Annual Dairy Conference 2018
The Conference is divided into three parts:
- How the workload is currently being managed on commercial dairy farms;
- Why the need to update the physical and financial targets for spring calving herds;
- How experienced employers manage to attract and retain their workforce.
Managing labour requirement on grass-based dairy farms: David Kerrand Kevin Aherne will describe how they operate their dairy farms; what work they do themselves; and which tasks they employ contractors to complete on their dairy farms. David farms near Ballyfin and was one of the two hosts of the 2014 IGA dairy summer tour. Since the tour, he has increased the size of his dairy herd from 120 to 160 dairy cows. Kevin farms at Shinagh Dairy Farm Bandon running a 230 cow start-up dairy farm. In a follow on from his recent labour workshops, Teagasc dairy specialist Pat Clarke will review a dairy farmer labour survey and identify the characteristics of the most labour efficient farms.
Identifying and resetting dairy targets for the future: Michael Bateman will outline the rationale for changing and identify the most appropriate measures of dairy farm physical and financial performance in the current era. He will be followed by Moorepark’s Laurence Shalloo who will explain the assumptions underpinning Teagasc’s dairy net profit target of €2,500 per hectare for spring milk producers.
Discussing the labour issue: Pat Dillon will describe his approach to attracting and managing staff at Moorepark. Then Pat will join Waterford farmers Pat Ryan, Cappagh and Esther Walsh, Tourin Farms, in a panel discussion chaired by Jack Kennedy, Assistant Editor of the Irish Farmers’ Journal on attracting the best and getting the most out of their staff.