Huge interest reported in new Dairy Start-Up courses
Teagasc have reported strong interest in a new five-day intensive training course targeted at new dairy entrants.
Teagasc’s Abigail Ryan said a mixture of farmer applicants from all sectors had expressed an interest in the course, with applicants considering establishing units of various sizes.
“I am encouraging partners and other family members to attend as I find it works better,” Ms Ryan said.
The first of the Dairy Start-Up courses kicks off on September 7 and will be held in Moorepark and the Greenfield Dairy Farm outside Kilkenny.
It is tailored for those who have just started dairying or those who are thinking of becoming a dairy farmer.
Some of the Moorepark researchers will give presentations during the course. Visits to some recent dairy conversions to discuss the mistakes made and lessons learned will also be included.
Research from Teagasc has shown that starting from a Greenfield site it could cost over €4-5,000 per cow to set up a dairy enterprise.
This cost will be reduced where existing stock is available to sell, slurry storage is already in place, reseeding has been carried out; second hand equipment is purchased etc. No two farms will have the same set up costs.