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National Collaborative Farming Conference

Teagasc are hosting a National Collaborative Farming Conference to encourage farmers to work together in formal business arrangements for their mutual benefit. The types of collaborative farming arrangements to be discussed include registered farm partnerships, contract rearing, dairy and other types of share farming. The conference takes place on Thursday, 17 April, in the Clonmel Park Hotel, Co. Tipperary and will be attended by the Minister of State for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Mr Tom Hayes, TD.

Conference highlights will include:

  • Update on CAP Reform, 25% top-up payment for young farmers and other special CAP Pillar II measures for farmers in partnerships
  • Update on new Farm Partnership Register
  • Farmer Experience: Laurence Sexton & Imelda Kinsella
  • Contract Rearing
  • Land Mobility Service
  • Developments on a New Dairy Share Farming model for Ireland

Speaking in advance of the event, Thomas Curran, Teagasc Farm Structures Specialist, encouraged farmers of all enterprises to attend. “Collaborative arrangements provide real solutions to current issues on Irish farms including; skilled labour availability, reduced capital investment, improved lifestyle, increased scale and efficiency. All of which can lead to more profitable farming and a better work life balance.”

The conference will commence at 10am sharp. All interested in attending are requested to confirm their attendance, by Monday, 14 April. R.S.V.P. to niamh.allen@teagasc.ie or by telephone +353 (0)25 42457.