Dairygold supplier Michael Bateman operates a share-milking arrangement on his dairy farm to provide greater resilience and security for his business and at the same time provide real opportunity for two progressive young farmers.

Diarmuid O’Scanaill and Briege Corkery started share-milking with Michael this year. Michael supplies the land, infrastructure and family labour. Diarmuid and Briege are responsible for all labour management and supply. Most of the cows are owned by Michael, with some owned by Diarmuid and Briege. A clear path exists whereby Diarmuid and Briege can increase their cow numbers.

Farm revenues and operating costs are split on an agreed basis, with a mechanism in place to provide Diarmuid and Briege a guaranteed minimum return in a very bad year. All this is documented in a straightforward share-milking agreement, the basis of which is the annual farm plan.

The farm plan is key. The plan is fully agreed and it is all about growing everyone’s business. The farm plan states how many cows, how much available land, how much grass, milk volume and solids, and meal usage. Performance is easily benchmarked off this and everyone is clear.

This arrangement is working very well and, even in a difficult year like 2016, all parties have grown their businesses.

Some of the factors that are making this arrangement work include:

  • Good communication and relationships.
  • Flexibility and a “win win” mentality.
  • The mindset to take an opportunity.
  • Realistic expectations and a step-by-step approach to growth.
  • The Irish Farm Managers Association held an informative farm walk on the Bateman Farm last week.

    The Land Mobility Service would encourage all young people interested in developing their farming careers to get involved with The Farm Managers Association.

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  • SOUTH TIPPERARY DAIRY farmer looking to lease 100 to 200+ acres around the Cahir, Cashel & Golden areas. Will undertake to maintain and enhance farm to the highest standard. | REFERENCE OK04
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  • CONTRACT REARER WITH 3 years experience looking to rear sixty 0-1 and sixty 1-2 year olds. No other stock on farm so sole focus will be on heifers. All targets for A.I., breeding and weights met over the last 3 years. Good south facing early grass farm in south Leinster/east Munster area with winter accommodation available. Regular weighing’s taken and owner informed of all progress i.e. weights/breeding/health etc. Can A.I. and/or use stock bull. Open to different types of arrangements. | REFERENCE TN01
  • CONTRACT HEIFER REARING available on 130 acre grassland farm in Co. Roscommon. Former dairy farmer with good animal husbandry skills and grassland management skills available to take in heifer calves from time of weaning and keep to point of calving. Farm has slatted shed accommodation available and fields divided into paddocks with reseeding carried out on a rotational basis. Can cater for up to 200 head, 100 weanlings & 100 yearlings. Willing to take stock from anywhere in Ireland and open to different types of contract arrangements. | REFERENCE IL02
  • REARING SERVICE AVAILABLE near Bandon, Co. Cork on 50 acre south facing, dry, sheltered farm. Individual is former dairy farmer who has 3 years experience of contract rearing consistently achieving above target weights at critical times. Reference may be obtained from previous client. | REFERENCE TX21
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  • NEAR LIMERICK CITY 165 acre ready to go Bord Bia approved Dairy Farm to Lease, all in one block. Modern slatted dairy unit with Milking Parlour, Dairy, Cubicles, Calving and calf rearing facilities. System all under one roof includes 170 cubicles. The farm is dry with good fertility and has good grazing infrastructure with a central roadway and water to all paddocks. This is a turn key ready to go dairy farm but could also be used for beef. Owner is retiring. | REFERENCE NV03
  • EXCITING COLLABORATIVE OPPORTUNITY available in the North West of Ireland. 250+ cow operation, excellent land base with huge potential. Opportunity available for a young person to get involved and have a share in this dairy operation. Also opportunities for existing operators to invest in the business through capital, management, and/or cows. | REFERENCE WY03
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  • YOUNG TRAINED AMBITIOUS farmer looking to lease a farm or enter a share farming agreement with a view to developing a profitable dairy business for all parties. | REFERENCE NE03