A Dairy Positive Future

Evening One: Wednesday, October 20

18.25

Welcome and introductory remarks from our show host

Ivan Yates

Ivan Yates

Broadcastor, entrepreneur and politician

18.30

Opening remarks from the Show Director

Denis Kiely

Denis Kiely

Show Director, Cork Holstein Friesian Club

18.35

Official Opening and Ministerial Address

Charlie McConalogue

Charlie McConalogue

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine

18.40

Stock Judging Preview

A Dairy Positive Future

18.45

Innovation driving a dairy positive future

Technology can be a problem solver for many of the challenges that dairy farming faces. With a trend of almost double in investment in the agritech space year on year, we discuss the new initiatives in dairy technology driving a solution filled future.

Senior Representative

Senior Representative

Lely, Netherlands

James Greevy

James Greevy

Head of Innovation, Herdwatch

19:05

Dairy Markets Outlook

A long term look at the dairy markets with analysis from market experts willing to predict the realistic outlook for milk price in the coming years

19:15

Financing an economically sustainable dairy future

Discussion with financial experts and advisors on how to economically sustain your dairy farm with the right investments for the changes and challenges that are facing the dairy sector

19:25

National Dairy Engineering Innovation Showcase

19:35

The common mistakes dairy farmers make with farm insurance

Every efficiency and best practice adds to the bottom line for dairy farmers whether it’s grass utilisation or finance structuring but what are the common mistakes when it comes to your dairy farm insurance that could be costing your farm money? We take a helpful dive into the topic to break down the complexity that might lead to unnecessary mistakes.

Christy Doherty

Christy Doherty

Agri Business Manager, AXA Insurance

Grass And Sustainability

19:45

GLOBAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS

International View on the Dairy Sustainability Outlook

Dr. Jack Britt

Dr. Jack Britt

Dairy Futurist, Scientist & retired Global Research COO North Carolina, USA (Invited)

20:00

Grass and Cows – getting it right

Some of Ireland’s best, awarding winning dairy farmers discuss how to make sure you have the right sward and cow for your farm to be ahead of the curve when it comes to Ireland’s drive for grass and sustainability

Kevin O’Hanlon

Kevin O’Hanlon

Dairy Farm Manager, Pollards Farm, Wexford

Caroline Walsh

Caroline Walsh

Dairy Farmer, Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020, Cork

20:25

Machinery Demonstration: Precision Fertiliser Equipment

How global dairy issues can be Ireland’s gain

20:35

Changing from climate challenge to climate opportunities for Irish dairy farms

International and Irish dairy experts discuss how the industry can get ahead and make the most of the opportunities that result from the climate debate worldwide within the sector

Dr Fionnuala Murphy

Dr Fionnuala Murphy

Lecturer/Assistant Professor, Biosystems & Food

Becky Willson

Becky Willson

Project Manager, Farm Carbon Toolkit, UK

Andrew Hoggard

Andrew Hoggard

National President Federated Farmers New Zealand and Board Member, International Dairy Federatio

21:00

Irish dairying abroad – What Ireland does best and what we can learn

Frank discussion from Irish farmers who have set up dairy operations abroad on what they have witnessed in the sector in Canada, USA and New Zealand, what best practice they have implemented from Ireland and what the Irish could learn from the dairy sector where they currently farm

Harold Sweetnam

Harold Sweetnam

300+ Cow Herd, Sweetridge Pedigree Herd, Manitoba, Canada

Rodney Elliott

Rodney Elliott

6000+ Cow Herd, Antibiotic-free & Robotic Milking, South Dakota, USA

21:20

Day 1 close

Bonus Afternoon Session: Day 2, Thursday, October 21

14:00

Dairy Industry Discussion: Climate, nitrates and consumer trends – how can the dairy industry come out on top?

Maxine Roper

Maxine Roper

Food Blockchain Expert and Co-Founder, Connecting Food (France)

Prof. Michael Lee

Prof. Michael Lee

President of the European Federation of Animal Science, Livestock Farming Systems Commission

Conor Mulvihill

Conor Mulvihill

Director, Dairy Industry Ireland

15:10

Bonus session ends

Evening Two: Thursday, October 21

18:30

Welcome and opening remarks from the show host

18:35

Machinery Demonstration: Tractors and Loaders for the stockyard

Future Proofing Dairy

18:45

Future Proofing Animal Health on Dairy Farms

An exciting discussion on the future of animal health on modern dairy farms. It relies on technology and science to ensure sustainability against the increase in regulation and the trends that govern the sector.

18:45

National Dairy Science Innovation Showcase

19:15

Making Biodiversity Pay for Dairy Farms

The push for biodiversity can not be at the primary food producers expense, this discussion with international and Irish experts looks at how biodiversity on Irish dairy farms can pay long term for the farmers

19:45

National Dairy Technology Innovation Showcase

19:55

Redefining Slurry from Waste to Gold

The issue of nitrates, water pollution and slurry storage have captured many column inches for the sector, not just in recent months but down through the years. Our expert panel will discuss how new research and potential could change slurry from being a dirty word to being liquid gold with potential to save and make money for dairy farmers. Our expert panel discuss

20:15

The Dairy Farm of the Future

O’Connor High Tech Dairy Farm: our profile looks at this state of the art new build as a glimpse of what the dairy farm of the future might look like with consideration to new tech improvements in animal husbandry, cow welfare, family farm labour requirements and sustainability.

20:45

Results

Stock Judging Competition Winners and National Dairy Innovation Award Finalists

21:00

2021 show ends – see you all next year in Millstreet!