Chance for young farm­ers to up­skill

Irish Examiner - Farming - - MACRA -

The clos­ing date is loom­ing for ap­pli­ca­tions for the Young Beef Farmer Sus­tain­abil­ity Pro­gramme.

The pro­gramme, launched by Macra na Feirme’s Young Farmer Skill­net in as­so­ci­a­tion with Dawn Meats, is de­signed to help am­bi­tious young farm­ers to de­velop their farm­ing skills, their busi­nesses, and com­mer­cial aware­ness. The pro­gramme will run for eight months and will equip par­tic­i­pants to: Analyse and eval­u­ate their own busi­ness and to make choices for fu­ture growth and ef­fi­ciency; Un­der­stand the cus­tomer re­quire­ments in the re­tail mar­ket­place and how as beef farm­ers they can meet those re­quire­ments;

Iden­tify prac­tices on their farms that can en­hance sus­tain­abil­ity and prof­itabil­ity; Share and com­mu­ni­cate the knowl­edge gained from the pro­gramme with their fel­low young beef farm­ers; Per­fect their com­mu­ni­ca­tion style when deal­ing with peo­ple — from farm staff and con­trac­tors to the bank man­ager. Ap­pli­cants can ap­ply on­line at and have un­til Septem­ber 3 to do so. Places are lim­ited. The suc­cess­ful par­tic­i­pants will be in­tro­duced at the Na­tional Plough­ing Cham­pi­onships in Screg­gan, Tul­lam­ore, Co Of­faly, which runs from Septem­ber 19 to 21.

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