Greenfield Dairy Open Day
Teagasc will host an open day on the Greenfield Dairy Farm, Dunbell, Clara, County Kilkenny on Wednesday, 4 May. The main objective of this farm is to demonstrate best practice in the design, construction and operation of a low cost, grass-based, large scale, milk production system to Irish dairy farmers within the constraints of commercial farm practice.
Now in its second year of milk production, the physical and financial performance of the farm in year one will be presented and available in a comprehensive booklet for visitors to discuss. Current grass production and utilisation will be demonstrated. Information on the infrastructure of the farm, the milking facilities, herd health, business planning, and financing options will also be available.
Speaking in advance of the open day, Head of the Teagasc Animal Production and Grassland programme, Dr Pat Dillon said: ”With the abolition of milk quotas in April 2015, many Irish farmers are looking to expand their existing dairy operations or develop a new milking business from a green field. The lessons being learnt from this joint project are invaluable and will be of interest to all those involved in farming. All available information, from starting to convert the tillage farm, right through to the latest milk production and grass growth figures will be presented and discussed on Wednesday. “
This new dairy demonstration farm is a collaborative project between Teagasc, Glanbia, FBD Trust, AIB, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, the Agricultural Trust (Irish Farmers’ Journal) and the Phelan family (farm owners). Admission is free and the event begins at 11.00 am.