No ‘small’ dairy farms left in Ire­land

Irish Examiner - Farming - - DAIRY SECTOR -

A n e w Te a g a s c s t u d y h a s high­lighted the eco­nomic vul­ner­a­bil­ity of small farms. How­ever, small dairy farms are not in­cluded, be­cause they do not ex­ist in Ire­land any more.

A “small farm” is one with less than €8,000 of agri­cul­tural out­put, with the equiv­a­lent of up to six dairy cows, six hectares of wheat, or 14 suck­ler cows.

There are more than 50,000 of such farms in Ire­land, mostly cat­tle and sheep farms in the Bor­der and Western re­gions, and mak­ing up 37% of all farms na­tion­ally.

In 1993, there were more than 1,300 spe­cial­ist dairy farms clas­si­fied as small farms, rep­re­sent­ing less than 2.5% of all small farms. How­ever, by 2010, there were no dairy farms in the small farms cat­e­gory.

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