Introducing the Teagasc Dairy Manual
As farmers begin to plan and prepare for the world ‘post quotas’ Teagasc has produced a comprehensive manual for existing and potential dairy farmers - the ‘Teagasc Dairy Manual’ (TDM).
The manual, which was launched by Mr Simon Coveney T.D. Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, will be a practical resource for any farmer who plans a future in dairying. “The Teagasc Dairy Manual assembles, in a single publication, concise and practical advice on strategic, business and operational issues facing existing and potential dairy farmers,” said Professor Gerry Boyle, Teagasc Director. “Farmers clearly value the fact that the manual presents the material in a readable and really useful way.”
Speaking at the Teagasc National Dairy Conference in Cork, today, editor Mark Moore said: “The Teagasc Dairy Manual extends to over 320 pages and addresses: Business Management, Dairy Facilities, The Environment, Milk Quality, Feeding Dairy Animals, Dairy Breeding and Animal Health etc. “Farmers planning to profitably grow their businesses once quotas are abolished need to plan carefully and business planning and project management are also addressed in the manual.
“Checklists, key risks and ‘How to’ sections increase the ‘ease-of-use’ for the reader. Ease of ‘navigation’ was one of the key requests from leading dairy farmers consulted about what the TDM should contain and how it should be laid out.”
Team effort. The manual brings together input from front line Teagasc dairy advisers, Teagasc dairy specialists, Teagasc college dairy lecturers and also Teagasc research scientists, vets and economists. The TDM also includes material from the Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine and Animal Health Ireland.
Combining the knowledge and experience of all sectors of Teagasc has yielded comprehensive and ‘user-friendly’ answers to questions which face every farmer with an interest in dairying. A total of more than 200 questions are addressed within the 49 chapters. The manual will be of benefit to even the most experienced dairy farmers.
The manual has been produced in water proof tear-proof paper with strong ring binding so it can be taken out of the office or kitchen without fear of it being damaged by wear and tear in the parlour or even the field.
From November 20, the Teagasc Dairy Manual will be available at €50 plus postage and packing. The price for Teagasc clients is €25 plus p&p (€7.50).
To order: Contact Teagasc on 059 9170200 and pay by credit card, or send a cheque and your name and address to cover the full cost to: Alison Maloney, Publications, Teagasc, Oak Park, Carlow.