Clara farm is worthwhile initiative
The new Greenfield dairy project in Clara, Co Kilkenny, is a fine development and one which has stirred a lot of farmer interest.
This was illustrated by the crowds that visited the site last Tuesday and Wednesday.
All the parties involved -- Teagasc, Glanbia, the Phelan family and Agricultural Trust -- deserve credit for this innovative project.
With the Commission holding firm on the decision to abolish milk quotas in 2015, any exercise which seeks to address the challenges which the sector faces in a new environment has to be beneficial.
Even the manner in which the farm was designed and constructed will offer valuable lessons for both farmers expanding their businesses and those brave enough to establish their own 'greenfield' sites.
Excellent tips were offered on the day, on such basic topics as roadway design, paddock layout, water supply and fencing.
The lessons learned will act as a useful guide for any farmer planning to develop their holding.
The business model itself is ambitious, with €1.1m being invested and a targeted return of around €1.4m over the project's 15-year term.