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Dairy Summer Tour – Milk production on more challenging soils

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A total of 4.39 million hectares of the land of the Republic of Ireland is classified as lowland mineral soil while a further 1.47 million hectares of land is classified as mountain and hill land. Approximately one third of the lowland mineral soil category (1.44 million hectares) is classified as wet land.  It is estimated that up to one third of Irish milk is produced on either heavy or elevated soils.  Inclement weather conditions have the potential to add complexity, cost and risk to the milk produced on such soils.

Registration will take place at the Green Glens Arena, Millstreet, Co. Cork at 8.30am sharp. Booking is essential to secure your place as this event has sold out for the last 4 years!

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Posted on Monday, 30 May 2016  |  By Irish Grassland Association

IGA Sheep Conference and Farm Walk

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Over 100 farmers and industry delegates attended the Irish Grassland Association sheep conference and farm walk, sponsored by G€N€ IR€LAND and Mullinahone Co-op, in Aughrim, Co Wicklow, on Tuesday 26 April.

A focus running through the event was the importance of grassland management and its potential to underpin profitable enterprises. This was evident in all of the presentations at the morning conference and again in the afternoon on the farm of John Pringle which comprises a 50-cow suckler-to-beef herd and a flock of 250 mature ewes and 70 yearling hoggets with their lambs.

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Posted on Friday, 27 May 2016  |  By Irish Grassland Association

IGA Beef Conference April 27th 2016

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The 2016 IGA Beef Conference was held in the Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa, Limerick on Wednesday April 27th. A highlight of the day was an address from award winning Welsh farmer Glasnant Morgan. The conference also featured presentations on grassland management, breeding, financial management and plans for the development of the Pallaskenry College suckler herd. 

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Posted on Friday, 27 May 2016  |  By Irish Grassland Association

IGA 2016 Sheep Conference

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This year’s Irish Grassland Association Sheep Conference and Farm Walk heads to Wicklow. The event, taking place on Tuesday 26th April 2016, includes a morning conference in Lawless’ Hotel, Aughrim, Co Wicklow followed by an exciting afternoon farm walk with local farmer John Pringle.

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Posted on Tuesday, 5 April 2016  |  By Irish Grassland Association

IGA 2016 Beef Conference

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The IGA are delighted to announce that award winning Welsh farmer Glasnant Morgan will be giving a keynote address at the 2016 beef conference in the Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa, Limerick on Wednesday April 27th. Farming 450 acres, Glasnant runs a herd of 50 autumn-calving sucklers and a flock of 850 ewes. Grazed grass is integral to the farming system. Glasnant farms to get the most from pasture to maximise self-sufficiency. In the spring 10% of the farm has grass seed stitched in with a grass harrow and hopper. According to Glasnant, “Our sole aim is to produce offspring so we graze the grass hard, that’s the only way to keep on top of it.’’ Glasnant is a mentor in the Welsh Government’s Young Entrants Support Scheme, and was the National Farmers Union Wales Brecon County Chairmen for two years.

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Posted on Tuesday, 5 April 2016  |  By Irish Grassland Association

Dairy Conference 2016

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Dairy Conference 2016 

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Posted on Monday, 18 January 2016  |  By Irish Grassland Association

2016 IGA Dairy Conference Review – ‘The Ability to Overcome Volatility’

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The annual IGA Dairy Conference took place on Thursday 7th January in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Limerick and was kindly sponsored by Yara.  This years’ conference theme focussed on strategies to overcome volatility.  Key speakers at the event included leading dairy farmers and members of the dairy industry working in the areas of research, consultancy and agribusiness.

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Posted on Monday, 18 January 2016  |  By Irish Grassland Association

Irish Grassland Association Dairy Conference 2016

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Presentations and an event review will be available online shorty

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Posted on Tuesday, 12 January 2016  |  By Irish Grassland Association

Student Conference Review

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Irish Grassland Association Student Conference Review 

The Irish Grassland Association (IGA) held its annual student conference on two farms one sheep and one dairy. This event was kindly sponsored by the FBD Trust.

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Posted on Friday, 4 December 2015  |  By Irish Grassland Association

Irish Grassland Association Dairy Conference 2016 - LIMERICK

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The annual Irish Grassland Association National Dairy Conference, sponsored by Yara, takes place at 9am on Thursday 7 January 2016.  The theme of this year’s event focuses on some of the strategies required to overcome volatility in dairying. Addressing the conference will be some of the countries’ leading dairy farmers, agri-consultants, researchers and agribusiness personnel.

Over the past decade milk price volatility has become an increasing feature of the Irish dairy industry.  Farmers who recognise the challenges it presents and adapt accordingly will continue to operate profitable and viable farm businesses.  This conference will focus on the key areas of grassland management; financial management; and cow nutrition and fertility to overcome the volatility they face outside the farm gate.

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Posted on Wednesday, 2 December 2015  |  By Irish Grassland Association

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