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Dairy Conferences 2019

'Being a Sustainable Dairy Farmer'

Tuesday, 3rd December | 9.00am
INEC, Killarney, Co. Kerry

Thursday, 5th December | 9.00am
Mullingar Park Hotel, Co. Westmeath

The theme of this year’s Teagasc National Dairy Conference focuses on dairy sustainability and addressing the conference will be a number of leading dairy farmers, Teagasc advisers and researchers.  Over the past number of years, sustainability from a number of perspectives has come increasingly to the forefront of Irish dairying. Farmers who recognise the challenges this presents and adapt accordingly will continue to operate profitable and viable farm businesses.  The Teagasc National Dairy Conference will focus on three components of dairy sustainability: environmental, work life balance and succession/progression sustainability.



9:00 Registration
9:45 Opening Address
Majella Moloney, Regional Manager, Teagasc (Killarney Conference)
Con Feighery, Regional Manager, Teagasc (Mullingar Conference)
Sustainability from an Environmental Perspective 
Chaired by: Professor Gerry Boyle, Teagasc Director (Killarney Conference)
Chaired by: Liam Herlihy, Chairman, Teagasc (Mullingar Conference)
10:00 Building on the Best
Dr. Padraig French, Teagasc Moorepark
10:45 Increasing N use of efficiency and reducing emissions
Dr. David Wall, Teagasc Johnstown Castle

Increasing N use of efficiency: protected urea and LESS
Dr. William Burchill, Teagasc Moorepark

Increasing N use of efficiency: white clover
Dr. Brian McCarthy & Dr. Deirdre Hennessy, Teagasc Moorepark
Sustainability from a labour perspective
Chaired by: Dr. Sean McCarthy, Kerry Agribusiness (Killarney Conference)
Chaired by: Michael Hanley, Lakeland Dairies (Mullingar Conference)
11.45 Making our farm work for us
Frank Coffey, Currans, Co. Kerry (Killarney Conference)
Ed & Catriona McHugh, Killucan, Co. Westmeath (Mullingar Conference)

Lean dairy farming: making it happen
Abigail Ryan & Dr. Marion Beecher, Teagasc Moorepark
12.45 Lunch
Opportunities in dairy farming: succession and progression
Chaired by: Mairead Lavery, Irish Farmers Journal (Killarney Conference)
Chaired by: Amii McKeever, Irish Farmers Journal (Mullingar Conference)
2.15 Evaluating opportunities in dairying
Dr. Laurence Shalloo, Teagasc Moorepark
2.30 Partnership options for dairying
Gordon Peppard, Collaborative Farming Specialist, Teagasc
2.45 Panel discussion with farmers who have followed different pathways into dairying

Killarney Conference
Peter Irwin, Kilmeedy, Co. Limerick
Karol Kissane, Asdee, Co. Kerry
Sinead Walsh, Bandon, Co. Cork

Mullingar Conference
Brendan Elliott, Killucan, Co. Westmeath
Shane Dolan, Athlone, Co. Westmeath
Ciaran & Kathy Kavanagh, Tullamore, Co. Offaly

4.30 Close of Conference

All are welcome to attend

Teagasc Clients/ConnectEd Members: €60
Students: €30
Non Client/Industry: €120