Young beef farmer hope­fuls to be named

Irish Examiner - Farming - - MACRA - Claire Sut­ton macra@ex­am­

The suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants for the Macra na Feirme Young Beef Farmer Sus­tain­abil­ity Pro­gramme will be un­veiled at the Na­tional Plough­ing Cham­pi­onships.

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 skills, their busi­nesses, and their 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 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 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.

“This ini­tia­tive is an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity for young beef farm­ers to help them im­prove the ef­fi­ciency, sus­tain­abil­ity and mar­gins of their farms. “By par­tic­i­pat­ing in this Skill­net train­ing, young beef farm­ers from across the coun­try will gain a deeper un­der­stand­ing of the beef in­dus­try from farm to fork,” said James Healy, Macra na­tional pres­i­dent.

Paul Nolan of Dawn Meats added: “With a proud tra­di­tion of pro­duc­ing the most suc­cu­lent grass- fed qual­ity as­sured beef on our Ir­ish fam­ily farms, Dawn Meats is de­lighted to work with Macra’s co­hort of young beef farm­ers as they em­brace the op­por­tu­ni­ties for ef­fi­cient and sus­tain­able beef pro­duc­tion into the fu­ture.”

Mr Healy added: “The Young Beef Farmer Sus­tain­abil­ity Pro­gramme will give our young beef farm­ers the conf idence to un­der take on- farm projects that add value to their beef farm­ing en­ter­prise. It is a very ex­cit­ing devel­op­ment for our Skill­net train­ing of­fer­ing.”

The Macra na Feirme’s Young Farmer Skill­net is funded by mem­ber com­pa­nies and the Train­ing Net­works Pro­gramme, an ini­tia­tive of Skill­nets funded from the Na­tional Train­ing Fund through the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills.

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Paul Nolan, group devel­op­ment man­ager, Dawn Meats, with MEP Mairéad McGuin­ness and Macra na­tional pres­i­dent James Healy, un­veil­ing de­tails of the Young Beef Farmer sus­tain­abil­ity Pro­gramme.

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