Time for some realism over partnerships
For a whole generation, the most profitable sector in Irish farming was a closed shop.
However, the dismantling of the 30-year-old milk quota system is already under way and the doors will be flung open completely in 2015. It poses a great opportunity for youngsters who dream of making a living from their own farm.
It may also be the answer to many an ageing dairy farmer's concerns.
Dairying is never going to be a handy number, regardless of the scale or returns involved. The fact is that commercial scale operations need young blood to keep the milk flowing.
There are plenty of dairy farmers out there that don't have children interested in taking over the operation, despite considerable investments of time and money over many years. These are valuable operations without enthusiastic heirs.
So it was a highly pertinent briefing that was organised by Macra na Feirme for the Guild of Agricultural Journalists in Horse and Jockey last week. Five young men, who had either an unviable farm or no farm at all to get stuck into at home, outlined what their aspirations were for the future. All wanted to be involved in large-scale dairy units.
In the same room, a number of dairy farmers with significant operations spoke about their plans to continue on their farming operations in the absence of a successor. Some had turned to forestry, while others had become involved in successful milking partnerships. Most, though, were still on the lookout for a partner.