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National Dairy Conference

Event Time 9.00
Venue Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone & Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork
The 2018 National Dairy Conference takes place on November 27th in Cork and November 28th in Athlone. The theme of this years Conference is 'Making Dairy Farming More Sustainable'

The 2018 Dairy Conference takes place as follows:

Wednesday, 28 November 

Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone 

9:00 Registration
9:45 Welcome
Billy Kelleher, Regional Manager Teagasc (Cork Conference)
Tom Kellegher, Regional Manager Teagasc (Athlone Conference)
Chaired by:
Liam Herlihy, Chairman Teagasc Authority (Cork)
Gerry Boyle, Director Teagasc (Athlone)
10.00 Opportunities for Irish grass fed milk products
Albert McQuaid, Global Chief Technology Officer, Kerry Group (Cork)
Speaker TBC (Athlone)
10:30 Dealing with weather risks; lessons from 2018
Tom O'Dwyer & Joe Patton, Teagasc
10.55  New insights to the feeding value of grazed pasture
Michael Dineen, Teagasc
Chaired by:
Kevin Twomey, dairy farmer & Chairperson of Teagasc Dairy Stakeholder Group (Cork)
James Keane, Regional Manager, Teagasc (Athlone)
11:20 Managing all calves to a high welfare standard: the Australian experience
Natalie Roadknight, University of Melbourne
  The new Dairy Beef Index                                               
Andrew Cromie, ICBF
What role can sexed semen play?                                    
Stephen Butler, Teagasc
12:30 Lunch
  SESSION 3: Choose three workshops to attend from the list of six below
13:45 - 16.30 Workshop 1          Managing our GHG and ammonia emmisions targets
Workshop 2          Grassland decisions made easy
Workshop 3          Coping with the spring workload
Workshop 4          Contract heifer rearing
Workshop 5          Building fodder reserves in 2019
Workshop 6          Making our dairy farms better places to work

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