Dairygold-Teagasc Joint Programme

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Outline of the programme

In July 2014 Dairygold, jointly with Teagasc, launched a three year joint farm development programme (2014–2017) to support the Society’s 3,000 milk suppliers to achieve profitable and sustainable dairying in the post-quota era. The new €1 million three year programme is the third in a series of three year programmes since 2007, the benefit of which is widely acknowledged across the Dairygold milk supply catchment area.

This latest Dairygold–Teagasc initiative will encourage milk suppliers to access information on the latest technologies and research from Teagasc to help in improving milk production. While previous programmes have covered topics such as the conversion of pasture into milk solids and overall on-farm efficiency, the current programme will focus on achieving profitable and sustainable dairying at farm level while fostering herd health.

 

In recognition that milk suppliers are at different stages of development, the 2014-2017 programme has been designed to demonstrate a variety of expansion scenarios. The number of active farmer discussion groups will be increased from 65 to 70 while a series of workshops and special interest events, specifically aimed at those currently not members of discussion groups, will also be held.

The Dairygold–Teagasc (2014–2017) demonstration farms will include a family farm with 60 cows increasing up to 90 cows; a new entrant with up to 90 cows; a family farm growing from 100 to 150 cows; and a large herd operation with a new entrant collaboration model. These will be used to demonstrate best practice in a number of areas including sustainable expansion.

  1. During the second half of 2014 the four demonstration farms will be used to show the expansion challenges arising across a variety of farm types while six focus farms will also be used to demonstrate technical aspects of efficient milk production.
    The six focus farms will demonstrate best practice in the key areas of:
     
    A number of key performance indicators (KPIs) have been set to ensure the programme meets its objectives. Among those measured are:
    - Soil fertility improvements
    - Grass utilisation
    - EBI increase
    - Milk protein increases
    - Financial management improvements
    - Milk quality scorecard gains
    - Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme

Every Dairygold supplier is encouraged to participate in this programme which is focused on delivering real benefits. The programme will comprise four pillars of activity:

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