Family Partnership is not a much-discussed topic, though it will be one of the subjects discussed in length at Farmex - The Business of Farming at the Hub in Kilkenny, October 12th.
Alan Jagoe is a dairy and tillage farmer from Co. Cork. It is here that he, his father Edward and brother, George, are in a three-way farm partnership. This will be the focus of Alan’s participation at the upcoming Farmex - The business of farming event at the Hub in Kilkenny, October 12th.
Together the farming trio run a 250-strong Holstein/Friesian herd, which is a mixture of winter and spring calving. Tillage-wise, the Jagoe family focus their collective efforts on malting barley, feed barley, maize, beet and winter wheat also.
“We have a small winter quota, but the majority is spring milk.” Alan explained to That’sFarming.
Alan first returned home into a farm partnership with his father in the early 2000’s, before they were eventually joined by Alan’s brother, George, five years ago in 2013. Alan also lays the claim of being the former President of Macra na Feirme, with his rein running from 2011 until 2013. It was then in 2013 that the Cork native took on the Vice Presidents role of CEJA - The EU Council of Young Farmers. This two-year term was then followed by a promotion to the senior role, with Alan becoming President of CEJA.
He relinquished this role only last year, in 2017, and now acts as Vice President of Agri Aware, who aim to educate the public and schools on the importance of agri-food. Mr. Jagoe was also a Teagasc board member until recently, with the Cork farmer only vacating his position a few weeks ago.
Role at Farmex -
Alan’s role at the upcoming Farmex event, October 12th the Hub in Kilkenny, will be to take part in the ‘Family Farm Business’ seminar which will commence at 12pm.
Alan will be joined on the day by other speakers such as Paula Hynes, who will discuss the challenges facing women in agriculture, Tom Ryan (formerly of Teagasc), who will discuss Planning farm buildings and Pat Smith (CEO of Local Power), who will focus on Renewable energies for farms. The seminar will be chaired by agri-journalist, Darragh McCulloch.
Alan himself will focus on the topic of ‘Family Partnership Farming’, with the Corkonian himself having experience in a family farm partnership and being one of the first farm partnerships to come into effect in the early 2000’s.
This will see the former Macra President explaining in detail his own personal situation, as well as the history of the farm partnership entered into by his father, brother and himself.
“At the time when we joined in a partnership, it was the only way we could get our hands on a quota at a cheap rate. It was also a way of getting me back into farming as well.” Alan noted.
Alan explained that entering into the partnership enabled the family to increase their milking herd from 70 cows to the 250-strong herd they now milk today.
“I wanted to go farming and 70 cows wasn’t going to sustain the two of us (he and his father) at the time.” Alan said.
“By being able to get my hand on the quota, I was able to grow the herd, grow the farm and stay at home farming...We brought my brother into the partnership in 2012/2013…We have grown steadily over that time” Alan said.
Alan will not only share details on his own experiences but will also delve into building a farming partnership, the benefits of entering into one and the future for farmers entering into them.
“What I am going to talk about on the day is building yourself a partnership, what a partnership can do for all of the parties involved and then in the medium to long-term, where are farmers going to go.” Alan explained.
“I will be outlining where we are going to go with the partnership going forward.” He reiterated.
Alan also had words of encouragement for whilst advising that there are many opportunities out there for farmers who can’t find land for purchase.
“There are so many opportunities and options out there for young people to get into farming, that you don’t actually have to own land.” Alan advised.
“I know some farmers in partnerships that don’t own land and that is an option for them to get into farming. Partnerships is a good way to do that and that is one of the big things that I want to promote.” The Cork farmer concluded.
Further Information -
FARMEX - the business of farming - is a new one-day conference and trade exhibition on how to increase profitability; sustainability and add long-term equity value to the family farm business.
The DAFM KT-approved event for livestock and tillage farmers will take place at The Hub, Kilkenny on Friday, October 12th.
The organisers are hoping to welcome 3,000 attendees including - Agribusiness; advisory and educational personnel; family farmers; farm managers and Ag students; farm managers; farm contractors and Agri-Food Science students to this event.
Tickets are €20 for adults, €10 for agri-students and €40 for a family (two adults & children). Car parking is free and one can avail low-cost group travel via Bus Eireann at only €15/20 per person return. Don't forget to use the 'ThatsFarming' discount code to receive a discount on tickets.
Book online at - www.farmex.ie - and save €5 on your ticket, fill in a short questionnaire and enter a free draw for €2,500 in Agri input & services prizes.