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MAY 2019
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Dairy
MAY 2019
Dairy
www.irishfarmersmonthly.com
Fine-tuning Irish dairy
E ciency, education and the environment are key topics at recent
dairy conference in Limerick
Over 100 dairy farmers and industry leaders met at a recent dairy conference in
Limerick to discuss the challenges facing the industry and share best practice tips.
The conference was held at The Limerick Strand Hotel and was sponsored by AXA
Ireland and MSD Animal Health.
Speakers at the conference titled Fine-tuning Irish Dairy: Family, Finances
and Farm Management highlighted the fact that Irish dairy farming
has moved into a new era, utilising advanced technologies across
livestock breeding, grassland management, farm finance
and animal health protocols to deliver efficiencies and
profitability. Apart from price volatility, Brexit and EU trade
negotiations, other major challenges facing Irish milk
producers were identified.
These include potential
production restrictions based
on carbon inputs, difficulties
sourcing competent labour
and managing larger scale
herds.
Irish Farmers Monthly Editor,
Matt O'Keeffe explained:
"The challenges facing
Irish milk producers are
significant. They include
labour shortages and
managing scale. This
conference showed dairy
farmers a range of practical,
scientific and technological
options to improve the
management of their herds
Christy
Doherty,
Head of Farm,
AXA Ireland
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