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 2019 POSITIVE FARMERS DAIRY CONFERENCE

Radisson Blu Hotel, Cork. Jan 16th and 17th 2019

2019 Conference Speakers

As usual we bring you top world-renowned speakers, they will cover the key technical, financial, people management and research needs for successful dairy farming and profitable expansion.

Jack Kennedy (Irish Farmers Journal)

Jack Kennedy is the Dairy Editor with the Farmers Journal which he joined in October 2002. His main areas of responsibility relate to outlining the best existing and emerging technology inside the farm gate to dairy farmers. He previously worked as a researcher at Moorepark Grassland and Dairy Research Centre. He hails from a farming background in Cahir, Co Tipperary. He has a degree from the University College Dublin in Agriculture and a doctorate from Moorepark and UCD. His interests outside of farming are cycling and following all sports.

Adrian Van Bysterveldt, Farm Advisor with Dairy Holdings, NZ

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Adrian was raised on a Dairy farm in the Waikato. His tertiary studies resulted in several qualifications in Teaching, Science and Farm Management. His working career has included teaching science, dairy farming (18 years) and since 2001 he has had various roles in Dexcel, Teagasc (Ireland), and DairyNZ before being employed by DHL in his current role. Adrian is passionate about pasture management and dairy farming. The highlight over those years has been  his involvement on the management teams of demonstration dairy farms like LUDF in both New Zealand and Ireland. This included the development of the Pasture Wedge decision making tool as well as converting a cropping farm in Ireland to a dairy farm. Adrian is married to Anne and they have five adult children and an increasing number of grandchildren.
Brendan is a project leader with responsibility for the development and implementation of grassland science multi-year farm systems research projects at Curtins Farm, Teagasc Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork and Ballyhaise Agricultural College, Ballyhaise, Co. Cavan. Current Projects Investigation of alternative autumn and spring grassland management practices within intensive pasture-based spring milk production systems. An evaluation of the biological and financial implications of extended grazing within a wetland soil in the Border Midlands Western Region. Education Executive MBA, University College Cork 2011 PhD in Dairy Science, University College Dublin 2004 Higher Diploma in Business Studies, Michael Smurfit Business School, University College Dublin 2001 Bachelor of Agricultural Science, University College Dublin 2000

Dr Brendan Horan, Research Officer - Grassland Science, Teagasc

Sian Bushell, (Wales)

Con Hurley, Cork

Descended from a long line of West Wales farmers, Siân Bushell was trained as a succession facilitator in Australia in 2006 by Lyn Sykes, a Family Farm Business Facilitator. Armed with these skills she set up Siân Bushell Associates to provide succession planning for farming families and other family businesses. This followed a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Glamorgan University gained in 2005. Before that, she was partner and then director of a successful dairy farm for 25 years and has been a director and chairperson of two dairy farm related businesses. Good communication skills and an understanding of how to manage people were evident in her farm business where she gained an Investors In People Award. Sian also completed a Primary Certificate Course in Performance Coaching in 2012. Farm business study tours have taken Siân across New Zealand, Ireland and across the UK, where her services as an inspirational speaker have been much in demand.

Donal Patton, Lead Dairy Researcher at Ballyhaise, Cavan

Donal is a research officer with Teagasc based in Ballyhaise, Co. Cavan. Together with his brother Joe, Donal manages the dairy farm on their home farm near Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan. Donal is passionate about grass based systems and profitable dairy farming. Lead Dairy Researcher at Ballyhaise

Dr. Nollaig Heffernan

Tadgh Buckley,

  Head of Agri Sector AIB Bank 

Michael Bateman

Dr. John Roche, NZ

John has a very distinguished record as a scientist and researcher in the dairy industry and academia.

He most recently worked as a principle scientist at DairyNZ. He did his bachelor degree at Moorepark and has worked for over 25 years in Australia/New Zealand. He holds a honours degree in Agricultural Science, A masters in Farm Systems and Pasture Management, and a PhD in Animal Nutrition. Scientific work experience includes: - Researcher for Dairy Production, Moorepark Ireland - 5 years as a Senior Scientist, Department of Primary Industries, Victoria, Australia - 6 years with the Dairying Research Corporation and Dexcel in New Zealand - 1.5 years as an Associate Professor in University of Tasmania, Australia
Tadgh has worked in various agri advisory roles in AIB since the early 2000s. Most recently, he headed up the bank’s agri advisory team in Co. Cork and the south-west. The qualified financial advisor runs a dairy farm and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Science from University College Dublin (UCD). As well as this, the Cork native picked up a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Limerick in 2015. The accomplished academic was also awarded a Nuffield Scholarship in 2009. For his topic, he chose to examine the role of dairy future markets and other price risk management mechanisms in the EU dairy industry

Pat Hickey

Desie Group

Nollaig Heffernan is an independent Management Consultant based in Ireland who specialises in Leadership and Organisational Psychology.  She works across sectors with businesses from sole traders to multi-nationals to improve their performance by increasing the efficiency of their most valuable asset; their people.  Nollaig regularly delivers workshops to Dairy Discussion Groups across the UK and Ireland and has spoken at seminars and conferences on topics relating to labour efficiency, self-management and change management in the Dairy Sector. Nollaig graduated with an honours degree in Applied Psychology followed by a Higher Diploma in Business and Financial Information Systems from University College, Cork, Ireland. A Masters in Work and Organisational Psychology from the University of Hull, UK, combined both disciplines of psychology and business and inspired further research in the form of a PhD, specialising in the area of leadership and its measurement under the supervision of Dr. Peter Clough. This dual-discipline background in business and psychology has been invaluable in helping companies and organisations to improve their performance through both their processes and their people. Nollag was voted best speaker of the 2018 Positive Farmers Cobference (by the delegates)
Con Hurley is a writer and life coach. In 2009 he published his first book on Life Planning and followed with two biographies. The first book of his autobiography is with the editor and his current project is titled ‘What’s My Legacy?’ Over the past 18 years, he has lectured and facilitated on two MBA courses and other courses on the topics of life planning, flourishing, happiness, effective decision making and journaling. Con was Dairy editor of the Farmers Journal for many years and a founder member of The Positive Farmers
Michael is a Dairy Farmer from West Cork milking 300 cows. He operates a spring calving, grass based system and rears all his replacement heifers.

Bill O’Keeffe

Bill is a dairy farmer from Conna, Co. Cork. He has expanded the home farm at Conna to milk 400 cows and he is also a partner in two dairy farm businesses in Wicklow. Bill is a former Nuffield scholar and ran the Nuffield Ireland organisation for a number of years.

Marion Beecher, Research officer, Teagasc

Research Interests Dairy farm labour productivity and efficiency Labour efficient technologies, e.g. infra-structure, facilities and practices and work organization Human resource management within dairy farm businesses Current Projects An evaluation of work organisation and human resource management within Irish dairy farm businesses. Maximising labour productivity and minimising labour demand on Irish dairy farms Education PhD in Animal Science, University College Dublin Bachelor of Agriculture Science, University College Dublin

Catherine & Liam Millerck

Catherine and Liam Millerick are from Fethard in Co Tipperary.

The husband and wife team is milking 123 cows on a 65ha milking platform,

with a further 20ha temporary grazing arrangment.

In 2013, they switched to once-a-day milking.

Today, the majority of the herd is crossbred and the Millericks continue to milk

once a day, citing quality of life as being the biggest factor in the decision. Their

herd is one of the highest EBI herds in the country at 168 and 2018 calves have

an EBI of 188

Conference Dinner - Special Guest Speaker

Rugby legend Donncha O’Callaghan    
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Managing Director, Down to Earth Advice Ltd

Padraig and Pat Walsh

Padraig and Pat are farming at Durrow, in Co. Laois. One of the first adapters of grassland measurement in Europe, Padraig has a wealth of knowledge built up from over 25 years of measurement. Padraig’s son Pat graduated from University College Dublin in 2013 and is now managing the grass on the home farm. The father and son team grew over 2ot/ha of grass in 2017.

(Little Island)

The Hickey family, originally from Freshford, Co Kilkenny but who now have farms in Laoise, Westmeath and Co Kilkenny. Pat made the first move in 2006 by buying a 255 acre farm in Westmeath. A second farm in Roscommon was purchased in 2013 and extra farms have been purchased and leased by the family over the years.
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2019 POSITIVE FARMERS DAIRY CONFERENCE

2019 Conference Speakers

As usual we bring you top worldwide speakers, they will cover the key technical, financial, people management and research needs for successful dairy farming and profitable expansion.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Cork.

 Jan 16th & 17th 2018

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Con Hurley is a writer and life coach. In 2009 he published his first book on Life Planning and followed with two biographies. The first book of his autobiography is with the editor and his current project is titled ‘What’s My Legacy?’ Over the past 18 years, he has lectured and facilitated on two MBA courses and other courses on the topics of life planning, flourishing, happiness, effective decision making and journaling. Con was Dairy editor of the Farmers Journal for many years and a founder member of The Positive Farmers

Adrian van Bysterveldt, NZ

Adrian van Bysterveldt Farm Practice Advisor with Dairy holdings. Adrian was raised on a Dairy farm in the Waikato. His tertiary studies resulted in several qualifications in Teaching, Science and Farm Management. His working career has included teaching science, dairy farming (18 years) and since 2001 he has had various roles in Dexcel, Teagasc (Ireland), and DairyNZ before being employed by DHL in his current role. Adrian is passionate about pasture management and dairy farming. The highlight over those years has been  his involvement on the management teams of demonstration dairy farms like LUDF in both New Zealand and Ireland.
Jack Kennedy is the Dairy Editor with the Farmers Journal which he joined in October 2002. His main areas of responsibility relate to outlining the best existing and emerging technology inside the farm gate to dairy farmers. He previously worked as a researcher at Moorepark Grassland and Dairy Research Centre. He hails from a farming background in Cahir, Co Tipperary. He has a degree from the University College Dublin in Agriculture and a doctorate from Moorepark and UCD. His interests outside of farming are cycling and following all sports.

Sian Bushell, (Wales)

Dr Nollaig Heffernan,

Nollaig Heffernan is an independent Management Consultant based in Ireland who specialises in Leadership and Organisational Psychology.  She works across sectors with businesses from sole traders to multi-nationals to improve their performance by increasing the efficiency of their most valuable asset; their people.  Nollaig regularly delivers workshops to Dairy Discussion Groups across the UK and Ireland and has spoken at seminars and conferences on topics relating to labour efficiency, self-management and change management in the Dairy Sector. Nollaig graduated with an honours degree in Applied Psychology followed by a Higher Diploma in Business and Financial Information
Descended from a long line of West Wales farmers, Siân Bushell was trained as a succession facilitator in Australia in 2006 by Lyn Sykes, a Family Farm Business Facilitator. Armed with these skills she set up Siân Bushell Associates to provide succession planning for farming families and other family businesses. This followed a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Glamorgan University gained in 2005. Before that, she was partner and then director of a successful dairy farm for 25 years and has been a director and chairperson of two dairy farm related businesses. Good communication skills and an understanding of how to manage people were evident in her farm business where she gained an Investors In People Award.
Donal is a research officer with Teagasc based in Ballyhaise, Co. Cavan. Together with his brother Joe, Donal manages the dairy farm on their home farm near Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan. Donal is passionate about grass based systems and profitable dairy farming. Lead Dairy Researcher at Ballyhaise

John Moloney

Brendan is a project leader with responsibility for the development and implementation of grassland science multi-year farm systems research projects at Curtins Farm, Teagasc Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork and Ballyhaise Agricultural College, Ballyhaise, Co. Cavan.
Research Interests Dairy farm labour productivity and efficiency Labour efficient technologies, e.g. infra-structure, facilities and practices and work organization Human resource management within dairy farm businesses Current Projects An evaluation of work organisation and human resource management within Irish dairy farm businesses. Maximising labour productivity and minimising labour demand on Irish dairy farms

Catherine and Liam Millerick are from Fethard

in Co Tipperary.

The husband and wife team is milking 123 cows

on a 65ha milking platform, with a further 20ha

temporary grazing arrangment.

In 2013, they switched to once-a-day milking.

Today, the majority of the herd is crossbred and

the Millericks continue to milk once a day, citing

quality of life as being the biggest factor in the

decision. Their herd is one of the highest EBI

herds in the country at 168 and 2018 calves

have an EBI of 188

Deisie Discussion Group

Tadgh has worked in various agri advisory roles in AIB since the early 2000s. Most recently, he headed up the bank’s agri advisory team in Co. Cork and the south-west. The qualified financial advisor runs a dairy farm and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Science from University College Dublin (UCD). As well as this, the Cork native picked up a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Limerick in 2015. The accomplished academic was also awarded a Nuffield Scholarship in 2009. For his topic, he chose to examine the role of dairy future markets and other price risk management mechanisms in the EU dairy industry
Systems from University College, Cork, Ireland. A Masters in Work and Organisational Psychology from the University of Hull, UK, combined both disciplines of psychology and business and inspired further research in the form of a PhD, specialising in the area of leadership and its measurement under the supervision of Dr. Peter Clough. This dual-discipline background in business and psychology has been invaluable in helping companies and organisations to improve their performance through both their processes and their people.
Sian also completed a Primary Certificate Course in Performance Coaching in 2012  Farm business study tours have taken Siân across New Zealand, Ireland and across the UK, where her services as an inspirational speaker have been much in demand.
This included the development of the Pasture Wedge decision making tool as well as converting a cropping farm in Ireland to a dairy farm. Adrian is married to Anne and they have five adult children and an increasing number of grandchildren.

Dr. John Roche,  NZ

Managing Director, Down to Earth Advice Ltd

John has a very distinguished record as a

scientist and researcher in the dairy industry

and academia.

He most recently worked as a principle scientist at DairyNZ. John did his bachelor degree in Moorepark and has worked for over 25 years in Australia/New Zealand. He holds a honours degree in Agricultural Science, A masters in Farm Systems and Pasture Management, and a PhD in Animal Nutrition. Scientific work experience includes: - Researcher for Dairy Production, Moorepark Ireland - 5 years as a Senior Scientist, Department of Primary Industries, Victoria, Australia - 6 years with the Dairying Research Corporation and Dexcel in New Zealand - 1.5 years as an Associate Professor in University of Tasmania, Australia
Current Projects Investigation of alternative autumn and spring grassland management practices within intensive pasture-based spring milk production systems. An evaluation of the biological and financial implications of extended grazing within a wetland soil in the Border Midlands Western Region.

Tadgh Buckley,

  Head of Agri Sector AIB Bank 

Jack Kennedy (Irish Farmers Journal)

Con Hurley, Cork

Donal Patton,

Lead Dairy Researcher at Ballyhaise, Cavan

Marion Beecher, Research officer, Teagasc

Education PhD in Animal Science, University College Dublin, Bachelor of Agriculture Science, University College Dublin

Catherine & Liam Millerck

Michael Bateman

Michael is a Dairy Farmer from West Cork milking 300 cows. He operates a spring calving, grass based system and rears all his replacement heifers.

Bill O’Keeffe

Bill is a dairy farmer from Conna, Co. Cork. He has expanded the home farm at Conna to milk 400 cows and he is also a partner in two dairy farm businesses in Wicklow. Bill is a former Nuffield scholar and ran the Nuffield Ireland organisation for a number of years.

Pat Hickey

More info to follow

Padraig and Pat Walsh

Padraig and Pat are farming at Durrow, in Co. Laois. One of the first adapters of grassland measurement in Europe. Padraig has a wealth of knowledge built up from over 25 years of measurement. Padraig’s son Pat graduated from University College Dublin in 2013 and is now managing the grass on the home farm. The father and son team grew over 2ot/ha of grass in 2017.
The Hickey family, originally from Freshford, Co Kilkenny but who now have farms in Laoise, Westmeath and Co Kilkenny. Pat made the first move in 2006 by buying a 255 acre farm in Westmeath. A second farm in Roscommon was purchased in 2013 and extra farms have been purchased and leased by the family over the years.