Technology is the theme of National Dairy Conference

November 28th, 2016 8:10 AM

By Southern Star Team

Dr Tom O'Dwyer, Teagasc

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TECHNOLOGIES for Success is the theme for this year’s Teagasc National Dairy Conference, taking place on December 6th at the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork.

‘Dairy farmers have come through a difficult milk price environment in 2016 and in 2015, but there are now rays of light emerging on international dairy markets,’ according to Dr Tom O’Dwyer, head of Dairy Knowledge Transfer in Teagasc. ‘This year’s conference will focus on how Irish dairy farmers can position their businesses to exploit the technologies available to ensure they continue to be competitive milk producers in a European and international context.’

Dr O’Dwyer said: ‘This is a great opportunity for all involved in dairy farming and the dairy industry to learn about new ideas, share information, get answers to questions and, probably most importantly, be inspired to take action. 

Teagasc has planned a farmer focussed, practical conference and has invited a stellar line-up of speakers to take part.’

This year’s conference follows the format adopted successfully at last year’s event, with a mixture of presentations and workshop sessions, with Dr Pat Dillon, head of the Teagasc Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation programme, presenting the keynote address focussing on his assessment of how Irish dairy farming is positioned in 2016, with a particular emphasis on whether or not it is well positioned to avail of future growth opportunities. 

Pete and Anne Morgan, New Zealand dairy farmers, will tell their story  In the afternoon there will be six workshops and attendees can choose three to attend.  The workshops this year cover a varied range of topics with a great mix of Teagasc, other professional and farmer presenters.  All of the workshops will be interactive, with plenty of time for audience involvement.  

To book a place at the conference, visit Pre-booking is essential. 


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