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Ireland to host European Dairy Farmers Congress in June

The 30th European Dairy Farmers Conference,will take place from 28-30th June in the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork. The theme of the conference is ‘Sustainable Dairying – The Irish Story’. Over 350 delegates from more than 28 countries are expected to attend the three day event. Read more here

‘Sustainable Dairying – The Irish Story’

Delegates will experience a mixture of presentations and workshops from leading industry figures, researchers and international speakers, as well as the opportunity to participate in four farm visits.

The European Dairy Farmers (EDF) is a club of progressive and visionary dairy farmers looking for inspiration. European Dairy Farmers bring farmers together to exchange ideas, experiences, and knowledge at an international level. Centre to the discussion will be the comparison of individual farmer costs of production, which have been collated and analysed prior to the conference. 

Originally scheduled for June 2020, the conference was postponed due to the Covid -19 pandemic. For the last two years EDF have been using online forums to allow members interact with each other.

Farm visits planned

As part of the three day conference delegates will visit

  • the Fitzgerald farm in Ballynoe,
  • the Murphy farm in Coolnasoon and
  • the O’Sullivan farm in Lisduff, as well as
  • Teagasc Moorepark Research Centre where delegates will get an insight into  different Irish dairy production systems and the latest research findings. 

At the launch of the conference earlier this week, Judit Kuehl, EDF General Manager said; ‘Our members are looking forward to attending the conference as the Irish industry has grown rapidly in recent year. The Irish national group have always led the way when it comes to high farm profitability in our farm cost comparison analysis, so it will be great to visit the Irish farms during the conference’.

Micheal O’Leary, Teagasc Moorepark and facilitator of the Irish EDF branch commented; ‘Since the last EDF conference in 2019, the landscape of dairy production across Europe has changed dramatically with stringent environmental targets being implemented in most countries. At this year’s conference, we will be addressing some of the challenges and opportunities, which farmers are facing, with top class speakers’. 

European Dairy Farmers greatly appreciate the support and commitment of its conference partners and look forward to having a very successful and enjoyable conference. 

To view the full conference programme visit EDF Congress 2022 Leaflet 

Link to the EDF website EDF - European Dairy Farmers

Link to the registration page Register for EDF Congress 

For any other information on EDF, or the event contact Manager@dairyfarmer.net