New Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management Launched
In response to major changes talking place in the Irish dairy industry, Teagasc has just launched a new Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management (Level 7) in association with University College Dublin (UCD).
The new Diploma was launched by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney T.D. along with Alex Evans, Head of the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science, and Gerry Boyle, Director of Teagasc. The programme is designed to give trainee dairy farm managers a high level of technical, financial and supervisory skills. Graduates will be equipped to manage their own farm, enter a share farming arrangement or work as farm managers.
The programme will involve two years of professional work experience on the most progressive Irish dairy farms with an option to work overseas on dairy farms in New Zealand or other countries. As well as the professional work experience, it will include discussion group participation and block release period for contact modules. The contact modules will be delivered at participating Teagasc colleges and Moorepark, by College, Dairy Specialists and Research staff. The course coordinator will be James Ryan, Teagasc Kildalton College. Students will attend Teagasc Moorepark for key dairy technology modules.
Tony Pettit of Teagasc said; “This course is designed to provide young dairy farmers with the necessary technical and management skills to manage a large dairy farm business.”
Applicants must hold a minimum of a level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture or an equivalent major agricultural qualification. Closing date for applications is 4 July 2012. Application forms are available on www.teagasc.ie or from Teagasc Kildalton Agricultural College.