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Pathways to Profit

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Dear friends,

I would like to invite you to join us for Alltech Ireland’s Pathways to Profit seminars. These seminars will provide farmers with an opportunity to hear from industry experts and leading Irish farmers and gain solutions that can be implemented on dairy farms going forward.

We are currently experiencing a time of considerable challenge for the agriculture industry. Climate change and changing consumer preferences are to the fore and present challenges for food producers.

As a business operating at the forefront of the industry, Alltech Ireland is aware of the difficulties and concerns of dairy farmers. Expanded herd sizes and an increasingly volatile market mean farmers must put greater focus on aspects such as financial management and labour. They must also consider the technical aspects of managing their herd.

The Pathways to Profit seminar series will offer attendees advice on the key aspects of your business, ensuring a profitable, sustainable and enjoyable future in dairy farming.



Cathal McCormack


Pathways to Profit: Developing a robust dairy business for the future

Topics to include:

  • Finance in focus: Key principles in budget planning for your dairy enterprise

  • The role of farm animal health in dairy profitability 

  • Up-to-the-minute dairy farming insights from New Zealand

  • Panel: Looking down the Lens: Preparing for Dairy farming’s tomorrow


The seminar sessions will take place on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 in Charleville Park Hotel Cork, and Thursday, October 3, 2019 in Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny.

Indvidual speakers and panel discussion chaired  by George Ramsbottom, Teagasc.

Time 19:30-21:30

Refreshments provided


Keynote speakers to include:


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Philip O’Connor, Head of Farm Support, IFAC

Philip is vastly experienced in the area of farm finance and understands the problems that dairy farmers are facing in the current climate. He holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Aberystwyth University, as well as a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from University of Limerick. Having driven the development of IFAC’s management accounting and profit monitor services, Philip now focuses solely on helping IFAC members and clients achieve their farming goals.



Dr Eoin Ryan, Assistant Professor at School of Veterinary Medicine, UCD

Eoin, who graduated from UCD with a bachelor’s degree in veterinary medicine has over 17 years’ experience working as a large animal vet, specialising in bovine health management. During this time, Eoin has worked as an animal clinical scholar in the University Veterinary Hospital and in veterinary practices in Tippreary and Limerick. Eoin completed a master’s degree in veterinary medicine (MVM), researching leptospirosis in Irish beef/suckler herds, in June 2012. Eoin works with the UCD Herd Health Team to provide a consultancy and referral service to veterinarians throughout the Republic of Ireland, as well as providing an on-farm herd health management service to farms affiliated to UCD. Eoin is a lecturer in the highly regarded Certificate in Dairy Herd Health postgraduate course for farm animal vets and is a frequent speaker at national conferences and veterinary clinical society meetings throughout the country.


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Sue Macky, Principal Dairy Consultant, Dairy Production Systems NZ

Sue who is arguably New Zealand’s most experienced practical dairy consultant, has worked for most of her life with dairy cows and dairy farmers throughout the world.  She has worked both as a clinical veterinarian and dairy consultant in the areas of dairy cow feeding, management and welfare. As well as working with farmers, she has presented at conferences and seminars in most parts of the world.

Sue has a profound understanding of the cow and passion for her work and is committed to helping her clients increase their farm’s profitability by getting the basics right — heifer growth, cow condition and cow health. Sue believes in optimising cow performance without compromising cow welfare. Sue is looking forward to presenting her knowledge to Irish farmers, and helping them to make improvements to their systems.  


Ger Kirby farms 150 spring calving dairy cows in Ballyneaty, Co Limerick.


Francis Nolan farms 120 spring calving dairy cows in Knockmajor, Kilkenny. Francis is also a Glanbia/Teagasc monitor farmer.




George Ramsbottom, Dairy Specialist, Teagasc

George, who graduated from UCD with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural science in 1990 and has since completed two master’s degrees in facilitation skills and reproductive physiology at UCD. George works as a dairy advisor with Teagasc, based in Oakpark, Carlow. As well as the facilitation of on-farm discussion, George’s main focus is on improving dairy cow fertility and subsequently increasing the profitability of Irish dairy farmers.