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    Data gathering to revolutionise agricultural industry

    The Chief Executive Officer of a major Irish dairy company has told international agricultural delegates that there is a need for the incorporation of more technology into the farming industry.

    Dr Edmond Harty, CEO of Dairymaster told the Nuffield Contemporary Scholars Conference taking place in Cavan, that the increased use of technology will assist farmers to meet challenges they are currently facing.


    “The reality of milk prices and volatility can be dealt with by adopting the resources that are available to other industries,” according to Dr Harty. “Data gathering and analytics has revolutionised many industries and is now turning the agricultural industry on its head,” he said.

    The CEO of the Irish agri tech company said that there is now an opportunity with the removal of milk quotas and the demand for increased efficiencies to harness the power of data. “It is all about taking action on accurate information. In terms of milk quality a 100 cow farm has the opportunity to realise €18,000 per annum if they act upon the data is available to them.”

    The Nuffield conference is a major international agricultural conference with over 80 international agricultural experts taking place in Cavan this week. It features experts from Ireland, UK, Australia, NZ, Canada, France and the Netherlands, as well as international scholars from Brazil, India, China and Mozambique.


    The 80 delegates, receive an international scholarship from Nuffield International, a leading agricultural scholarship program worldwide to attend the event where they will hear presentations from high-level experts on a range of agri’ topics including policy, trade and leadership. The conference is supported by Cavan County Council and the Taste of Cavan. Throughout the week Cavan products are showcased to the delegates. As part of the conference they visited Ballyhaise Agricultural College and local agricultural producers and factories in the Cavan region.

    Pedigree Breeders Rinderzuchtbetrieb Derboven – an extraordinary dairy farm!

    We recently visited the Derboven farm in Germany where they milk 500 high yielding cows in a Dairymaster Swingover milking parlour.
    Since the 1980’s the Derboven dairy farm has earned a national and international reputation for excellent Holstein genetics. Conny Derboven always took a keen interest in breeding superior Holstein genetics. This has been hallmarked by the extensive list of top awards for their pedigree cows.

    For example, cows ‘Lila’ and ‘Lynn’ (from the Lancia EX 94 Family) won the 2015 Reserve Winner Award. The award is for the best of the best across all German cattle shows in any given year. The famous red Holstein sire ‘Faber’ also came from this line. German Holstein genetics has been greatly influenced by the Derboven sires ‘Bonatus’ and ‘Monreal’ and the current representative out of this line ‘Gelinda’, has just won the top award for best heifer at the Schau der Besten Show 2015.

    Conny’s three daughters, Anna-Lena, Dorothee and Cathrin, have inherited his passion for cows and farming and now run this dynamic dairy enterprise together. Have a look behind the scenes in this video to see and hear how these famous German breeders use Irish milking equipment to help achieve their goals.

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    Farm and family photos, including image of Derbovens Champion Lynn VG 88

    If you would like to read more about the Derboven family, visit http://rzbderboven.de/der-hof/.