Agriculture - Dairy Herd Management

Ballyhaise Agricultural College


Course Name Agriculture - Dairy Herd Management
Course Provider Ballyhaise Agricultural College
Alternative Provider(s) Clonakilty Agricultural College, Gurteen Agricultural College, Kildalton Agricultural College, Mountbellew Agricultural College, Salesian Agricultural College, Pallaskenry
Course Code 5M20454 6M20486
Course Type Teagasc
Award NameNFQ ClassificationAwarding BodyNFQ Level
Level 5 Certificate (Level 5 NFQ)  More info... Major QQI Level 5 NFQ
Level 6 Advanced Certificate (Level 6 NFQ)  More info... Major QQI Level 6 NFQ
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Attendance Options Full time, Daytime
Location (Districts) Mountbellew, Clonakilty, Ballyhaise, Gurteen, Pallaskenry, Kildalton
FET Code 5M20454 - Agriculture Level 5
6M20486 - Agriculture Level 6
Duration 2 years
Enrolment and Start Dates Comment Starts Late August / Early September 2021

Applications are made online through the Teagasc public website
Application Date Application Process:
The initial application should be made for the Teagasc Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture Programme. Applications are made online through the Teagasc public website - Application weblink below.

Level 6
Applications for courses commencing in September 2021 will open in Mid February 2021
Application Weblink Web Page - Click Here
Entry Requirements Applicants must be 17 years old or over on 1st January following entry to Year 1.

Students, who have completed the Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture, or equivalent course, are eligible to apply for the Advanced Certificate in Agriculture (Dairy Herd Management).

Applicants with relevant prior learning and/or life experience will also be considered.
Interview June / July
Course Fee Level 5 €990
Level 6 €990
Net of accommodation and food costs.

Where an applicant is the holder of a major award at Level 6 or higher, an additional course charge of €1,000 is applied.
Financial Support

Teagasc student maintenance grant Teagasc provides student maintenance grants to eligible students participating on full-time Level 5 and Level 6 programmes. Assessment for eligibility is based on criteria similar to those for higher educatio...


Expand+Qualifications: These programmes are validated by QQI and lead to a Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture Award (5M20454) and a Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture (6M20486).

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Course Content Aim:
To equip graduates with the knowledge, skills and capabilities for the role of dairy herd technician/manager on their home farm or as an employed farm technician, herd manager.

This full-time dairy education option is offered at:
Teagasc Ballyhaise College, Teagasc Clonakilty College, Gurteen Agricultural College, Teagasc Kildalton College, Mountbellew Agricultural College, and Salesian Pallaskenry Agricultural College, Co Limerick.
Subjects Taught

Expand+Sample content from the Teagasc Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture programme

What will I study?
QQI Code Title Level Credits
5N20368 Principles of Agriculture 5 15
5N20371 Farm Safety and Farm Assurance 5 15
5N20374 Soils and the Environment 5...

Careers or Further Progression Transfer and progression Teagasc/UCD Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management:
Learners who successfully complete the Advanced Certificate in Agriculture may apply to progress to the Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management.

Higher Education Links Scheme:
Learners may seek opportunities in higher education through the Higher Education Links Scheme, or through advanced entry. Please contact the relevant higher education institute for further information
Further Enquiries Kildalton: 051 644 400
Clonakilty: 023 883 2500
Ballyhaise: 049 433 8108
Pallaskenry: 061 393 100
Gurteen: 067 21282
Mountbellew: 0909 679205
Course Web Page Web Page - Click Here