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Farmer - Dairy

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€44k > 81
Farmer - Dairy
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€44 - 81
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Data Source(s):
Teagasc

Last Updated: July, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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No skills issues have emerged in relation to farmers.

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Occupational Category

Farmers

Also included in this category:

Agricultural technicians; herd managers.

Number Employed:

75,300

Part time workers: 10%
Aged over 55: 53%
Male / Female: 91 / 9%
Non-Nationals: 1%
With Third Level: 14%
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At a Glance... header image

Owns or works on a dairy farm carrying out the day to day duties involved in managing a dairy herd.


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Bryan Daniels
Farmer - Dairy
After completing his Leaving Cert in Kilkenny College, Bryan went to Kildalton College to achieve an Certificate in Agriculture, and subsequently a Certificate in Farming. Coming from a farming background, Bryan has achieved several awards for the quality of his Farming.
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Denis Reidy
Farmer - Dairy
Denis works as an Assistant Farm Manager just outside Cork. He comes from an agricultural background and completed the Advanced Certificate in Farm Management course run by Teagasc and certified by FETAC.
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Careers in Dairy Farming
This short video features six different people who are currently making exciting and rewarding careers for themselves in the Irish dairy farming industry.
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The Work header image

Dairy Farmers usually works in a cattle and poultry farm. They are responsible in taking care of the animals that includes, feeding, bathing, and milking.

Basic Tasks:

  • Taking care of the animals in the farm particularly the cows.
  • Feeding the animals.
  • Milk the cows
  • Deliver the milk in its designated destinations.
  • Observed the milk for pasteurisations.
  • Inject/feed vitamins for the animals.
  • Clean the cow’s resting areas.
  • Taking care of sick animals
  • Report and Encode observations over the cows and other animals.

A Driving licence is regarded as essential as driving tractors and farmyard machinery such as feeders, loaders, fertiliser and slurry spreaders is normally required.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

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.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

To be a farm worker, you should have:

  • the ability to do hard physical work
  • practical skills and technical knowledge
  • awareness of health and safety
  • communication skills and the ability to follow instructions
  • reliability, responsibility and motivation
  • a willingness to work flexibly.


Entry Routesheader image

There is no formal educational requirement for becoming a dairy 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 or livestock-related courses, others may take related courses in biology or chemistry, or even opt for business training.

The most important preparation for becoming a dairy farmer is to gain work experience on a dairy farm, perhaps becoming a dairy farm assistant.

A person who wants to become a dairy farmer should spend at least some time working on a dairy farm before striking out on their own. This provides the opportunity to test whether you like dairy farming enough to make it a full-time career.

Hands-on experience that gives any aspiring farmer a new perspective on the role. Many dairy 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 dairy 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 milk production. Courses in animal science, livestock production, or business management will help in developing the skills needed to run a dairy farming businesses.  There are some specific dairy farming courses such as Dairy Business in UCD.

Unless you inherit a dairy farm, a good deal of money will be required to get started in this business - land, cows, equipment, shelter, start-up supplies. It may requires substantial loans to get started. An alternative approach is to rent an existing dairy farm and start out with a minimal purchase of cows.

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: 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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Organisation: Ballyhaise Agricultural College
Address: Ballyhaise, Co. Cavan
Tel: (049) 433 8108
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Organisation: Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association (ICMSA)
Address: Head Office, John Feely House, Dublin Road, Limerick
Tel: 061 314532 / 314677
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