IFA’s major dairy farmer conference, “The Business of Dairy Farming Post 2015”, will be opened by IFA President Eddie Downey on Tuesday 21st October next in Killashee House Hotel, Naas. Those who wish to atttend need to register urgently to secure one of the free, but limited places. Click here for more information or to register.
IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary, who will be chairing the Conference, said this was a crucial opportunity for potential new entrants and existing dairy farmers, whether or not they plan to increase production, to focus on the all-important business skills which they will need to thrive post 2015.
“The post quota era is exciting in that it opens up opportunities for Irish farmers to tap into a fast growing global market for quality, innovative, sustainably produced dairy products. But it will also be challenging in that the necessary investment and business of dairy farming will have to take place in a much more volatile price environment than we have known in the past 30 years,” Mr O’Leary said.
“Next Tuesday, we want to ask farmers to focus on the business of dairy farming. How to manage one’s finances, budgets and cash flows, how to apply for credit for investment, how to grow the business as tax efficiently as possible in the context of greater volatility. We will also have expert speakers on farming safely and sustainably, and we will examine what future markets will hold, and what measures can be put in place to help farmers cope with income volatility,” he said.