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Poultry farmer from Monaghan finalist in Newbie New Entrant competition

Poultry farmer from Monaghan finalist in Newbie New Entrant competition

Patrick Greenan a new entrant poultry farmer from Co Monaghan was a finalist in a recent Newbie New Entrant competition. Three years ago having considered many options for the family farm Patrick decided to enter the Poultry industry and invested in new housing facilities on a Greenfield site.

Patrick like all new entrants faced barriers when setting up the farm mainly:

  • access to markets
  • access to finance

Through diligent business planning and a deep understanding of the business plan Patrick was able to overcome these barriers.

Patrick is delighted with the success of the business to date it has allowed him to work full time on the farm while enjoying a good work-life balance.

Off-farm Patrick is involved in Macra na Feirme both locally and nationally, where he holds a position on the Agricultural Affairs Committee which works to influence policy on issues of interest to young farmers.


The Newbie Network is an EU Horizon 2020 funded project with 10 European partners. Newbie offers a unique platform by bringing together new entrants, successors, advisors, researchers, important regional and national actors and relevant stakeholders in national networks, with the aim of enabling new entrants to successfully establish a sustainable farm business in Europe.

To join the Newbie network and keep up to date with all the latest news, register at; http://www.newbie-academy.eu/membership/