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Dairying on more challenging soils was the theme of this year’s Irish Grassland Association’s Dairy Summer Tour which took place on Tuesday 19th July sponsored by Allied Irish Banks. Four hundred dairy farmers attended the event based at the Green Glens Arena in Millstreet and visiting host farms near Kiskeam, County Cork and Rathmore, County Kerry. An estimated 4.4 million hectares of the land of the Republic of Ireland is classified as lowland mineral soil while a further 1.5 million hectares of land is classified as mountain and hill land. Approximately one third of the lowland mineral soil category (1.4 million hectares) is classified as wet land. As much as one third of Irish milk is produced on either heavy or elevated soils. Inclement weather conditions have the potential to add complexity, cost and risk to the milk produced on such soils.
On Tuesday, 28th July 2015 the Irish Grassland Association held their annual Dairy Summer Tour in Co. Galway. A capacity crowd of almost 500 delegates were kindly hosted by Henry and Patricia Walsh and Noel O’Toole. The theme of the day was ‘A Roadmap through Expansion’. Although there were moments when the heavens opened and rain of biblical proportions ensued it wasn’t enough to dampen the enthusiasm of the audience who enjoyed a day full of learning and lively discussion.
The annual Irish Grassland Association 2015 Dairy Conference sponsored by Yara will take place on Thursday 8th January at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Little Island, Cork. This year’s event has a very exciting line up of speakers covering a range of topics. The conference will focus on dealing with the last three months of quota, growing more grass, pathways into dairying and valuable lessons learned from New Zealand. The first 130 members were entitled to complimentary tickets to the private breakfast gathering with Prof Pat Wall - this element of the day is now sold out. Book early if you wish to receive conference tickets as this event sold out last year!!!