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Collaborative Farming Arrangements

Collaborative Farming Arrangements

Irish farm structures have for some time been deficient in terms of age profile, farm size & skill set. In 2007 the age profile of Irish farmers was 55 years & only 6.9% of all farmers were under 35 years. These deficiencies pose a threat to farm viability and limit the options for taking advantage of the many growth opportunities to 2020.

Greater use of collaborative farming arrangements can help redress the current deficits and help deliver on the ambitious targets in Food Harvest 2020.

The main benefits of a collaborative arrangement are:

  1. 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.
  2. Skills – The possibility of sharing best farming and business management practice.
  3. 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:


Latest Publications

Articles - Today's Farm

  • Collaborative Business Structures discussed by Tom Curran at the Share Farming Open Day

    Share Farming Open Day held at Gurteen Farm

  • Gurteen Share Farming explained by Paidi Kelly at the Share Farming Open Day

    Share Farming Open Day held at Gurteen Farm

  • Performance to date of Gurteen Farm discussed by Grainne Hurley at the Share Farming Open Day

    Share Farming Open Day held at Gurteen Farm

  • Converting Gurteen Farm from a Drystock to a Dairy Farm discussed by Padraig French

    Share Farming Open Day held at Gurteen Farm

  • Collaborative Farming: The Options

  • Neighbours in a Farm Partnership

  • Contract Rearing Part 1: The Benefits

  • Contract Rearing Part 2: Making it Work

  • Contract Rearing Part 3: Weighing the Heifers

  • Contract Rearing Part 4: Breeding Management

  • Farm Succession in Action - 1

  • Farm Succession in Action - 2

  • Farm Succession in Action - 3