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Part Time Farming

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    Registered Users Posts: 131 ✭✭ Tony Almeida

    Hi All -

    I'm considering buying 15 acres of land, 7 acres of it arable, the remaining commonage. I have no experience with farming whatsoever, and dont intend to do it for money. I plan to build a house on it, do the green cert and perhaps become a part time farmer out of a hobby. I was hoping somebody could help me with a couple of questions.

    • Would I be able to get a business plan past Teagasc with that small a holding, to satisfy requirements to become a young farmer? This would enable me to get the stamp duty exemption on the purchase.
    • Would i be able to get a grant to put up a shed, to save me building my own, and use it for dual purposes - personal plus farming?
    • What would you use the land for? I am leaning towards sheep, but maybe speciality / pedigree sheep given the size of the holding

    The bit I have no gauge on is whether the holding I have is far too small to put in front of Teagasc, which i need to do to get the grants.. Am I being ridiculous? Or is it common enough?