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Sheep Conference & Farm Walk 11th May at 9.30 am Westmeath

Sheep Conference & Farm Walk 11th May at 9.30 am Westmeath

Achieving high output from a grass based system in Co. Westmeath


IGA sheep conference and farm walk


 


The Irish grassland Association Sheep Conference and Farm Walk kindly sponsored by Mullinahone Co-Op and MSD Animal Health takes place on the 11th May at 9.30 a.m. in the Bloomfield House Hotel in Mullingar. The conference will take place in the morning followed by a farm walk on the farm of John Bell Castletowngeoghan, Co. Westmeath.

IGA Dairy Conference Papers and Presentations 2017

IGA Dairy Conference Papers and Presentations 2017

IGA Dairy Conference Papers and Presentations 2017


 

IGA Dairy Conference 2017 Review

IGA Dairy Conference 2017 Review

The Business of Dairying


The Irish Grassland Association Dairy Conference, sponsored by Yara, took place on Wednesday 18th January 2017 at the Newpark Hotel Kilkenny. The conference, which focused on the business of dairying, was divided into three parts: strategic development for the medium to longer term; tactics for the spring ahead; and budgeting for the current and future years.

Applications for IGA Student Travel Bursaries

Applications for IGA Student Travel Bursaries

Since its foundation, the Irish Grassland Association (IGA) have worked alongside the most progressive individuals in the farming, research, advisory and agri-industry sectors for the betterment of Irish grassland farming. This relationship has been significant in bringing Irish grassland technology to the forefront as an international science.


We are particularly interested in supporting young people prepare for their agricultural careers. Along with our other events we host a Student Conference and award two student travel bursaries annually. The Irish Grassland Association awards these student bursaries to support travel to conferences or events deemed to be of benefit to students undertaking postgraduate studies in grassland or grass-based livestock systems research in Ireland. A maximum of two bursaries of up to €500 each will be available in 2017.

Dairy Summer Tour Review

Dairy Summer Tour Review

Dairy Summer Tour Review – milk production on more challenging soils 


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. 

Irish Grassland Association Dairy Conference 2017

Irish Grassland Association Dairy Conference 2017


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PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND UNLESS YOU HAVE A TICKET



The Business of Dairying


IGA Dairy Conference 2017


 


On the evening before the conference, there is an exclusive opportunity for the first 100 Irish Grassland Association members who book tickets to meet at an evening gathering/dinner in advance of the conference. Registration for this is at 6.30pm. The 2017 guest speaker is Siobhan Talbot, CEO, glanbia PLC who will be interviewed by former Irish Farmers’ Journal Editor, Matt Dempsey. She will address the topic, ‘Future expectations for milk markets and milk price – a glanbia perspective’.  This part of the conference is very popular and tickets have sold out within three days. Online booking is the quickest method to secure your tickets (plus you will also avail of the best discounted conference tickets detailed below). If you have any queries you can call the Office Manager, Maura Callery, on 087 9626483. 


 


THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT


PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND UNLESS YOU HAVE A TICKET


Early booking for the Dairy Conference tickets is strongly encouraged as places will be limited and this event sells out early every year.
A special 20% discounted registration fee (€40 for Irish Grassland Association members and €80 for non-members)
applies to online registrations up to and including Wednesday 3rd January.


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Irish Grassland Association Student Bursary

Irish Grassland Association Student Bursary

The Irish Grassland Association was founded in 1946 by a group of like minded individuals who saw a need to advance and spread the knowledge of modern grassland management in Irish farming. 


Since its foundation, the Irish Grassland Association (IGA) have worked alongside the most progressive individuals in the farming, research, advisory and agri-industry sectors for the betterment of Irish grassland farming. This relationship has been significant in bringing Irish grassland technology to the forefront as an international science. 


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Dairy Summer Tour – Milk production on more challenging soils

Dairy Summer Tour – Milk production on more challenging soils

A total of 4.39 million hectares of the land of the Republic of Ireland is classified as lowland mineral soil while a further 1.47 million hectares of land is classified as mountain and hill land. Approximately one third of the lowland mineral soil category (1.44 million hectares) is classified as wet land.  It is estimated that up to 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.


Registration will take place at the Green Glens Arena, Millstreet, Co. Cork at 8.30am sharp. Booking is essential to secure your place as this event has sold out for the last 4 years!


IGA Sheep Conference and Farm Walk

IGA Sheep Conference and Farm Walk

Over 100 farmers and industry delegates attended the Irish Grassland Association sheep conference and farm walk, sponsored by G€N€ IR€LAND and Mullinahone Co-op, in Aughrim, Co Wicklow, on Tuesday 26 April.


A focus running through the event was the importance of grassland management and its potential to underpin profitable enterprises. This was evident in all of the presentations at the morning conference and again in the afternoon on the farm of John Pringle which comprises a 50-cow suckler-to-beef herd and a flock of 250 mature ewes and 70 yearling hoggets with their lambs.

IGA Beef Conference April 27th 2016

IGA Beef Conference April 27th 2016

The 2016 IGA Beef Conference was held in the Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa, Limerick on Wednesday April 27th. A highlight of the day was an address from award winning Welsh farmer Glasnant Morgan. The conference also featured presentations on grassland management, breeding, financial management and plans for the development of the Pallaskenry College suckler herd. 

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