‘Breeding Strategies for an Expanding Dairy Industry’ will be the focus of Teagasc’s upcoming Dairy open day in Moorpark on next Wednesday.

The event is set to kick off at 10am at the Dairygold Research Farm in Kilworth. Teagasc says the open day is for all dairy farmers. It says “This event will provide dairy farmers with direction on breeding strategies for the coming breeding season.”

The Next Generation Dairy Herd, currently being evaluated by Teagasc at the Dairygold Research Farm, will be exhibited on the day, including up-to-date results.

Additionally, in association with the Irish Grassland Association, the latest results in relation to robotic milking will be highlighted. A grass-based robotic milking system is currently being developed in the Dairygold farm. Dairy farmers will have the opportunity to see the key management factors that are required to operate a successful automatic milking system.

Two international speakers, Professor’s Matt Lucy and Paul Fricke, have been invited to speak at the open day. Both have played important roles in fertility programmes, both in the USA and internationally. In addition, there will be an open forum at the end of the open day, providing an opportunity to discuss the latest developments in reproductive technologies such as sexed semen and genomics. The event will also offer dairy farmers an opportunity to meet with ICBF, AHI and the main AI organisations.

Teagasc says: “This Open Day is an ideal opportunity to see the results of the research programme at Dairygold farm and to meet research and advisory personnel from Teagasc. The open day will run from 10.00am to 3.00pm, and will provide up to-date research information for dairy farmers as they prepare for the start of the breeding season.”