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Farmers selected for Aurivo/Teagasc joint Farm Profitability Programme

Farmers selected for Aurivo/Teagasc joint Farm Profitability Programme

Five farmers have been selected to participate in the fourth phase of the Aurivo/Teagasc joint Farm Profitability Programme, which aims to improve farm profitability and environmental practices.

Located throughout the Aurivo catchment, key messages from these farms will be shared with all Aurivo suppliers through newsletters, short videos and public farm walks, as the programme demonstrates best practice and the adoption of new technologies.

Speaking at the launch, Aurivo Chairman, Raymond Barlow said: “I am delighted to launch the fourth phase of the Aurivo/Teagasc joint Farm Profitability Programme. It is a wonderful initiative which equips farmers with the skills to confidently face challenges such as increased regulation, environmental demands, labour and attracting young people to the industry head on, as well as enhancing farm viability into the future.”

Declan Marren, Aurivo Farm Profitability and Sustainability Manager, added: “For winter milk producers, a new aspect of the programme will be dedicated workshops at critical times of the year. Liquid milk is an integral part of the Aurivo business, accounting for 25% of the overall milk pool.

“Everything discussed within the Aurivo/Teagasc Farm Profitability Programme is relevant and applicable to winter milk producers; however there are times of the year when these systems need tailored advice. The addition of the workshops will provide invaluable, tailored advice to winter milk producers around breeding, improving silage quality and winter nutrition.”

Teagasc Joint Programme Advisor, John McCabe commented: “The overarching theme of this tranche of the programme will be on herd improvement and labour. We are focusing in on these two major areas in order to really drive change on Aurivo supplier farms.

“The programme is set up to deliver for farmers from a profitability point of view; however many of the aspects covered go hand in hand with key elements highlighted in the Teagasc MACC 2023, which will be critical to delivering on our environmental and sustainability targets as a sector.”

Photo caption - Pictured at the launch of the fourth phase of the Aurivo/Teagasc joint Farm Profitability Programme are: (back row) Declan Marren, Aurivo; Martin Alexander; Michael Martin; Jason Coulter; Myra Martin; Michael Gordon; Kevin Gordon; David Gannon; Justin Commins, Aurivo; and (front row) Tom Kellegher, Teagasc Regional Manager; Raymond Barlow, Chairman Aurivo; Donal Tierney, CEO Aurivo; John McCabe, Programme Advisor, Teagasc; and Lisa Alexander.