Ten training courses held in different locations across the country have been announced to commence in autumn for farmers thinking of switching to milk production.
Hosted by Teagasc, the dairy start-up courses are designed to aid farmers with the many decisions required in starting up a new dairy business, while also establishing the likely costs and returns from dairy farming.
The courses will be run in two parts. The first part is a series of five training days, comprising four days in autumn 2018, followed by a final day in late 2019.
“Between the initial four days and the final day, participants will have a unique opportunity to participate in an academy, where the group will meet monthly from February to November (10 meetings) for one year,” explains Teagasc Advisor Kay O’Connell on the second part.
Teagasc Director, Professor Gerry Boyle, said: “We have designed a practical and interesting course, which combines both the principles for successful dairying with the practical skills required for the start-up process.”
The ten locations across Ireland have not been decided upon yet. The final decision will be based on the level of interest.
Farmers who wish to indicate their interest can do so by visiting www.teagasc.ie/dairystartup or by talking to their local Teagasc Advisor.