Longford Leader Farming: Lakeland Dairies and Macra launch Land Mobility Programme

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Longford Leader Farming: Lakeland Dairies and Macra launch Land Mobility Programme

Alf McGlew, Austin Finn, Alo Duffy, Patrick Brady, Andrew Purcell and Eamon Duignan.

Lakeland Dairies and Macra na Feirme have launched a new Land Mobility Programme.

The innovative new initiative will help all types of farmers, farm families, new entrants and land owners to consider their options for collaborative arrangements leading to better use of land resources for the mutual benefit of farmers and landowners.

The programme will work to facilitate workable arrangements throughout the Lakeland Dairies catchment area.

The Land Mobility Programme is a confidential and expert service designed to support the sustainable expansion of dairy farming throughout the Lakeland operating region, where the majority of dairy farmers see opportunities for further growth in the years ahead.

The programme will also provide advice and assistance to farmers who may be thinking of adjusting their workload, stepping back or making succession arrangements on their farms while also seeking to secure their income for the future.

Macra na Feirme will coordinate the new service with ongoing support from Lakeland Dairies and the FBD Trust. It will be managed on the ground by Patrick Brady who has been appointed as the Programme Co-ordinator in the Lakeland Dairies catchment area.

Brady has significant farming and business experience. He holds an Agricultural Science Degree from UCD, is a dairy farmer himself and has significant experience with Teagasc. As Programme Co-ordinator, he can be contacted at 087 1628839.

The Land Mobility Service has been successfully piloted over the past 4 years in Ireland, supporting the establishment of over 400 collaborative arrangements between farmers and covering some 35,000 acres of land.

Pictured above (left to right) Alf McGlew, Dairy Farmer; Austin Finn, Land Mobility Programme Manager; Alo Duffy, Chairman Lakeland Dairies; Patrick Brady, Land Mobility Programme Advisor for the LakelandDairies catchment area; Andrew Purcell, Dairy Farmer and Eamon Duignan, Member Relations Manager, Lakeland Dairies.