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6,000 New job opportunities in Dairy Farming

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6,000 New job opportunities in Dairy Farming

Thursday, July 06, 2017 

6,000 New job opportunities in Dairy Farming

Dairy farming in Ireland is changing rapidly. In the six years from 2010 to 2016, an extra 300,000 cows have been added to Irish dairy farms and the industry is still expanding.

In 2016, nearly 50% of cows in Ireland were milked in herds of greater than 100 cows. Teagasc expects that by 2025, approximately 6,000 people will be needed to enter the industry as both employees on larger scale dairy farms and to succeed farmers who plan on retiring.

There are exciting opportunities in the sector and with the increased uptake of collaborative farming – you don’t need to own a farm, or even be from a farm to have a successful career in dairying.

All you need is the right attitude and an interest in learning the skills that will allow you to succeed.

Check out the videos below for examples of people making an exciting, rewarding and enjoyable career for themselves as dairy farmers in Ireland. 

Video: Meet six different people who are currently making exciting and rewarding careers for themselves in the Irish dairy farming industry

Find out more here.

The CareersPortal Team