The Sustainable Livestock Summit produced by Agriland Media Group in collaboration with Progressive Genetics and Munster Bovine is about to bring you three webinars on all things breeding for 2022.
The Sustainable Livestock Summit will take place over three evenings next week, Tuesday, April 5; Wednesday 6 April; and Thursday, April 7.
The summit will include a panel discussion each evening as well as a number of short interviews with farmers and experts in their fields.
In the first episode of the Sustainable Breeding Summit, Martin Kavanagh, Head of Sustainability and Business Development at Munster Bovine, will discuss with a panel including:
- Seamus Hughes Co. Wexford, dairy farmer and Progressive Genetics breeding consultant;
- Robert Hovenden, dairy farmer from Rathdowney, Co Laois;
- Michael Ryan, dairyman from Cashel, Co. Tipperary;
- George Ramsbottom, dairy specialist at Teagasc;
- Eoin McCarthy, dairy farmer from Kilorglin, County Kerry.
The roundtable takes place on James Hanly’s farm, with the focus in the first episode on how the Economic Breeding Index (EBI) has delivered results on Irish dairy farms.
There will be an interview with each panel member followed by a panel discussion.
You’ll see George Beattie of George Goes Dairy Farming meeting cousins James and Trevor Hanly on James’ Co. Tipperary dairy farm.
George tells James about his dairy farm of 300 cows, which produces an average of 500 kg of milk solids, at 4.1% fat and 3.4% protein and how he got to that level.
Trevor, Breeding Advisor at Progressive Genetics, explains how EBI was used on the farm to achieve these numbers and more.
In the second episode of the Sustainable Breeding Summit, Martin Kavanagh joins a panel including:
- Ben Slee, artificial insemination (AI) technician at Munster Bovine;
- Denis Howard, veterinarian at Munster Bovine;
- James Hanly, Co. Tipperary dairyman;
- Trevor Hanly, breeding consultant at Progressive Genetics;
- George Beattie, County Wicklow dairy farmer and presenter of George Goes Dairy Farming.
Episode two is also set on James Hanly’s farm, with this episode focusing on breeding and fertility management on Irish dairy farms.
Similar to Episode 1, there will be a number of interviews followed by a panel discussion.
George Beattie talks to AI technicians Ben Slee of Munster Bovine and Fergal Cuddy of Progressive Genetics about the upcoming breeding season.
John Heslin and Rose Goulding talk about beef dairy veal, while Martin Kavanagh and Denis Howard talk about field fertility.
In the third episode of the Sustainable Breeding Summit, John Heslin, man and suckler farmer from County Westmeath, joins a panel including:
- County Meath suckler breeder Hubert Nicholson;
- John McDaniel, breeding consultant at Progressive Genetics;
- Ciaran Lenehan, County Meath suckler breeder;
- Rose Goulding, beef program manager at the National Cattle Breeding Center (NCBC).
Episode three has a change of location and focus. Episode three focuses on suckler farming and takes place on Hubert Nicholson’s farm, a suckler farm near Slane Co. Meath.
Again, it will be a simple format with a number of interviews followed by a panel discussion.
John McDaniel talks to Hubert Nicholson about his farm, the system operated and breeding policy.
Ronan Mulligan of Progressive Genetics talks to Rose Goulding, cattle program manager at the National Cattle Breeding Center (NCBC).
Ronan will talk to Rose about beef bull selection at NCBC, how the programs have changed the focus of selection on farms, and more.
Rose Goulding talks to Ciaran Lenehan about how he is handling the breeding season, she also talks with Robert McGuinness, a suckler breeder and AI technician at Progressive Genetics.
Do not miss
The Sustainable Breeding Summit is not to be missed, each episode will be broadcast on the evenings of Tuesday April 5, Wednesday April 6 and Thursday April 7 at 7:00 p.m.
So grab a cup of tea, put your feet up, and listen to the panel of experts and farmers talk about all things farming over the three evenings.