey Ferguson 135
- Massey Ferguson 290
- 1150G Slurry Belmac Tanker (2016)
- Twin tipper trailer
- Two-cow car trailer
- Castlegarden Ride on lawnmower (new)
- Push lawnmower
- Bandini 400L Rush Sprayer 10m
- Transport box
- Calf creep feeder (Brand-new)
- Fertilizer spreader
- Bale carrier and spike
- Silage Buck rake
- Calf dehorning crush
- Hand and electric tools – drills, grinders, welder, chainsaw
- Mower, troughs
- Ladders, hand tools and accessories
- Jung Shredder
- Electric fence
- Washing Machine
- Pub size pool table and accessories
- Vintage upright Piano
- Gas Cooker
- Furniture, Tables and chairs
- Car accessories – jack, tools, bottle jack
- Flat screen TV
Get further information on the event via the official Facebook page here. Alternatively, you can contact Anthony himself about the auction on 087-7607236.
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