Farm Ireland

Monday 19 February 2018

Positive Farmers Conference promises to have special focus on dairy expansion

Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

From zero to 3,000 cows in nine years -- now that's what you call rapid expansion.

New Zealand dairy farmers Leonie and Kieran Guiney will tell Irish farmers about all the daily successes and failures they experienced along the way at the Positive Farmers Conference next week.

With five farms being run seamlessly and profitably in their absence, the couple will explain how they run their business and highlight their disciplined approach to investment to drive profit and equity growth.

The 2014 Positive Farmers Conference will take place at the Clonmel Park Hotel, Co Tipperary, on Wednesday and Thursday, January 15-16.

The two-day seminar will feature a host of speakers and will have a special focus on dairy expansion.

Piet Boer, chairman of Friesland Campina, the world's largest dairy co-operative of almost 20,000 farmers in Belgium, Germany and Holland, will give an overview of the outlook for dairy markets and milk price from 2014 to 2020.

Sexed semen will also feature as a topic at the conference.

Dairy farmer Pat Ryan will explain the practicalities and Moorepark's Stephen Butler will explain the science.

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Drainage to improve heavy land, on/off grazing and farm partnerships are also on the agenda for the seminar.

Dairy farmer Michael Murphy will examine the potential risk to international milk prices from the US support for ethanol production and conference delegates will also hear from expanding dairy farmers about how to evaluate expansion opportunities, build a strong farm team and manage an expansion project.

Entry for one day of the conference costs €95 including lunch.

To book, simply visit

Irish Independent