€66/ha cost of fragmentation

Tillage farmers with fragmented holdings could spend over €20,000 in additional travelling costs, delegates at the Teagasc tillage conference were told.

Fragmentation is a major cost for tillage farms, according to machinery expert Dermot Forrestal.

He told the conference that for a 320ha grower, farming 22 blocks radiating over 30km from the home base, the extra travelling expense averaged €66/ha or a total of €20,825 annually for the business.

The extra costs included fuel, time, depreciation, and repairs and maintenance.

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