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CAFRE farm walks will highlight challenges and opportunities for local dairy farms

May 30, 2022

The College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) are hosting a series of four on-farm events for dairy farmers on Tuesday 7th, Wednesday 8th, Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th June.

The events will be hosted in Coleraine, Newry, Newtownstewart and Aughnacloy and are open to all farmers. There will be an opportunity to attend each farm at two time slots, 11.00am and 1:00pm. Light refreshments will be provided at 12.30pm.

At these events, CAFRE Advisers will be addressing challenges and opportunities currently facing the local dairy industry.

Topics will include:

  • Management of dairy production costs
  • Costs of feeding the dairy cow
  • Grazing management
  • Soil fertility and grassland performance
  • Reseeding and clover

Encouraging farmers to attend, Don Morrow, Head of Dairy Branch at CAFRE highlights, “This year is very challenging for dairy farmers. Escalating costs are causing concern among the farming community. It is essential that farmers maximise the use of grass and silage and try to reduce the reliance on purchased feeds. These events offer the opportunity to see at first-hand how local farmers are coping in this difficult year. The event will cover how to maximise grass growth and utilisation and reseeding, with particular emphasis on improving soil fertility. The events will also focus on measuring and monitoring costs and what opportunities there are to make savings.”

In the interests of biosecurity, those attending are asked to wear clean clothing not previously worn while in direct contact with their own animals. Protective overalls and footwear will be provided.

Tuesday 7th JuneGeoffrey Malcomson
22 Ringclare Road, Donaghmore, NEWRY, BT34 1RY
Wednesday 8th JuneMatthew Workman
60 Moneybrannon Road, Aghadowey, COLERAINE, BT51 4AA
Tuesday 14th JunePhilip Kyle
14 Carnteel Road, AUGHNACLOY, BT69 6DU
Wednesday 15th JuneDavid Hunter