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Plan to Encourage Collaborative Farming Arrangements Launched

Teagasc has prepared a detailed action plan to encourage farmers to enter into formal collaborative farming arrangements with other farmers.

These arrangements include formal farm partnerships; share farming arrangements, contract livestock rearing, long term land leasing arrangements, producer groups and small cooperatives.

Collaborative farming arrangements such as partnerships allow farmers, in a structured way, to pool their land, facilities, capital, skills and time to be better utilised in productive farming.

Deficiencies in terms of age profile, farm size and skills have been identified in Irish agriculture and these arrangements can help facilitate restructuring of the sector to improve productivity.

Ben Roche, Teagasc Farm Structures Specialist said; “The main benefits of collaborative farming arrangements for farmers are economic, skills and social. They provide the possibility for farmers to increase financial returns through achieving greater scale at lower capital costs while reducing costs which are duplicated on each individual farm. They provide a pooling of skills and labour and can present an opportunity to move away from the “one man farm’ model.”

Teagasc Director Professor Gerry Boyle said; “Teagasc are committed to promoting the use of collaborative farming arrangements by farmers. It is proposed to develop a number of regional focused development areas to further promote, farm partnerships, share farming, long term land leasing and contract rearing.”

A copy of the Teagasc action plan was presented to the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD.

Pictured at the launch of the collaborative farm arrangement detailed action plan prepared by Teagasc are Cathal O'Donoghue, Head of REDP, Teagasc; Ben Roche, Teagasc Farm Structures Specialist; Ann Derwin, DAFM; Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine; Professor Gerry Boyle, Teagasc Director and John Downey, DAFM.