Diversify your farm business

Introduction

Guide

Business diversification involves broadening the activities of your existing business into other new potential money-making ventures.

Many of Northern Ireland's farms have diversified their business over the years. These farms are now realising the benefits of taking on new income-generating activities. Diversified farms can enjoy increased personal and farm family success, improved finances, increased efficiency and see redundant farm buildings back in use.

Wider changes in society, such as climate change or consumer demand for new products, can also push farm businesses to change their business priorities.

This guide provides guidance on planning for farm diversification and it sets out the main advantages of diversifying your farm. It also provides examples of business ideas which other farms have developed, and identifies local sources of advice and support for diversifying your farm.

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Access free start-up business support from your local council. They will organise one-to-one mentoring sessions with your local business adviser and provide tailored guidance to develop your business plan.

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