Macra Young Farmer Skillnet will host a workshop on fencing for those considering taking part in the FBD Farm Skills competition.

However, the fencing skills gained will be useful for all, and the workshop is not solely competition- focused.

The course will take place on Saturday, April 2, from 1.30pm to 5.30pm in the FRS in Roscrea, Co Tipperary.

The training is open to anyone involved in farming or farm skills aged 17 to 40.

Training is subsidised by Macra na Feirme Young Farmer Skillnet.

All fencing materials will be supplied on the day, but participants should wear their own personal protective equipment, including safety goggles, safety boots, ear muffs, and gloves.

The cost of the workshop, which includes the use of FRS materials, is €30.

Those in receipt of social welfare can take part free of charge. Booking in advance is essential on by March 23.

Meanwhile, a Skillnet emergency First Aid course will be offered in three locations in March and April.

The one-day course will take place between 9am and 4.30pm on Saturday, March 5, at Vienna Woods Hotel, Glanmire, Cork; on Saturday, March 19, at the Virginia Show Centre, Cavan, and on Friday, April 1, at Abbeyleix Manor Hotel, Co Laois.

The cost to Macra members is €55 and the fee includes dinner and refreshments.

Occupational three-day first aid courses and one-day refresher days will be available on various dates on request.

Courses including welding, tractor driving and safety, occupational First Aid, and more will also be held, subject to demand, over the coming months in different venues.

Anyone interested in registering for any of the courses should email or text their name and the relevant course to  or tel: 086-0822038.


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