Farm Tours

This year the Dairy Solutions Symposium will feature a new secondary programme of farm tours on Friday, 22 June. The tours will provide examples of research and practice in the area of ‘Optimising Production Efficiencies, Lowering Environmental Impact’. The trip will also include a visit to Alltech’s European Headquarters in Dunboyne.

Tour Fee: €60 per person
Fee Includes: Dinner June 21 and activities on June 22 (transport, refreshments, lunch and tours)
Availability: The full day of tours are an optional add-on to the main Symposium programme. Limited spaces.
Accommodation: Any guests on this tour should preferably stay in Bewley’s Hotel Leopardstown
Collection: All guests will be collected from Bewley’s Hotel Leopardstown on the morning of June 22. Return stops will be Bewley’s Hotel and Dublin Airport. Other destination requests along this route can be sent to and are subject to approval.


UCD Lyons Research Farm
Lyons farm has a very strong track record in researching the many aspects of dairy farming production systems that cause differences in the environmental impact of milk production.  Visitors will be shown a model of Irish dairy farming and will be briefed on recent research that is relevant to dairy farming production efficiencies and the environment.
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Irish Dairy Farm – Christy Reynolds Dairy Farm, Walterstown, Co. Meath
Christy Reynolds and his sons Alan and David farm 450 cows at Ballyvathy Farm, Walterstown, Co. Meath. Reynolds’ farm is widely regarded as one of the best managed and most progressive dairy farming businesses in Ireland. Traditionally the focus of the farm is on maximising the efficiency of production of the dairy herd and this remains the case today. Reynolds’ family are now looking at the problem of sustainability and carbon footprint as a whole new opportunity by building an anaerobic digester on the farm.

Alltech European Headquarters

As demand for Alltech’s products grew across the European agricultural sector, a centralised hub became necessary to serve all of Europe. In response to this Alltech Ireland opened in 1981 and the Alltech European Bioscience Centre was established in 1999 in Dunboyne, Co. Meath.

Alltech Ireland was the first office outside of the United States and the Bioscience centre was the second of Alltech’s five biosciences located around the globe. The facility, opened on a 120 acre site, has been a major centre for Alltech European operations from its inception and has continued to grow and meet the needs of the region.

In 2011, Alltech marked its 30th year in business in Ireland by announcing plans to widen the remit of the European Bioscience Centre to include European Regulatory Headquarters and to expand the facility to allow for future growth. The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014, which will be held in Normandy, France, will also be activated from there.



08.30 Collection at Stillorgan Park Hotel
08.45 Collection at Bewley’s Hotel
09.30 Arrive UCD Lyons Research Farm
11.30 Depart UCD Lyons Research Farm

Arrive Alltech European Bioscience Centre
Lunch and facility tour

13.30 Depart Alltech European Bioscience Centre
14.00 Arrive Christy Reynolds Farm
16.00 Depart Christy Reynolds Farm
16.30 Arrive Dublin Airport
17.30 Arrive Stillorgan Park and Bewley’s Hotels


Note: Dairy Solutions Symposium reserves the rights to edit the timings and details above depending on the final group size.
For ease of access delegates are advised to book an airport hotel for the final night in Dublin (if staying until June 23)