The Board of the Dairy Research Trust held its quarterly meeting in Moorepark on 17th July 2015. In addition to it’s Board business, it received a detailed briefing from Pat Dillon and Padraig French on the progress of the Production Research Programme which it is funding.
There was very encouraging feedback on the trials involving the use of clover in pastures, and this is being further investigated on a variety of farms in different soil types and conditions. The initial indications are that this is adding significantly to milk solids per cow, and requires good management to achieve this.
The Open Day on 1st July was a success with a very large attendance, and excellent communication of the research finding made by Teagasc staff on the day. This followed the series of 9 Dairy Levy Seminars which were held throughout the country in January and February. We were very impressed by the crisp presentations which were made at these by the Teagasc researchers, which had valuable ‘take home’ messages and were delivered in easy to understand language.
There was also a briefing about the progress of the Food Research Programme by Mark Fenelon and Tom Beresford, which included a visit to the pilot plant in Moorepark Technology Ltd.