Dairy Herd Management
Aim: To equip graduates with the knowledge, skills and capabilities for the role of dairy herd manager on their home farm or as an employed farm technician/manager. or herd manager.
- Teagasc Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture Programme
- Teagasc Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture (Dairy Herd Management) Programme.
Duration: Two years.
Qualifications: These programmes are validated by QQI and lead to a Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture Award (5M20454) and a Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture (6M20486).
Entry Requirements: Applicants must be 17 years old or over on 1st January following entry to Year 1. Students, who have completed the Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture, or equivalent course, are eligible to apply for the Advanced Certificate in Agriculture (Dairy Herd Management). Applicants with relevant prior learning and/or life experience will also be considered.
Application Process: The initial application should be made for the Teagasc Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture Programme. Applications are made online here on the Teagasc website.
This dairy education option is offered at:
- Teagasc Ballyhaise College, Co. Cavan
- Gurteen Agricultural College, Co. Tipperary
- Teagasc Clonakilty College, Co. Cork
- Mountbellew Agricultural College, Co. Galway
- Teagasc Kildalton College, Co. Kilkenny
- Salesian Pallaskenry Agricultural College, Co Limerick
Learners who successfully complete the Certificate in Agriculture / Advanced Certificate in Agriculture may progress to the to the Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management.
Higher Education Links Scheme: Learners who successfully complete the Certificate in Agriculture / Advanced Certificate in Agriculture may seek progression opportunities in higher education through the Higher Education Links Scheme, or through advanced entry. Please contact the relevant higher education institute for further information.
What will I study?
Sample content from the Teagasc Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture programme (* Choice of module will be at the discretion of the college / centre)
|5N20368||Principles of Agriculture||5||15|
|5N20371||Farm Safety and Farm Assurance||5||15|
|5N20374||Soils and the Environment||5||10|
|5N20377||Farm Business and Technology||5||10|
|5N20380||Safe Use of Pesticide Products||5||5|
|5N20388||Beef Husbandry *||5||10|
|5N20396||Dairy Husbandry *||5||10|
|5N20399||Grass Production *||5||10|
Sample content from the Teagasc Level 6 ACA programme (Dairy Herd Management)
|6N20462||Farm Management and Business Planning||6||10|
|6N20463||Sustainable Farming in the Environment||6||10|
|6N20464||Sustainable Farm Development||6||15|
|6N0305||Managing Ruminant Nutrition||6||10|
|6N3525||Applied Livestock Breeding||6||5|
|6N20471||Dairy Husbandry Management||6||15|
|6N20476||Milking Process Technique||6||5|
|6N20485||Grazing Platform Designs||6||5|