Irelands First Category 3 Accredited Parlour Safe Technician
The Milking Equipment Association is delighted to announce that Declan Casey from GEA Northern Ireland is the first technician in Ireland to have passed the Parlour Safe Category 3 accreditation.
Reaseheath College provides the Category 3 Dairy Engineering Technician course for technicians seeking an advanced accreditation that is recognised by the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE). The accreditation is based on a series of practical assessments but also with a strong focus on the understanding of different dairying scenarios.
Growing up on his family’s dairy farm, certified electrician Declan steered his career into a robotic milking franchise in Northern Ireland as an installation and service engineer and progressed to receive his senior service qualification. In 2014, as business developed for Northern Ireland, when the GEA were searching for a technical engineer for the region, Declan took the opportunity and began his career with GEA farm technologies.
Travelling many times to the GEA head-quarters in Germany to learn from the experts behind the equipment and having also taken over a number of dealership staff to the head-quarters to train them in the in-house academy, Declan comments “Through GEA I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit various farms with the local dealerships from Glastonbury to Glasgow and Coleraine to Cork. Seeing all aspects and different dairy farming styles. Robotic milking systems, rotary milking installations, herringbone parlours, Health management systems to help monitor the customers cows and barn scraper systems… honestly the list goes on. With the MEA and the Parlour Safe scheme I believe that this industry has a solid future. The different categories from basic knowledge to expert level gives you a recognised qualification in the industry.”
“There is never a boring day in the job I have to say and there is always something new around the corner. There are some long hours and travelling at times in the job but I do get satisfaction from seeing the dealership learning something new from me and seeing the customer use our equipment.”
For more information on the Parlour Safe scheme visit https://milkingsystems.co.uk/parlour-safe/
The objective of the Parlour Safe Scheme is to provide a common means of benchmarking, monitoring, and assessing the competence of technicians and others employed within the milking equipment sector.
The scheme also provides encouragement and recognition for both employers and technicians and other employees who voluntarily commit to continual professional development in pursuit of technical support excellence.
Parlour Safe has been developed by the Milking Equipment Association (MEA) the only independent organisation dedicated to representing the interests of milking equipment manufacturers, distributors, and suppliers.