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The 2019 Irish Grassland Association Annual Dairy Conference, sponsored by Yara, takes place on Wednesday 9th January, 2019, at the Charleville Park Hotel, Cork. Since the abolition of milk quotas, the rapid expansion of the dairy industry has resulted in an increasingly diverse range of systems of milk production.
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Efficiency first and then expansion at Irish Grasslands Association sold out Dairy Conference
Efficiency first and expansion second was the message delivered to the 650-strong audience at the Irish Grasslands Association annual dairy conference. The conference took place on Wednesday 17th January at the Charleville Park Hotel, Co Cork.
Towards the end of 2017 the Irish Grassland Association completed a short member survey asking what events they would most like to see for the coming year, following the feedback received it was decided to run an event focused on grazing infrastructure.
This year’s IGA sheep conference took place in the Horse and Jockey hotel in Co Tipperary. The format was similar to previous years with an indoor conference in the morning followed by a farm walk in the afternoon.
The Irish Grassland Association Beef conference took place on Thursday May 24th in the Clonard Court Hotel, Dublin Road, Athy, Co. Kildare. This year the conference focused on three areas:
-Maximising grass growth on beef farms.
-What the science of breeding can do to increase the chances of genetic gain in the Beef herd .
-Beef producers –connecting with the final consumer.
The Irish Grasslands Dairy Summer Tour focused on high profit and high return on investment milk production when it visited two grass based dairy farms at Shinagh Dairy Farm and Rearour, Aherla. The event, sponsored by AIB Bank, took place on Tuesday July 24th. The major focus of this year’s event is achieving a high whole farm profit and converting a leased farm to milk production to achieve a high return on investment. Maximising the use of grazed grass in the cows’ diet featured prominently on both farms.
The 2018 Irish Grassland Association Annual Dairy Conference sponsored by Yara takes place at 9am on Wednesday 17th January. Moving to the south west of the country, the Charleville Park Hotel plays host to this year’s Conference. The event addresses the twin themes of managing labour and resetting financial and physical targets on Irish dairy farms.