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This year’s Irish Grasslands Dairy Summer Tour, sponsored by AIB Bank focused on milk production on leased land visiting grass based dairy farms in Skeaghvasteen, Co. Kilkenny and Tullow, Co. Carlow on Tuesday July 25th. With stocking rate increasing by approximately 10% since quota removal and one third of dairy farmers renting an estimated 30% of the land they farm, leasing land to increase milk production was the focus of this year’s event. The topic attracted a record audience - over 600 dairy farmers from around the country attended the event.
As part of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Year of Sustainable Grassland initiative, the Irish Grassland Association are organising a free admission Reseeding Demonstration event for members on Wednesday 17th May. The aim of this event will be to promote the benefits of reseeding and best practice procedures that farmers can follow to achieve better yields from their grassland. The Irish Seed Trade Association are kindly sponsoring the event and it will be held on the farm of Donald and Lucy Bateman, Ballylooby, Cahir, Co Tipperary.
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The Irish Grassland Association Dairy Summer Tour focuses on milk production on leased land when it visits two grass based dairy farms in Kilkenny and Grange, Carlow. The event, sponsored by AIB Bank, takes place on Tuesday July 25th at 8am sharp. The major focus of this year’s event will be on producing milk on a part leased or fully leased milking platform. Maximising the use of grazed grass in the cows’ diet will feature prominently on both farms.
The Halpin farm is made up 62Ha of predominantly free-draining land in Roberstown, Carlanstown, Co. Meath. The farm is in permanent grassland and is situated in one block.
Tom took over the running of the farm from his late father, Tom senior, in the mid 1990’s. Tom’s mother Brigid still lives on the farm and takes an active interest in the daily activities. Tom’s wife Anne, and their three children Matthew (20), Laura (17) and Claire (14), are also involved in the day-to-day activities on the farm.
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.
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.
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.
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.