The Business of Dairy Post 2014

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The Business of Dairy Post 2014

Image 3 - ConferenceThe Business of Dairy Farming Post 2015

A national IFA dairy farmers’ conference

The end of quotas will give Irish farmers opportunities to expand and supply a rapidly growing and increasingly affluent global demand for quality, sustainably produced dairy products.

However, these opportunities will not be without challenges.  With increasingly volatile dairy commodity, milk prices and input costs, farmers will not just have to sharpen their skills on farming, breeding and feeding, and tighten up their efficiencies, they will also have to become better financial and business planners to cope with fluctuating incomes, whether or not they plan to expand.

Safety and sustainability will also be crucial considerations.

Opened by IFA President Eddie Downey, who set out the policy environment for dairy growth, the Conference was addressed by an array of expert speakers on farm resources, financial planning and agri-taxation, accessing credit, farm safety, the new Bord Bia dairy sustainability audits and instruments to deal with margin volatility.
Glanbia and IDB speakers outlined the current market outlook and their plans for new markets and products for the growth milk.
This was a Conference not to be missed, but if you did, the programme and presentations are set out below.

Programme IFA Dairy Conference 21st Oct 2014

PRESENTATIONS

SESSION 1 – RESOURCES, FINANCE, TAXATION

Laurence Shalloo – Teagasc Assessing and managing farm resources: how much milk should I produce to be profitable?

Declan McEvoy – IFAC  Managing finance, planning budgets and cash-flow, legal farm structures

Anne-Marie Butler – Ulster Bank Securing credit: the application process

Rowena Dwyer – IFA Agri-tax review and Budget 2015

SESSION 2 – FARMING SAFELY AND SUSTAINABLY

Pat Griffin – HSA  Safety-proofing your expansion plan

Michael Maloney – Bord Bia  SDAS audit – the key issues

SESSION 3 – MARKETS, VOLATILITY AND INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT PLANS

Catherine Lascurettes – IFA Price risk management instruments

Sean Molloy – Glanbia GIIL  The GIIL experience: supplier relationship and investment plan

Fergal McGarry – Irish Dairy Board Developing new products and markets

Liquid Milk Forum – July 2014: “Securing Fresh Milk Post 2015”

On 18th July 2014, for the first time ever, IFA brought together all stakeholders in the liquid milk chain, retailers, processors, industry organisations and farmers, to take the first step towards securing the sustainability of fresh milk post 2015 and that of the specialised farmers who supply it year-round.

Presentations and photo gallery can be found here.

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