Managing Dairy Calves

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Managing Dairy Calves

Managing Dairy Calves & Milk Price Outlook

Four Regional IFA Farmer Events

Join us for our IFA stakeholder panel discussions with dairy farmers on a key area of sustainability.

Key Topics Include 

No sustainability without profitability

  • Management of dairy calves
  • Improving calf to beef value
  • Milk price outlook

Panel Contributors

  • IFA
  • Teagasc
  • ICBF
  • ICOS Marts
  • Local co-ops

Topics in Detail

How can farmers be supported in taking their full responsibility to manage their dairy calves?

  • Raising awareness of the importance of the issue to the sustainability of the Irish dairy sector;
  • Prioritising quality AI and stock bull use;
  • Training in best practice in calf management and feeding;
  • Supporting farm infrastructure and training;
  • Phasing out last resort recourse to early calf slaughter;

How can other stakeholders contribute?

  • Adding beef value to dairy calves (DBI, etc.);
  • Providing trading platform for calves, building trust between buyers and sellers;
  • Optimising female calf output – research, develop and promote sexed semen in the Irish context, with Irish lab;
  • Developing dairy calf to beef templates, including contract rearing;
  • Securing the calf export outlet;
  • Exploring every possible outlet including veal;
  • Messaging to farmers by all stakeholders to protect sector’s international reputation.

Milk price outlook for year end and spring 2020.

Dates & Venues

Date & Time Venue
Tuesday, 22nd October, 11am – 1.30pm Kilmore Hotel, Cavan
Wednesday, 23rd October, 11am – 1.30pm Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork
Tuesday, 29th October, 11am – 1.30pm Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny
Wednesday, 30th October, 11am – 1.30pm McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris
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