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Dairy Conference

Event Time 10am
Venue Mullingar Park Hotel, Co Westmeath
Turning Challenges to Opportunities

The Teagasc Dairy conference will take place on Tuesday, 6 December in Rochestown Park Hotel and Thursday, 8 December in the Mullingar Park Hotel.  Both conferences begin at 10am.

Sessions at the Dairy Conference will vary from the global to the technical. Industry experts will update you on the changes they are seeing in demand for dairy products and on the latest research into the benefits of dairy in human nutrition.

Researchers and farmers will focus on strategies to increase production with less fertiliser Nitrogen.  

Advisors and researchers will deliver on breeding better calves from the dairy herd.

In the final session we see a return to the short technical topics on key issues affecting your farm. 

 

Cost

The cost of the conference is listed below. Early bird rate is available until 28 November. 

Industry
Early Bird - €105  |  After 28 November - €120

Teagasc Client/ConnectEd
Early Bird - €50  |  After 28 November - €60

Students
Early Bird - €25  |  After 28 November - €30

Agenda

OPENING ADDRESS
Teagasc Director/Chairperson

SESSION ONE - The evolving demands of dairy product customers and consumers
Chaired by: 
Kevin Twomey, Dairy Farmer, Cork (Cork Conference)
                    Mike Magan, Dairy Farmer, Longford (Mullingar Conference)

  • The evolving demands of dairy product customers
    Conor Galvin, CEO, Dairygold (Cork Conference)
    Thomas Ryan, Senior Sustainability Manager, Tirlan (Mullingar)
  • The role of high quality dairy products in human nutrition
    Dr. Mary Flynn, FSAI (Cork Conference)
    Oonagh Lyons, FSAI (Mullingar Conference)

SESSION TWO - Improving farm productivity in a lower N input system
Chaired by: Siobhan Kavanagh, Teagasc Signpost Programme

  • Nitrogen strategy on clover swards- what does the research say?
    Deirdre Hennessy, Teagasc
  • Nutrition of the milking herd on high quality pasture diets
    Mike Dineen, Teagasc
  • Meeting the challenges of lower chemical N use on my farm
    Michael Gowen, Dairy Farmer, Cork (Cork Conference)
    Sean O'Donnell, Dairy Farmer, Mayo (Mullingar Conference)

LUNCH

SESSION THREE - Producing higher quality calves from the dairy herd
Chaired by: 
Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist

  • Management and housing guidelines to achieve excellent calf welfare
    Emer Kennedy, Teagasc
  • Setting sire targets for improved beef merit at low calving difficult
    Siobhan Ring, ICBF and Alan Twomey, Teagasc
  • My approach to breeding and marketing better dairy beef calves
    Liam Long, Tipperary Dairy Farmer (Cork Conference)
    Peter Robinson, Westmeath Dairy Farmer (Mullingar Conference)

SESSION FOUR - Technical Updates - Research into practice

  • Benchmarking dairy costs and KPI’s for 2023
    Teagasc technical Dairy Advisors Adrian O’Callaghan, Mallow and James O'Donoghue, Monaghan 
  • Identifying farm management practices to control somatic cell count
    Pablo Silva Bolona, Teagasc Moorepark 
  • Methane mitigation strategies in pasture based dairy systems
    Ben Lahart, Teagasc Moorepark
  • Milking routine and facilities - effect on labour efficiency
    John Upton, Teagasc Moorepark