Irish conference to focus on future profitability

Attendants to this year’s Irish Grassland Annual Dairy Conference will be able to hear keynote speaker, Alan Dukes outline his views for a successful Irish agricultural and dairy industry in the future.

The conference, to be held at Rochestown Park Hotel on Tuesday 12 January will deliver technical messages to commercial dairy farmers for the year ahead.

Four farming families will make presentations on the day, followed by a technical research/advisory paper to solve some of the questions posed by farmers.

In the first section, Laois brothers Paul and David Hyland together with North Tipperary farmer John Cahalan seek direction on how far they can push stocking rate.

In the second morning session, Tom Barron, Waterford, will outline key messages he has learnt from a recent trip to New Zealand for setting up farm infrastructure.

Finally young Waterford Farmer of the Year, William Keane will show how he is planning for the future with his father and developing their business to succeed long-term.

Conference fee is E60 with discounts for online booking, discussion groups and students. Visit or call 1890 843 442.