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National Dairy Conference 2015 

The Teagasc National Dairy Conference is taking place at the Lyrath Estate Hotel, Kilkenny on Tuesday, 8 December and Wednesday, 9 December. The theme of the event is ‘Managing in a New Era’, reflecting the challenges and changes that dairy farmers now face.

This year’s conference takes a new format to previous years. It will be held over two days at one location, with attendees having the option of attending on either, or both of the days. Four high quality keynote speakers from diverse fields will address the conference over the two days.

Speaking at the launch of this year’s conference, Dr Tom ODwyer, Head of Dairy Knowledge Transfer in Teagasc, said; “The most innovative aspect of this year’s conference is the inclusion of break-out sessions on both afternoons. Attendees can choose to attend three break-out sessions from a list of seven on each afternoon. The break-out sessions focus on six key topics: grassland, breeding/ herd fertility, finances, animal health, labour and systems. All of these sessions will be interactive, with plenty of time for audience involvement.”

Teagasc Director, Professor Gerry Boyle said; “The past 12 months has seen the removal of EU Milk Quotas, an increase in national milk production and a decrease in milk price. Technologies which dairy farmers can use to improve their farm business performance are the focus of this year’s event. Adoption of these technologies by farmers will allow them remain profitable and sustainable into the future.”

There will also be a Conference Dinner on the evening of December 8th. To see the full programme and to register for the conference, visit www.teagasc.ie/dairy-conference

Pictured discussing the upcoming Teagasc National Dairy Conference which will take place at the Lyrath Estate Hotel, Kilkenny on Tuesday, 8 December and Wednesday, 9 December were left to right Professor Gerry Boyle, Teagasc Director; Pat Dillon, Teagasc/GII Dairy Monitor Farmer, Cuffesgrange, Kilkenny; Dr Tom O Dwyer, Head of Dairy Knowledge Transfer, Teagasc and Richie O Brien, Dairy Business and Technology Adviser, Teagasc.