"So a farmer working on his own with, say 60 to 80 cows, could actually earn the same as a farmer with a 150 cow herd who has a wage bill to factor in."
"And with profits or subsidies in the years ahead not guaranteed, we know from other businesses that scale can have its major downside.
"Farm families have survived through the worst of times, and it is testament to their resilience that many of them are still there. Thankfully, our attachment to land is still strong.
"For example, in dairying, it probably would take 60 to 80 cows to pay a person working on the farm.
"Most larger farms carry significant overhead costs, for example, large borrowings, and most also need to fund wages.
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this stage, it dates back to the years 2000 to 2002.
Clearly Noel loves his life as a farmer and unlike many who believe size in farming is all that matters, Noel has a different outlook. He values the family life and the family farm.
"Many things have changed in Ireland since 2000, but not the single farm payment.
matter, there is always something interesting and different to do.
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"The criteria that were used for the issuing of single farm payment back then are now terribly outdated and flawed, I believe.
"I feel it is important to keep Ireland's family farm model, because in many ways, it has defined what rural Ireland is all about. And most importantly of all, I believe it works.
"We are now involved in CAP reform, and surely the word reform means to change or evolve. So where is the evolution?
"Because of the nature of farming, in that it can be a family affair, I also get a great opportunity to work with my father, my brother and my young lads, and I find this is a real bonus."
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NOEL Fitzpatrick is a 37 year old farmer from Reenascreena, in west Cork. You may have seen him when he spoke as a concerned farmer on a recent RT Prime Time programme, dealing with CAP reform.
"Also, time passes quickly on the land, boredom is never an issue. When I worked in the factory in France, I used to wonder would the shift ever end, I would be constantly watching the clock.
"Payments were paid on all units of production, which obviously meant the money went to those who were already well established.
Denis Lehane talks to Noel Fitzpatrick who says the CAP is anti competitive and farmers must call for real reform.
"I believe that small and medium sized family farms, when farming on a level playing field, offer the most robust food production system a country could have.
On the Prime Time programme, Noel was a strong voice for those farmers who have had to cope over the past 15 years with an inadequate single farm payment, bringing an alternative message to representatives of the main farmer organisations on the TV show.
Fighting for real change for farmers
would we have small schools, villages or towns?
What are Noel's views on the CAP?
So what has life been like for you as a farmer back here in Ireland, I enquire?
"We lived in the Loire Valley, 70km east of Nantes," Noel explains, "I worked on a farm and I also worked in a cheese plant where my wife worked. On the farm, we were offered the possibility of a farm partnership in a system they call 'GAEC', which most French farms now operate.
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"Our circumstances changed, however, and we came back here to Ireland in September 2002."
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