Some farmers have begun making the switch to once a day milking, with many more keen to follow suit but unsure if they can successfully make the transition.
With this in mind, Teagasc have announced that they will be holding a ‘Once a day Milking’ conference this coming Tuesday, January 15th. The event will be held at the Horse and Jockey Hotel in Kilnoe, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, kicking off at 1pm on the day.
The event will be especially of interest to dairy farmers and advisors who are keen to learn more about the option of Once a Day (OAD) Milking.
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This initiative is led by Brian Hilliard, a Teagasc dairy advisor based in Dungarvan who has a special interest in Once a Day milking and runs a once a day milking discussion group consisting of farmer members from the south of the country.
“There is a growing level of interest in the OAD system. Many farmers are looking at different options to keep the workload on farms manageable, especially on those farms that have expanded their dairy enterprise.” Said Brian Hilliard, Speaking in advance of the conference.
Attendees will hear from three experienced farmers, who milk their cows once a day, and who will share their experiences with OAD. Gillian O’Sullivan, a dairy farmer from Waterford, will talk about the ten seasons they have been milking cows once-a-day. Declan White, a Co. Cork dairy farmer, will outline how he manages to milk a large dairy herd once-a-day.
The second session of the conference will focus on ‘Transitioning to once a day milking’. Featured speakers will include Nuffield Grad, Ed Payne, a Co. Roscommon dairy farmer who has successfully established a once-a-day dairy herd on a second dairy unit, and George Ramsbottom, a Teagasc Dairy Specialist who will provide an update on milk production and financials after one year of Once a Day Milking.
“Reducing the milking frequency of a cow will reduce her daily milk yield, milk solids yield, will result in increased milk protein and milk fat composition and improve animal health and fertility.” George Ramsbottom said.
The final session will focus on all thing’s nutrition related, with Teagasc Dairy Specialist, Dr Joe Patton, presenting nutrition guidelines for feeding the Once a Day herd. The conference is free of charge for all those interested in attending and is expected to conclude at approximately 4.30pm.