Young beef farmer hopefuls to be named
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.
To find out more about any of the courses on offer log onto macra.ie/skillnet
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.