A Dairy Positive Future

Evening One: Wednesday, October 20

18.30

Welcome and introductory remarks from our show host

Ivan Yates

Ivan Yates

Broadcastor, entrepreneur and politician

18.40

Opening remarks from the Show Director

Denis Kiely

Denis Kiely

Show Director, Cork Holstein Friesian Club

18.45

Official Opening and Ministerial Address

Charlie McConalogue

Charlie McConalogue

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine

18.50

Stock Judging Preview

The IHFA sponsored National Dairy Show Stock Judging competition will give all attendees the opportunity to judge some of the best Holstein Friesian livestock in the country. There are three classes of five cows professionally filmed by Maria Kelly for a global standard competition that is unique to anything seen on a virtual show format in Ireland. An international judge will officially place the classes which are grouped as Heifer-in-milk, Junior Cow and Senior Cow. The cows were kindly presented to the show by John O’Connor in Kanturk. His new state of the art dairy farm is also profiled on day 2 of the show.

 

The competition (which includes a prize of €250 to the winner courtesy of the IHFA) can be viewed On-Demand on the virtual National Dairy Show platform. The virtual attendee winner of the open stock judging competition will be announced live by Ivan Yates at the climax to the second evening of the show.

Charlie Gallagher

Charlie Gallagher

CEO, IHFA

A Dairy Positive Future

19.00

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.

Liam Stack

Liam Stack

Ruminant Technical Manager, Dairygold

Brian O'Riordan

Brian O'Riordan

General Manager Lely Center Mitchelstown

James Greevy

James Greevy

Head of Innovation, Herdwatch

19:20

AXA National Dairy Innovation Award: Engineering Showcase

Category sponsored by

19:25

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

Diarmuid Donnellan

Diarmuid Donnellan

Agri Specialist, AIB

Philip O’Connor

Philip O’Connor

Head of Farm Supports, IFAC

19:40

Machinery Demonstration: Precision Fertilizer Equipment (Yara & Gypsy)

19:50

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.

Tom McCarthy

Tom McCarthy

Agri Regional Development Manager, Munster

Christy Doherty

Christy Doherty

Agri Business Manager, AXA Insurance

Grass And Sustainability

20.05

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS

‘Learn from the future – Ireland’s path to dairy sustainability

Dr. Jack Britt

Dr. Jack Britt

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

20:20

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

How global dairy issues can be Ireland’s gain

20:40

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 Federation

21.05

Machinery Demonstration: Precision Fertilizer Equipment (Kverneland and Rauch)

21.15

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

Moderator: Philip Whitley

Moderator: Philip Whitley

Assistant Show Director, Cork Holstein Friesian Club

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

21:35

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?

Moderator: Lorcan Allen

Moderator: Lorcan Allen

Business Editor, Business Post

Zoe Kavanagh,

Zoe Kavanagh,

CEO, National Dairy Council

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

Stephen Arthur

Stephen Arthur

Chair, IFA Dairy Committee

Pat McCormick

Pat McCormick

Dairy Farmer and President ICMSA

15:00

Growing Dairy Diversification

Covid helped grow the trend towards online shopping, ideals of food security and local food production. In so doing, it allowed food producers and artisan dairy producers to connect directly with their market and open up new opportunities. In this session, we look at best practice, starting and growing a dairy diversification business and connecting with your market online.

Michele Neylon

Michele Neylon

Co-founder and CEO, Blacknight

15:15

Bonus sessions end

Evening Two: Thursday, October 21

18:30

Welcome and opening remarks from our

show host

Ivan Yates

Ivan Yates

Broadcastor, entrepreneur and politician

18:35

AXA National Dairy Innovation Award: Science Showcase

Category sponsored by

Future Proofing Dairy

18:40

‘No time or labour to deal with disease on Irish 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.

William Minchin

William Minchin

Ruminant Business Unit Director, MSD Animal Health Ireland

Dennis Howard

Dennis Howard

Veterinary Surgeon, Munster Bovine

Gill O Sullivan

Gill O Sullivan

Dairy Farmer, VET, Farming Independent & Farmers Weekly Contributor

19.00

Machinery Demonstration: Tractors and Loaders for the stockyard (Massey Ferguson, New Holland & John Deere)

19:15

Breeding the cow of the future

A highly topical conversation with so much influence from the discussion on the future direction of Irish dairy farming and new technology advances. Influential agenda items that could govern bull selection, genetics and technology in the future include the current Nitrates Action Plan proposal from DAFM, policy around emissions reduction and new developments like epigenetics.

 

Karol Kissane

Karol Kissane

Regional Executive Cork & Kerry, IFA

Dr. Doreen Corridan

Dr. Doreen Corridan

CEO, Munster Bovine

Tom Baker

Tom Baker

Breeding & Business Development Manager, Eurogene Ai Services

19:40

AXA National Dairy Innovation Award: Technology Showcase

Category sponsored by

19:45

Redefining Slurry from Waste to Gold

The issue of nitrates, water pollution and slurry storage have captured many column issues 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.

Professor Marcel Jensen

Professor Marcel Jensen

Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, UCC

Dr Richard O’Shea

Dr Richard O’Shea

School of Engineering and Architecture, UCC

20.00

Machinery Demonstration: Precision Fertilizer Equipment (Amazone)

20:10

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.

20:35

PANEL DISCUSSION:

Getting the Transition Cow Right

A timely discussion around the importance of the transition period in dairy cows covering the latest research, data, nutrition and animal health advances that can help dairy farmers reduce gateway diseases, labour demands at calving, medication costs, legalisation demands and production loss throughout lactation. The expert panel discuss prevention is always better than cure and the latest advances that help reduce unnecessary workload on busy seasonal calving farms.

Moderator: Don Crowley

Moderator: Don Crowley

Business and Technology Advisor - Dairy, Teagasc

Martin Kavanagh

Martin Kavanagh

Consultant vet and Cow Signals Trainer

Maura Langan

Maura Langan

Veterinary Surgeon Advisor, Norbrook

20:55

Stock Judging Results

Announcement of Stock Judging Competition Winners

21:10

AXA National Dairy Innovation Awards Winners

Winners are announced in 4 categories: Science, Engineering, Technology and Start-Up.

Plus, there is a special prize this year for the winner of the Start-Up category courtesy of the sponsor of this category: MTU’s AgriTech Centre of Excellence (ACE). The winner will receive a one day experience at ACE: Ireland’s premier virtual, augmented and mixed reality suite, including a custom solution to suit the successful company’s needs.

21.30

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