Positive Farmers, Cork, Ireland Open Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm Telephone 087 6457987 email: mok.positivefarmers@gmail.com

www.positivefarmers.ie

Why you should attend? To broaden your mind-set to tackle and cope with future challenges.  It is undoubtedly one of the best investments you will ever make. Totally independent and free of all outside influences, topics are carefully chosen. You will learn from leading experts who will give you the direction, the clarity and the focus you need to achieve your goals. You will network with like-minded people who have similar goals to you. We are focused to help you make your farm business sustainable, efficient and profitable.  In between the sessions there will be networking opportunities to meet your peers from within the agricultural field. The Positive Farmers Conference is a fantastic occasion to meet, network, exchange ideas, learn from each other. Be challenged, gain a competitive edge and connect with other dairy business owners and managers at this unique educational and networking event. We  offer expert insight on the constantly changing and challenging dairy industry. Each year we aim for an informative and participative conference with discussions and great networking opportunities.

The Positive Farmers present Europe’s best Dairy Farming Conference each year

 POSITIVE FARMERS DAIRY CONFERENCE

Much More that just a Conference;

This is your best opportunity to network with the largest assembly of focused, high performing dairy farmers,

speakers, industry leaders and scientists, from Ireland, UK, Europe, U.S. and New Zealand. 

Excellent speakers, evidence based research and new advancements in the dairy industry are hallmarks of

this conference.

With cutting edge topics, a global perspective, and the latest research, this event provides unparalleled

networking  opportunities.

Attending our dairy conference is a must, whether you are thinking of starting out in dairying, changing your system, need to

review where you are at, or you just want to be the best! 

Size does not matter, in fact dairy farms with less than 80 cows need to be as or more resilient to withstand price fluctuation and other challenges.

We aim to help all sizes and types of operations. Through its open format the Positive Farmers Dairy Conference provides a unique forum for discussing

topics of critical importance to the dairy industry. The topics are carefully chosen  to give you direction and clarity and the focus you need to achieve your

goals. 

The two day are full of meaningful insights, great people and will send you home motivated and focused on improving your dairy business! We continue to push the boundaries in providing world class information and speakers in a positive and invigorating atmosphere.

The two-day Positive Farmers Conference is recognised as being the ultimate social, networking and fun event

for dairy farmers in Ireland and the UK.

Conference Networking Dinner is on Wednesday night (Jan 16th)

Special Guest Speaker Donnocha O’Callaghan - Ex Irish and Munster Rugby player

A very enjoyable occasion with great networking opportunities. A great place to meet like-minded people, speakers and industry leaders. Delegates are welcome to bring guests/partners to the Conference Dinner.

Our

The 2019 Positive Farmers Conference is a special event. Not only does it mark the 20th year of the Positive Farmers Conference but it also affords us the opportunity to look back over the lessons from 2018 and to plan ahead for the future.

 2019 POSITIVE FARMERS CONFERENCE

The two-day Positive Farmers Dairy Conference is recognised as being the ultimate social, networking and fun event for dairy farmers.       
Network with like-minded people who have similar goals to you. Be challenged, gain a competitive edge and connect with other dairy farmers, managers and speakers. Its an enriching and exceptional experience.
With Kevin Lane and Michael Murphy looking at the bigger picture, Day1 proved very informative both on financial and grass management. The highlight of the day were the “Young Guns” Matthew Jackson and Will Grayling 
Invaluable and practical advice at its best from Robert Troy John McNamara & Kevin Ahern on compact calving. Laurence Shalloo & Michael Murphy challenging farmers to reach new heights. Plus invaluable advice on managing staff

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What you gain from participating in the best Dairy Conference

Effective Management of Farm Finances

Full house at the 2017 Dairy Conference
Registration at 2017 Conference 
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As an organisation we are watchful of both domestic and world developments and how it affects inside the farm gate. With our large network of trusted contacts worldwide - industry leaders, advisors and top performing dairy farmers, we take great care to formulate programmes that address the current and future needs of dairy farmers.  We consistently provide materials & speakers to improve skills in key areas, grow awareness of opportunities and risk and greatly improve profits and efficiency on farm. Every year we strive to raise the bar for dairy farming and in 2018, we want to  seize every opportunity. From engaging and helping to lead the industry, to strengthening ties with farming organisations that share quality information. We also strive to make dairy farmers more aware of how the global markets function, what factors drive them and how this influences the price we get for our milk. Our recent tour of The Mid West United States will help greatly in understanding this sleeping giant which is now the second largest exporter of milk in the world.

Global Perspective

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2019 Positive Farmers Dairy Conference

                               Jan 16th & 17th Radisson Blu Hotel Cork

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This year’s conference will open with dairy researcher and chief scientific advisor with the Ministry for Primary Industries in New Zealand  John Roche. John will present a paper on the environment and what future environmental regulations will look like and more importantly, how            dairy farmers can mitigate against them. 2018 was a tough year on farms but to get what value we can out of the year we need to learn lessons. We will hear from Tadhg Buckley from AIB,           Jack Kennedy from Greenfield Farm and Cork dairy farmer Bill O’Keeffe on their lessons from 2018. John Roche returns to the stage with a paper on making profit from feeding concentrates. Are farmers making money from producing more milk           from concentrates? Donal Patton, Teagasc researcher from Ballyhaise has written a paper on getting stocking rates right, and how best to integrate the outside block            into the farm system. A key thing from this year’s conference is about managing yourself. Con Hurley has written a paper on what matters most in life. This will be           presented by Aidan Brennan of the Irish Farmers Journal. Through the paper, Con’s vast experience will be shared to the audience. On a similar theme, Sian Bushel from Wales will outline how farmers can manage their own personal time better – important for our busy modern           lives. The final session on day one is always an audience favourite. We have two farmer speakers that have successfully grown their business. First up is the Walshe family from Durrow in Laois. They will outline their progress in grass growth and utilisation culminating in 20t/ha grown in            2017. Pat Hickey will present the Hickey family story, going from 50 cows to nearly 2,000 cows on mostly purchased land in Ireland. The gala dinner takes place Wednesday evening with a special guest speaker and a long night of fun, chat and networking. Opening the second day of the conference is Liam and Catherine Millerick from Tipperary. The Millericks have been once a day milking since 2013           and are now back producing over 420kg of milk solids per cow. Marion Beecher will present the latest data on labour efficient practices from her work at Moorepark. We hear a lot about increasing efficiency but what does it look like in practice? The Deise 1250 discussion group in Waterford have undertaken to            monitor the milk solids produced per kilo of liveweight for every cow in their herd. Oliver O’Gorman presents the figures for his farm and what he’s            going to do with them. Michael Bateman runs a large farm in Cork. A recent change to calf rearing policy has dramatically reduced workload and cost and he is now rearing            better calves. Does calf rearing policy need a rethink? The next session will outline the take home messages for three high achievers after a recent visit to New Zealand. Matthew Pilkington, Peter Farrell            and Gerard Finnan will present their views on managing people, grass and money from the Positive Farmers trip to New Zealand. The last session of the conference is arguably the most important.  Brendan Horan will present a paper on resilient farm systems for the next 20 years. Well known consultant Nollaig Heffernan will present a paper on personal resilience. You will not hear these people speak at any other conference. It is an event not to be missed!
Positive Farmers,  Cork, Ireland Office Open Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm Telephone 087 6457987 email: mok.positivefarmers@gmail.com

www.positivefarmers.ie

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Our

Aims

 POSITIVE FARMERS DAIRY CONFERENCE

Much More that just a Conference;

This is your best opportunity to network with the largest

assembly of focused, high performing dairy farmers, speakers,

industry leaders and scientists, from Ireland, UK, Europe, U.S.

and New Zealand. 

Excellent speakers, evidence based research and new advancements in the dairy industry are hallmarks of this conference.
This year’s conference will open with dairy researcher and chief scientific advisor with the Ministry for Primary Industries in New Zealand  John Roche. John will present a paper on the environment and what future environmental regulations will look like and more importantly, how dairy farmers can mitigate against them. 2018 was a tough year on farms but to get what value we can out of the year we need to learn lessons. We will hear from Tadhg Buckley from AIB, Jack Kennedy from Greenfield Farm and Cork dairy farmer Bill O’Keeffe on their lessons from 2018. John Roche returns to the stage with a paper on making profit from feeding concentrates. Are farmers making money from producing more milk from concentrates? Donal Patton, Teagasc researcher from Ballyhaise has written a paper on getting stocking rates right, and how best to integrate the outside block into the farm system. A key thing from this year’s conference is about managing yourself. Con Hurley has written a paper on what matters most in life. This will be presented by Aidan Brennan of the Irish Farmers Journal. Through the paper, Con’s vast experience will be shared to the audience. On a similar theme, Sian Bushel from Wales will outline how farmers can manage their own personal time better – important for our busy modern lives. The final session on day one is always an audience favourite. We have two farmer speakers that have successfully grown their business. First up is the Walshe family from Durrow in Laois. They will outline their progress in grass growth and utilisation culminating in 20t/ha grown in 2017. Pat Hickey will present the Hickey family story, going from 50 cows to nearly 2,000 cows on mostly purchased land in Ireland. The gala dinner takes place Wednesday evening with a special guest speaker and a long night of fun, chat and networking. Opening the second day of the conference is Liam and Catherine Millerick from Tipperary. The Millericks have been once a day milking since 2013           and are now back producing over 420kg of milk solids per cow. Marion Beecher will present the latest data on labour efficient practices from her work at Moorepark. We hear a lot about increasing efficiency but what does it look like in practice? The Deise 1250 discussion group in Waterford have undertaken to monitor the milk solids produced per kilo of liveweight for every cow in their herd. Oliver O’Gorman presents the figures for his farm and what he’s going to do with them. Michael Bateman runs a large farm in Cork. A recent change to calf rearing policy has dramatically reduced workload and cost and he is now rearing better calves. Does calf rearing policy need a rethink? The next session will outline the take home messages for three high achievers after a recent visit to New Zealand. Matthew Pilkington, Peter Farrell and Gerard Finnan will present their views on managing people, grass and money from the Positive Farmers trip to New Zealand. The last session of the conference is arguably the most important.  Brendan Horan will present a paper on resilient farm systems for the next 20 years. Well known consultant Nollaig Heffernan will present a paper on personal resilience. You will not hear these people speak at any other conference. It is an event not to be missed!