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 Rearing of Replacement Heifers
- Share Farming - Dairy
- Share Farming - Crops
- Guidelines to forming a Farm Partnership (PDF)
- Guidelines for Long-term Land Leasing (PDF)
- Stepping Stones to a Career in Dairy Farming (PDF)
Articles - Today's Farm
- Succession Farm Partnerships (PDF) - May/June 2020
- Heifer rearing under contract - March/April 2018
- Beat the rush - start work on your Family Farm Partnership - September/October 2016
- Contract Rearing - why it is worth considering - May/June 2016
- Taking the 'Con' out of conacre - March/April 2016
- Collaboration? - take the broad view - January/February 2016
- Partnership Preparation - July/August 2015
- What to consider before leasing dairy cows - March/April 2015