The Teagasc Greenfield Dairy Programme aims to provide family farmers with the skills and technologies to expand milk production and profitable grow their businesses into the future. At farm level, this will necessitate the adoption of key technologies including high quality pasture management, compact calving, higher stocking rates, high EBI replacement heifer rearing, larger herd management and low cost labour efficient farm infrastructures. At farm level this will only be a success if it is complemented with a detailed 5-year business plan.
The Greenfield Dairy Programme was created in partnership with key industry stakeholders including the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Glanbia plc, FBD Trust, Irish Farmers Journal and AIB.
Since 2015 there has been further enhancement of the programme. There will be 2 dairy start up courses run anually run in conjunction with the Greenfield Farm and Moorepark. This is for farmers that have just commenced dairy farming or farmers that are thinking of converting their farms to dairying.