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Teagasc Dairy Start Up Course

“A dairy start-up involves a major commitment and a sizeable capital outlay… so you need to be sure you are making the right decisions.” 

Teagasc intend running courses at the venues below for people interested in converting their farm to milk production. The course will involve visits to the Teagasc Moorepark research centre and the Greenfield dairy farm in Kilkenny or Bandon, as well as the opportunity to engage with leading Teagasc dairy experts. All courses start in September; the exact dates for each course will be posted shortly.

Venues

  • Thurles
  • Enniscorthy
  • Portlaoise
  • Fermoy (Moorepark)
  • Pallaskenry
  • Tullamore
  • Tuam
  • Ballina
  • Ballymote
  • Mullinavat

Reserve your place on a course 

Closing date for expressions of interest for the courses starting in autumn 2018 was Wednesday, 15th August.  

However, if you are interested in attending a Teagasc Dairy Start-Up Course in 2019, please email Niamh Allen with your name and phone number. 

 

About the course

This course is designed to help you decide whether dairy farming is right for you, while also establishing what the likely costs and returns from dairy farming would be on your farm.  The course will be practical and interesting, mixing both the principles for successful dairying with the practical skills required for the start-up process.  In summary, the purpose of this course is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skills and competence to effectively plan and carry out a successful dairy start-up.

Course structure

The course will be offered in two parts.  The first part is a series of five training days, comprising four days in autumn 2018, followed by a final day in late 2019.  Between the initial four days and the final day, participants will have a unique opportunity to participate in an academy, where the group will meet monthly from February to November (10 meetings) for one year.

Course content

A detailed course outline is available here: Dairy Start Up Course Outline (PDF)

Participants will develop a portfolio of reports and worksheets during the course which will assist their decision making during the conversion phase.

Course benefits

On successful completion of the course, participants will have gained valuable knowledge and skills to assist with the establishment of a successful dairy farm. This course is a must for all farmers that are starting to milk cows. An additional benefit is that successful participants will receive a Level 6 QQI accredited certificate in “Planning and Managing Farm Expansion” (6N2730).

Further details:

Places are limited, so early booking is advised. You can reserve a place on one of the courses by registering here.

The cost of the course is €750 (€600 for Teagasc clients) per participant.