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Let's Talk Dairy Webinar Series

Make sure to join each Thursday morning at 10am for timely, relevant and practical advice to allow you make better management decisions on your dairy farm.  Webinar host, Stuart Childs will facilitate the webinars with guest presenters focusing on various topics of interest weekly as well as a lively discussion between attendees and the presenters. There will be an opportunity for you to pose your questions to each week’s presenters. 

To register for the series of Let's Talk Dairy Webinars click below:

 Click on the options below to find out more about upcoming and previous webinars:

 Previous Webinars

January 2021

Thursday, 14 January Once a Day Milking Conference 2021

Thursday, 21 January Spring Nitrogen Strategy
Thursday, 28 January Milk Fever

February 2021

Thursday, 4 February  Coping with calving-night calving, COVID planning & organisation
Thursday, 11 February  The practicalities of spring grazing
Thursday, 18 February  Managing intakes in early lactation
Thursday, 25 February   Body condition score at calving

March 2021

Thursday, 11 March Munster Bovine Health Screening

Thursday, 18 March Grass10 Update

April 2021

Thursday, 8 April Bull Selection Targets

Thursday, 15 April Sexed semen and synchronisation protocols

Thursday, 22 April Establishing grass-white clover swards

Thursday, 29 April Milk recording reports

May 2021

Thursday, 6 May Weed Control

Thursday, 13 May Cutting For Quality Silage

Thursday, 20 May Grass Management

Thursday, 27 May Weekly Fertility Report

June 2021

Thursday, 3 June Fertilizer for second cut silage / surplus bales

Thursday, 10 June Nitrogen planning & application

Thursday, 17 June Breeding Season

Thursday, 24 June Milking Machine Maintenance

July 2021

Thursday, 1 July Roadways and Water Systems

Thursday, 8 July 

Smarter Milking
This webinar featured guest speakers Pádraig O’Connor, Teagasc Grange;
Michelle McGrath, Animal Health Ireland (AHI) and Andrew Hogan, FRS

Thursday, 15 July Setting up your Fertiliser Spreader
This webinar will feature guest speaker Francis Quigley, Teagasc Kildalton

Thursday, 22 July

Grazing Utilisation Star Index
This webinar featured guest speaker Tomás Tubritt, Teagasc Moorepark

Thursday, 29 July Autumn Grass Strategy
This webinar featured John Douglas, Teagasc Grass10 Advisor 

August 2021

Thursday, 19 August Economics around late calving cows
This webinar featured James Dunne, Teagasc Dairy Specialist 

Thursday, 26 August Managing Hedgerows
This webinar featured Aoife Leader, Teagasc 

September 2021

Thursday, 2 September Fertiliser and closing off strategy
This webinar was presented by Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist 

Thursday, 9 September Replacement Management
This webinar was presented by Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist

Thursday, 23 September Planning for drying off for 2021
 This webinar was presented by Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist

Thursday, 30 September Proposed nitrate excretion bands for dairy cows
This webinar was presented by Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist

October 2021

Thursday, 7 October System drift in dairy farming in Ireland
This webinar featured Joe Patton, Head of Dairy Knowledge Transfer, Teagasc 

Thursday, 14 October Winter Housing
This webinar was presented by Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist

Thursday, 21 October Selected dry cow therapy
 This webinar featured vet Willie Buckley and Finola McCoy from Animal Health Ireland (AHI)

Thursday, 28 October Getting prepared for dry off
This webinar featured Don Crowley, Teagasc Milk Quality Specialist

Let's Talk Dairy Special Series - Thinking of Dairy Farming? Get the Basics Right

Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist and Patrick Gowing, Teagasc Dairy Expansion Specialist presented a four part Let's Talk Dairy Special Series which was open to everyone from new entrants to established dairy farmers, whether learning a new skill or honing an existing one. 

Date Topic
Monday, 9 November New entrant case study - Peter Hamm and Padraig Foley
Monday, 16 November
Understanding EBI and Sourcing the right stock
Monday, 30 November
Grazing infrastructure and reseeding plans
Monday, 7 December
Farmyard infrastructure design and building a capital budget
Monday, 25 January Robotics

Let's Talk Dairy Time and People Management Series

Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist will be joined by Marion Beecher, Teagasc; Nollaig Heffernan, Independent Management Consultant and guest farmer participants throughout the Let's Talk Dairy Time and People Management Series. This webinar is run on a Thursday at 10am.


Date Topic
Thursday, 5 November
Making the industry/your farm an attractive place to work

Thursday, 19 November
Working Efficiently

Thursday, 3 December Managing your time to maximum effect

Thursday, 7 January
Using a Yearly Planner to Organise Yourself

Previous Webinars - 2020

Date Topic
 Thursday, 26 November

Body Condition

Thursday, 12 November GHG Emissions


Thursday, 15 October  Selecting Cows for Selective Dry Cow Therapy


 Thursday, 1 October

Teagasc/Glanbia Online Future Farm Walk 
Host Farmer Shane Fitzgerald, Portlaw East, Co. Waterford

Footage from the Virtual Farm Walk, webinar recording & bonus episode of The Dairy Edge Podcast

Thursday, 24 September

Discussion with John Trant (Young Grassland Farmer of the Year) on his career path to date


Thursday, 17 September

Teagasc/Dairygold Online Demo Farm Walk
Host farmer Jimmy Cotter, Coachford, Co. Cork

Thursday, 10 September

Derogation and Farm Management Points to Note 

Thursday, 3 September

Managing Grass and Grass supply right now
John Maher, Teagasc Grass10 Programme Manager

New Entrant to Dairying Course 2020 
Patrick Gowing, Dairy Expansion Service Co-Ordinator, Teagasc 

Thursday, 13 August

Decisions influencing the end of the breeding season
Presented by George Ramsbottom


Thursday, 6 August

Successful Farm Employment - Legal Requirements

Thursday, 30 July

 Smarter Milking Event 
Presented by Padraig O’Connor, Teagasc & Caroline O’Connell, Cahir Physiotherapy Clinic


Thursday, 23 July

Autumn Covers
Presented by Fergus Bogue, Teagasc Grass10 

Thursday, 16 July

Clover - A Farmers Perspective
Presented by Fergal Coughlan


Thursday, 9 July

Anthelmintic resistance in gut worms of cattle
Presented by Orla Keane


Thursday, 2 July

Milk Recording 
Presented by Don Crowley


Thursday, 25 June 

Careers in Dairy Farming
Presented by Gordon Peppard


Thursday, 18 June

Dairy Farm Financial Outlook and Management Advice for 2020
Patrick Gowing, Teagasc with Tadgh Buckley, AIB


Thursday, 11 June

Sustainable Dairy Farming 
Richard O'Brien, Teagasc with Tom & David Fennelly, Teagasc/Glanbia Future Farm Participants


Thursday, 4 June

Chlorine Free Washing Routines - why and how? 
Presented by David Gleeson

Thursday, 28 May

Using beef bulls on the dairy herd & staying safe with the stock bull


Thursday, 21 May

The do’s and don’ts of making quality silage

Thursday, 14 May

Interpreting and managing the grass wedge

Thursday, 7 May

Fitting protected urea into your fertiliser programme and calf weaning tips 

Monday, 20 April

Getting more cows in calf during the first three weeks of the breeding season (incl. BCS, Metricheck)

Tuesday, 21 April

Tips to maximise conception rate to sexed semen


Wednesday, 22 April

Selecting your bull team


Thursday, 23 April

Increasing the value of your 2021 calf crop: using the Dairy Beef Index