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Drystock Herd Management

Aim: To equip the graduate with knowledge, skills and capabilities for a role as a herd - flock manager or farm technician. Graduates of this option may also seek employment opportunities in the broader agri-food sector.


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 (Drystock 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  

Delivery Locations

This full time drystock education option is offered at:

Teagasc Ballyhaise College, Co. Cavan

Teagasc Clonakilty College, Co. Cork

Gurteen Agricultural College, Co. Tipperary

Teagasc Kildalton College, Co. Kilkenny

Mountbellew Agricultural College, Co. Galway

Salesian Agricultural College, Pallaskenry, Co Limerick


Learners may on successful completion of either Year 1 or Year 2, seek progression opportunities in higher education through the Higher Education Links Scheme, or through advanced entry where it  is applicable. 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):  

QQI Code Title Level Credits
5N1433 Work Practice 5 15
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
5N20385 Sheep Husbandry * 5 10
5N20399 Grass Production * 5 10
  Electives* 5 20

Sample content from the Teagasc Advanced Certificate in Agriculture (Drystock Management) programme: 

QQI Code Title Level Credits
6N1947 Work Practice 6 15
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
6N20465 Beef Husbandry Management 6 15
6N20472 Grassland Management 6 5
  Electives* 6 35