Dairy Management course open for applications

Teagasc now accepts applications for the Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management programme.

Dr Emma-Louise Coffey, Teagasc.

Applications must be submitted by Friday, May 3, 2019.

To access the online application form, search on the education section of the teagasc.ie website.

Dr Emma-Louise Coffey, Teagasc, said: “The Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management will equip you to realise your management potential in dairy farming.

“The Level 7 Special Purpose programme was designed for those intending to manage their family farm, work as a dairy farm manager, or those seeking to enter dairy farming through collaborative farming arrangements.

Graduates have primarily gone on to work as dairy farm managers on their family farms or dairy farms throughout Ireland, while others have taken up opportunities abroad in countries such as New Zealand and Australia.

The core element of the programme is a two-year paid professional work experience with approved dairy farmers.

There is an opportunity to spend six months gaining experience abroad, which is recommended, to maximise participants’ exposure to different concepts and approaches.

The contact element of the programme is delivered in blocks at the Teagasc Animal & Grassland, Research and Innovation Centre, Moorepark and at the Teagasc Kildalton Agricultural College.

Modules are delivered by an integrated team of Teagasc staff including Moorepark research staff, college lecturers, dairy and financial specialists, with input from guest lecturers from commercial dairy farmers and the dairy industry.

To be eligible, students must have a minimum qualification of a Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture prior to the course starting.

Applications are also welcome from Level 7 and Level 8 Agriculture award holders.

The Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management programme is validated and awarded by UCD.

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