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Teagasc Virtual Dairy Conference

This year’s Teagasc National Dairy Conference moves online with a series of four virtual events to take place across two days, on Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th November at 10am and 7pm each day. The focus will be on the efficient use of fertiliser nitrogen and on improving sustainability.

On Tuesday 24th November and Wednesday 25th November, Teagasc will bring you the latest dairy research and the best technical advice with live, hour-long, interactive “Let’s Talk Dairy” broadcasts. The webinar will start both mornings at 10am followed by “The Dairy Edge Podcast” live at 7pm each evening. 

The webinars will address two topics; on Tuesday 24th,  we will focus on making better use of fertiliser N. On Wednesday 25th, the emphasis changes to addressing improving on-farm efficiency through the use of proven technologies.  The same themes will be addressed during the podcast later that evening. 

Further details are available at www.teagasc.ie/dairycon20  

Conference Programme

Tuesday 24 November 

Webinar at 10am
Making better use of fertiliser nitrogen: what does the research tell us ? Facilitated by Dr Stan Lalor, Teagasc, the focus of Tuesday’s webinar is improving the efficiency of fertiliser N use in dairy systems, and balancing farm productivity metrics with environmental outcomes. 

The panellists are: 

  • Dr  Owen Fenton, Teagasc Johnstown Castle ;
  • Dr  Laurence Shalloo, Teagasc Moorepark;
  • Dr  Elodie Ruelle, Teagasc Moorepark.

The session also features a video update from Aine Murray on results of a recent Moorepark experiment on protected urea versus CAN; William Burchill, Teagasc also provides a simple guide on the benefits of benchmarking N use efficiency on farms.   

Teagasc Dairy Edge Live at 7pm
White Clover – How do we ensure good establishment at commercial farm level?

Tune into The Dairy Edge Live as Dr Emma Louise Coffey interviews Teagasc’s Mike Egan and Limerick dairy farmer John McNamara. The practical challenges involved in establishing clover sward within a high performing dairy system will be discussed.

Wednesday, 25 November

Webinar at 10am
Improving sustainability through improving on-farm efficiency

Facilitated by Dr Karina Pierce, Enterprise Ireland, the focus of the Wednesday webinar is on improving sustainability through the use of proven technologies at farm level. 

The panellists are: 

  • Dr  Brendan Horan, Teagasc Moorepark
  • Dr  John Roche, Down to Earth Advice Consultancy, Hamilton, New Zealand
  • Brian Rushe, Dairy Farmer, IFA Vice-President and Teagasc Authority member

A video taken at Brian Rushe’s farm will show how the technologies practised on his dairy farm work for him. He’ll be on hand to discuss the issues from the perspective of a commercial dairy farmer.

Teagasc Dairy Edge Live at 7pm
Teagasc Dairy Roadmap 2027 – How can the targets be achieved at farm level? 

Tune into The Dairy Edge Live as Dr Emma Louise Coffey interviews Teagasc’s Patrick Gowing and Galway dairy farmer Dara Killeen. Speaking from the perspective of a new entrant to dairying, Dara will talk about the technologies that he has implemented on his own farm to meet the technical and business targets he has set for his business. Both speakers will identify what they feel are the biggest challenges ahead and how they can be addressed.

All four sessions are live, with the opportunity for viewers to post their questions for the panellists.