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Options to choose from when considering farming as a career

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If you are interested in farming and learning farm business skills, there are a number of templates to follow to get you started in a farming career.
If you are interested in farming and learning farm business skills, there are a number of templates to follow to get you started in a farming career.

It is that time of the year. Young people are returning to school and college, and seasonal work and travel holidays are over for those finished education.

Farming as a career merits consideration. It is not for everyone. The two most important requirements to develop a successful farming career are:

1. A real interest in farming and a desire to farm (must want to farm).

2. A willingness to learn and develop farming and business skills (be prepared to seek out and pursue learning opportunities).

For those interested in a farming career, provided you have the interest and the skill sets, there are a number of templates:

A. Within the family

Where opportunities exist within the family, a family farm partnership is an excellent template. This allows the younger and older generations stay involved and both be active in the farm business without the need to transfer ownership of the farm.

This template is also excellent for succession planning. Under the partnership model, young trained farmers qualify for all the young farmer incentives and supports, including 60% TAMS and Young Farmer BPS top-ups.

B. No land or a very limited land base

As illustrated in this page, weekly land is much less a limiting factor than skilled management to the development of a farming business. Provided you have the interest and the skills, land opportunities are available.

The templates here include leasing, share-farming or partnerships.

Leasing is very tax-efficient for landowners. However, established operators tend to be better placed to take on significant leases than young trained farmers due to the working capital required. Many landowners want to help young people get started and understand from their own experiences the ups and downs of farming, as such they are open to more flexible arrangements provided they find the right person.

Share-farming allows a young person get involved in a farm business with much less capital input. The young person’s skills and enthusiasm will drive on the business for the benefit of all parties. It also allows the young person develop his or her farming career and build up equity.

More information can be had at

Land Mobility Opportunities

A key element of the Land Mobility Service is matching people to opportunities. This is a brokerage service to find the ideal farmer match for you. Call 01-4199555 to speak with our specialist team and provide your details and preferred option. Confidentiality is assured. Qualified leads will be passed to you for further consideration.

Farms for Lease

  • FARM AVAILABLE FOR long term lease in the north Cork, south Limerick area near Milstreet. Farm comprising 170 acres in one block, some mixed land but 140 acres good. The farm was in dairying in the past but more recently in beef. There are old and modern sheds, the more modern include two 90 foot slatted units. Owners are looking to engage with the right person with a view to establishing a long term lease that works for everyone. The farm would be suitable for a beef or dairy enterprise or could make an ideal support block for heifer rearing and silage making. | REFERENCE TX28
  • DAIRY FARM FOR lease. North Tipperary Dairy Farm comprising 131 adjusted acres. Infrastructure includes cubicles, slurry storage, calving & calf houses and 10 unit Milking Parlour. It is a working dairy farm with cows. Owner is looking to retire and is interested in leasing. | REFERENCE OK09
  • 65 HA FARM opportunity available in Co. Kilkenny. Farm presently in beef & sheep with good winter accommodation facilities. Owner open to partnership arrangement, lease or alternative uses. | REFERENCE TN12
  • FOR LONG TERM lease, grassland farm of 55 hectares. Suitable for dairy, beef or sucklers with wintering & milking facilities available. Co. Laois area. | REFERENCE PA06
  • FARM LEASE AVAILABLE on 120 acres (48.5 Ha) of quality pasture land with entitlements at Ballynacloona, Ballyneale, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary. Farm has four available sheds measuring 96’ x 75’ with concrete floors and adjoining large concrete apron. | REFERENCE OK09
  • LIVESTOCK OPPORTUNITY KILKENNY Good Size traditional mid Kilkenny mixed farm with sucklers, cattle, sheep & tillage. Land Owner looking for an enthusiastic young trained farmer with skills and experience in livestock and grassland management to explore a collaborative farming arrangement. |REFERENCE TN09

  • EXPERIENCED CONTRACT REARER looking to rear 70-100 heifers. Has good facilities and freshly reseeded land. Based on the Wicklow/Kildare border but can take heifers from any area. Experience and facilities to rear calves or can take them reared. | REFERENCE VT04
  • Dairy Opportunity

  • OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE FOR Share Milking at a range of locations nationwide including Cork, Waterford, Tipperary and Laois. These are all established dairy farms with good potential and offer an excellent opportunity for a young person wanting to develop their own dairy farming business. | REFERENCE LMX100
  • DAIRY OPPORTUNITY WEXFORD, working dairy farm in south Co. Wexford, 90 acres good land all in one square block with a central roadway. Infrastructure comprises 80 cubicles, 6 unit milking parlour (with space to add units), and calving area all under one roof in the main shed with an adjacent loose shed for calves and storage. The owner is looking to step back and is open to leasing the farm as either a working dairy farm or a support block or alternatively enter into a contract rearing arrangement. | REFERENCE FL07.

  • PROGRESSIVE AND FELXIBLE dairy farmer milking 270 cows over two farms in Cork looking for a land block whereby they could consolidate their dairy business. Ideally 200 acre plus block. Lease, existing dairy farm or conversion considered, any location, farm will be well farmed, enhanced and cared for. | REFERENCE TX27
  • AMBITIOUS YOUNG FARMER looking to lease block of land (50-200 acres) in east Clare area so as to facilitate expansion of existing suckler herd and to grow beef enterprise. Good references available. All parcels of land considered. | REFERENCE NM04
  • LAND WANTED FOR sheep grazing. Any area through-out Ireland considered. Must be fenced for sheep. Both short term renting or long term lease acceptable and any size from 50 acres upwards would be suitable. | REFERENCE WY05
  • TRAINED YOUNG FARMER with successful experience in share farming seeking dairy farm partnership or share farm agreement in Co. Donegal. Has excellent experience managing large herds. Would suit farmer looking to step back. | REFERENCE WY06
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