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National Milk Quality webinar plus social media takeover

Event Time 11 am
Venue Online
A webinar and social media takeover will take place from the Hearne family farm on Tuesday 30th June at 11.00 am.


 The event is organised by Teagasc, with the support of Glanbia Ireland, the National Dairy Council and Ornua, and celebrates the excellence of Irish dairy farming highlighted annually by the NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards.


Kieran Hearne is a second-generation farmer and has been farming since 1990. The family have expanded their farm in a sustainable manner to make it more profitable and continue to produce top quality milk.  Both he and his wife, Ann, come from generations of farmers, so it’s really in the blood and they love a job that keeps all the family together.  Kieran and Ann milked 190 cows on their 82 hectares farm, supplying 1.1 million litres of milk to Glanbia Ireland in 2019.

“I love dairy farming because it allows me to combine farming with family life, as we live and work on the farm”-Kieran Hearne

The Hearne family farm, Ballinacurra, Rathgormack, Co. Waterford. 2019 National Winners of the NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards

The webinar will address the topics below and feature extensive interviews with Kieran, his Teagasc Adviser, Seamus Kearney, and Glanbia Ireland Milk Quality Manager, Brendan Walsh.

  • Overview of farm performance
  • Producing high quality milk with low SCC, low TBC, low thermoduric levels and zero residues
  • Sustainable milk production while caring for the environment
  • Working smarter not harder

In addition, the webinar will mark the 10th anniversary of the Quality Milk Awards – the Hearne family were the tenth winners – with an interview with the independent judging panel of Professor Patrick Wall, Dr. David Gleeson and Dr. Jack Kennedy.

Following the webinar, a virtual farm walk will take place through the Teagasc Twitter & Instagram accounts.

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All are welcome to join the webinar – registration is required; see the details below.