Farm Management


The conference will deal with Data and Technology, Animals, and Managing People, and then conclude with a Leaders’ Forum which will focus on the challenges for dairy farming over the next 50 years.

Session 1: Data and Technology

09:05 – 09:25  Nick Evans, Proagrica f4f: Big data, using the information to make a difference in dairy
The data available to dairy farmers is increasing all the time. Nick Evans will present on how farmers can filter and process this information to give them the management tools they require.

09:30 – 09:50  Bernadette O’Brien, Moorepark, Teagasc: Precision technologies for pasture management
New technology is becoming available to enable precision management of pasture. Bernadette O’Brien will explain the tools available now and what can be expected in the future.

09:55 – 10:15  Duncan Forbes, Kingshay: The dairy farm of the future
Technological innovations will provide an enormous spectrum of possibilities for dairy farming in the future. The speaker will present on the new projects that are being developed to trial and demonstrate the tools needed to farm over the next 50 years.

10:15 – 10:30  Q&A Session

10:30 – 11:00  Break

Session 2: Animals

11:05 – 11:25  Eddie Daley, Keenan Intouch Agri: Making use of Big Data to support the feeding of cows around the world

11:30 – 11:50  David Harvey, Land O Lakes: The challenges of growing milk production in developing countries
Developing countries present a wide diversity of challenges that dairy farmers have to operate in. The speaker will present on the particular challenges this may pose in a number of example case studies.

11:55 – 12:15  Ian Lindsay, LKL: Managing cows in challenging environments
The speaker will present on how to get the best out of dairy herds wherever they might be in the world.

12:15 – 12:30  Q&A Session

12:30 – 14:00  Lunch

Session 3: Managing People

14:05 – 14:30  Neil Wilson, HSBC: The dynamics of a developing business

14:35 – 15:05  Paul Harris, Real Success: People management
Developing businesses often grow faster than the management. These presentations will look at the pitfalls, challenges and opportunities of getting the best out of people in your business.

15:05 – 15:30  Q&A Session

15:30 – 16:00  Break

Session 4: Looking to the future

16:05 – 16:45  Mark Feight, International Agribusiness Group: The risks and opportunities for dairy farming in the next 50 years

16:45 – 17:00  Q&A Session


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