FARMEX - The Business of Farming attracted fifty trade exhibitors from Britain; France and New Zealand to The Hub Kilkenny on Friday, October 12th.
The new conference and trade exhibition focused on how to increase profitability; sustainability; and add long-term equity value to the family farm business.
The event received support from Irish agribusiness firms including Agrinet; Alltech Keena; AXA Insurance; Biocell; Farm TV; FBD; FRS Networks; Glanbia; Greenbelt; Herdinsights; Herdwatch; IFAC; Kingswood Computing; Local Power; McAree Engineering; Mullinahone Co-op; PE Services; Staines Law; Terra Liquid Minerals; ThatsFarming and Volac.
Eurogene AI services and LIC Ireland based in Cahir was the main sponsor of the event and Herdinsights - an award-winning agribusiness - agreed to sponsor this show.
This new show had the support of Animal Health Ireland; Embrace Farm, Farm Contractors of Ireland (FCI); FRS Networks; Glanbia Agribusiness; ICMSA; ICSA; IFAC; IHFA; Teagasc; UCD and Waterford IT.
The KT-approved event included seminars on Agritech; Animal Health/Nutrition; Dairying; Farm Business; Livestock and Tillage.
Each seminar had four top-class speakers (10 minutes each) followed by a Q & A session chaired by an Agri VIP.
Details on these seminars were as follows:
- Family Farm Business Seminar
Chairperson- Darragh McCulloch - Agri journalist and Meath milk producer
- Profitable Dairy Seminar
Chairperson - Pat McCormack - ICMSA President
- Profitable Beef Seminar
Chairperson - Patrick Kent - President ICSA (Irish Cattle & Sheep Farmers Association)
- Improving Farming Health, Lifestyle and Safety
Chairperson - Maura Canning - former Chair of IFA Family Farm & Social Affairs Committee.
- Succession on Family Farms
Chairperson, - Derry Dillon, Agri & Rural Affairs Manager - Macra na Feirme & past President of the ASA
- Animal Health Seminar
Chairperson - Mike Magan - Animal Health Ireland
- Livestock Crops & Soil Seminar
Chairperson - Chairperson-Matt O’Keeffe - Editor of Irish Farmers Monthly
- Working Smarter not Harder on Farms
Chairperson - Liam De Paor - Event Manager for Farmex.
A number of Farm Safety demos were also organised on the day with the Garda; HSA; & Teagasc.
Main image: Pictured L-R: Eamon Coleman - Eurogene AI Services; Peter Kenneally - IHFA President and Mike Ross - rugby icon who officially opened the Farmex conference & show with Mike Magan - Chairman of Animal Health Ireland and Martin Kavanagh MVB - conference speaker.