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National Dairy Conference 2023

The theme of this year’s conference was 'Adapting to a changing dairy farming environment'. The conference featured a range of practical workshops where attendees met researchers, advisors and leading dairy farmers and discussed a range of issues such as grazing and nitrogen strategies, future farm stocking rate decisions, nutrient management technologies, and the potential benefits of flexible milking schedules. 

Conference Proceedings

Click on the links below to view presentations and papers

Session One – Key drivers of milk production costs in dairy systems

  • Mr David Beca, Red Sky Agri, Australia
  • Dr Joe Patton, Head of Dairy Knowledge Transfer, Teagasc

Session Two - Getting to grips with labour challenges on dairy farms

  • Dr Marion Beecher, Teagasc Research Officer - People in Dairy Project
  • Brendan Joyce, dairy farmer, Kilkenny
  • John Whelan, dairy farmer, Wexford

Interactive Workshops

Back to basics on grazing tactics for spring 2024
Joseph Dunphy, Teagasc Grass10; Brendan Horan, Teagasc Moorepark, and Joe Murphy, Dairy Farmer, Kilkenny

Achieving 100 SCC in the first 100 days 
Pablo Silva Bolona and Don Crowley, Teagasc

Nitrogen (N) for 2024 
John Maher, Teagasc Grass10; Michael Egan, Teagasc Moorepark; and David Wall, Teagasc Johnstown Castle

Stocking rate decisions for future systems
Michael O’Donovan, Donal Patton and Patrick Moylan, Teagasc

Milking 10 times a week –can it work for you?
Emer Kennedy and Martina Gormley, Teagasc

Slurry storage and handling - how best to invest
Pat Tuohy, Teagasc and William Burchill, UCC