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 and Tomaz Gruff 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.

Along with international snail experts, the conference will feature presentations from Irelands latest snail farmers and attendees can get their perspective on what is involved in setting up a snail farm in Ireland,

 

Purpose of Seminar

Recently, there is evidence of a growing interest in snail farming in Ireland.  The purpose of this Seminar is to outline a variety of techniques that have been applied in Ireland and other European countries, for attendees to carry out a preliminary evaluation of those techniques of Irishsnail farmers.

 

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

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

Registration from 9am and Starting at 10am daily

Day One: Monday the 20th of November 2017

9.ooam: Registration (Tea & Coffee)
10.00am: Official Opening – National Organic Training Skillnet
10.10am: Introduction to Snail Farming
10.20 am: General Overview Penny Vlachou
Different approaches to Snail Farming
Market Trends

11.40am: Tea/Coffee Break

12.00 pm: The Old Heads: What works in Ireland and what does not
Q & A session with Irelands longest established snail farmers

Brian McDade Irish Snail Farm
Catherine & Richard Cocollos Celtic Escargot
Eva Milka Gaelic Escargot
12.45pm: Questions and Answers

1.00pm: Lunch (Included)

2.00pm: New Kids on the Block
Presentation by a panel of Irish snail farmers -Snail farming 18 months on
• Tomas Gracinius Kerry Escargot,
• Karol Harkin Isle Escargot
• Richard Hunt Emerald Escargot
• Joe Dempsey Two Fellas Farm

3.15pm: Tea/Coffee break
3.35pm: Question time with day 1 speakers
4.30pm: Finish

7.00pm: Networking Dinner in the Millennium Suite (pre-booking essential, Included for over night package)

Day 2: Tuesday 21st of November 2017

10.00am: Introduction – National Organic Training Skillnet
10.10am: Tomaz Groff Snail farming approaches in Poland & Slovenia
11.10am: Tea/Coffee break
11.30am: Paula O Rourke
Snail Farmers in Ireland working together
12.10pm: Hiudai Croker estimated cost of setting up a snail farm in Ireland

1.00pm: Lunch

2.00pm: Tilen Milićević Spanish Snail farming production methods
The state of the market for buying live snails
3.15pm: Tea/Coffee
3.35pm: Question Time
4.05pm: 4.30pm Closing Summation

Seminar Packages

Package 1 – 2 x days pass €100 pp
Package 2 –  2 x day pass & evening meal €130 pp
Package 3- 2 x day pass & B&B single** & evening meal Nov 20th €175 pp
Package 4 – 2 x day pass & B&B double or twin** & evening meal on Nov 20th €320 for 2 people (at the checkout – PLEASE SELECT THE QUANITY OF  2 x TICKETS at the CHECKOUT

**Please note we reserve the right to allocate your B&B room in either the Bridge House Hotel and the Central Hotel (3 minutes walking distance from the Bridge House) Rooms are allocated on a first come first served basis and are limited.

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

 

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