ASA Dairy Winter Milk Masterclass

ASA Dairy Masterclass 2019

When:  Wednesday, January 16th, 2019
Where:  Teagasc, Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford, Y35 HP22.
On Wednesday 16th January, Teagasc Johnstown Castle hosted ASA members and guests at this year’s Dairy Masterclass.
The morning session opened with Department head Karl Richards’ presentation on the environmental challenges and mitigation strategies facing the industry in the coming years.  Dr Richards listed 14 strategies that could be used to mitigate emissions abatement.  Three strategies, improving EBI, draining wet mineral soils and change of fertiliser N type had the greatest impact on reducing emissions.  Researcher David Walls presentation outlined strategies for soil fertility improvement.  He said that while improvements in soil pH are being observed nationally, significant gaps still exist between demand for N, P and K at farm level and application rates.  Focusing on winter milk production nationally Teagasc dairy Specialist Dr. Joe Patton said that schemes to incentivise winter calving have little impact on peak summer milk supply.
In the afternoon the group of over 60 ASA members and guests visited the winter milk dairy herd at Johnstown Castle to learn about their management; become updated on the latest guidelines on spring fertilisation; and hear about the research on the farm where protected urea is being applied throughout the grazing season
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Thank you to Teagasc for hosting this event.

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