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Teagasc Short Courses for Adults and Industry

Teagasc Knowledge Transfer Departments

Teagasc offer a wide range of courses for adults and agri-food sector employees. Many of these courses are accredited. The list below is not exhaustive. Please contact your Teagasc Education Officer or your Teagasc Advisory Region for advice on available Teagasc courses in your region (contact details at the back of this book). Courses are provided subject to demand and staff resources being available.

Artisan Food Courses

For further details contact (dairy) Eddie O’Neill, phone 087 2893392, email eddie.oneill@teagasc.ie; and (meat) Carmel Farrell, phone 01 8059752, email carmel.farrell@teagasc.ie

Crop Nutrition Management

The Level 6 Certificate in Managing Crop Nutrition (QQI accredited specific purpose award) is aimed at those working in the crop nutrition sector. The course will equip learners with the relevant knowledge and skill to assess forage, cereal and root crop nutrient requirements and to recommend applied nutrients to maximise return in an environmentally safe manner. For further information contact Mark Plunkett, phone 087 9753588, email mark.plunkett@teagasc.ie

Discussion Groups

Teagasc has a network of discussion groups covering all major farm enterprises. There are Knowledge Transfer Groups across six enterprise sectors – beef, sheep, dairy, tillage, equine and poultry. These groups will provide a key support to the agri-food sector in building its knowledge and gaining the skills base to underpin continued growth and competitiveness. Discussion groups normally comprise of 12-20 farmers coming together on a regular basis to discuss issues of mutual interest. They operate on the basis that adults learn better from each other with the facilitator merely guiding the discussion as opposed to the traditional classroom, student/teacher model. For further details contact any local Teagasc centre.

Energy Crop Management

The purpose of the Level 6 Certificate in Energy Crop Management (QQI accredited component award) is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to manage the production and marketing of energy crops and forestry bio-mass. Target participants include grower groups (supply chains), farmers, agricultural consultants, local and regional policy makers, financial institution, and the insurance industry. This component award can be used as part of the Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture. For further information contact Barry Caslin, phone 076 1111213, emailbarry.caslin@teagasc.ie

Equine Courses

A number of equine relates short courses are available through Teagasc:

  • Equine Marketing for Beginners
    This course includes use of social media, video, photography and websites in marketing horses. Location of courses will be dependent on local interest. Further details from Declan Crea English, phone 087 2218004, email crea.english@teagasc.ie
  • Horsemanship Skills
    Horsemanship skills courses are scheduled according to levels of interest. Participants will be shown basic handling, how to show a horse in hand, lunge a horse on the flat and over a fence and loose school a young horse. This is a hands-on course and participants are required to bring their own horse. Further details from Crea English, phone 087 2218004, email crea.english@teagasc.ie
  • Distance Learning Horse Breeding Short Course
    Typically this programme runs over a six-eight week period with tutor support for the duration. This course covers setting breeding objectives, anatomy and physiology of the mare, husbandry of mares and youngstock up to weaning. A full day on farm is also part of the course. Further details from Wendy Conlon, phone 087 9879083, email wendy.conlon@teagasc.ie

Forestry Courses

Teagasc provide a range of short courses and training events in forestry. Skills training covers subjects such as tree planting, timber measurement, stack measurement, and formative shaping. Short courses are also available in:

  • Introduction to Forestry
  • Sustainable Forest Management
  • Post-Harvest Training
  • Woodland Management/Regeneration
  • Wood Energy Course

Courses are provided subject to demand. For further information visit our website - www.teagasc.ie/crops/forestry/

Goat Farming

Information on goat farming can be obtained from Cian Condon, phone 087 9196515, email cian.condon@teagasc.ie

Green Low-Carbon Agri-Environment Scheme (GLAS)

For information on GLAS courses contact Catherine Keena, phone 087 4197688, email catherine.kenna@teagasc.ie

Internet for Farmers

For information on Internet for Farmers Courses, contact your nearest Teagasc Education Officer - details at the back of this book.

Managing Crop Nutrition

The Level 6 Certificate in Managing Crop Nutrition (QQI accredited component award) is aimed at those working in the crop (grassland and tillage) nutrition sector. The course will equip learners with the relevant knowledge and skill to assess forage, cereal, root and energy crop nutrient requirements and to recommend applied nutrients to maximise return in an environmentally safe manner. Course information available from Mark Plunkett, phone 087 975358, email mark.plunkett@teagasc.ie

Mechanical Hedge Cutting Contractors Course

This course aims to equip the learner with the relevant knowledge, skill and competence to carry out mechanical hedge trimming and hedgerow maintenance. Courses arranged subject to demand based at the Salesian Agricultural College, Pallaskenry, Co Limerick. Course information available from Catherine Keena, phone 087 4197688, email catherine.kenna@teagasc.ie or through Pallaskenry Agricultural College 061 393100

Milking Related Courses

  • Best Practice in Milking
    The purpose of this practical course is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to manage the dairy herd milking in a manner that integrates key milking routines with required milk quality, food safety, dairy herd health and dairy cow welfare best practice. Target participants include both dairy farmers and
    specialised milkers. Course information available from Padraig O’Connor, phone 087 9389305, email padraig.oconnor@teagasc.ie
  • Industry Training for Milking Machine Installation
    Teagasc provides this training course for milking machine testers and installers on behalf of IMQCS (the Irish Milk Quality Co-Operative Society Ltd). The training course is targeted at milking machine technicians who aim to achieve certification in milking machine testing and installation and have their names listed on the
    IMQCS Directory of Milking Machine Testers and Installers. The course is also beneficial to veterinary surgeons, consultants and others working in the area of milk quality. The course provides both machine testing skills and the specialised knowledge of how milking machine technology influences milk quality. More information
    available on www.milkquality.ie and from Tom Ryan, phone 087 6184283, email tom.ryan@teagasc.ie

Options

Teagasc run Options workshops which aim to provide new thinking and generate new ideas both on and off farm. The workshops are free of charge and are aimed at both farmers and rural dwellers interested in increasing their income and/or looking at rural diversification opportunities. Areas explored include getting farm financially fit, rural tourism, artisan food production, alternative land-use options and scheme and grant support. For further information contact Dan Clavin, phone 087 9368506, email dan.clavin@teagasc.ie or Mary Ryan, phone 087 2242281, email mary.ryan@teagasc.ie

Organic Farming

The Level 5 Introduction to Organic Farming course (QQI accredited component award) is aimed at those both looking to enter organic farming and to those who have recently entered the sector. The course will equip learners with the knowledge and skills regarding the principles of organic production, how to interpret organic production standards, and how to assess the economic viability and market opportunities for organic production. This course satisfies the educational requirement to enter the DAFM Organic Farming Scheme (OFS). For further information contact Elaine Leavy, phone 087 9853285, email elaine.leary@teagasc.ie or Dan Clavin, phone 087 9368506, email dan.clavin@teagasc.ie.

Pesticides Training

Courses on The Safe Use of Pesticides and Pesticide Application (QQI accredited component awards) will equip learners with the knowledge, skill and competence to use and apply plant pesticides in accordance with requirements of current national and EU legislation and directives. Contact your Teagasc Education Officer for further details.

Poultry Farming

For further details please contact Elaine Leavy, phone 087 9853285, email elaine.leavy@teagasc.ie

Protection of Live Animals during Transport

Teagasc is the sole provider of the Certificate of Competence course of the Protection of Live Animals during Transport (EU regulation). This certificate, which on successful completion of the course, is awarded by DAFM, covers the transport of all livestock, poultry and pets, other than horses and is valid for a period of 10 years. Course details are available through Ballyhaise Agricultural College 049 4338108 or Kildalton Agricultural College 051 644440