It was announced yesterday that Macra na Feirme's Young Farmer Skillnet has launched its Young Beef Farmer Sustainability Programme in association with Dawn Meats. The programme is designed to help ambitious young farmers to develop their farming skills, their business and commercial awareness.
Places are limited so applicants should apply early before the closing date of 3rd September 2017. The successful participants will be introduced at the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly in September.
During the programme, those taking part will learn to understand the customer requirements in the retail marketplace and how as beef farmers they can meet those requirements. They will also learn to identify practices on their individual farms that can enhance sustainability and profitability.Furthermore, candidates will also lean to perfect their communication style when dealing with people - from farm staff and contractors to the bank manager.
Speaking at the launch of the programme James Healy, National President of Macra na Feirme said, "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."
He added, We would encourage all young beef farmers to apply for this programme and we wish to thank our partners Dawn Meats for their support and assistance with this initiative."