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.”

Smarter Milking Schedule of Events (open to all):


Date: Wednesday 20 June 2018

Venue: Andrew Claxtons’ farm, Kilminnin, Stradbally, Co Waterford. Eircode: X42YK57

Kerry Agribusiness

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

Lakeland Dairies

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 event page.

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