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So you want to be a dairy farmer? - forget about the "next spring" approach

Key advice for anyone thinking of getting into dairying

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Potential dairy converts are advised to plan 18 months ahead and avoid spending all their money on a milking machine.

So you want to be a dairy farmer? If so the most important message is that you need to plan well ahead, and forget about the "next spring" approach, according to Jim Moyles, a Tullamore-based Teagasc advisor.

He said anyone thinking of starting up or converting to dairying needs a 12-18 month lead-in time.