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    Irish farmers heading for New Zealand?

    By Noreen Bowden | November 21, 2007

    A New Zealand real estate business is targeting potential Irish buyers for rural properties, particularly farmers who are interested in moving.

    Bayleys Canterbury director Shane O’Brien says that Irish farmers are looking toward New Zealand because they see farming in Ireland as unsustainable long term. Instead they are looking to Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

    “New Zealand is their preferred choice because Canada has quite a different style of farming and Australia can be quite extreme in terms of drought. New Zealand has a very similar style of farming and when you convert pounds or Euros to New Zealand dollars the land is still relatively affordable,’’ Shane O’Brien says.

    The company says interest among farmers in Northern Ireland is particularly high.

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