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Dairy Farms


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Ireland is world renowned for its dairy produce. Dairy foods include milk and a wide range of products made from milk. Walking through the refrigerated section of a supermarket will give a good indication of the massive variety of dairy products that are available. There are 1.1 million dairy cows in Ireland. 90% of Irish dairy produce is exported and our dairy herd accounts for 6% of all the dairy cows in Europe. Irish dairy cows live in fields all year and have access to fresh green grass every day which helps to account for the excellent quality of our milk.


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We have many placements available on dairy farms ranging in size from 50 to 500 cows. Work on these placements include looking after cows and calves and milking. Students will learn about the milking process and be able to compare the methods of an Irish farmer to those of their home country. Most dairy farms concentrate mainly on milk production but you may also be asked to do some tractor work and help look after any other farm animals.

Download an Example of a Dairy Farm Placement