Cost effectiveness and efficiency will be the focus of a number of free milking events run by FRS training, Teagasc, Animal Health Ireland (AHI) and a number of dairy co-ops.
The smarter milking events will take place in June and July in counties Waterford, Galway, Kerry and Meath.
Teachings for the event will be based largely on the Best Practice in Milking Course, which has been available to farmers since 2014.
“With the average herd size increasing, combined with larger milking units, the demands on the milker are more challenging,” Padraig O'Connor, of Teagasc said.
“These smarter milking events will outline a practical approach on how dairy farmers and their staff can implement techniques to allow for a more efficient milking process.”
Date: Wednesday 20 June 2018
Venue: Andrew Claxtons’ farm, Kilminnin, Stradbally, Co Waterford. Eircode: X42YK57
Date: Wednesday 11 July 2018
Venue: John Lawlor's farm, Ballysheen, Abbeydorney, Co Kerry. Eircode: V92 W635
(Parking available at Abbeydorney GAA grounds, shuttle bus service provided.)
Date: Wednesday 18 July 2018
Venue: Tim Kelly's farm, Clorane, Athenry, Co Galway. Eircode: H65 XY05
Date: Thursday 19 July 2018
Venue: David Hannon's farm, Tir Na Ri Farm Ltd, Derrypatrick, Drumree, Co Meath. Eircode: A85 PD65.
If you are interested in attending the event register now on www.facebook.com/frsmilkingcourse event page.