PROTECTING YOUR PROFITS IN CHALLENGING TIMES
Web: www.positivefarmers.ie - Phone: 353 87 6457987 - Email: info@positivefarmers.ie
2024 POSITIVE FARMERS CONFERENCE
PROTECTING YOUR PROFITS IN CHALLENGING TIMES
Web: www.positivefarmers.ie - Phone: 353 87 6457987 - Email: info@positivefarmers.ie
2024 POSITIVE FARMERS CONFERENCE
Embrace Profitable, Labour Efficient, Milk Production at our Industry Leading Dairy Event BONUS MASTERCLASS OPPORTUNITY (limited availability) Paul Bird (Dairy NZ) will host a financial evaluation and management workshop. The workshop begins each day at 8 am sharp and will conclude before the Conference Opening. Limited to one workshop each. . Discussion Group, Teagasc and Student discounts available.
09:00 - 09:40
Registration, Refreshments & Networking
09:40 - 09:45
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Session 1 A 09:45 - 10:35
DAIRY MARKETS OUTLOOK Jim Bergin, CEO of Tirlán, the largest dairy co-operative in Ireland will give his perspective on the outlook for milk price in the short, medium and long term. This is particularly relevant in light of lower global demand for dairy products - a new phenomenon. Jim will also outline the future direction of Tirlán and where he sees new opportunities to add value for shareholders.
Chairperson: Michael Murphy Jim Bergin CEO of Tirlán Co-operative Society Ltd., Former Chairman of Irish Dairy Industry Association. Member of Ornua Advisory Council
Session 2 A 10:35 - 12:15
EXAMINING FARM SYSTEMS OF THE FUTURE Intense analysis of different scenarios and what the effects will be Outputs of the system in terms of profit/ha, cost of production (c/l), environmental impact, workload Detailed comparisons Thought-provoking discussion How does your system work at 220kgN/ha organic stocking rate? 190kgN/ha chemical fertiliser allowance, at 35c/l base price What cap ex is required due to changes in derogation
Chairperson: Jack Kennedy Dr. Brendan Horan Dairy Systems Researcher at Teagasc Dr. Laurence Shalloo Head of the Animal & Grassland Research Moorepark. Dr. Michael Wallace Professor of Agriculture and Food Economics at University College Dublin. Dr. Zoe McKay Lecturer/Assistant Professor of Grass and Forage Science at University College Dublin
12:15 - 13:25
Lunch and Networking
Session 3 A 13:25 - 15:00
BUILDING BLOCKS OF PROFITABLE DAIRY FARMING Paul Bird is a highly regarded farm consultant with Dairy NZ, specialising in the area of farm business. As many farmers are grappling with higher costs and falling milk prices, Paul will outline the basis for a profitable dairy farming system. How much should be invested, appropriate stocking rates and what are the key areas farmers should focus on in order to deliver on the business plan.
Chairperson: Aidan Brennan Paul Bird NZ DairyNZ business specialist, Mark and Measure course provider, Banker and farm consultant in New Zealand and Europe..
15:00 - 15:30
Refreshment Break & Networking
Session 4 A 15:30 - 17:00
PATHS TO SUCCESS - BUILDING A BUSINESS THAT ALLOWS PROGRESSION West Cork dairy farmer William Kingston has helped countless young farmers to progress in the dairy industry. Willie shares his insights into the why and how of building a business model that develops young people and allows them to progress. Briege Corkery and Diarmuid Scannell are dairy farming on leased land near Cork city. Diarmaid and Briege will share their story of progression from farm manager to share milker to business owner.
Chairperson: Paidi Kelly William Kingston Dairy Farming in Co. Cork. Briege Corkery and Diarmuid Scannell Dairy Farming in Co. Cork.
19:30 - ……….
CONFERENCE GALA NETWORKING DINNER Relax and unwind after the first day of the Conference in good company.
DAY 2
Thursday - 11th January 2024
08:30 - 09:15
Registration, Refreshments & Networking
Session 1 B 09:15 - 11:00
PRODUCING HIGH VALUE CALVES FROM THE DAIRY HERD With more emphasis on producing higher beef value calves from the dairy herd, Dr Padraig French from Teagasc will outline where the industry is at and the direction of travel. This is particularly relevant in the absence of calf slaughter and risks over the future of live export. Jim Curran, a dairy farmer with a Jersey crossbred herd from Co. Waterford will share his experiences of using sexed semen and higher beef merit beef bulls on his dairy farm.
Chairperson: John McNamara Dr. Padraig French Head of Livestock Systems Department & Dairy Enterprise Leader, Teagasc. Jim Curran Dairy Farmer, Co. Waterford
11:00 - 11:30
Refreshment Break & Networking
Session 2 B 11:30 - 13:00
MANAGING RISK AND CUTTING COSTS Dairy NZ farm business guru Paul Bird returns to examine practical ways farmers can manage costs, cut costs and manage risk. Dairy farmers in the western world are operating in a volatile business environment with multiple strands of policy changes around greenhouse gas emissions and water quality, not to mention volatile milk prices and input costs. UK based dairy farmer Ed Dale will share his practical insights into managing costs and protecting margin in the current milk price/input cost squeeze.
Chairperson: Sean McCarthy Ed Dale Family business which started in the 1940s Dale Farms are now involved in the management of seven herds from Shropshire to South West Scotland. Paul Bird DairyNZ business specialist,
13:00 - 14:15
Lunch and Networking
Session 3 B 14:15 - 15:45
MAKING SUCCESSION A SUCCESS This session will explore the important topic of succession – something every farm family experiences. Clare O’Keeffe from Succession Ireland will share her professional experiences of the different considerations when succession planning. Retired dairy farmer Anthony Betts shares his experience of life post milking. With no family members interested in taking over the running of the farm, Anthony and the Betts’ family charted a course for him to step back from running the farm, but still using his skills as a top class dairy farmer. The Power family from Waterford share their experiences of family partnerships and succession and how planning early can reap rewards for all parties and allow the farm business to flourish.
Chairperson: Gillian O’Sullivan Clare O’Keeffe Succession Ireland Farmer, Tutor and Mediator Anthony Betts Retired dairy farmer Tom & Moya Power Dairy farmers
15:45 - 15:55
Comfort Break
Session 4 B 15:55 - 16:50
FINDING BALANCE, NURTURING WELLBEING AND DEALING WITH STRESS ON FARMS Dr Paula Carroll will share her professional experience of how dairy farmers can use tools to maintain resilience, avoid burnout and deal with challenging workloads. She will share details of the science around stress indicators, the importance of sleep, rest and nutrition and how to cultivate a positive mindset. My Story: Rock & Roll Farming UK based arable and livestock farmer and award winning podcast host Will Evans shares his experiences of how he manages stress from life on a busy farm.
Chairperson: Mella Briscoe Dr. Paula Carroll Senior Lecturer and Researcher, Co-course Leader of MA in Advanced Facilitation Skills for Health and Well Being, SETU Will Evans Farmer in Wales, Oxford Farming Conference Chair, Farmers Weekly Columnist, Rock & Roll Farming podcast
16:50 - 17:00
Conclusion & Conference close Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and successful year ahead
and Unlock your Future Farming Potential
Web: www.positivefarmers.ie Phone: 353 87 6457987 Email: info@positivefarmers.ie
DAY 1 WEDNESDAY 10th JANUARY 2024
FIRST 100 TICKETS BOOKED BEFORE NOV 1st, CAN QUALIFY FOR AN ADDED BONUS OF                      FREE FINANCIAL MASTERCLASS. DISCUSSION GROUP, TEAGASC & STUDENT DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE
Embrace Profitable, Labour Efficient, Milk Production at our Industry Leading nn Dairy Event and Unlock your Future Farming Potentialllll BONUS MASTERCLASS OPPORTUNITY (limited availability) Paul Bird (Dairy NZ) will host a financial evaluation and management workshop. Numbers are strictly limited. The workshop begins each day at 8 am sharp and will conclude before the Conference Opening. Limited to one workshop each.
09:00 - 09:40
Registration, Refreshments & Networking
09:40 - 09:45
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Session 1 A 09:45 - 10:35
DAIRY MARKETS OUTLOOK Jim Bergin, CEO of Tirlán, the largest dairy co- operative in Ireland will give his perspective on the outlook for milk price in the short, medium and long term. This is particularly relevant in light of lower global demand for dairy products - a new phenomenon. Jim will also outline the future direction of Tirlán and where he sees new opportunities to add value for shareholders.
Chairperson: Michael Murphy Jim Bergin CEO of Tirlán
Session 2 A 10:35 - 12:15
EXAMINING FARM SYSTEMS OF THE FUTURE Intense analysis of different scenarios and what the effects will be Outputs of the system in terms of profit/ha, cost of production (c/l), environmental impact, workload. Detailed comparisons Thought-provoking discussion How does your system work at - 220kgN/ha organic stocking rate? - 190kgN/ha chemical fertiliser allowance at 35c/l base price - What cap ex is required due to changes in derogation
Chairperson: Jack Kennedy Dr. Brendan Horan Moorepark Dr. Laurence Shalloo Moorepark. Dr. Michael Wallace UCD Dr. Zoe McKay UCD
12:15 - 13:25
Lunch and Networking
Session 3 A 13:25 - 15:00
BUILDING BLOCKS OF PROFITABLE DAIRY FARMING Paul Bird is a highly regarded farm consultant with Dairy NZ, specialising in the area of farm business. As many farmers are grappling with higher costs and falling milk prices, Paul will outline the basis for a profitable dairy farming system. How much should be invested, appropriate stocking rates and what are the key areas farmers should focus on in order to deliver on the business plan.
Chairperson: Aidan Brennan Paul Bird NZ DairyNZ business specialist, Mark and Measure course provider, Banker and farm consultant in New Zealand and Europe.
15:00 - 15:30
Refreshment Break & Networking
Session 4 A 15:30 - 17:00
PATHS TO SUCCESS - BUILDING A BUSINESS THAT ALLOWS PROGRESSION West Cork dairy farmer William Kingston has helped countless young farmers to progress in the dairy industry. Willie shares his insights into the why and how of building a business model that develops young people and allows them to progress. Briege Corkery and Diarmuid Scannell are dairy farming on leased land near Cork city. Diarmaid and Briege will share their story of progression from farm manager to share milker to business owner.
Chairperson: Paidi Kelly William Kingston Dairy Farming in Co. Cork. Briege Corkery and Diarmuid Scannell Dairy Farming in Co. Cork.
19:30 - ……….
CONFERENCE GALA NETWORKING DINNER Relax and unwind after the first day of the Conference in good company.
DAY 1
Wednesday 10th January
DAY 2
08:30 - 09:15
Registration, Refreshments & Networking
Session 1 B 09:15 - 11:00
PRODUCING HIGH VALUE CALVES FROM THE DAIRY HERD With more emphasis on producing higher beef value calves from the dairy herd, Dr Padraig French from Teagasc will outline where the industry is at and the direction of travel. This is particularly relevant in the absence of calf slaughter and risks over the future of live export. Jim Curran, a dairy farmer with a Jersey crossbred herd from Co. Waterford will share his experiences of using sexed semen and higher beef merit beef bulls on his dairy farm.
Chairperson: John McNamara Dr. Padraig French Head of Livestock System, Teagasc. Jim Curran Dairy Farmer Co. Waterford
11:00 - 11:30
Refreshment Break & Networking
Session 2 B 11:30 - 13:00
MANAGING RISK AND CUTTING COSTS Dairy NZ farm business guru Paul Bird returns to examine practical ways farmers can manage costs, cut costs and manage risk. Dairy farmers in the western world are operating in a volatile business environment with multiple strands of policy changes around greenhouse gas emissions and water quality, not to mention volatile milk prices and input costs. UK based dairy farmer Ed Dale will share his practical insights into managing costs and protecting margin in the current milk price/input cost squeeze
Chairperson: Sean McCarthy Ed Dale Dale Farms are now involved in the management of seven herds from Shropshire to South West Scotland Paul Bird DairyNZ business specialist, farm consultant in New Zealand and Europe.
13:00 - 14:15
Lunch and Networking
Session 3 B 14:15 - 15:45
MAKING SUCCESSION A SUCCESS This session will explore the important topic of succession – something every farm family experiences. Clare O’Keeffe from Succession Ireland will share her professional experiences of the different considerations when succession planning. Retired dairy farmer Anthony Betts shares his experience of life post milking. With no family members interested in taking over the running of the farm, Anthony and the Betts’ family charted a course for him to step back from running the farm, but still using his skills as a top class dairy farmer. The Power family from Waterford share their experiences of family partnerships and succession and how planning early can reap rewards for all parties and allow the farm business to flourish.
Chairperson: Gillian O’Sullivan Clare O’Keeffe Succession Ireland Farmer, Tutor and Mediator Anthony Betts Retired dairy farmer Tom & Moya Power Dairy farmers
15:45 - 15:55
Comfort Break
Session 4 B 15:55 - 16:50
FINDING BALANCE, NURTURING WELLBEING AND DEALING WITH STRESS ON FARMS Dr Paula Carroll will share her professional experience of how dairy farmers can use tools to maintain resilience, avoid burnout and deal with challenging workloads. She will share details of the science around stress indicators, the importance of sleep, rest and nutrition and how to cultivate a positive mindset. My Story: Rock & Roll Farming UK based arable and livestock farmer and award winning podcast host Will Evans shares his experiences of how he manages stress from life on a busy farm.
Chairperson: Mella Briscoe Dr. Paula Carroll Senior Lecturer and Researcher, SETU Will Evans Farmer in Wales, Oxford Farming Conference Chair, Farmers Weekly Columnist, Rock & Roll Farming podcast
16:50 - 17:00
Conclusion & Conference close Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and successful year ahead
Thursday 11th January
2024 POSITIVE FARMERS CONFERENCE
PROTECTING YOUR PROFITS IN CHALLENGING TIMES
Web: www.positivefarmers.ie Phone: 353 87 6457987 Email: info@positivefarmers.ie
Discussion Group, Teagasc & Student discounts available.
Better Farming - Better Business - Better Lifestyle
Web: www.positivefarmers.ie - Phone: 353 87 6457987 - Email: info@positivefarmers.ie
DAY 1 WEDNESDAY 10th JANUARY 2024
Embrace Profitable, Labour Efficient, Milk Production at our Industry Leading Dairy Event BONUS MASTERCLASS OPPORTUNITY (limited availability) Paul Bird (Dairy NZ) will host a financial evaluation and management workshop. The workshop begins each day at 8 am sharp and will conclude before the Conference Opening. Limited to one workshop each. Early Bird, Discussion Group, Teagasc and Student discounts available.
09:00 - 09:40
Registration, Refreshments & Networking
09:40 - 09:45
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Session 1 A 09:45 - 10:35
DAIRY MARKETS OUTLOOK Jim Bergin, CEO of Tirlán, the largest dairy co-operative in Ireland will give his perspective on the outlook for milk price in the short, medium and long term. This is particularly relevant in light of lower global demand for dairy products - a new phenomenon. Jim will also outline the future direction of Tirlán and where he sees new opportunities to add value for shareholders.
Chairperson: Michael Murphy Jim Bergin CEO of Tirlán Co-operative Society Ltd., Former Chairman of Irish Dairy Industry Association. Member of Ornua Advisory Council
Session 2 A 10:35 - 12:15
EXAMINING FARM SYSTEMS OF THE FUTURE Intense analysis of different scenarios and what the effects will be Outputs of the system in terms of profit/ha, cost of production (c/l), environmental impact, workload Detailed comparisons Thought-provoking discussion How does your system work at 220kgN/ha organic stocking rate? 190kgN/ha chemical fertiliser allowance, at 35c/l base price What cap ex is required due to changes in derogation
Chairperson: Jack Kennedy Dr. Brendan Horan Dairy Systems Researcher at Teagasc Dr. Laurence Shalloo Head of the Animal & Grassland Research Moorepark. Dr. Michael Wallace Professor of Agriculture and Food Economics at University College Dublin. Dr. Zoe McKay Lecturer/Assistant Professor of Grass and Forage Science at University College Dublin
12:15 - 13:25
Lunch and Networking
Session 3 A 13:25 - 15:00
BUILDING BLOCKS OF PROFITABLE DAIRY FARMING Paul Bird is a highly regarded farm consultant with Dairy NZ, specialising in the area of farm business. As many farmers are grappling with higher costs and falling milk prices, Paul will outline the basis for a profitable dairy farming system. How much should be invested, appropriate stocking rates and what are the key areas farmers should focus on in order to deliver on the business plan.
Chairperson: Aidan Brennan Paul Bird NZ DairyNZ business specialist, Mark and Measure course provider, Banker and farm consultant in New Zealand and Europe..
15:00 - 15:30
Refreshment Break & Networking
Session 4 A 15:30 - 17:00
PATHS TO SUCCESS - BUILDING A BUSINESS THAT ALLOWS PROGRESSION West Cork dairy farmer William Kingston has helped countless young farmers to progress in the dairy industry. Willie shares his insights into the why and how of building a business model that develops young people and allows them to progress. Briege Corkery and Diarmuid Scannell are dairy farming on leased land near Cork city. Diarmaid and Briege will share their story of progression from farm manager to share milker to business owner.
Chairperson: Paidi Kelly William Kingston Dairy Farming in Co. Cork. Briege Corkery and Diarmuid Scannell Dairy Farming in Co. Cork.
19:30 - ……….
CONFERENCE GALA NETWORKING DINNER Relax and unwind after the first day of the Conference in good company.
and Unlock your Future Farming Potential
DAY 1 WEDNESDAY 10th JANUARY 2024
Senior Lecturer and Researcher, Co-course Leader of MA in Advanced Facilitation Skills for Health and Well Being, SETU
DAY 2
Thursday - 11th January 2024
08:30 - 09:15
Registration, Refreshments & Networking
Session 1 B 09:15 - 11:00
PRODUCING HIGH VALUE CALVES FROM THE DAIRY HERD With more emphasis on producing higher beef value calves from the dairy herd, Dr Padraig French from Teagasc will outline where the industry is at and the direction of travel. This is particularly relevant in the absence of calf slaughter and risks over the future of live export. Jim Curran, a dairy farmer with a Jersey crossbred herd from Co. Waterford will share his experiences of using sexed semen and higher beef merit beef bulls on his dairy farm.
Chairperson: John McNamara Dr. Padraig French Head of Livestock Systems Department & Dairy Enterprise Leader, Teagasc. Jim Curran Dairy Farmer, Co. Waterford
11:00 - 11:30
Refreshment Break & Networking
Session 2 B 11:30 - 13:00
MANAGING RISK AND CUTTING COSTS Dairy NZ farm business guru Paul Bird returns to examine practical ways farmers can manage costs, cut costs and manage risk. Dairy farmers in the western world are operating in a volatile business environment with multiple strands of policy changes around greenhouse gas emissions and water quality, not to mention volatile milk prices and input costs. UK based dairy farmer Ed Dale will share his practical insights into managing costs and protecting margin in the current milk price/input cost squeeze.
Chairperson: Sean McCarthy Paul Bird DairyNZ business specialist, Ed Dale Family business which started in the 1940s Dale Farms are now involved in the management of seven herds from Shropshire to South West Scotland.
13:00 - 14:15
Lunch and Networking
Session 3 B 14:15 - 15:45
MAKING SUCCESSION A SUCCESS This session will explore the important topic of succession – something every farm family experiences. Clare O’Keeffe from Succession Ireland will share her professional experiences of the different considerations when succession planning. Retired dairy farmer Anthony Betts shares his experience of life post milking. With no family members interested in taking over the running of the farm, Anthony and the Betts’ family charted a course for him to step back from running the farm, but still using his skills as a top class dairy farmer. The Power family from Waterford share their experiences of family partnerships and succession and how planning early can reap rewards for all parties and allow the farm business to flourish.
Chairperson: Gillian O’Sullivan Clare O’Keeffe Succession Ireland Farmer, Tutor and Mediator Anthony Betts Retired dairy farmer Tom & Moya Power Dairy farmers
15:45 - 15:55
Comfort Break
Session 4 B 15:55 - 16:50
FINDING BALANCE, NURTURING WELLBEING AND DEALING WITH STRESS ON FARMS Dr Paula Carroll will share her professional experience of how dairy farmers can use tools to maintain resilience, avoid burnout and deal with challenging workloads. She will share details of the science around stress indicators, the importance of sleep, rest and nutrition and how to cultivate a positive mindset. My Story: Rock & Roll Farming UK based arable and livestock farmer and award winning podcast host Will Evans shares his experiences of how he manages stress from life on a busy farm.
Chairperson: Mella Briscoe Dr. Paula Carroll Senior Lecturer and Researcher, Co-course Leader of MA in Advanced Facilitation Skills for Health and Well Being, SETU Will Evans Farmer in Wales, Oxford Farming Conference Chair, Farmers Weekly Columnist, Rock & Roll Farming podcast
16:50 - 17:00
Conclusion & Conference close Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and successful year ahead
2024 POSITIVE FARMERS CONFERENCE
PROTECTING YOUR PROFITS IN CHALLENGING TIMES
Web: www.positivefarmers.ie Phone: 353 87 6457987 Email: info@positivefarmers.ie

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