Contract Milking & Sharefarming

Most share dairy farmers will have completed a dairy apprenticeship to gain the necessary skills required to manage a farm on a daily basis. During their time as an apprentice they might start to move towards a share agreement by buying dairy cows or by taking on additional responsibility within the business. There are many variants of share farming, a comprehensive guide can be found at

There should be sufficient flexibility within the broad framework of each agreement to provide for individual joint agreement on which items of income and expenditure are to be shared.

The DairyTas publication Stepping Stones is an excellent resource for outlining career progression in the dairy industry.