Welcome to Macra Agricultural Skillnet.

We are one of the top learning networks for the farming sector in Ireland. The Network receives government funding from Skillnet Ireland to support the further education and training of farmers and those working in agriculture.

Skillnet Ireland is a national agency dedicated to the promotion and facilitation of workforce learning in Ireland. We believe that maintaining a highly skilled workforce is essential to our national competitiveness.

In 2015, Macra na Feirme established the Skillnet programme, funded by Skillnet Ireland and the Department of Education and Skills. The Network want to ensure as many farmers as possible have access to the subsidised opportunities for further training and development. They primarily fund those under 40 i.e. young farmers or those outside of this age bracket working in the wider agricultural industry.

Below is a sample of some of the training courses and events we offer

If the course you are interested in is not listed, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are interested in constantly updating our offering and developing and / or delivering new courses and training events.

We work in partnership with many groups and umbrella organisations to ensure we service as many enterprises in the industry as possible. If you are a Macra County or Region interested in running a training event read our guidelines, which can be downloaded here. 

  • DIY AI
  • Ultrasound Scanning
  • Practical Hoof Trimming
  • Masters in Agricultural Extension & Innovation with UCD
  • Land Mobility Options Seminars
  • Media Training / Presentation Skills
  • Emergency First aid & Health for Farming
  • Tractor Driving / Machinery Maintenance
  • Turning Grass into Cash
  • Manual Handling
  • Livestock Handling
  • Parts Management Course in association with FTMTA
  • Cow Signals
  • Professional Hoof Trimming Course
  • Young Beef Farmer Sustainability Programme
  • Dairy Operative Skills
  • Dairy Staff Management
  • People Skills for Dairy Farmers
  • Dairy Expansion Opportunity Analysis
  • Getting Involved in Policy Forming for Your Enterprise

* Full time students are ineligible for Skillnet Ireland funded courses. Those working in agriculture (farming or any other agri based industry or business) on a full/part-time or seasonal basis are eligible. *

Trainees must be age 16 years or older. There is no upper age limit.

All your training and development needs can be catered for. If you, or a group of young farmers, have a training need please contact

Costs of Training are calculated on the average expected group size after the application of Skillnet Ireland Funding. Non-members can avail of training courses at an extra cost. Members and employees of associate member companies can attend training at members rates.

Those who pay the non-member rate of 25 euro and have never been members before or have only been a member in an agricultural college, will receive a one year membership.


Macra Agricultural Skillnet focusses on supporting those in employment within the agri sector. A number of other Skillnet Networks offer free training programmes for those seeking employment, subject to eligibility criteria. Further information on programmes for jobseekers in other networks and eligibility criteria see the Skillnet Ireland website.


Macra Agricultural Skillnet is co-funded by Skillnet Ireland and member companies. Skillnet Ireland is funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills.