AVSPNI Summer Day 2024 goes off with a bang

AVSPNI Summer Day 2024 goes off with a bang
Kevin Corry - Norbrook, Shane Murray, Pat Hart, Melanie Sphan and Iain Smith

The Association of Veterinary Surgeons Practicing in Northern Ireland enjoyed a wonderful Summer Day event on June 19.

An enlightening tour of tour of the Dale Farm Pennybridge site in Ballymena with insightful talks was followed by a sumptuous four-course dinner at the prestigious Galgorm Manor.

The day commenced with an exclusive tour of Dale Farm Pennybridge, which produces milk, cream and custard, providing attendees with a firsthand look at the intricate processes involved in producing high-quality dairy products. The tour highlighted the site’s commitment to excellence and innovation in the dairy industry and thanks goes to the team at Dale Farm for their wonderful hospitality.

Chris McAlinden, , the Group Operations Director, delivered an engaging presentation on Dale Farm’s background, detailing the cooperative’s operations, values, and contributions to the local dairy industry. His comprehensive overview underscored the pivotal role Dale Farm plays in Northern Ireland’s agricultural landscape.

Neville Graham, Head of Farmer Services at Dale Farm, then led a discussion on milk pricing that was both informative and thought-provoking. He elucidated the complex factors influencing milk prices, including global market trends, and emphasized the critical role veterinarians play in helping dairy clients optimize their milk pricing strategies.

His talk bridged the gap between veterinary practice and agricultural economics, offering practical advice for enhancing dairy farm profitability.

The event was generously sponsored by Norbrook, whose support was instrumental in bringing this day to fruition, with the AVSPNI extending its heartfelt thanks to Norbrook for their unwavering commitment to the veterinary profession.

The day concluded with a delightful four-course dinner at Galgorm Manor. The meal provided a perfect setting for networking, relaxation, and celebrating the success of the day’s events.

AVSPNI extended sincere gratitude to all participants, speakers, sponsors and everyone at Dale Farm for making this Summer Day event such a success.