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Farm Family Key Skills (FFKS)

Farm Family Key Skills (FFKS)

The Farm Family Key Skills (FFKS) scheme provides short, specific training courses aimed at creating awareness and knowledge of topical issues impacting on farm businesses that can help with on-farm business decision making.

The Farm Family Key Skills Scheme has the flexibility to respond to emerging DAERA priorities and key industry challenges to provide training to farmers and their families.

FFKS training commenced in March 2016 and up to the end of March 2020 15,500 farmers, family members and farm employees have received training through the scheme.

What are the benefits?
  • 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
  • Courses last no longer than 3 hours to minimise time away from the farm business

The FFKS scheme has two themes:

1. Animal Health

Animal Health workshops will be specifically designed for the various livestock production sectors in Northern Ireland. The training will be set up to accommodate local producers or producers groups. The workshops will cover current and emerging issues associated with animal health that impact on performance, productivity and efficiency. These workshops are free and all members of the farm family and employees involved with animal husbandry should attend.

2. Health and Safety

The First Aid Awareness courses are open to farmers, farm employees and farm family members. Workshops will provide the participants with the key skills that have the potential to save a life and reduce the impact of a farm accident.

Health and Safety workshops will be offered for the following 3 sectors:

  • Pig
  • Poultry
  • General livestock


The training will be held off farm and will be set up to accommodate local producers/rural community groups in your area.