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Teagasc/Glanbia Joint Dairy Programme 2011-2013

The Teagasc/Glanbia Joint Dairy Programme, launched this year, will run for three years.  The overall purpose of the Joint Programme is to position Dairy Farmers in the Glanbia area to take advantage of growth opportunities that will arise post 2015.

The Joint Programme will have five objectives:

  • Improve knowledge transfer and practice adoption.

  • Increase grass utilization.

  • Increase milk solid production per cow and per hectare.

  • Improve herd fertility and calving pattern.

  • Improved financial planner and cost control.

The co-ordinator of the Programme is Richard O’Brien, Teagasc Kilkenny.  The Programme will be delivered by 28 Teagasc Dairy Advisers through Discussion Groups, Farm Walks, Seminars, Workshops and Newsletters. John Fitzgerald, Farm Development Manager and Michael O’Neill, Milk Procurement Manager, co-ordinate Glanbia’s input to programme.

An integral part of the Programme is the establishment of eleven Monitor Farms, to show best practice and each Monitor Farm will work to an agreed Physical and Financial Plan.  Performance data from these farms will be published regionally on local papers, Glanbia Newsletters, Today’s Farm and other National Papers.  Each farm will host a Farm Walk every year outlining their performance and their plans.