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Pat Dillon previews the 2021 Moorepark Open Day

Teagasc’s Head of Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Programme, Pat Dillon, joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast with a preview of the 2021 Moorepark Open Day event.

It will take place over three days on Tuesday 14th, Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th September with the normal face-to-face format during the day and an additional virtual online forum each evening at 7pm. The open day is a ticketed event and those who wish to attend on the day must register online from 6th September.

Reflecting on the last decade, Pat explains that the abolition of milk quotas has offered dairy farmers the opportunity to exploit technical efficiencies and as published in the National Farm Survey, dairy farm incomes have risen with average incomes of €74,000 in 2020.

Looking to the next ten years, Pat says we will not see expansion anywhere near that of the last decade. Instead of an expansion focus, farmers will be focusing on further sustainability of their farm business, creating resilience in areas such as environmental practices and animal welfare.

For more information: www.teagasc.ie/events/moorepark21openday

For more episodes from the Dairy Edge podcast go to the show page at: www.teagasc.ie/thedairyedge

The Dairy Edge is a co-production with LastCastMedia.co