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Virtual Dairy Conference 2021

‘Meeting Challenges with Technology’

 

 


Tuesday 23 November - Online Virtual Event 

On day one of the Virtual Dairy Conference, attendees heard from Teagasc Director, Professor Frank O'Mara who delivered a keynote address on meeting our climate obligations - a pathway for the dairy industry. This was followed by a session moderated by Emma Louise Coffey, Teagasc Dairy Edge Podcast presenter which focused on the future direction of Ireland’s Dairy Breeding Programme. During this session, attendees heard from Jim White, a dairy discussion group representative about their experience on what breeding has delivered for them. Donagh Berry, Teagasc outlined future plans for EBI traits; Stephen Butler, Teagasc explained how sexed semen will affect the national herd and Nicky Byrne discussed dairy beef calves and what beef farmers require.  View it below:


Wednesday, 24 November - Online Virtual Event

On day two of the Virtual Dairy Conference, attendees heard from Joe Patton, Head of Dairy KT in Teagasc about the key drivers of success behind economic and environmental performance on Irish dairy farms. This was followed by a session on grazing management and clover establishment. Moderated by Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist, attendees heard what Teagasc PastureBase is telling us about current grazing management on dairy farms and the clover sward performance at different nitrogen levels. As in other years, farmer experiences featured prominently in discussions and dairy farmers Kevin Moran and Ger Pardy joined the conference to speak about their experience with grazing high clover swards.


Videos

Pre-recorded video material was published covering practical advice for improved farm efficiency. Check them out below                  

The complete Dairy Conference Proceedings can be viewed here and the individual articles will be published on Teagasc Daily throughout the week.