Looking at new options for farm family incomes

Pictured at a Dairygold/Teagasc dairy development programme farm walk on the farm of Michael Ryan, Deansgrove, Cashel, Co Tipperary are Billy Cronin, Dairygold with host Michael Ryan. Photo O'Gorman Photography. No reproduction fee.
What are the options for increasing family farm income? Are they through on-farm efficiencies or through diversification?

What are the options for increasing family farm income? Are they through on-farm efficiencies or through diversification?

To help farmers make wise financial decisions and inspire diversification ideas, Teagasc are organising a series of “Options” workshops for farm families at a number of locations throughout the country this Autumn.

The first workshop in County Tipperary commences at the Teagasc Office, Castlemeadows, Thurles on Tuesday, October 20. All workshops commence at 7.30pm, at the Thurles Office.

Each workshop will consist of 5 sessions run over five consecutive weeks and will include visits to local farms and entrepreneurs who have succeeded in diversifying their farming activities. Topics covered at the workshops will include:

• assessing your enterprise - developing your idea;

• family farm finances - marketing & direct selling;

• food enterprise possibilities - rural tourism;

• energy crops/ forestry - organic opportunities

• alternative land use options - a business plan, the basics

• farm family finance - business supports

• applying for grant aid - and more .......

Allen McAdam, a native of Carrickmacross, will be opening the Teagasc Options for Farm Families workshops held nationally this autumn. Allen has over 16 years’ experience of working in the Local Development Sector in Ireland and across Europe.

Other speakers will include Teagasc enterprise advisors/specialists along with local development company, local enterprise board and bank representatives

Michael White, Teagasc Options Course Co-ordinator in Thurles states “that the Options workshops are an important means of examining ways to grow overall farm profit through diversification and off-farm activity. Many rural dwellers in Co. Tipperary have established new enterprises to improve their income, provide employment for family and utilise available resources on their farms”. Michael White also states “that the workshops are an important opportunity to meet and listen to several successful entrepreneurs”.

All farmers and farm family members are welcome to attend. Workshops are free of charge but prior booking is essential. There will be a small fee for a bus to the farm walks.