Snail Farming Seminar

Explore the option of Snail Farming within Ireland

The National Organic Training Skillnets (NOTS) will be hosting an exciting two day seminar on Snail production.  This unique seminar should be of interest to all those who might consider snail farming as a part-time of full-time source of income.

Presentations will be made by a number of  Irish snail farmers and international expert Panagiota Vlachou on all aspects of the industry, including different methods of production, domestic and international markets, viability and profitability of snail farming, difficulties that may be encountered and the main reasons for failure.


100.00 (Admission Rate to be confirmed. May include a delegate package)


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 Explore the option of Snail Farming within Ireland

The National Organic Training Skillnets (NOTS) will be hosting an exciting two day seminar on Snail production.  This unique seminar should be of interest to all those who might consider snail farming as a part-time of full-time source of income.

Presentations will be made by a number of Iriish Snail Farmers and International experts on all aspects of the industry, including different methods of production, domestic and international markets, viability and profitability of snail farming, difficulties that may be encountered and the main reasons for failure.

NOTS are working hard in the background to organise 2017 Speakers. Some of the 2016 guest speakers included:

Ms Panagiota Vlachou: Founder and CEO of Fereikos in Greece. Since 2007, Fereikos has established 182 outdoor snail farms in Greece, Germany and Cyprus. See www.fereikos.com .   In 2016 Panagiota inconjunction with NOTS trained many aspiring snail farmers in Ireland on the methods required to establish a successful snail farm. Additionally through the use of social media Panagiota continues to support and mentior Irish snail farmers. 

Ms. Eva Milka: Founder of Ireland’s first commercial snail farm Gaelic Escargot in Garryhill Co Carlow. Multi business and investment award winner. Eva has worked ovel the last few years to develop the snail farming industry in Ireland. 

Mr. Stephan De Wit, Founder of Marphan Escargot in Co Wexford. Stephan is a newly established snail farmer and advocate of the snail farming methods proposed by Panagiota Vlachou. Stephan through hard work has seen his snail farm florish in 2016. In late 2015, Stephan undertook the mammoth task of breeding all is own baby snails for the 2016 session.  Stephan has also helped support others to develop their farms and sourse materials, Stephans contribution has been a driving force in the development of the sector.

Catherine and Richard Cocollos, Catherine and her husband Richie have set up Celtic Escargot in Kinvara, Co. Galway.  Catherine is now part of the SuperValu Food Acadmey. Catherine was awarded the title of Female Entrepreneur of the year through the Acorns Program.

Catherine and Richie developed the first Irish Snail feed ration produed by an Irish Mill. 

Why consider snail farming as an option?

The global market for edible snails is 300,000 tons, valued at €1billion. The French and Italian markets alone amount to €300 million. France imports over 80% of their needs and Italy imports 60% of needs, creating an export potential of approximately €200 million.

The market is growing at 4.5% per annum, so price levels are being maintained. .

The Irish climate is ideal for snail farming.

The profit margin on snail farming is high, if the correct farming techniques are applied and investment is relatively low.

Snails are easily exportable live, with a shelf life ranging from 2 to 6 months.

Snail meat is a recognised health food, high in protein and low in fat.

Snails are not susceptible to any serious diseases.

Other countries have established a successful snail farming industry in the recent past. Ten years ago, there were 3 snail farms in Poland. Today there are over 200, providing over 1,000 jobs and generating high income for small farms. 

Purpose of Seminar

Recently, there is evidence of a growing interest in snail farming in Ireland. While snail farming can be very profitable if the correct farming and business techniques are applied, it is also easy to incur considerable losses and/or loss of investment, if the incorrect techniques are applied.

The purpose of this Seminar is to outline a variety of techniques that have been successfully applied in other European countries, carry out a preliminary evaluation of those techniques and use this evaluation as the basis of a training programme for potential Irish snail farmers. 

Location: The Bridge House, Tullamore, Co.Offaly.

Dates: Monday, November 20th & Tuesday 21st of November 2017

Starting at 10am daily

Agenda & Admission: To be confirmed.

As there is already considerable demand for attendance, it is recommended to confirm interest as soon as possible.

Reservations can be made by phone with a valid debit card as soon as we confirm admission rates. 0719640688

For more information please contact National Organic Training Skillnet on email: info@nots.ie  or phone:  0719640688, www.nots.ie.  The Enterprise Centre, Hill Road, Drumshanbo, Co Leitrim.