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National Dairy Conference 2017

'Seizing Opportunities for a better future'

Tuesday, 28 November  |  Lyrath Hotel, Kilkenny

Wednesday, 29 November  |  Kilmore Hotel, Cavan 

The opportunity to increase farm profitability through growing milk production far outweighs the challenges faced by dairy farmers and the dairy industry. However, the opportunity will only be realised through the adoption of technologies and key management practices critical to sustainable milk production. This will become increasingly important as the scale of Irish dairy farms increases. This conference will focus on two key areas – grassland and people management. In addition some of the more recent results from the comprehensive dairy research programme at Teagasc will be explored.

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Tuesday 28 November
Lyrath Hotel, Kilkenny
Wednesday 29 November
Kilmore Hotel, Cavan
8.30am Registration and light refreshments 8.30am Registration and light refreshments
9.00am Opening Address
John Moloney, Teagasc Regional Manager
9.00am Opening Address
Con Feighery, Teagasc Regional Manager
9.15am Session One:
Sustainable Milk Production: what does it mean?
Chaired by: Kevin Twomey, Dairy Farmer & Chairman of Dairy Stakeholders Consultation Group
9.15am  Session One:
Sustainable Milk Production: what does it mean?
Chaired by: Eoin Lowry, Irish Farmers Journal
  Sustainable milk production: what does it mean?
Sean Molloy, Glanbia
 

Sustainable milk production: what does it mean?
Michael Hanley, Lakeland Dairies

10.15am Session Two:
Grass-based Dairying
Chaired by: Michael O'Donovan, Teagasc
10.15am  Session Two:
Grass-based Dairying
Chaired by: Michael O'Donovan, Teagasc 
  Grass10 Competition - Judges Report
Aidan Brennan, Irish Farmers Journal
  Grass10 Competition - Judges Report
John Maher, Teagasc
  Panel Discussion:
Aidan Brennan, Irish Farmers Journal
Grass10 Dairy Farmer Winner
  Panel Discussion:
John Maher, Teagasc
Grass10 Dairy Farmer Winner 
11.15am Session Three:
People in Dairy
Chaired by: Dr. Noel Cawley
11.15am  Session Three:
People in Dairy
Chaired by: Prof. Gerry Boyle
  Structural change and its implications
Paidi Kelly, Teagasc
  Structural change and its implications
Paidi Kelly, Teagasc 
  Managing through leadership
Margaret Dorgan, Management Consultant
  Managing through leadership
Karen Brosnan, Management Consultant
  Getting ready for spring peak
Phil Purcell, Dairy Farmer, Kilkenny
  Getting ready for spring peak
Mark Cassidy, Dairy Farmer, Meath 
12.45pm Lunch 12.45pm  Lunch
2.15pm Session Four:
Technical Updates
Chaired by: Dr. Frank O'Mara, Teagasc
2.15pm  Session Four:
Technical Updates
Chaired by: Dr. Frank O'Mara, Teagasc 
  Selective dry cow therapy
Dr. Aideen Kennedy, Teagasc
  Selective dry cow therapy
Dr. Aideen Kennedy, Teagasc 
  Correcting soil pH with Lime
Dr. David Wall, Teagasc
  Correcting soil pH with Lime
Ger Courtney, Teagasc
  Managing risk in your breeding decisions
Dr. Andrew Cromie & Kevin Downing, ICBF
  Managing risk in your breeding decisions
Dr. Andrew Cromie & Kevin Downing, ICBF 
  Controlling Iodine levels in milk
Dr. Stephen Butler, Teagasc
  Controlling Iodine levels in milk
Dr. Stephen Butler, Teagasc 
  Lessons from the Next Generation Herd
Morgan O'Sullivan, Teagasc 
  Lessons from the Next Generation Herd
Morgan O'Sullivan, Teagasc  

This is a KT Approved Dairy Event | All are welcome to attend

Admission Fees:
Teagasc Clients/ConnectEd Members: €60
Students: €30
Non Client/Industry: €120

For further information please contact: Email: niamh.allen@teagasc.ie | Tel: 025-42458