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Farmer - Dry Stock

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Works on a farm helping the farmer or farm manager with his/her running of the farm.


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Kieran Magee
Farm Manager - Dry Stock  

Kieran Magee is a Dry Stock Farmer working in Gigginstown, Co Westmeath. He spent two years in Ballyhaise Agriculture College (Cavan), doing a Vocational Certificate in Agriculture. This was a FETAC accredited course run by Teagasc and recognised all over the world. He then took a 4 year Farm Management Course in Kildalton Agriculture and Horticultural College in Kilkenny, run by FETAC in conjunction with Teagasc.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Change processes such as drying, grading, storing, or shipping to improve efficiency or profitability.

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Determine types or quantities of crops or livestock to be raised, according to factors such as market conditions, federal programs or incentives, or soil conditions.

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Direct crop production operations, such as planning, tilling, planting, fertilizing, cultivating, spraying, or harvesting.

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Direct the breeding or raising of stock, such as cattle, poultry, or honeybees, using recognized breeding practices to ensure stock improvement.

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Evaluate marketing or sales alternatives for farm or ranch products.

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Hire, train, or supervise workers engaged in planting, cultivating, irrigating, harvesting, or marketing crops, or in raising livestock.

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Inspect farm or ranch structures, such as buildings, fences, or roads, ordering repair or maintenance activities, as needed.

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Maintain financial, operational, production, or employment records for farms or ranches.

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Monitor activities such as irrigation, chemical application, harvesting, milking, breeding, or grading to ensure adherence to safety regulations or standards.

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Monitor pasture or grazing land use to ensure that livestock are properly fed or that conservation methods, such as rotational grazing, are used.

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There is no formal educational requirement for becoming a  farmer.

Some people come from a farming background and it's a natural path for them get into farming after leaving school; some enroll in agricultural courses, others may take related courses in biology or chemistry, or even opt for business training.

The most important preparation for becoming a farmer is to gain work experience on a farm. A person who wants to become a farmer should spend at least some time working on a farm before striking out on their own. This provides the opportunity to test whether you like  farming enough to make it a full-time career.

Hands-on experience that gives any aspiring farmer a new perspective on the role. Many farmers grow up on farms and are used to this type of work. For those who are not born into farm life, this type of experience can be critical.

Education can help any prospective farmer to learn about running a farm, caring for livestock, and achieving production goals. Courses in biology and chemistry will help with gaining an understanding of animal anatomy, cattle health, and production levels. Courses in animal science, livestock production, or business management will help in developing the skills needed to run a dairy farming businesses.  There are several courses on offer such as those at Ballyhaise Agriculture College, and accredited courses run by Teagasc (See the CAO and PLC course lists available on this page).

Unless you inherit a farm, a good deal of money will be required to get started in this business - land, livestock, equipment, shelter, start-up supplies. It may requires substantial loans to get started. An alternative approach is to work on existing farm in a Farm manager role, or to rent or parcel of land and start from there.

Last Updated: October, 2014


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Organisation: Teagasc - Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority
  Address: Head Office, Oak Park, Carlow
  Tel: (059) 917 0200
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Organisation: Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association
  Address: Main St, Newtownforbes, Co. Longford
  Tel: (043) 3342495
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Organisation: Irish Farmers Association
  Address: Irish Farm Centre, Bluebell, Dublin 12
  Tel: (01) 450 0266
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Organisation: Clonakilty Agricultural College
  Address: Darrara, Clonakilty, Co.Cork
  Tel: 023 8832500
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Organisation: Mountbellew Agricultural College
  Address: Mountbellew, Co.Galway
  Tel: (090) 96 79205
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