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Padraig O’Farrell - Dairy Farm Partnership

NewbiePadraig completed Agricultural level 8 degree and returned home to farm. He is an only son who was “always out farming from a young age”. The farm partnership was set up in 2015 on family farm.

Main motivations:

  • Coming home after completing and Agricultural degree in college, he had to start earning an income somewhere.

Success factors:

  • 2 people are involved in the running of the farm – large knowledge
  • Advisory – good advisory network that he could trust and understand
  • Family support – “Open minded father who was already in charge of farm”
  • Farm was already in place – infrastructure, land

Key hurdles:

  • “Changing the farm to be in more line with environmental sustainable practices”
  • Business planning – “should have asked more questions”

Recommendations:

  • New entrant loan scheme

“Make them more available to new entrant farmers, regulate them”

 

Newbie - Padraig & Patrick O'Farrell - Dairy Farm Partnership