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Moorepark21 - Watch it back online

If you couldn't attend the Teagasc Dairy Open Day, Moorepark21, you can view the welcome board and the four main boards here on Teagasc Daily

View the first four main stands from the Teagasc Dairy Open Day, Moorepark21

Pat Dillon welcomes attendees to Moorepark21

Pat Dillon welcomes attendees to Moorepark21 with an overview of the strengths, challenges, opportunities and solutions facing the Irish dairy industry and outlines what they can expect to see on their way around the site. Watch below. 

Delivering on Sustainability

Grass based systems of milk production have a huge role in sustainable ruminant production globally and in reality should play an even greater role in the provision of ruminant products in the future. Below you can watch back Brendan Horan deliver a talk to farmers on the sustainability credentials of the Irish dairy industry or read the corresponding paper here: Delivering on Sustainability - Laurence Shalloo/Brendan Horan

Achieving profitable milk production

The key focus in terms of achieving profitable milk production should be on improving pasture growth and utilisation and matching stocking rate to the amount of grass grown. Investing in technologies that reduce environmental footprint such as incorporating white clover in grass swards, slurry storage, soil fertility etc.. will result in profitable and sustainable dairy farms. Watch back Padraig French as he discusses achieving profitable milk production from Moorepark21.  You can read the corresponding paper on Profitable Milk Production here: Profitable Milk Production Systems

Sustainable Breeding - what are the options?

It is anticipated that the uptake and usage of sexed semen will increase markedly in the coming years, which will facilitate a simultaneous increase in the usage of high DBI beef bulls on all dams that are not required to generate replacements. This will have the welcome effect of markedly reducing the number of male dairy calves and increasing the number of beef-cross calves born. In vitro embryo production is a viable technology for seasonal calving systems, and will become an important tool to accelerate genetic gain in both dairy breeds and beef breeds suitable to crossing with dairy dams. Watch back this talk from Donagh Berry from Moorepark21 on sustainable breeding.  Find the paper on Sustainable Breeding here: Sustainable Breeding

Grazing management for better nitrogen use efficiency

Developing N fertiliser management plans, more grassland measurement and better grassland management, making better use of slurry and incorporating white clover on farm can all contribute to reduce N fertiliser use, maintenance of herbage production, improved herbage quality and an increase in farm NUE. Watch back Mick O'Donovan and Mike Egan from Moorepark21 delivering a talk on grazing management to increase nitrogen use efficiency. Read the paper here: Grazing Management to increase N use efficiency

View the full version of the Moorepark21 - Teagasc Dairy Open Day booklet here