The Land Mobility Service – Options for Landowners, Opportunities for Farmers

The Land Mobility Service is a Macra na Feirme initiative supported by numerous stakeholders including FBD Trust, The Dept. of Agriculture and Food Processors like Dairygold, Aurivo, Lakeland, Glanbia, Kerry Group and North Cork Creamery.

The Service provides Options for Land Owners and Opportunities for Young Farmers through advice on and facilitation of collaborative farming arrangements.

It is a Matching, Succession Planning and Advisory Service for farmers. The service does not represent any party, instead the focus is on facilitating a sustainable and WIN WIN arrangement.

The team are expert and dedicated, please call for a confidential without obligation consultation

Our Team are:

Austin Finn Programme Manager and Lead Facilitator 086 2541425

Austin is a B Ag and a Chartered Accountant, he has been involved in farming and working with farmers all his life and has a wealth of experience in helping people find solutions and develop opportunities.

Patrick Brady North East and Midlands Facilitator 087 1628839

Mícheál Larkin  West and  North West Facilitator 086 0404002

What is The Land Mobility Service?

The Land Mobility Brokerage Service, based in the Farm Centre, is not about more studies but instead providing a service to facilitate workable arrangements. The fundamentals of the service are:

  • To provide information
  • To outline and explore options
  • To act as an honest broker
  • To provide a confidential service facilitating land mobility
  • To work with farmers’ existing professional advisers

The “Honest Broker” element is particularly important in that all parties will be fully respected and in particular the rights of the land owner.
The purpose of the service is to facilitate collaborative arrangements tailored to suit any
specific situation. These arrangements may be as simple or as complex as desired. They must be workable for all parties involved and can be within or outside the family or a combination of both. In many cases it is envisaged that the arrangements will evolve over
time, to help develop dynamic, progressive, and profitable farm operations.

Farmers Young and Old

Advantages of Collaboration

Collaboration has a long tradition in rural Ireland, just look at co ops and neighbours helping each other at the harvest. Collaboration provides both social and financial benefits. Identified benefits of collaboration include

  • Improved economies of scale leading to increased profits
  • Increased leisure time
  • Better social and family life
  • Improved work environment and reduced work load
  • Reduced stress through shared decisions and companionship
  • Improved farm safety
  • Reduced investment risk and better decision making
  • More efficient use of fixed costs
  • Operational farms have higher economic, social and environmental value
  • Improved use of skills and specialisations
  • Expansion, succession planning and farm progression facilitated

In spite of the benefits and the availability of both templates and working examples the level of collaborative arrangements operating in Ireland is low. This can be attributed to CAP reform and uncertainty associated with Single Farm Payment (SFP) entitlements, a lack of information and awareness, and land title security concerns.

Structured collaborative arrangements are a relatively new concept in Ireland and have a lot to offer.

This Service is an initiative of Macra na Feirme with the financial backing of FBD Trust and industry wide support.