2nd December 2019

Farm Family Key Skills

Helping farm families meet tomorrow’s challenges

The Farm Family Key Skills (FFKS) aim is to increase the levels of knowledge and awareness in agricultural and commercial horticulture businesses with a desire to help Northern Ireland farmers and growers with their business decision making in the key areas of Animal Health, Business Planning, Health & Safety and ICT.

Benefits include:

Greater awareness and knowledge of topical issues impacting on farms businesses that can help with on-farm decision making.

Courses are tailored to match the needs and availability of people working in particular sectors.
Courses are free to farmers, growers, farm family members and employees and held in local venues and should
last no longer than 3 hours to minimise time away from the farm business.

For a full list of the workshops on offer visit here.

Events – Supporting Your Farm Business

CAFRE offers a number of different schemes which can benefit your farm business. To learn about these schemes, you are invited to attend a CAFRE Supporting Your Farm Business event. These will be held at each of CAFRE’s campuses on the following date

  • Loughry Campus, Cookstown on Tuesday 3rd December from 7pm to 9pm

CAFRE Director, Martin McKendry said,I encourage all farmers to attend these events. You will have the opportunity to talk with CAFRE staff who can help you decide which schemes are best for you and your business. In particular, you can find out more about one of our new schemes, Technology Demonstration Farms as well as the new Environmental Farming option withing the Business Development Groups Scheme”

You can learn more about the following schemes at our upcoming event.

Business Development Groups (BDGs)

You can apply to the BDGs scheme at these events. The scheme is now open until 4pm on Friday 23rd January 2020.

Technology Demonstration Farms (TDFs)

This is the latest scheme to be launched by CAFRE. At our events you can find our more about the latest technologies and innovations being demonstrated on the local network of TDFs across Northern Ireland.

Farm Innovation Visits (FIVs)

FIVs give farmers the opportunity to visit farms across the UK or Europe and gain first hand experience of on-farm innovative approaches. At our events you can hear about recent successful visits and find out more about forthcoming visits to see innovations which are not currently practiced within Northern Ireland’s farming industry.

Farm Family Key Skills (FFKS)

FFKS offers free training to farmers, family members and employees in local venues. Training is currently available in ‘Responsible use of Antimicrobials’, ‘First Aid Awareness’ and ‘Coping withe Pressure of Farming.’


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