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Introducing the National Dairy Conference 2021


The National Dairy Conference is at Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork and at Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone on Tuesday 23rd & Wednesday 24th November respectively. Focusing on environmentally sustainable dairying, Specialist, George Ramsbottom, introduces farmer speakers Kevin Moran, Galway & Ger Pardy, Offaly

The National Dairy Conference take place at the Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork and at the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone on Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th November respectively.  Focusing on environmentally sustainable dairying, farmer speakers Kevin Moran from County Galway and Ger Pardy from County Offaly will talk about their experiences with incorporating white clover into the swards grazed by their dairy cows. Research from the Teagasc centres at Moorepark and Clonakilty shows that increases in milk yield of between 25 and 50 kg milk solids are possible when the white clover content of swards is increased while clover can supply up to 100 kg of nitrogen per hectare to pasture across the growing season.

Kevin Moran

Kevin milks 270 cows on a 90 ha milking platform near Headford in County Galway. Starting into milk production on the mostly leased farm in 2013, he has grown the herd rapidly since then. He sees himself as being at the start of his clover journey.

Ger and Margaret Pardy

Ger and Margaret Pardy milk 280 dairy cows at Killaun Birr on an 80 ha milking platform which comprises both owned and leased land. For the past number of years the Pardys have used a combination of reseeding and over sowing to increase clover content. This grazing season they reduced fertiliser N application rates on swards with a high clover content by approximately one third.

Both Kevin and Ger will speak during the session which focuses on grazing management and clover establishment.

Other topics addressed at the National Dairy Conferences include:

  • The future direction of Ireland’s dairy breeding programme;
  • Practical solutions to improve dairy farm efficiency;
  • Economic and environmental performance on Irish dairy farms.

‘Meeting Challenges with Technology’

If you wish to register for the National Dairy Conference taking place on Tuesday, 23th November at 10am in the Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork click the button below:

If you wish to register for the National Dairy Conference taking place on Wednesday, 24th November at 10am in the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone click the button below:

More information can be found at National Dairy Conference 2021