Farmers in Northern Ireland who will be dipping their sheep this autumn will need to have a Certificate of Competence in the Safe Use of Sheep Dips, according to Colin Alexander, Short Course Manager for the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (CAFRE).
All farmers who intend to purchase sheep dip are now required to have the Safe Use of Sheep Dips certificate.
The manager added that farmers can complete the Safe Use of Sheep Dip certificate through the sheep dipping course at CAFRE.
The first course is scheduled for Greenmount Campus – the course will include a thorough explanation of the regulations in place and a short online test to ensure each applicant is fully aware of the rules.
This is followed up by a short test involving the personal protective equipment (PPE) that must be worn during the dipping operation, Alexander added.
The course focuses on ensuring that farmers keep themselves, others and the environment safe from the chemicals used in the dipping procedure.
For those interested in booking a place on the CAFRE Safe Use of Sheep Dips course, further information is available on CAFRE’s website.