Positive Farmers, Cork, Ireland Open Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm Telephone 087 6457987 email: mok.positivefarmers@gmail.com

www.positivefarmers.ie

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The Positive Farmers Group present Europe’s premier Dairy Farming Conference each year

Share evidenced based information, resources and experiences that help dairy farmers succeed

Tom & Mary O’Keeffe ran an intensive grass based dairy farm in Newmarket, Co. Cork and were members of the Bottom Line Discussion Group. Totally focused on the grass based, low cost system with an emphasis on benchmarking and measurement . They now provide specialised farm management software for farmers and contractors. They still retain farming interests and both enjoy the outdoors. Each year they help organise the Positive Farmers dairy conference and international study tours. “We enjoy being part of a group that motivates, inspires change and is of value to others. We have always believed in the importance of measurement and benchmarking to further improve performance.”                                                                                                                                                       (Tom & Mary O’Keeffe)                                                                                                           
Aidan Brennan is a partner in the family run dairy farm in Tipperary, he holds a degree in Agriculture and a higher diploma in economics. He worked for Teagasc Moorepark for 7 years and joined the Irish farmers journal editorial team in 2015 as dairy specialist He joined the Positive Farmers management team in November 2016. “Passionate about low cost grass based dairy systems. Love to see people progress and achieve their dreams and life goals.”                                                                                                                                                     (Aidan Brennan)

Michael Murphy

Mary & Tom O’Keeffe

Aidan Brennan

The Positive Farmers continue to push boundaries to introduce world class information and innovative speakers in a positive and invigorating atmosphere at our annual conference. We aim to make the whole conference experience special for all our delegates. Our enthusiastic team are always on hand to help. Led by Dena Murphy, our goal is to make the Conference experience both memorable and as enjoyable as possible for all delegates.      
Breeda, Dena, Heather, Emma and Ann (L to R)
The ‘Positive Farmers’ are an independent group of Irish farmers and industry leaders who want to improve dairy farmer’s income and lifestyle. Now in its nineteenth year, investing in helping to develop a resilient dairy industry.

Core Activities of the Positive Farmers

We organise a two-day conference in Ireland each year, with internationally renowned speakers from Europe,  New Zealand and the U.S. Our consistent message of low cost, grass based systems are always an integral part of each conference. We are totally independent and free of all outside influences, our conference topics are carefully chosen to give direction and clarity. We organise study trips to both New Zealand and America. In 2015 we completed two very successful tours. (U.S. & New Zealand) and in May 2017 we completed our second mid-west U.S. farm study tour. We were privileged to be exposed to the top dairy farmers in both regions. We also recognise excellence in the area of improving information flow and performance in Dairy Farming through the presentation of the Positive Farmers Lifetime Merit Award.  

None of our activities

are corporately

sponsored, we are

totally independent

and free of outside

influences.

Michael Murphy, a well known figure in Irish Dairying circles. Dairy farmer, entrepreneur and international businessman. He is a pioneer in high profit, grass based dairying not just in Ireland, but worldwide. He has interests in farming operations in Ireland, New Zealand, Missouri, and Chile. In addition he is director of several companies outside farming.    He speaks frequently at International conferences ( Australia, China, Germany, New Zealand, Netherlands, Portugal, UK, and USA.)  He has addressed farmers on topics including wealth creation and the dairy industry's international future. Michael has lead over 10 farm study tours to New Zealand.  Farmers that participated found the quality of the visits life changing in terms of what it did for them and their farming businesses   Michael now spends a large amount of his time mentoring young people starting out in Dairying. He also has strong ties with Moorepark   “I’m passionate about superb quality grass based dairying. As dairy farmers we are price takers. So hence we compensate best for this by ensuring we are low cost producers. This is best achieved  by going the grass rich route which gives wonderful results over time. Highly skilled people, very fertile cows, strong financial discipline + superb grassland management will be the basis of a world class Irish dairy industry. This fires off high free cash + free time across the cycles. Simple resilient systems but operated to an excellent standard give  dairy farmers better prosperity and better dignity”   “ I love to help people to help themselves by travelling  the well proven road to success and  happiness. “                                                                                                                                                                                              (Michael Murphy)
As an organisation we are watchful of both domestic and world developments and how it affects inside the farm gate. With our large network of trusted contacts worldwide - industry leaders, advisors and top performing dairy farmers, we take great care to formulate programmes that address the current and future needs of dairy farmers.  We consistently provide materials & speakers to improve skills in key areas, grow awareness of opportunities and risk and greatly improve profits and efficiency on farm. Every year we strive to raise the bar for dairy farming and in 2017, we want to  seize every opportunity. From engaging and helping to lead the industry, to strengthening ties with farming organisations that share quality information. We also strive to make dairy farmers more aware of how the global markets function, what factors drive them and how this influences the price we get for our milk. Our recent tour of The Mid West United States will help greatly in understanding this sleeping giant which is now the second largest exporter of milk in the world.
The two-day Positive Farmers Dairy Conference is recognised as being the ultimate social, networking and fun event for dairy farmers.       

Our

Conference

Access to world wide, evidence-based research  Internationally renowned speakers, farmers  and advisors from Europe, New Zealand and the U.S. Top performing Irish dairy farmers Totally independent, free of all outside influences Opportunity to benchmark against the best Provides a unique networking opportunity Full of motivation, positivity, important  insights, and great people
Help dairy farmers build a profitable, sustainable farming business  Promote simple, low cost, labour efficient systems that deliver a good profit Provide independent, high quality information Motivate and encourage farmers to up-skill Provide a pathway for young dairy farmers   Help farmers maintain a profit focussed approach at all times Provide leadership & have a global perspective      

Our

Aims

A low cost grass based system, which focuses on profit and labour efficiency and proves resilient when milk prices fall or production  costs increase unexpectedly. 

Founded in 1999 by Michael Murphy and Con Hurley it is regarded as being the best Dairy Conference in 

Europe. 

Access to unparalleled networking opportunities, our Conference and its influence has grown hugely. Large numbers travel from the UK and other European countries. This year (2017) over 1000 delegates attend our two day event. Many make it a family break before the start of the calving season. The knowledge gained, the networking opportunities and the friendships build up to make this a fantastic investment in your future. In 2015 Con Hurley and Michael Murphy (Positive Farmers) undertook a strategic review of the Dairy Industry, its challenges and opportunities, This report was presented to the joint committee of department of Agriculture.  This is widely regarded as a blueprint for the dairy industry.

Positive Farmers Team

None of our activities are corporately sponsored, we are totally independent and free of outside influences.

Global Perspective

No hidden agenda,a consistent message      Focused on sustainable, low cost, grass based profitable systems Global awareness to help plan ahead Improve farmers management skills in key areas Provide a platform for discussion & exchange of ideas Motivate farmers to be open-minded and            embrace change
The message is always the same with a growing number of successful farmers reaping the benefits, in particular during times of milk                                   price fluctuation. 

Our

Promise

Positive Farmers,  Cork, Ireland Office Open Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm Telephone 087 6457987 email: mok.positivefarmers@gmail.com

www.positivefarmers.ie

As an organisation we are watchful of both domestic and world developments and its effects inside the farm gate. With our large network of trusted contacts worldwide - industry leaders, advisors and top performing dairy farmers, we take great care in formulating programmes that addresses the current and future needs of dairy farmers.  We consistently provide material/speakers to improve skills in key areas, grow awareness of opportunities and risk and greatly improve profits and efficiency on farm. Every year we strive to raise the bar for dairy farming and in 2017, we want to  seize every opportunity. From engaging and helping to lead the industry, to strengthening ties with farming organisations that share quality information. We also strive to make dairy farmers more aware of how the global markets function, what factors drive them and how this influences the price we get for our milk. Our recent farm tour of The Mid West United States will help greatly in understanding this sleeping giant which is now the second largest exporter of milk in the world.
The ‘Positive Farmers’ are an independent group of Irish farmers and industry leaders who want to improve dairy farmer’s income and lifestyle. Now in its nineteenth year, investing in helping to develop a resilient dairy industry. Founded in 1999 by Michael Murphy and Con Hurley is has grown to  be regarded as the best Dairy Conference in Europe. With  unparalleled networking opportunities, the Conference and its influence has grown hugely. Large numbers travel from the UK and other European countries and this year (2017) over 1000 delegates attend this two day event. Many make it a family break before the start of the calving season. The knowledge gained, networking opportunities and the friendships build up make this the best investment you could ever make.  

Aidan Brennan

Mary & Tom O’Keeffe

Michael Murphy

Share evidenced based information,

resources and experiences that help

dairy farmers succeed

The Positive Farmers Group

Present Europe’s premier Dairy

Farming Conference each year

The two-day Positive Farmers Dairy Conference is recognised as being the ultimate social, networking and fun event for dairy farmers.       

Our

Conference

Access to world wide, evidence-based research  Internationally renowned speakers, farmers and  advisors from Europe, New Zealand and the U.S. Top performing Irish dairy farmers Totally independent,free of all outside influences Opportunity to benchmark against the best Provides a unique networking opportunity Full of motivation, positivity, important insights, and great people
Help dairy farmers build a profitable, sustainable farming business  Promote simple, low cost, labour efficient systems that deliver a good profit Provide independent, high quality information Motivate and encourage farmers to up-skill Provide a pathway for young dairy farmers   Help farmers maintain a profit focussed approach at all times Provide leadership & have a global perspective      

Our

Aims

A low cost grass based system, which focuses on profit and labour efficiency and proves resilient when milk prices fall or production costs  increase unexpectedly. 
In 2015 Con Hurley and Michael Murphy (Positive Farmers) undertook a strategic review of the Dairy Industry, its challenges and opportunities, This report was presented to the joint committee of department of Agriculture.  This is wildly regarded as a valuable blueprint for the industry.
The Positive Farmers continue to push boundaries to introduce world class information and innovative speakers in a positive and invigorating atmosphere at our annual conference. We aim to make the whole conference experience special for all our delegates. Our enthusiastic team are always on hand to help. Led by Dena Murphy, our goal is to make the Conference experience both memorable and as enjoyable as possible for all delegates.      

Positive Farmers Team

Breeda, Dena, Heather, Emma & Ann                                             (L to R)
Michael Murphy, a well known figure in Irish Dairying circles. Dairy farmer, entrepreneur and international businessman. He is a pioneer in high profit, grass based dairying not just in Ireland, but worldwide. He has interests in farming operations in Ireland, New Zealand, Missouri, and Chile. In addition he is director of several companies outside farming.    He speaks frequently at International conferences ( Australia, China, Germany, New Zealand, Netherlands, Portugal, UK, and USA.)  He has addressed farmers on topics including wealth creation and the dairy industry's international future. Michael has lead over 10 farm study tours to New Zealand.  Farmers that participated found the quality of the visits life changing in terms of what it did for them and their farming businesses   Michael now spends a large amount of his time mentoring young people starting out in Dairying. He also has strong ties with Moorepark   “I’m passionate about superb quality grass based dairying. As dairy farmers we are price takers. So hence we compensate best for this by ensuring we are low cost producers. This is best achieved  by going the grass rich route which gives wonderful results over time. Highly skilled people, very fertile cows, strong financial discipline + superb grassland management will be the basis of a world class Irish dairy industry. This fires off high free cash + free time across the cycles. Simple resilient systems but operated to an excellent standard give  dairy farmers better prosperity and better dignity”   “ I love to help people to help themselves by travelling  the well proven road to success and  happiness. “                                                                                                                                                                                             
(Michael Murphy)
Aidan Brennan is a partner in the family run dairy farm in Tipperary, he holds a degree in Agriculture and a higher diploma in economics. He worked for Teagasc Moorepark for 7 years and joined the Irish farmers journal editorial team in 2015 as dairy specialist He joined the Positive Farmers management team in November 2016. “Passionate about low cost grass based dairy systems. Love to see people progress and achieve their dreams and life goals.”                                                                                                                                                 
   (Aidan Brennan)
Tom & Mary O’Keeffe ran an intensive grass based dairy farm in Newmarket, Co. Cork and were members of the Bottom Line Discussion Group. Totally focused on the grass based, low cost system with an emphasis on benchmarking and measurement . They now provide specialised farm management software for farmers and contractors. They still retain farming interests and both enjoy the outdoors. Each year they help organise the Positive Farmers dairy conference and international study tours. “We enjoy being part of a group that motivates, inspires change and is of value to others. We have always believed in the importance of measurement and benchmarking to further improve performance.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
    (Tom & Mary O’Keeffe)

Core Activities of the Positive Farmers

We organise a two-day conference in Ireland each year, with internationally renowned speakers from Europe, New Zealand and the  U.S. Our consistent message of low cost, grass based systems are always an integral part of each conference. We are totally independent  and free of all outside influences, our conference topics are carefully  chosen to give direction and clarity. We organise study trips to both New Zealand and America. In 2015 we completed two very successful tours. (U.S. & New Zealand) and in May 2017 we completed our second mid-west U.S. farm study tour. We were privileged to be exposed to the top dairy farmers in both regions. We also recognise excellence in the area of improving information flow and performance in Dairy Farming through the presentation of the Positive Farmers Lifetime Merit Award.
None of our activities are corporately sponsored, we are totally independent and free of outside influences.
The two-day Positive Farmers Dairy Conference is recognised as being the ultimate social, networking and fun event for dairy farmers.       
No hidden agenda, a consistent message - (none of our activities are corporately sponsored)           Focused on sustainable, low cost, grass based profitable systems Global awareness to help plan ahead Improve farmers management skills in key areas Provide a platform for discussion & exchange of ideas Motivate farmers to be open-minded and           embrace change
The message is always the same with a growing number of successful farmers reaping the benefits, in particular during times of milk                                   price fluctuation. 

Our

Promise