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Event aims

 

The purpose of the farm walks is to provide dairy farmers with additional insights and learnings to assist them to farm efficiently and sustainably, based on criteria set out in Bord Bia’s Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme (SDAS).

 

Upcoming walks

 

When: 27 August, 11am

Host Farmer: Shane O’Loughlin

Location: Oghill, Monasterevin, Co.Kildare, Eircode: W34 N568

Co-op: Glanbia Ireland

 

 

Topics

  • Efficient grassland management
  • Biodiversity and water quality measures
  • Addressing time management on-farm
  • Animal management
  • The new farm audit feedback report

 

Selected Speakers:

 

Shane O’Loughlin, Host Farmer

Shane O’Loughlin has been farming full time with his father Dermot since 2005, supplying Glanbia co-op. Shane is also a council member of Glanbia and participates in the Fresh Milk Producers group (FMP). Herd health is monitored closely on the O’Loughlin’s farm and prevention of common diseases is covered with a broad vaccination protocol. Shane is a great supporter of research and hosts veterinary trials carried out by UCD on breeding and calf rearing. He is always looking to simplify his system to make the farm as labour efficient as possible.

Eleanor Murphy, Bord Bia

Eleanor Murphy is Bord Bia’s Data Manager, responsible for collating and interpreting data gathered during the audit process with the aim of driving improvements on-farm.

Eleanor will present on the new farmer feedback report which includes a summary of farm performance under the following headings:

  • General Farm Performance
  • Carbon Footprint
  • Greenhouse Gases
  • Nutrient Management
  • Grassland Management
  • Farm Health and Safety

The purpose of the new farmer feedback report will be to demonstrate to members how their farm inputs and activities contribute to greenhouse gas (GHG) production and will contain advice and feedback on how to mitigate against these emissions and improve production efficiencies. The advisory feedback is formulated in collaboration with Teagasc and will focus on measures set out in the Teagasc MACC curve.

 

The reported data will compare current farm performance against changes since the last SDLAS audit and similar production systems.

 

Previous Walks

3rd May, The Crowleys, Lissarda, Co.Cork

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