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Swards for the Future Conference & Workshop

Event Time 9am
Venue Teagasc, Animal and Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork
An important and informative conference for anyone involved in the grassland industry including industry partners, farmers, co-op representatives, advisors and researchers.

An exciting two-day conference and workshop to explore Resilient Swards for the Future

The objective of this conference and workshop is to provide an overview of the latest research findings and current best practice in grass-white clover and multi-species swards. The conference will provide the first opportunity to view cutting-edge research on mixed species swards, including new species under trial. The development of a ranking index for clover will also be introduced. Advisors, farmers and researchers will all share their experiences providing excellent opportunities for discussion and learning.

Registration fee - €100

The registration fee includes attendance at the two day event, lunch on both days, tea/coffee breaks and proceedings booklet.

Watch the video below to get an insight into what will be discussed at the event.

Speakers and Topics

Role of white clover in helping Irish agriculture meet climate targets - Professor Laurence Shalloo

Profitable production from grazing 

Better management of dairy nitrogen with grass-white clover swardsDeirdre Hennessy, William Burchill & Agnes van den Pol
Grass-white clover swards for drystock production - Philip Creighton, Nicky Byrne & Peter Doyle
Economic value of grass and grass-white clover - Peter Doyle & Tomas Tubritt

Grassland: Addressing the environmental challenge 

The role of multispecies swards for dairy and beef systemsBrendan Horan, Tommy Boland, John Finn & Luc Delaby
What does grazing do for carbon sequestration? - Katja Klump, INRAe, France

Where to next? 

Where to next? The role of additional species in grass- white clover swards – production and environmental benefits - Trevor Gilliland, Queens University Belfast
The agronomy and feeding value of red clover silage - Nicky Byrne & Michael Dineen

Getting clover to work on farm: Researcher, advisor and farmer experiences 

On-farm clover establishment and performance - Michael Egan & Caitlin Looney
Clover adaption at farm level: An advisors viewpoint
Clover on farm: A farmer’s expectations from white clover incorporation on their farm
Clover on farm: A farmer’s experience of establishing and managing white clover and what it is bringing to their business

Field Visits

  • Moorepark research farm and plots
  • Curtin's farm

Conference Dinner - €55
Vienna Woods Hotel, Glanmire, Cork on Thursday evening 8th September at 19:30

Pictured at the launch of this event were Deirdre Hennessy, Teagasc, Caitlin Looney, Teagasc, Michael Egan, Teagasc, Dairy farmer Robert O'Dea, Limerick, Dairy farmer Michael Birmingham, Fermoy, Ted Massey, Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Michael O'Donovan, Teagasc & Liz Hyland, Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine. Photo O'Gorman Photography.

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