Farm Family Key Skills

The Northern Ireland Rural Development Council (RDC) has been appointed to deliver Health & Safety training as part of the Farm Family Key Skills programme.  Farm Family Key Skills aims is to increase the levels of knowledge and skills in agricultural and commercial horticulture businesses.  Managed by the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), the programme is funded through the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme with support from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).  The farm health & safety training programme will cover awareness training, risk assessment and knowledge transfer on processes required in undertaking farm activities, on farm construction works and other key risk areas such as the young and elderly on farms.  Training will take place on a mix of ‘on farm’ and ‘off-farm’ venues.  The 3 hour workshops will be held on farms throughout Northern Ireland and are free to farmers, members of the farm family and employees age 18 and over (under 18 will need accompanied by an adult/guardian).  Topics covered will include Slurry, Animals, Falls & Equipment. FarmSafeNet and the Make it Safer online risk assessment tool will also be covered.  Workshops are currently scheduled as follows: 

  • Tuesday 28th February 2017, Greyabbey, 7pm
  • Wednesday 1st March 2017 Lisburn 7pm
  • Thursday 2nd March 2017 Ballycastle 7pm
  • Tuesday 7th March 2017 Castlewellan 7pm
  • Wednesday 8th March 2017 Draperstown 7pm (off farm venue) 
  • Tuesday 14th March 2017 Eglinton 7pm
  • Tuesday 14th March 2017 Mountnorris, Co Armagh 7pm (off farm venue)
  • Wednesday 22nd March 2017 Coagh 2pm
  • Thursday 23rd March 2017 Galbally 7.30pm (off farm venue)
  • Wednesday 30th March 2017 Garvaghey, Dromore 7pm (off farm venue)
  • Wednesday 30th March 2017 Tobermore 7pm (off farm venue)
  • Thursday 31st March 2017 Omagh 7pm

If you are interested in attending a Farm Health & Safety workshop register online at or contact Joyce or Samantha on 028 867 66980