Macra Agricultural Skillnet Update March 14th

Post on: Thu, 28, February 2019

Emergency First Aid & Health courses are scheduled at the Clonakilty GAA Complex on Saturday 6th April and at the Kilmurray Lodge Hotel, Limerick on Saturday 18th May.

Macra Agricultural Skillnet is delighted to announce that the first two of four modules on our online Safe Agri Skills programme are now live.  Please see the eLearning hub on the Farmers Journal website at for Safe Livestock Handling and Management and Tractor Driving and Machinery Maintenance.  

Macra Agricultural Skillnet’s complete Ultrasound Scanning Course is delivered in four phases. Participants may be interested in completing individual phases to suit their learning needs, from a basic knowledge to advanced ultrasound scanning. The first 3 phases are as follows:  

Phase 1 will run from Tuesday 26th to Friday 29th March 2019 on a farm on the Kildare / Wicklow border. The course runs from Monday to Friday.

Phase 2 is offered at intervals throughout the year - book now or contact us for more info.

Phase 3 will be available where there is demand

Participants must have AI experience to complete a scanning course.  The course is open to both members and non-members of Macra na Feirme. See our website for a full list of dates up to September 2019 

Applied Hoofcare Phase 2 will be delivered on 1st April, in Stradbally, with the practical element of the course scheduled to be on a farm on the Wicklow/Kildare border. This course is offered in three phases, with Phase 1 as a one-day Hoofcare Workshop offered monthly. Cost €110. Phase 2 of the course, covering Practical Knife Skills, is of two days duration and will be held on 1st and 2nd April 2019 costing €600. To complete phase 2 participants should have completed the one-day course practical hoof trimming workshop or have relevant experience. See our website for full details on courses and dates.

Lynaire Ryan, Dairy Consultant from New Zealand, will deliver business seminars, supported by Macra Agricultural Skillnet and other partners over the autumn months. The Business Brush Up seminars will be delivered over four days, one day per week, in Moorepark, Fermoy and in Carlow while the two-day consecutive, Strategic Management programmes are scheduled for venues at Athlone, Waterford, Killarney and Newbridge. A reduced rate for the Strategic Management programme is available to participants who book one of the Business Brush Up seminars.  

Bookings are open for all these courses for both members and non-members. For further details, and to book your place on any course, do visit our website at, If your company or farm business has a particular training need, please feel free to contact the Skillnet team on or at 01-4268900.