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Mike Brady: Beware the pitfalls of farm partnerships

A well thought-out exit strategy needs to be built into partnership models for farm businesses

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Fragmented: Ireland has an exceptionally high number of farmers and a very low average farm size in comparion with the majority of EU countries

Fragmented: Ireland has an exceptionally high number of farmers and a very low average farm size in comparion with the majority of EU countries

Fragmented: Ireland has an exceptionally high number of farmers and a very low average farm size in comparion with the majority of EU countries

Ireland has a very fragmented pattern of land ownership. The country has a total land area of 6.9m hectares of which 4.5m are used for agriculture. There are 137,500 farmers so the average farm size is just 32.4ha (80ac).

This small farm size has been cited by the Department of Agriculture Food and Marine (DAFM) as a barrier to the viability of our family farms.

Farm Partnerships have been promoted as the solution to this structural problem. There are two main categories of Farm Partnerships operating in Ireland today.


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