On the ongoing Brexit chaos, Bord Bia's Joe Burke stated that he believed British consumer preferences will not change overnight no matter what the outcome.
The British consumer will still place great emphasis on food safety and standards, which of course will benefit Irish beef, a product which they accept as being very similar to their own beef.
However, Mr Burke also touched on the nightmare 'no deal' Brexit scenario, which could mean tariffs of up to 60pc on Irish beef.
The two Euro-Star indices - the terminal index for selecting bulls to breed animal for slaughter and the replacement index for identifying female replacements - were also up for discussion.
Christy Watson explained that this index can be used to quantify traits in an animal which cannot be seen by the human eye.
As most beef animals are not finished by the breeder, this index will be used as a hugely important aid for farmers buying in animals for finishing.
I must confess feeling an uneasy sense of inadequacy as I sat listening to speakers after speaker set out their stall.
I felt somewhat at a loss as to how a person like me - running a simple, low-cost Friesian-based, store-to-beef grass-finishing system - had managed to survive for so long in the beef business.
What I find even more puzzling, however, is that I am still faced with a hugely exorbitant income tax bill at the end of each year.
To me, the most encouraging, and indeed important, aspect of the conference was the very large number of young people who attended.
But I think an opport- unity to get these young people more involved in the conference was missed.
The senior farming members of the panel were asked whether they would consider the dairy option, but it was a pity the same question was not then put the to the many young people present.
I believe that the response would have been very interesting, particularly as there appeared to be a reluctance by these young people to engage with the panel of speakers or ask questions during the many opportunities provided for questions from the floor.
Afterwards I found it very revealing when speaking to some of the young people, as many said that they had already considered the dairy option as a potential change of livelihood.
Others saw beef production as just a part-time option, while some simply looked forward to finding work in the agri sector.
In the afternoon, we had a very informative visit to Tom Halpin's suckler farm.
What can I say?
It's a brilliant farming operation, backed up by lots of hard work, expert knowledge, great management skills, business acumen and, last but not least, brilliant communications skills.
Well done to Tom and his family.
And thanks, too, to the hard-working people in the Irish Grassland Association for organising such an informative and pleasant day out.
John Heney farms in Kilfeakle, Co Tipperary