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Two Laois farmers set to go centre stage at annual Irish Grassland Association dairy conference

David Fennelly and Paul Hyland

Laois farmers David Fennelly from Emo and Paul Hyland from Ballacolla will be among the guests set to speak at this year’s annual Irish Grassland Association National dairy conference.

The event, a significant occasion in the farming industry every year, takes place on January 18 in the Charleville Park Hotel in Cork.

The theme of this year’s event focuses on the changing practices required at farm level to farm successfully in a rapidly changing world. 

David Fennelly, who is a dairy farmer in partnership with his parents in Emo, will speak in the first session ‘Where to from here?’.

David is a 2020 graduate of UCD with a Bachelor of Ag Science in Dairy Business. He is also currently part of the highly prestigious Nuffield Scholarship programme where he is working on a paper ‘Diversity in Irish grazing systems. Solutions to our challenges may be under foot?’.

The Fennelly family farm has a strong focus on reducing environmental impact and it is also a Signpost demonstration farm. 

The second session will focus on technologies to future proof dairy farming while the third session will discuss productive swards in a low Nitrogen area.

Across the course of the day, there will be a range of experienced speakers from across the country.

On top of that there is a a dinner and networking event in the Charleville Park Hotel on the evening before the conference, Tuesday, January 17.

The networking event will begin at 8pm and will focus on succession planning. This event will be hosted by Paul Hyland from Ballacolla, a former Irish Grassland Association president and will hear from agricultural solicitor Aishling Meehan.

Tickets to this Spring Conference on the 18th January always sell out very early. To avoid any unnecessary disappointment, book your space today www.irishgrassland.ie

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