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Bryan Daniels

Farmer - Dairy

Teagasc

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Bryan Daniels
The best bit of advice I could give anyone thinking about going into dairy farming is to go out and get experience first hand on a farm. This way you will know if you enjoy it and have a passion to do it first hand. If you do then studying agriculture in school and then onto an ag college is a great foundation to get the required knowledge you will need in the future.
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Pallaskenry Agricultural College

Pallaskenry Agricultural College


Pallaskenry Agricultural College 
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Pallaskenry College is located 16km to the west of Limerick City adjacent to the picturesque Shannon Estuary. It is situated on a 210 hectare estate of lush “golden vale” farmland.

Pallaskenry is owned and managed by the Salesian Fathers. It has been involved in Agricultural Education since 1922. Courses are offered in both Agriculture and Farm Machinery/Mechanisation. These programmes are run in partnership with Limerick Institute of Technology, Teagasc, QQI, City & Guilds, SOLAS and the ETB. 

Facilities/Activities

The college has excellent teaching and recreational facilities. An Information Technology Centre contains 20 state of the art computers with internet and email access.

There are also a range of engineering/machinery workshops to facilitate the delivery of the colleges specialised machinery programmes.

Recreational facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, an all weather soccer pitch, football/hurling pitches and a games room. Full-time recreational students are accommodated in high quality, newly renovated single and double rooms. 

The College Farm

The farm consists of 210 hectares and has a number of enterprises, which are run as commercial units.

The dairy herd is the largest in the Agricultural College sector. There are 190 pedigree Holstein Friesian cows producing 1.6 million litres of milk. The cows are milked in a modern purpose built facility with a 24 unit milking parlour and a 200 cubicle dairy shed.

170 cattle are reared to beef annually. A self-contained suckler unit for 60 cows has just been completed.

There is also a 320 ewe sheep flock including 100 early lambing ewes.

35 hectares of maize are grown to provide high energy feed for the high yielding liquid milk dairy herd.

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