27th European Grassland Federation General Meeting Cork
Sustainable Meat and Milk Production from Grasslands
Ireland 17th - 21st June 2018
In 2018, the EGF will be hosted by Teagasc in Cork Ireland. This will be the 27th General meeting, it was previously hosted in Dublin in 1988. Cork is the second biggest city in Ireland and is located in the heart of dairying in Ireland, it will offer delegates the first hand opportunity to see and experience dairy, beef and sheep production from grassland. Ruminant agriculture in Ireland is a major contributor to the Irish economy and is strongly export based. Irish agriculture prides itself on its green image from high quality produce originating from grazed pasture.
Rochestown Park Hotel,
Douglas, Cork Ireland
Rochestown Park Hotel, a luxury 4 star Cork hotel, long recognised as one of the premier Cork hotels. Built in the early 1900s and set on 21 acres, this fashionable hotel is 1.8 km from Douglas Golf Club and 9.1 km from Cork Airport. Amenities include an indoor pool and an exercise room, as well as a sauna and a steam room. A modern bistro with a retro bar features a garden terrace.
See more on: www.rochestownpark.com
Accommodation will be available in the Rochestown Park Hotel and other hotels near
the conference venue. See list of hotels: www.failtehotels.ie
Open a list of local accommodation from here
Getting to Cork City
- Over 50 Direct access routes from the UK & Europe
- 12 flights a day from London
- Less than 2 hours from Paris
- Cork airport is less than 10 minutes from Cork City Centre
- Hourly rail service from Dublin
- Motorway from Dublin airport to Cork – estimated time of drive 3hours
Cork city boasts the deepest natural harbour in Ireland with direct ferry crossings to UK and mainland Europe. Cork International Airport has direct flights to the UK and parts of Europe and connecting flights to other European and American destinations.
Cork International Airport is the country’s second busiest airport after Dublin and serves more than 50 destinations. The airport is located just 10 minutes from Cork City centre on the highest point of the southside.
For more information about the airport and airlines operating from and to Cork airport, please have a look at www.corkairport.com.
The hugely popular Brittany Ferries vessel the Pont Avon runs between Cork and Roscoff in north-western France. www.brittanyferries.ie
Rosslare port and Dublin port have ferry connections to and from the UK and are both less than a 3 hour drive from Cork city.
Cork city’s railway hub and access point to the national rail network is Kent Station on the Lower Glanmire Road, a ten minute walk east of the city centre. As well as major cities and towns around the country, from here you can also access Cork towns such as Cobh, Mallow and Charleville by rail.
In recent years prices for seats on private and public buses running the Cork-Dublin and Cork-Limerick-Galway route have become very competitive – good news for visitors to Cork! A three hour journey to Dublin or Galway can cost as little as 11 euro if booked in advance or slightly more if you just turn up. Buses run from 6am until midnight in both directions.
How to get from the airport to the city centre
Cork Airport is accessible by Buses and Coaches daily. From Cork Airport you can reach Cork City Centre, Parnell Place Bus Station and Kent Railway Station by travelling on Bus Éireann’s direct Air Coach service (route 226A). Bus and Coach Connections are available at Parnell Place Bus Station to various towns and cities all across Ireland.
Route 226A Cork Airport / Cork City Centre / Cork Kent Railway Station
Route 226 Cork City Centre / Cork Airport / Kinsale
Future, potential, challenges - can we
build resilient grassland systems
The plenary and poster sessions
- Resilient plants for grass based ruminant production systems, adapting grassland systems to the dynamics of climate and resource availability
- Appropriate livestock for grasslands, key characteristics of animals adapted to and suitable for grasslands
- Environmental influences on grassland systems – consequences of climate change, mitigation strategies, and impacts on ecosystems
- Social and economic impacts of grass based ruminant production
- Big data and smart technologies in grassland
- Knowledge Transfer to stakeholders
Mid Conference Tours
There will be a number of mid conference tours. The main focus of these will be a tour to the Moorepark research facility in Cork, which has a range of satellite research farms, Research undertaken at this centre ranges from sustainable dairying, robotic milking from pasture, intensive clover systems, and plant animal interactions at grazing.
There will be visits to farms located near the facility, these will range from dairy, beef and sheep farms with different levels of biodiversity and ecosystem services. A key focus of the mid conference tours will be examining how the research – advisory – farm knowledge transfer takes place in the Irish system.
Post Conference Tours
Post conference tours will allow delegates visit other research centres in the Teagasc portfolio, sheep production (Athenry, Co Galway), beef production (Grange, Co Meath), grass/clover breeding (Oakpark, Co Carlow), and AFBI research station in Hillsborough (Co Down). Also a number of farm visits will be arranged as part of the post conference tours.
These tours will be combined with visits to cultural and historical sites located near the Centres, sites such as the Cliffs of Moher,, Co Clare and New Grange World Heritage, Co Meath, Giants Causeway in Co Antrim.
- Abstract submissionOctober 2017
- Acceptance of abstract for full length paperDecember 2017
- Submission of full length paperFebruary 2018
- Early bird registrationFebruary 2018
- Final registration and payment at normal rateMarch 2018
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