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The Irish Grassland Association will hold a farm walk on the farm of Geoffrey Wycherley on Tuesday the 5th of May at 11.00 am sharp. Geoffrey has been dairy farming in Lislevane, Bandon, Co. Cork since 1989. This is a spring calving dairy herd with the majority of the cows calving in February. He is currently milking 220 cows. He is in machinery and labour partnership with his two brothers. Geoffrey is also part of the Teagasc Catchment Programme; therefore, soil samples have been taken routinely for the last number of years.
With a new era dawning in Irish agriculture, there is exciting times ahead for the Irish dairy industry. Thus, there are a number of opportunities for farmers to ensure that the family farm can remain a viable option going forward. As Geoffrey is already in a farm partnership, the setting is perfect to discuss the relevant topics with regard to the future of dairying.
With expansion in dairy farm occurring on various levels, one of the key areas that needs to be looked at is the efficient use of labour. A number of areas need to be examined including, the employment of either part-time or full-time staff or creating a labour efficient farm using various labour saving devices.
Topics to be discussed on the day include the current performance of the farm, grassland management, breeding management and strategies, farm partnerships and managing cash flow. A discussion forum will also be held on the topic of labour efficiency. Speakers from Teagasc and IFAC will attend.
This is a free admission event for IGA members and a friend sponsored by IFAC. If you require further information please do not hesitate to call Noreen at 087-9329232.