The Dairy Industry and Climate Change

Date: 27 February, 2017

Time: 1:00pm

Venue: The Conference Centre, Ashtown Food Research Centre Teagasc, Ashtown, Dublin 15

About the seminar

The economic importance of the dairy sector at the farm and the processing level on the island of Ireland is well established, as are the ambitious targets to expand milk production. One of the major issues that may challenge this ambition is that of climate change.

safefood has recently funded research to identify key climate change vulnerabilities in the dairy production chain on the Island of Ireland, with a particular emphasis on food safety issues, and to establish the level of awareness among key dairy industry stakeholders of these vulnerabilities and the potential mitigation strategies.

This workshop will present the main findings of this research project, including the results of a series of dairy industry stakeholder interviews which assessed their knowledge, attitudes and strategies surrounding climate change.

Who should attend?

This seminar will be of interest to a range of stakeholders, including:

  • Farm organisations and dairy processors
  • Professionals with a food safety remit
  • Agricultural and environmental policy makers
  • Environmental non-government organisations
  • Members of the academic/research community


1:00pm - 1:30pm Registration, light lunch and networking
Introduction James McIntosh (safefood)
Climate Change: Ireland’s Challenge Alan Matthews (TCD)
The Dairy Supply Chain Trevor Donnellan (Teagasc)
Climate and Dairy Production Thia Hennessy (UCC)
Dairy, Climate and Food Safety Katrina Campbell (QUB)
4:00pm Workshop concludes

About the speakers

Alan Matthews: Professor Emeritus of European Agricultural Policy in the Department of Economics at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. Alan is one of Europe’s leading experts on agricultural policy and a member of Ireland’s Climate Change Advisory Council.

Trevor Donnellan: Economist at Teagasc. Trevor has extensive experience of research relating to agriculture and a particular interest in the economics of the dairy sector. His work also includes the examination of the relationship between agricultural activity and the environment, particularly in the area of Greenhouse gas emissions.

Thia Hennessy: Professor of Agri-food Economics, Cork University Business School, UCC. Thia is an agricultural economist. Her research interests include the sustainable development of the agri-food sector in Ireland with particular emphasis on the impact of policy on the farm sector.

Katrina Campbell: Lecturer in Bioanalytical Systems, Institute for Global Food Security, Queen’s University Belfast. Katrina’s research focuses on the identification and recognition of known and emerging threats within the entire food supply chain from “environment to farm to fork” and to determine their consequential effects.

How to register

There is no fee for this event. However, due to limited capacity, registration is mandatory and closes on Thursday 23 February. To reserve your ticket please visit Event Brite.