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National Dairy Open Day Moorepark 2017

Event Time 10.00am
Venue Moorepark, Fermoy

RESILIENT TECHNOLOGIES

PRINCIPLES OF RESILIENT DAIRYING

  • Key technical efficiency drivers
  • Sustainable production systems
  • Maintaining financial resilience

View open day information stand Principles of resilient dairying (PDF)

PEOPLE FIRST

  • Making dairy farming an attractive career
  • Managing larger herds more efficiently
  • Creating a work-life balance

View open day information stand Making dairy farming an attractive and rewarding career (PDF)

FEEDING THE MODERN COW AT PASTURE

  • Understanding what the cow requires
  • Managing high performing pastures
  • Growing 15 t of grass DM

View open day information stand Feeding the herd at grass - can we do better (PDF)

THE PERFECT COW

  • High EBI
  • 90% calving in six weeks
  • Crossbreeding - does it have a role?

View open day information stand The perfect cow (PDF)

GRAZING DEMO

  • PastureBase Ireland
  • Pasture wedge
  • Increasing pasture utilisation

TECHNOLOGY VILLAGES

GRASS10

  • Pasture production and utilisation
  • Benefits of optimum soil fertility
  • Pasture Profit Index

ADVANCING GENETIC GAIN

  • Genomic technologies
  • Next Generation Herd
  • Sexed semen

PROFITABLE SYSTEMS OF MILK PRODUCTION

  • Key drivers of farm profitability
  • Financial planning
  • Increasing farm sustainability

HEALTHY COW - HEALTHY MILK

  • Reducing the use of antibiotics
  • Rearing healthy calves
  • New cleaning protocols for milking machines and bulk tanks

INVESTING IN PEOPLE

  • Succession planning - engaging the next generation
  • A year in the life of a dairy farmer
  • Planning your labour requirements

DAIRY FARM INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Layout of a dairy farm
  • Infrastructure for efficient grazing
  • Reducing time spent milking

KEEPING YOURSELF SAFE ON THE FARM

  • Making the farm a safe place to work
  • Working with machinery and animals
  • Increasing personal wellbeing

HIGHLIGHTS

SPECIAL FORUM

There will be two Q&A panel discussions facilitated by Sharon Ní Bheoláin from RTÉ Six One News. The first panel discussion will examine 'BREXIT and Irish Dairying’, and will include panelists such as the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, Mr. Michael Creed TD, and other key
stakeholders in the dairy industry. The second panel discussion will ask ‘How attractive is a career in dairy farming?’.

LIVE DEMONSTRATIONS AND WORKSHOPS

Demonstrations on grazing management, reseeding, farm infrastructure, body condition scoring and locomotion scoring, calf rearing, high EBI genetics, and health and safety will take place throughout the day. There will be workshops on strategic management, milk quality, new
entrants to dairy farming and labour management.  A number of national and international experts have accepted invitations to participate in the workshops.

RESEARCH TO ADOPTION: EXTENSION METHODS 

A wide range of extension methodologies are employed to transfer research to dairy farmers. These include discussion groups, farm walks, seminars, newsletters and short courses on financial management, breeding and grassland. Information on how to avail of these programs
will be available on the day.

INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP

Industry experts from ICBF, AHI, DAFM, AgriAware, Ornua and UCD will be present on the day to discuss individual farmer queries.

BUILDING A RESILIENT IRISH DAIRY INDUSTRY

The Food Harvest 2020 report forecast that milk production would increase by 50% by 2020 based on the average milk production during 2007-2009 (4.93 billion litres). Based on 2016 milk production of 6.67 billion litres, Ireland has increased milk production by 35% (43% increase based on milk solids) or over two-thirds of the targeted increase.

This increased milk production has resulted in an increase in export of dairy products from approximately €2 billion in 2009 to €3.4 billion in 2016. This recent rapid increase in milk output has brought with it dramatic changes in the structure of Irish dairy farms with almost 50% of dairy cows now milked in herds of greater than 100 cows. Such a significant structural shift within the sector requires a reappraisal of farm
management, with an increased focus on efficient work practices, subcontracting of particular tasks and attracting an increased supply of highly skilled young people into dairy farming. Additional challenges include the ongoing requirement to meet strict environmental targets, milk
price volatility and any fallout arising from BREXIT. The returns from dairy farming for the year ahead are positive based on greater milk prices, which should increase dairy farm incomes.

This Open Day will provide dairy farm families and dairy stakeholders with the roadmap to build a resilient Irish dairy industry.

Moorepark is located on the main Cork – Dublin road (M8), and is approximately 5 km from Fermoy on the Mitchelstown side. Exits off the M8 Motorway are Exit 14 from the North and Exit 14 from the South. 

Teagasc acknowledges with gratitude the support of FBD Insurance 

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