XLVets Skillnet have announced that they will launch a new free online learning network for farmers, Agri Academy, at the upcoming Farmex event at the Hub in Kilkenny.
The founders are quietly celebrating the chorus of approval and interest that has greeted the initiative. XLVet members, Donal Lynch from Tullamore and Conor Geraghty from Mountbellew, Co. Galway – both vets and suckler farmers themselves - identified a social and professional ‘lack’ in their own online experience and realised that thousands of farmers must be experiencing similar frustrations.
“We set out to create and design a platform that seems set – based on the initial response – to become a really fantastic and vibrant resource and tool for farmers. Agri Academy is the answer and we’re delighted and very encouraged with the response,” Donal Lynch said.
They’re not the only ones who’ll be looking with interest, as several organisations have already approached XLVets about using the Agri Academy platform as a learning channel for engaging with farmers. The founders, however, are adamant that the focus must initially be fixed on what Geraghty calls “perfecting the utility and function” of the platform.
“we are designing-in features and options that will attract farmers and – through the range of programmes – that will keep them engaged and interacting.” XLVet Conor Geraghty continued.
What is the Agri Academy -
For the launch, Agri Academy has created two programmes – one on pneumonia management and the second on the essentials of good medicine management on farm.
XLVets vision is that the Agri Academy will become a platform that hosts management tools and development programs relevant to all farming sectors and businesses.
“We want that friendly and personable dimension but we also want Agri Academy to be the go-to place for on-farm queries and providing online advice that will give farmers on-the-money solutions.” Donal Lynch explained.
“Agri Academy comes at all these issues from the farmer’s corner and we do that unashamedly”. he continued.
One of the key missions of the Agri Academy is to promote the development of good habits.
“Agri Academy is for farmers who want to develop the good habits that will make them commercially successful for having access to the full range of solutions and choice”, explained Conor Geraghty.
There are 139,600 farms in Ireland and Agri Academy operates on the principle that they have certain essentials in common. That makes it important for them to get onto the same page with regard to accessing advice and learning. Agri Academy is about creating a knowledge pool where farmers can come to draw the answers they need when they need them.
Agri Academy could be that exact answer for thousands of farmers. The first module delivered by vet Conor Geraghty, using Veterinary Medicines for Best Results is available now. You can sign up for free at www.xlvets.ie.