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BDGP Training Commences

Minister Coveney today announced the rollout of general training to all BDGP Participants. He said that “the training aspect of the BDGP is a critical element of the Programme and will provide clear information to farmers with regard to the requirements at individual farm level”.

He added that “the course will equip farmers with the knowledge and skills necessary to optimise delivery of the commitments undertaken under the Programme. The course will also increase the participants’ knowledge of genomics and breeding selection, focusing on the shifting emphasis to maternal traits in order to bring about efficiencies that will result in reduced green house gas emissions”.

Following an open competitive tender process run by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine the general BDGP training contract was awarded to Teagasc. Courses will be rolled out across the country commencing on Monday the 21st March and all BDGP participants will be invited to attend in the coming months.

He pointed out that “it is important the participants respond to the invitation when received and notify Teagasc of their attendance using the notification system set out in the invitation”.

Recognising the nature of the suckler industry Minister Coveney indicated that “in the event that the BDGP participant cannot attend it will be possible to nominate somebody to attend on their behalf”. Finally Minister Coveney highlighted the fact that “the cost of training will be covered separately under the Rural Development Programme with farmers receiving €166 in addition to their annual scheme payments for successful completion of the course”.