No ‘small’ dairy farms left in Ireland
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.