Dairy sustainability in spotlight

Tom O’Dwyer (Teagasc), Ann Marie Butler (Ulster Bank), Pat Dillon (Teagasc), Philip Cocoman (Ornua), Liam Herlihy (Teagasc Chairman), Ailish Byrne (Ulster Bank), Michael Berkery (FBD) and Frank O’Mara (Teagasc) promoting Teagasc Moorepark ’19 Dairy Open Day which will take place on July 3.

The 30% growth in dairy cow numbers has created opportunities and challenges, say the hosts of the Teagasc Moorepark 2019 Open Day, taking place on Wednesday, July 3.

Teagasc is hosting the event in Moorepark, Fermoy, Co Cork, along with FBD Insurance, Ulster Bank and Ornua. Dairy sector leaders will discuss sustainability issues around the 50% rise in milk output

since the end of the EU quota era.

Liam Herlihy, chairman of Teagasc, said: “The Irish dairy industry is facing a number of challenges in relation to climate change, water quality and availability of an adequate supply of trained and skilled labour. The dairy industry going forward will balance environmental, economic and social outcomes while providing natural, high-quality products that are known throughout the world. This Teagasc Open Day will provide guidance to farm families to address these challenges.”

Exports of Irish dairy products and ingredients have increased from €2bn to over €4bn in 2018. At farm level, this boosted profits, but also created challenges for climate change, water quality and availability of skilled labour.

The open day will feature a network of themed villages for farmers to visit, which includes demonstrations on grazing management, reseeding, farm infrastructure, body condition and locomotion scoring, high EBI genetics, and health and safety.

There will be workshops on milk quality, anti-microbial resistance, new entrants to dairy farming and labour management.

A large range of Irish dairy products will be on display promoting their image, quality, taste and nutritional credentials. There is a shared consensus that the highest standards of animal welfare are critical to the on-going success of the dairy sector.

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