CAFRE Level II ‘open for business’ from June

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WELL DONE: CAFRE Agricultural Business Operations (Level II) course manager Kenneth Johnston congratulates William Dennison from Antrim on achieving his Level II Agriculture Business Operations certificate in March 2018. Looking on are William’s son James and brother Stirling. The image was taken prior to the introduction of social distancing guidance.

THE College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) Agricultural Business Operations [ABO] Level II Certificate Course will open for 2020-21 applications from June 1.

Programme Manager Kenneth Johnston said: “Of the 125 students who enrolled on the course in 2019-20, 122 successfully completed the course. Training was delivered over a 20 week period from October 2019 to the end of February 2020 at the three CAFRE campus locations at Greenmount, Loughry and Enniskillen.

“A total of six classes covering beef, sheep and dairying encompass the course. This year’s course will be delivered over the same time period and classes again will be offered at all three CAFRE locations.

“Ninety-seven per cent of those who finished the course said they were statisfied with the course and felt they had gained knowledge from their participation and would recommend the course to others. They also felt the course will be of benefit to them when running their farm business.”

William Dennison from Antrim, who successfully completed the course along with his son and brother, said: “I really enjoyed the course and learned a lot and it suited me that it was held in the evenings.

“I would thoroughly recommend the course to anyone interested in agriculture and thinking of applying for the Young Farmers’ Payment/Regional Reserve Scheme.”

A range of study evenings, Monday to Wednesday, will be available, however choices will become more limited as classes fill up. Therefore, it is important that you book early to ensure you get the training event which best suits your needs.

You can book a place on a course by visiting the CAFRE website at

The course costs £150.

The CAFRE Agricultural Business Operations (Level II Certificate) qualification meets the agricultural training eligibility requirements for the Young Farmers’ Payment/Regional Reserve Scheme.


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