Listed here are just a few methods on the way to earn money from land, I’ve usually heard it mentioned that if you wish to make a small fortune from farming then begin out with an enormous fortune. As humorous as that sounds it has some component of reality to it as it’s simpler to lose cash in enterprise immediately than it’s to make it.

Loads of parts of farms immediately could be loss making and it appears to be getting harder to show a revenue because the years go by. Within the final variety of years there was an enormous enlargement in dairy farming right here most of it’s from 2015 onward when dairy quotas had been abolished right here. Beef farmers tillage farmers and new entrants constructed milking parlors and diversified into a brand new farm enterprise for themselves.

Dairy farmers themselves noticed a chance to develop and attempt to turn out to be extra environment friendly. The primary motive for that is dairy is seen as one of many few farming enterprises that there could be nonetheless a revenue comprised of. The others beef sheep and tillage until you could have an enormous space of land have gotten extra of a interest for part-time farmers who an increasing number of are counting on an off farm job to assist their earnings.

Issues have modified over time and what labored prior to now won’t work immediately and likewise what works immediately like dairy farming won’t work sooner or later. Issues are at all times altering as time goes by and as Darwin put it  (it’s not the strongest of the species that survives, nor essentially the most clever that survives. It’s the one that’s most adaptable to alter)

the identical may apply to any enterprise some occasions modifications occur quick like with music and video shops when folks began streaming from the web and typically it’s a slower demise which appears to be occurring to some farming sectors.

There are some farmers who’re nonetheless making loads cash from what they’re doing they’re often on the high of there sport however then there are others who aren’t. This isn’t essentially as a result of they’re dangerous farmers however could be as a consequence of a variety of points, corresponding to land sort location wives earnings dwelling prices youngsters out there assistance on the farm and many others. Somebody with 40 acres of moist rushy floor and 6 month winters isn’t going to compete with a farm of 150 acres within the golden vale whether or not they’re getting an ANC cost or not.

It’s actually horses for programs and everybody has to consider what’s finest for their very own state of affairs however as albert Einstein put it the definition of madness is to maintain doing the identical factor time and again and anticipating a special end result. If one thing just isn’t working then perhaps one thing could be modified or tweaked to make it work higher. If not then perhaps change the entire system or simply quit if you happen to can’t repair it and begin one thing else.

My very own state of affairs

In my very own state of affairs I wrote an article earlier than about here I’m truly up to now figuring out financially higher off since I gave up on dairying. I used to be paying hire yearly for an out farm a number of miles away further for drawing silage feeding extra ration working 7 days and on the finish of some years utilizing the one farm cost to pay all of the payments.

I left dairying for quite a few causes however earlier than I bought the cows and for me it appeared like a large enough step I had considerably of an exit plan in place. I had bought a farm of principally mountain and tough grazing floor.

I used to be capable of switch entitlements I had on leased land to this land and as a substitute of paying hire I used the one farm cost to repay mortgage repayments.

I lower down on inventory numbers to only cowl grants which lowered feeding and silage prices and entered an settlement with one other man to contract rear slip cows or heifers for him over the summer time months.

I additionally sourced a job engaged on a pig farm the place I labored for a number of years till the farm I bought was paid off for after that I did a course on digital advertising and marketing and online marketing and began to study extra about coding and constructing web sites. I additionally did some work quick time on a goat cheese farm and driving a digger in a recycling farm.

The change from dairying has given me extra free time to study new issues and labored out nicely sufficient for me up to now. I believe if I didn’t make the change I may need at all times be questioning what if and probably regretted it afterward if I by no means labored outdoors the farm gate. The farm just isn’t going wherever if I resolve to start out dairying once more.


What else

My plan is working to date however listed here are another concepts that crossed my thoughts of the way to earn cash from the land


Tourism is value 9.4 billion to the Irish financial system and in the correct space might be nicely value tapping into. To search out the correct factor in the correct place is vital. Regardless that I’m in Kerry which will get it’s justifiable share of vacationers I’m a bit away from the principle vacationer areas being within the east of the county.

If I used to be dwelling round killarney or dingle I might have given extra serous thought to this and there are loads areas to faucet into the vacationer trade. I as soon as heard of a man from Galway who marketed to take vacationers on a pub crawl and charged 10 euros a head to point out all of them the most effective pubs in galway. Throughout the principle summer time months he may have 2 or 3 excursions a day of as much as 15 folks.

Supposedly he didn’t drink himself however had a fantastic social life. If the story is true he had a pleasant little facet earner within the evenings. Though I didn’t give the pup crawl an excessive amount of consideration myself listed here are another concepts I considered at one time or one other.

Pony using liveries

I’ve slightly of expertise with equines and though the Kerry bathroom ponies are a bit small to journey taking the step to take care of bigger horses wouldn’t be a significant change. The identical as contract rearing cattle folks additionally preserve horses and cost a worth for his or her lodgings.

The added worth this has is persons are prepared to pay extra so that you can take care of their horse than a cow and as a horse must be exercised some liveries additionally do pony trekking the place they’ll use the ponies they’re taking care of to earn more cash by utilizing them for pony trekking with the settlement of the proprietor.

This might be a profitable enterprise relying on the world you might be in secure prices could be 30 euros an evening or as much as eighty euros per week per animal. Should you had good buildings on the farm that you may convert and good paths or woods or perhaps a seaside.close by the place you may do some pony trekking it could be potential to earn on the double.

Issues to contemplate could be the world you might be in and demand for livery and pony trekking and your horsemanship expertise and naturally how a lot you want horses.


Contract rearing

Contract rearing is mainly an settlement with one other farmer to switch and take care of a few of his inventory for a set interval. Often dairy farmers in search of somebody to rear alternative heifers however might be dry cows that didn’t go in calf or calves younger calves.

The speed of cost per head per day is agreed between each farmers and might be between 1 euro and 1.50 per animal every day. The value agreed in what work is concerned some farmers will need goal weights met or heifers put in calf by the contract rearer whereas others will simply need the inventory again in good situation.

It is a quite simple change for somebody who’s used to retaining cattle and has the sheds and infrastructure already in place. It will probably work nicely for each events for the dairy farmer it reduces his nitrates or permits him to hold extra milking cows on his personal farm. It can also avoid wasting labour for him not having to hire extra land and journey there to have a look at inventory day by day.

For the contract rearer it can provide inventory for EU farm grants with the expense of going to the mart to purchase them and they don’t seem to be as uncovered to market costs both as they know what might be coming in every month. They might even have an off farm job as there may be not as a lot work taking care of dry inventory. On the finish of the yr there are little or no bills to be paid out until you’re making silage to maintain different cattle over the winter.


Shed rental

You may need sheds empty on the farm they may probably be leased out to herald some earnings too. Just like the contract rearing some persons are in search of someplace to maintain there cattle over the winter. An settlement could be made on who provides feed and a worth per head per day and even let the slatted unit for a set worth for numerous months.

In case your situated close to a big city or metropolis yards and sheds have a price as a industrial premises too storage prices could be excessive and plenty of enterprise need to hire further area.

canine play areas

Sure imagine it or not folks pays to let there canine play in your land it is a thriving enterprise in different international locations world wide and if you happen to doubt folks will spend cash on this simply have a look at the value folks had been paying for canine earlier than the adverts had been taken down from carried out deal web site this yr.

Loads of canine house owners don’t have their very own land and can gladly pay a small price for someplace secure they’ll let their pets run free. Doggy day care is one good instance however they’re additionally within the UK US and lots of different international locations.

If you’re based mostly close to an enormous city or metropolis and like canine it might be an choice. It’s one thing that you may develop out too with canine grooming companies, boarding kennels, espresso store and present retailer and many others.

Wind Farms

Wind farms have sprung up all throughout the nation over the past 20 years however we nonetheless have a protracted method to go in assembly our local weather targets.

Wind generators have to be on an appropriate web site with excessive sufficient common wind pace and in an space that’s most popular by the planing authority. There’s a variety of objections and opposition to wind farms and I really feel they’re one thing folks both love or hate.

If you may make a take care of a wind farm growth firm they are going to be in search of you to signal a lease choice settlement for a interval of 5 years. I really feel farmers ought to ask for some cost for this as they’re tying their wind up on this settlement for numerous years even when no effort is made to measure wind pace or safe planning.

I’ve heard tales of some firms getting lease choices signed simply to safe land in case they could want it in future and preserve different wind farm firms from gaining access to the websites and even promoting the lease on to different firms. The starting stage could be lengthy and complex and there may be now a push to maneuver wind farms off shore.


I had my very own farm in for planning at one stage however it was refused for visible impression. We’ve got one other farm surrounded by wind generators and could be appropriate for a number of extra if any wind builders need to get in contact I might be prepared to speak.

In case your web site does move the planning levels and the event goes forward you may count on to get 3% of the worth of the electrical energy produced per turbine in your land annually. This can rely upon the scale of the wind turbine for instance the quantity of megawatts the turbine is and the wind pace in a given yr. A tough estimate could be 15 to twenty thousand per turbine in your land per yr.

photo voltaic farm

Photo voltaic electrical energy is getting cheaper to supply over the past variety of years and is now on the stage the place photo voltaic farms have gotten extra viable. Whereas there are excellent rents on supply there are additionally tax implications concerned and you’ll be suggested to debate this along with your accountant.

It’d impression on agriculture aid and inheritance tax because it’s not thought of exercise it could additionally impression on farm funds and you may have an enormous tax invoice yearly.

It may nonetheless be value wanting into if you may get previous the starting stage. Just like the wind farms you would want to get involved with a photo voltaic farm growth firm and take it from there. In the event that they suppose your web site is appropriate you can be requested to signal a lease choice settlement for numerous years whereas they try safe planning permission.


Forestry is an efficient choice for the correct farmer in the correct location. There are lots of issues to contemplate earlier than deciding to plant your land as a result of as soon as it’s planted it’s gone as farmland. You probably have sufficient of farming animals and wish to develop timber as a substitute there are good forestry premium grants on supply.

The afforestation grant will cowl the price of planting the bushes and there are a variety of various choices for bushes planted with premiums ranging as much as 615 euros per hectare per yr for 15 years.

There’s an agro forestry choice as a form of half-way home that means that you can plant bushes in rows additional aside and graze your animals below the bushes. The premiums for agro forestry are 260 per hectare however solely final for five years.


There’s even a local woodland scheme for establishing and taking care of native woodland. Issues to contemplate earlier than planting could be farm succession do you could have youngsters who could be all in favour of farming land would leasing the farm be a greater choice for you. With rising objections to planting and felling licenses will or not it’s a superb choice in 20 years time.

I believe it would nonetheless be a superb choice for a farmer in the correct location a farmer with no dependents to take over the working of the farm may have and simpler life than chasing round after animals in his previous age and premiums received’t have an effect on different farm funds both as it’s nonetheless thought of a farming exercise. It’s simply you might be rising timber as a substitute of different crops like grass.

open farm or pet farm

Once more in the correct location an open farm or pet farm may do nicely. If you’re in a vacationer location or close to an enormous city or metropolis and also you suppose you’ll have the footfall within the space why not. You may be nonetheless feeding and taking care of animals only a smaller quantity and a much bigger vary of animals.

It doesn’t have to be unique animals both a number of calves, goats, pigs,ponies, geese or lamas might be sufficient to carry households out-of-town in search of one thing to do on their days off.

There could be some begin up prices with paths, penning fencing or a restaurant store and many others. however nonetheless one thing to contemplate in the correct space.


Quick for air mattress and breakfast it’s rising at an exceptional price over the past variety of years and is the place somebody can hire a home or house or perhaps a bed room for an evening or per week.

Not all persons are bothered about having breakfast severed to them every morning and simply desire a non-public place to remain for the night time or a base for his or her holidays.

Should you had an previous farmhouse or cottage value fixing up in the correct location it may herald as much as 100 euros per night time in the correct location. Have a look at the airbnb website at what different self-catering properties in your space are asking.

You may earn greater than long run rental lodging and examine the property everytime you need after each keep.

Snail farming

Snail farming is a comparatively new sort of farming on this nation however a worthwhile one for many who get it proper. You don’t want a lot floor only one acre may web a revenue of 20,000 euros.

Over 40 farms are actually producing Escargot snails right here for export to France. That being mentioned it’s not simple cash both it’s a full time job and coaching effort and experience might be required.

You probably have the land spare and need one thing new to maintain you busy it might be value wanting into however do your homework first, I’ve seen many new farming concepts over time from retaining ostrich to deer just for sufficient folks to leap on the band wagon and notice that their just isn’t sufficient market demand or an over provide out there.



If you’re rising issues placing up some poly tunnels and rising some meals. That might be strawberries, blueberries mushrooms or some other sort of meals that may be grown from vegetation or bushes. It’s a very vast topic very similar to agriculture and you’ll most definitely concentrate on a sure space.

It may also be very aggressive with tight margins and robust competitors from different international locations like Holland or Spain. You don’t want a variety of land however it could be advisable to do a course and work on this discipline earlier than beginning into it your self.

What’s the most suitable choice to earn money from land

Like I mentioned earlier it’s horses for programs all of it relies on you and what your pursuits are and the way a lot danger you might be prepared to take. Most begin up enterprise fail throughout the first 5 years however if in case you have a robust curiosity and study in regards to the space and the market demand you could have a superb an opportunity as anybody else.

There are lots of different concepts like somebody turned an previous quarry outdoors ballyhass close to mallow in cork into an journey middle and aqua park.

For me I caught with cattle and contract rearing as I do know a good bit about them I had the infrastructure already in place and It gave me time for an off farm job or to study how to make an income online for others it could be completely different. I may simply as simply gone for a lot of different choices on this record.


There’s an previous saying there may be a couple of method to pores and skin a cat unsure the place that first got here from however I believe it means if one thing just isn’t working attempt one other method. You probably have the land it’s a beneficial asset and it’s as much as you to attempt to work smarter and attempt to discover what works finest for you.

What works for one individual won’t work for one more it doesn’t matter if they’re you neighbor or household a member each ones state of affairs is completely different.

I simply wrote a number of concepts that crossed my thoughts prior to now to place others pondering what may work finest for them. Many different are doing nicely and fairly joyful at what they’re doing however there are at all times choices. You solely have one life stay it your method.


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