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Don't let your heart rule your head when it comes to renting farmland

Renting extra land is a sound business option for the expanding dairy sector, but makes little sense for beef and sheep farmers

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Some dairy farmers might find greater potential for profit from their existing herd rather than chasing scale and volume with all of its associated costs such as stock, infrastructure, labour and land rental.

Some dairy farmers might find greater potential for profit from their existing herd rather than chasing scale and volume with all of its associated costs such as stock, infrastructure, labour and land rental.

Some dairy farmers might find greater potential for profit from their existing herd rather than chasing scale and volume with all of its associated costs such as stock, infrastructure, labour and land rental.

I am frequently asked many questions by farmers in the course of my work about the pros and cons of renting out land but I am seldom asked if renting in land is a good idea.

I suspect in many cases the question is not asked for fear the answer may not be what the person wants to hear.

Farmers rent land for a variety of reasons but mainly to extend their farmed area.