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Aurivo Teagasc Joint programme 2021-2023

The Aurivo/Teagasc joint programme was launched this week by Raymond Barlow Chairman of Aurivo Co-op and Tom Kellegher, Teagasc Regional Advisory Manager. The Joint Programme aims to improve farm profitability and environmental practices while ensuring that dairy farming is socially sustainable.

Pictured at the launch of Aurivo Teagasc Joint programme 2021-2023 were (L to R): Majela McCafferty, Aurivo; Raymond Barlow, Aurivo Chairman; Stephen Bewitt, Michael O’Brien, Aurivo; Cathal and Des McHugh, Focus Farmers; Séamus Nolan, Teagasc; Tom Kellegher, Teagasc Regional Advisory Manager; Frank Kelly, Teagasc and Vincent Griffith, Aurivo.

The programme builds on and is a continuation of the two previous programmes that began in 2014.

Raymond Barlow, Aurivo Chairman acknowledged the input of the Aurivo milk suppliers saying this commitment and openness to new ideas by dairy farmers makes the Co-op more sustainable into the future. Over the past 6 years Aurivo and Teagasc have worked with 13 other Focus Farms and over 20 discussions groups, through this forum. Through this great work and the dedication, Aurivo’s milk suppliers have made significant gains in constituents, grassland management and work/life balance.  All of the above would not be possible without the dedication, advice and commitment of the Aurivo and Teagasc Advisory teams.

7 new Focus Farms

As part of the programme, seven focus farms have been chosen throughout the region. There will be a renewed focus on improving environmental practices on the seven focus farms. Starting with the basics of good grassland management, soil fertility and high EBI dairy cows. Farms involved in the programme will increase the use of protected urea, reduce overall nitrogen use and use low emissions slurry spreading equipment. The farms will also adopt practices to protect water quality and improve biodiversity on their farms such as planting new hedgerows, improving existing hedgerows and fence off all watercourses.

Information from the focus farms will be shared each month in the Aurivo Co-op newsletter, through social media channels, Teagasc communications channels, and once there is a relaxing of Covid 19 restrictions, public farm walks.

Tom Kellegher, Teagasc Regional Advisory Manager said: “The programme will also support over 20 Teagasc farmer discussion groups working throughout the region. Teagasc facilitator, John Greaney, based in the region, will work with the discussion groups and the local Teagasc dairy advisors to improve uptake of technologies, such as EBI, grassland management and low emission slurry spreading. Aurivo milk suppliers have made huge strides in important areas such as production per cow, protein and fat content and output per hectare over the last number of years. The programme will support continued improvement and help ensure the continued success of dairy farms in the Aurivo region.” 

Further information on the Aurivo Teagasc Joint Programme can be found here