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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This year’s Irish Grassland Association Sheep Conference and Farm Walk heads to Wicklow. The event, taking place on Tuesday 26th April 2016, includes a morning conference in Lawless’ Hotel, Aughrim, Co Wicklow followed by an exciting afternoon farm walk with local farmer John Pringle.
The IGA are delighted to announce that award winning Welsh farmer Glasnant Morgan will be giving a keynote address at the 2016 beef conference in the Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa, Limerick on Wednesday April 27th. Farming 450 acres, Glasnant runs a herd of 50 autumn-calving sucklers and a flock of 850 ewes. Grazed grass is integral to the farming system. Glasnant farms to get the most from pasture to maximise self-sufficiency. In the spring 10% of the farm has grass seed stitched in with a grass harrow and hopper. According to Glasnant, “Our sole aim is to produce offspring so we graze the grass hard, that’s the only way to keep on top of it.’’ Glasnant is a mentor in the Welsh Government’s Young Entrants Support Scheme, and was the National Farmers Union Wales Brecon County Chairmen for two years.
The annual IGA Dairy Conference took place on Thursday 7th January in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Limerick and was kindly sponsored by Yara. This years’ conference theme focussed on strategies to overcome volatility. Key speakers at the event included leading dairy farmers and members of the dairy industry working in the areas of research, consultancy and agribusiness.