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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.
Generally I chose well & wouldn't change my choices. I started off studying Agricultural Science & Engineering for the Leaving Cert. which were both a help.
I attended Pallaskenry & Kildalton Agricultural colleges on route to completing the A.C.F.M. Course.
I also completed various stints of work placements.
I successfully completed my Leaving Cert. followed by the FETAC Level 3 Agriculture course and in 2006 I also completed the Advanced Cert. in Farm Management run by FETAC & Teagasc.
Overall I would say the work experience element of my course was beneficial.
Not at the moment