With the Irish dairy sector in expansion mode, efficient heifer rearing has become vitally important on many farmers around the country.

Recent Teagasc research has found that rearing a dairy heifer to 24 months costs as much as €1,545 including both the cost of labour and opportunity cost of land

This week, Volac will host a heifer rearing conference where many of the key issues surrounding heifer rearing are set to be discussed.

The event takes place on Thursday, December 10 at Charleville Park Hotel, Charleville, Co. Cork.

Some of the speakers and topics to be discussed on the day will be:

  • Volac International Feed For Growth Program – The road map to helping farmers optimise opportunities in heifer rearing – Niall Jaggan, Global Products Manager, Volac International.
  • Optimising Response To The First Feed – Cow & Calf – Dr. Emer Kennedy, Teagasc Researcher, Moorepark.
  • The Effect Of Nutrient Intake and Growth Rate Pre-Weaning on Long Term Herd Performance – Professor Mike Van Amburgh, Department of Animal Science, Cornell University, USA.
  • Putting Theory Into Practice: Getting all of the steps right along the Calf Rearing Route – Maggie Gould, Nutritionist, Volac International.
  • Impact of biologically appropriate feeding of heifer calves on growth, pubertal age, calving age and milk yield – John Maher, Regional Dairy Specialist, Teagasc.
  • Impact of Calf Housing and Environment on Calf Performance – Jamie Robertson, Livestock Management Systems Ltd.
  • Emerging Role of Contract Rearing – George Ramsbottom, Teagasc Dairy Specialist.
  • Best Practise In Heifer Rearing At Farm Level – Shane Fitzgerald, Cork, National Heifer Rearer of the year 2015.

For more details contact 049 433 4755 or email [email protected]