‘Futureproofing our Winter-Milk Systems’ is set to be the theme of the Teagasc National Winter-Milk Open Day in Teagasc Johnstown Castle, County Wexford, next Wednesday, 6th September at 11am.
On the day, there will be an opportunity to learn about the Teagasc Winter-Milk Research Programme and the technologies and practices available to ensure that Winter-Milk farms are equipped to embrace and overcome any future challenges within the industry.
Speaking in advance of the Winter Milk Open Day, James Dunne Winter-Milk Specialist Teagasc, said;
“Winter-Milk producers constitute a vital sub-sector within the Irish dairy industry.”
“Year-on-year, these farms meet demand for a consistent daily supply of quality fresh milk to the domestic market, as well as, providing winter volumes for the manufacture of specific products.”
“Nonetheless, the sector faces the significant challenge of increased production costs projected for winter 2023, as well as, the wider industry challenges relating to environmental and social sustainability.”
Dr Michael Dineen, Senior Research Officer with responsibility for the Teagasc Winter-Milk research programme, reiterated the important role that Winter-Milk producers provide.
He added that the state agency’s research objectives are designed to support these producers by finding solutions that help future-proof their systems.
He said: “We have placed a large emphasis on quantifying the effect of these potential solutions on milk production performance, environmental emissions and overall economics.”
“Next week’s event will feature new research looking at the replacement of imported feed ingredients in Winter-Milk diets, as well as, promising new results on reducing the methane production of Winter-Milk cows.”
Dr Dineen highlighted: “This research programme could not be delivered without the excellent and diligent management of Aidan Lawless and his team at Johnstown Castle, as well as, industry collaboration.”
Concluding Dr David Wall, Enterprise Leader at Teagasc Johnstown Castle, stated:
“Johnstown Castle is delighted to be hosting this National Winter-Milk Open Day where farmers and industry representatives attending will see and hear the most up-to-date research and technologies available to the sector. “
“Farmers will have an opportunity to engage the researchers and advisors to identify areas to futureproof their winter-milk production systems.”
“Implementing the best technologies coming from research will be critical to maintain economically viable and sustainable farming business going forward,” Dr Wall concluded.
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