Monitor Farm Walks
Teagasc/Glanbia End of Programme Farm Walks 2018
The Teagasc/Glanbia Joint Programme was set up to assist dairy farmers to obtain the knowledge and support to enable them to make the necessary changes for a profitable and sustainable future. The family dairy farm continues to be central to sustainable milk production.
A series of farm walks will take place over the coming weeks to highlight the skills and knowledge gained by the farmer participants in the joint programme which have helped them to sustainably and profitably future proof their dairy farm businesses.
This Joint Programme focussed on: Improving cost control and farm profitability through better financial and business management skills; Increasing grass growth and maximising forage usage; Improving herd fertility and optimising calving pattern; Increasing milk solids production per cow and per hectare; Improving milk quality to meet more challenging market requirements and maximising compliance with the Open Source Sustainability standard.
All farmers are welcome to these farm walks.
In this short clip, the farmers participating in the Teagasc/Glanbia Monitor Farm Programme give a brief overview of their key learning’s from the programme in advance of their farm walks in Autumn 2018.
- Friday, 24 August - Pat Dillon, Co. Kilkenny
Pat Dillon is the fourth generation of his family to farm at Grangecuffe, Co. Kilkenny. His parents, Andy and Brigid, ran a mixed farm with 30-40 cows, finishing cattle, sheep and tillage. Dairy farmer Pat Dillon is a participant in the Teagasc/Glanbia Joint Programme. On Friday, 24th August he opens his farm to allow all farmers have the opportunity to visit and learn what skills and knowledge he has gained from the programme to develop his dairy farm business.
- Friday, 31 August - Donal O'Reilly, Co. Cork
Donal O’Reilly grew up on the family farm at Bishops Island, beside Watergrasshill village in Co. Cork. When his parents Tadhg and Margaret ran the farm, it had 60-70 cows, with all stock reared either as replacements or calf to beef animals. Donal O’Reilly is one of the dairy farmers participating in the Teagasc/Glanbia Joint Programme and on Friday, 31 August, all farmers will have the opportunity to visit the farm to learn what skills and knowledge he has gained from the programme to sustainably and profitably future proof his dairy farm business.
- Wednesday, 12 September - Michael Doran, Co. Wexford
- Friday, 14 September - Peter Mongey, Co. Meath
- Thursday, 27 September - Paddy O'Gorman, Co. Tipperary
- Friday, 28 September - Martin Davin, Co. Laois
- Friday, 5 October - Shane O'Loughlin, Co. Kildare
- Tuesday, 9 October - Brendan Phelan, Co. Kilkenny
- Friday, 12 October - Conor Beausang, Co. Waterford
- Friday, 19 October - Jamie & Lorraine Kealy, Co. Carlow
- Donal O'Reilly, Bishop's Island, Watergrasshill, Co. Cork (PDF)
- Jamie Kealy, Slaneyquarter, Tullow, Co. Carlow (PDF)
- Shane O’Loughlin, Oghill, Monasterevin, Co. Kildare (PDF)
- O'Gorman Farm, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary (PDF)
- Michael and Ciara Doran, Duncormick, Co. Wexford (PDF)
- Beausang Farm, Grange, Co. Waterford (PDF)
- Pat and Una Dillon, Grangecuff, Co. Kilkenny (PDF)
- Peter and Laurence Mongey, Stackallen, Slane, Co.Meath (PDF)