Dairygold Co-op and Teagasc have launched a joint programme aimed at providing the Society’s Members with the best and most up to date information to maximise their profitability and sustainability at farm-level.
The Joint Programme, which runs to 2021, follows on from the success of the previous programme that saw over 8,500 people attend Public & Special Interest Events held over the three-year period up to 2017.
It will focus on sustainable milk production and will promote the adoption of sustainable and resilient dairy systems by Dairygold suppliers.
It will also focus specifically on labour efficiency, Leanfarm practices, biodiversity, water quality, herd health with an increased collaboration with Munster AI, while harnessing the use of technology across the milking enterprise.
The event launch was attended by Michael Creed, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, who said, “Collaboration and knowledge sharing is pivotal to ensuring the viability of farming for future generations.
“I’m hugely encouraged to see that this programme has taken a holistic approach to providing Dairygold Members of all scale and development, with the tools required to achieve efficiency and profitability in a sustainable manner.
“I commend Dairygold for its continued dedication to support and empower Members to realise their on-farm ambitions armed with the best insights, innovation, and skills.”
This programme features a €1 million investment, which brings the total amount invested by Dairygold towards knowledge sharing initiatives such as this to €7 million since it began its collaboration with Teagasc in 1993.
“This year marks the 25th year of collaboration between Dairygold and Teagasc, a fitting time to embark on another ambitious and specially tailored Joint Farm Programme that delivers real benefit for our Members,” Dairygold chairman John O’Gorman added.
“This Joint programme harnesses the power of collaboration between Dairygold, our Suppliers and Teagasc to create an important, circular model of knowledge transfer.”
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