Volac will be hosting the ‘Heifer Rearing Conference’ on Thursday 10th December 2015 at Charleville Park Hotel, Charleville, Co. Cork, Ireland.
The conference will focus on the critical components of rearing high-performing heifers from birth to first calving and outlines our Feed For Growth programme, which provides resources and tools to allow you to achieve better results than ever before.
Running from 8.30am – 4.00pm, the programme for the day includes:
|8.30-9.15am||Coffee and Registration
Setting the scene: Pat Cahill, Commercial Director, Volac International
|9.15-10.00am||Volac International Feed For Growth Program – The road map to helping farmers optimise opportunities in heifer rearing
Speaker: Niall Jaggan, Global Products Manager, Volac International
|10.00-10.30am||Optimising Response To The First Feed – Cow & Calf
Speaker: Dr. Emer Kennedy, Teagasc Researcher, Moorepark
Chairperson: Matt O’Keeffe, Editor – Irish Farmers Monthly
|11.15am-12.15pm||The Effect Of Nutrient Intake and Growth Rate Pre-Weaning on Long Term Herd Performance
Presenter: Professor Mike Van Amburgh, Department of Animal Science, Cornell University, USA
|12.15-12.45pm||Putting Theory Into Practice: Getting all of the steps right along the Calf Rearing Route
Presenter: Maggie Gould, Nutritionist, Volac International
Chairperson: Mike Magan, Chairman, Animal Health Ireland
|2.00-2.25pm||Neonatal Nutrition & Getting The Economics Right Impact of biologically appropriate feeding of heifer calves on growth, pubertal age, calving age and milk yield.
Presenter: John Maher, Regional Dairy Specialist, Teagasc
|2.25-3.00pm||Impact of Calf Housing and Environment on Calf Performance
Presenter: Jamie Robertson, Livestock Management Systems Ltd.
Chairperson: Jack Kennedy, Dairy Editor, Irish Farmers Journal
|3.00-3.10pm||Emerging Role of Contract Rearing
Presenter: George Ramsbottom, Teagasc Dairy Specialist
|3.10-3.20pm||Best Practise In Heifer Rearing At Farm Level
Presenter: Shane Fitzgerald, Cork, National Heifer Rearer of the year 2015
|3.20-3.30pm||Presenter: Torben Kragh, High Performing Dairy Farmer, Denmark|
|3.30-4.00pm||Questions and Answers
Chairperson: Dr. Doreen Corridan MVB MRCVS PhD, Munster AI
|4.00pm||Close of Conference: Pat Cahill
As detailed above, the conference will hear from a number of leading international scientists, advisers and farmers:
Mike Van Amburgh Professor, Dept. of Animal Science, Cornell University
Professor Mike Van Amburgh is a world leading expert on calf rearing and has conducted ground-breaking research on the impact of performance in the critical first 12 weeks of the dairy heifer calf’s life.
Maggie Gould Group Technical Manager, Volac International
Maggie Gould leads the Animal Nutrition Technical team at Volac, and has been working with customers in the International dairy sector for over 30 years,
Torben Kragh High Performing Dairy Farmer, Denmark
Torben Kragh is a Danish dairy farmer with a 550 cow herd, heifers calving at under 21 months is one of the outstanding measures of his high-performing herd.
Niall Jaggan Global Products Manager, Volac International
Niall Jaggan is the Global Product Manager responsible for Volac’s Young Animal Nutrition portfolio, concentrating on driving the strategic direction of the area of the business where Volac’s agricultural business began – milk replacers.
Jamie Robertson Research Consultant, Livestock Management Systems Ltd
Jamie Robertson is a leading expert on calf health and housing and has vast experience in working with farmers and UK agencies on animal health programmes.
Shane Fitzgerald Cork National Heifer Rearer of the Year 2015
Ballynoe Co Cork farmer Shane Fitzgerald won the 2015 Volac heifer rearing competition and will outline his programme for rearing high performing heifers from birth to calving at 24 months.
Dr. Emer Kennedy Teagasc Researcher, Moorepark Emer Kennedy
Emer Kennedys work focuses on rearing the new born calf right up to the pre-calving stage, in particular on colostrum management and ensuring calves get the best start possible.
John Maher Regional Dairy Specialist, Teagasc
John Maher is a Dairy Specialist, with a primary role to bring research to all members of the dairy industry.
George Ramsbottom Teagasc Dairy Specialist
George Ramsbottom is a dairy specialist with a focus on three main areas: improving the reproductive performance of the national dairy herd; improving facilitation skills of both advisers and consultants; further development of collaborative farming initiatives including contract rearing of replacement heifers.
To book your place contact Volac at 049 433 4755 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Admission to this event is free.