Liquid Milk Producers Gather for Conference and Farm Walk
The Teagasc National Liquid Milk conference and farm tour, sponsored by AIB, is taking place in County Meath today, Wednesday, 30th October.
Speaking at the conference in the morning, Dr Joe Patton, Teagasc liquid milk specialist spoke about the best measures when benchmarking your herd’s performance. He said that after examining the data from over 150 liquid milk herds, it shows that liquid milk producers who make better utilisation of forage and achieve high milk solids content are driving up their profit. He said that milk yield per cow is a poor predictor of net margin. The data also demonstrates how EBI is having a very positive impact on fertility performance in a liquid milk context.
Dr Padraig O’Kiely, Teagasc Grange, stressed the importance of getting the basics rights and making high quality grass silage. He said;”Silage quality is determined mainly by its digestibility, preservation and stability at feedout. There are guidelines for consistently producing high quality silage that are working and being implemented on farms. Crucial to successfully fulfilling these guidelines is having an appropriate silage production and feeding plan in place.”
Speaking at the conference on behalf of sponsors AIB, Patrick Butterly, AIB Agri Advisor, highlighted the benefits of farm business planning and cash flow management. "It's important that farmers invest adequate time and resources into farm business planning, to provide better control and understanding of their farm business. Efficient cash flow and cost management, both in good times and bad, is essential to ensuring the financial stability of the farm business, enabling greater maximisation of future opportunities and / or early intervention against potential challenges that may arise."
The afternoon session involves a visit to the farm of Kevin Meade, Stackallen, Slane, where the practical aspects of management for winter milking herds will be discussed. This will include looking at the grazing system for this liquid milk herd, ways to achieve a good calving pattern, and the feeding regime for liquid milk herds during the winter.
This event is kindly sponsored by AIB