• USING rented land to expand a dairy business is sensible and economically viable, but tenants must negotiate hard to get the best terms for their business, warned George Dunn, chief executive of the Tenant Farmers Association. Special attention should be paid to agreements on milk quota purchases, tenancy terms, succession and rent reviews. "Avoid oral agreements, particularly within families and clarify intended rights and responsibilities between parties," he said.
• CO-ORDINATED, production-based research is needed to provide information about grazing-based dairy systems for the existing 300 UK farms using the system, said Deborah Topp, consultant with Pasture to Profit. "However, research should also aim to give confidence to other dairy farmers to investigate the option." She also urged the 1.2% of producers currently on a grazing-based system to actively promote the system to the industry, increasing understanding of what they are doing and removingthe myths. *