Inspirational ideas: Supporting new entrants into organic dairy sheep farming
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Young people who want to set up their own sheep or goat dairy farm in Greece are faced with high investments and economic uncertainties. To encourage young farmers and new entrants to take the step into dairy farming, Greek innovative project Proud Farm will support them with tailored management advice, continuous training, and ways to minimise risk, including the use of farm infrastructure.
The project is setting up five fully equipped dairy farms with a capacity of 100 animals each. “This number can provide a basic farm income, can be held by one person and can enable farmers to grow their flock quickly”, Proud Farm coordinator Nikolaos Koltsidas explains. New farmers who take part will be able to use the farm infrastructure for three years. They are only asked to invest in their own flock; the project will provide feed and support services.
These three years will allow the farmers to become productive and start preparing their own new barn with their productive flock and with more knowledge. “We hope that this will help avoid bureaucratic delays, save costs and ensure the financial health of this local ecosystem.