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TimMn
4/4/2019 11:19 EST

Hi,

We are planning to move to Ireland in the short/medium term. We have a smallholding and need to find a place to keep pigs, sheep, chickens etc that also has reasonable access to schools etc as our children are still of school age.

So far we're considering Co Mayo, Cork region. Are there any other areas folk would recommend to us?

Many thanks,

Tim

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Joshuak
4/4/2019 20:15 EST

Do you have EU citizenship or are you eligible for Irish citizenship via ancestry ? Where is your present "Small holding" ? Do you actually wish to move farm animals into Ireland from another country ?

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TimMn
4/5/2019 03:02 EST

Good questions, thanks. I have ancestry rights by birth. My twin sister has Irish citizenship and I am about to start the process.

Our intention would be to move animals over, yes.

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Muddled
4/5/2019 08:39 EST

@Tim
It sounds like a big move!! This site will give you more information about moving farm animals over.
https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/animalhealthwelfare/animalidentificationmovement/
Hope you are familiar with Irish farming - I would imagine there are massive differences,

I wish you well.

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TimMn
4/5/2019 10:34 EST

Thank you, we are only hobby farmers really. ??. The movement materials were really helpful.

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dbarnwell
4/5/2019 12:17 EST

TimMn

That's weird. I have never heard of anyone moving animals into Ireland except as pets or perhaps for a zoo.
What's so special about your animals?
You do realize you can buy any farm animal in Ireland.

Animal health is vital for the Irish economy, so you can assume there will be very stringent quarantines for cattle and pigs. If cattle, are they of breeds that will thrive out on damp grassland, which is the Irish model?

Keep us informed!

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TimMn
4/5/2019 13:08 EST

Our farm animals are pets really, we sell a few piglets each year and eggs.

Does anyone have any recommendations re. location?

Thanks, Tim

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Muddled
4/6/2019 03:40 EST

I am quite biased towards County Cork - west Cork, where I live. Beautiful and farmer friendly. Rain A LOT though.

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Joshuak
4/6/2019 11:37 EST

I think they are looking for someone to tell them about a piece of small farmland that is for sale. Is that what you are looking for Tim ? If so, I don't think it would be wise to buy anything without coming to look at it first.

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TimMn
4/6/2019 12:09 EST

Thank you, that’s perfect. That was one of the areas we had picked out. ??

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TimMn
4/6/2019 12:12 EST

No, I am just interested in people’s views about geographical location. Of course, when we find somewhere, we would come and see it.

Given that we have kids and farm animals, I was just curious to see if some areas would be more favourable than others.

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Mellis5910
4/7/2019 08:37 EST

Tim, I agree with Muddled, West Cork IS very nice. We have friends who have a smallhold here with pigs, sheep, chickens and enough land for growing fruit and veg. They sell fresh eggs and their extra livestock. It is a rural area that has some great little towns, villages and beautiful coastal scenery. Skibbereen and Clonakilty areas have plenty of stores and amenities, Clon being the larger of the two. Bantry is also nearby with a hospital and larger stores. The N71 runs along the coast and makes zipping around pretty easy. Cost of living down here is ,much lower than in urban areas like Cork and there's no lack of farming and feed supply resources.

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TimMn
4/7/2019 11:11 EST

Thank you for this, it’s great To have this information as it gives me a centre to our on going search. Thanks all!

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Buzyizzy21
8/5/2019 09:51 EST

I'm not sure whereabouts you are moving from, but the weather in Co Mayo can be Wild! Fortunately we had spent a long time in Scotland, so it didn't come as too much of a shock, but if you are moving from the sunny SE, I would head for Cork/Kerry area. For the costs and paperwork involved, I would seriously think of starting again with animals in Ireland. I moved over with horses which was easy, but livestock is a very different story.
I love Co Mayo and all of the NW, but it isn't for everyone :)

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FlowerFairy
8/5/2019 10:49 EST

Check out Mossy Bottom on YouTube. This guy came over from UK and is living on a shoe string while setting up a small holding. Think he is located on Co. Mayo. He gives a lot of info on why and how,

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