Figures from CAFRE benchmarking consistently show that profitability on NI dairy farms is directly linked to the amount of milk produced from forage.

Speaking at the second of AFBI’s three on-farm dairy events, on a farm near Kinawley, Co Fermanagh, Dr Debbie McConnell from AFBI highlighted that average figures from benchmarking farms from 2000 to 2016 show that the top 25% of farms had a net margin of £556/cow. That compares with the bottom 25% of farms with a net margin of £292/cow.