Collaborative Farming Arrangements
Collaborative farming is two or more farmers working together in a formal arrangement for the mutual benefit of all those involved in the arrangement.
The main benefits of a collaborative arrangement are:
- Economic – a collaborative arrangement can offer farmers increased returns through the ability to achieve scale at a lower capital cost; the reduction of costs which are duplicated between farmers; and risk sharing.
- Skills – The possibility of sharing best farming and business management practice.
- Social – Joint farming ventures can help to address the social challenge of the ‘one man farm’ model making farming a more attractive occupation.
The main collaborative arrangements being encouraged in Ireland are:
- Registered Farm Partnerships
- Contract Heifer Rearing
- Contract Calf Rearing
- Contract Calf and Weanling Rearing
- Share Farming - Dairy
- Share Farming - Crops
Articles - Today's Farm
- Succession Farm Partnerships (PDF) - May/Jun 2020
- Heifer rearing under contract (PDF) - Mar/Apr 2018
- Beat the rush - start work on your Family Farm Partnership (PDF) - Sep/Oct 2016
- Contract Rearing - why it is worth considering (PDF) - May/Jun 2016
- Taking the 'Con' out of conacre (PDF) - Mar/Apr 2016
- Collaboration? - take the broad view (PDF) - Jan/Feb 2016
- Partnership Preparation (PDF) - Jul/Aug 2015
- What to consider before leasing dairy cows (PDF) - Mar/Apr 2015