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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.
All the subjects I choose had a practical aspect to them,e.g. Woodwork, Metalwork, Technical graphics and of course the usuals. I suppose looking back on it I was always working with my hands and that's what I enjoyed.
The likes of Woodwork and Metalwork are skills which are used every day when out in the yard or down the back of a field fixing a broken machine. If I went back to pick better subjects I probably would have added Agricultural Science into the bunch, but other than that I'd stick with the same.
I spent two years in Agricultural College doing a Vocational Certificate in Agriculture. It's run by FETAC and recognised all over the world. I then moved into Farm Management, a 4 year course run by FETAC also in conjunction with Teagasc
My four years training with Teagasc have been so important to me, every day I get out of bed I have to use a skill or piece of knowledge I gained in that course. The most appropriate course available now for what I am doing is the Advanced Certificate in Dry Stock run by Teagasc.
As of yet, no I haven't, but hopefully when I get to grips with my job and settle down I would like to do a Horse Management course, maybe online. Other than that I can't see me having much time to go back to college in the near future.