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Paidi Kelly

Research Officer

Research Interests

The structure of different joint venture farming models such as leasing, partnerships and share farming and how they can be used to improve farm profitability.
Qualitative research into factors that influence the uptake and success of these models. Economic analysis of these models to better understand key aspects such as wealth creation and risk.


Current Projects

The aim of the project is to develop different pathways which will create new opportunities for people to develop their own dairy farming business. It will focus on the development and promotion of models such as leasing, partnerships and share farming. It will also put in place support programmes to help people develop the skills needed to make the above models work e.g. financial and stakeholder management and strategic planning.


PhD, University College Dublin (on-going), 2014-17. Title: Developing new business structures for Irish dairy farms
Bachelor of Agricultural Science, University College Dublin, 2008-12

  • Kelly, P., and Curran, T. (2015) Land consolidation and career progression. T Research – Sustainable Dairy Expansion 10(2): 34-35
  • Kelly, P., Beecher, M and Ryan, A. (2016) Helping people to perform – The Greenfield Experience. Moorepark Dairy Levy Research Update Greenfield Open Day. 30: 45-54
  • Kelly, P., Ahern, K and McNamara, J. (2016) Labour efficiency on the Shinagh dairy farm. Moorepark Dairy Levy Research Update Teagasc Shinagh Open Day. 30: 25-33
  • Kelly, P., Curran, T., and Sexton, J (2016) Gurteen share farming arrangement. Moorepark Dairy Levy Research Update Teagasc Shinagh Open Day. 30: 34-38
  • The People in Dairy Project Report (2017). Available at The People in Dairy Project (PDF)
  • Kelly, P., Beecher, M., and French, P. (2017) People fi­rst: Sustainable workloads to create an attractive and competitive career. Irish Dairying: Resilient Technologies – Moorepark Open Day booklet. 18-23. 
  • Kelly, P., and Sexton, J (20167) Positioning yourself for share farming. Moorepark Dairy Levy Research Update Teagasc Share Farming Open Day. 34: 26-29