Kerrys’ Agribusiness division works closely with the Groups 3,250 milk suppliers in the South West of Ireland, ensuring the efficient production of grass-based, sustainably produced high quality milk as a source of premium quality dairy and nutritional products.

Kerry Agribusiness products and services are designed to optimise the profitability of the farmers we serve by reducing the costs of milk production while improving the quality of the milk and yield of high value milk solids. We also pay close attention to the need to maintain a vibrant rural community and support in a sustainable unspoilt environment.

The range of services provided by Kerry Agribusiness include:

  • Technical, advisory and extension services for the entire supplier base to maximise on-farm efficiencies through the application of management information systems, improved grassland management practices and specialist nutrition services to optimise production of milk constituents;
  • Efficient milk assembly through a fleet of computerised tankers;
  • Compound feed formulated and produced to complement grass-based production systems and distributed from the division's modern milling facility at Farranfore, Co. Kerry, Ireland;
  • Trading business which provides essential farm inputs and associated farm requisites through our 32 Farm Stores strategically located throughout the Kerry Agribusiness catchment

Vision Statement

Kerry Agribusiness, through its Services Business Unit will assemble quality milk efficiently and provide a range of services to enable our farmers become least cost, sustainable producers.


Mission Statement

Kerry Agribusiness, by understanding and anticipating the needs of a changing customer base, will market a range of quality products, competitively priced, through its Trading Business Unit.


Discussion groups are groups of farmers that meet regularly to discuss technical issues, share information and solve problems. They are facilitated by specially trained advisers. In our catchment there are 48 discussion groups with approximately 900 farmers meeting on a regular basis. 

These are meetings of a small groups of farmers, usually 10 to 15, with similar enterprises and  challenges. Meetings take place every four to six  weeks. While giving farmers an opportunity to share ideas and solve problems there is also a social aspect where farmers find support, encouragement and new friendships.

Farmers get the opportunity to witness new technologies being adapted for the local environment  on members farms and  the advisor facilitates open discussion amongst the group on key topics and current management.  


The success of any discussion group is reliant on: 
1.    A chairperson whose principal roles are to organise group meetings, steer the group sessions and to liaise with the facilitator.
2.    A timetable of the dates, venues and the topics for the discussion group at the start of the year.
3.    A well trained facilitator - Teagasc and private advisers have developed important  facilitation skills and continue to keep updates on relevant topics and timely information.

Milk Quality

Kerry Agribusiness has 3300 dairy farmers. Each of these family farms are committed to the highest standards on farm, this is achieved through independent assessment and certification by Bord Bia SDAS quality assurance scheme. Our trained quality managers assist our suppliers in achieving these standards. Our suppliers compete at the highest level in winning National Dairy Council awards.

The cows diet consists mainly of grazed grass for 270 days with feed supplementation at the beginning and end of lactation. All milk collections are checked for colour and odour and sampled using the latest technology on our trucks. All samples are subjected to a range of tests to maintain the highest standards

Kerry has three manufacturing sites producing dairy products to the highest food safety standards.

SCC Reduction Top Tips

  • Post-milking teat disinfection
  • Wearing gloves
  • Changing liners at 2,000 milkings
  • Routine machine maintenance
  • Milk recording

Recommended Cleaning Practices


Please click here for best practice to eliminate Chlorate Residues.


Please click here for best practice to reduce Thermodurics.

Milking Machines and Bulk Tanks

Please click on relevant document for best practice on cleaning routines.

Laminated copies of these wash routines are available in your local Kerry Agribusiness store.


Milk Recording - The only way to accurately identify cow performance on your farm

If you haven’t already, be sure to get your herd milk recorded as soon as possible and identify which cows are making you money and which cows are not paying their way.


The benefits are numerous and include

Managing SCC

Reducing SCC from 200,000 to 120,000 increases profit per cow by €85, resulting in an increase of €8,500 for 100 cows. More milk is produced from low SCC cows, less culling, more mature herd and peace of mind.

Maximising the KGs and € value of milk solids sold

The average supplier is delivering 390kg whereas the top 10% are delivering 480Kgs/cow. At €4/Kg the difference is €360 a cow and €36,000 in a 100 cow herd. Increasing the % of fat and protein % in the milk greatly increases milk price, increasing from 4.00 to 4.20 % fat and 3.50 to 3.65% protein will add 1.7c/litre. This is worth €10,200 in a 100 cow herd.

Culling decisions

The average cost of keeping a cow is €1,200. Cows in the top 25% produced €360 more milk sales than the bottom 25% of cows (ICBF data 500,000 cows).

Breeding Decisions

Breed your replacements from your most profitable cows and match sire selection to the needs of your herd. Use Munster sires to breed the highest genetic merit replacements.

Disease testing

Herd health is a critical factor impacting on the performance of your herd. Milk recording offers an opportunity to assess the prevalence of diseases such as BVD, IBR, Johne's, Lepto, and Liver Fluke within the herd.

Stock Value

In-calf heifers and dairy heifer calves from milk recorded herds with a high €BI consistently command a premium when sold.

Selective Dry Cow Therapy

Milk recording will allow you to identify cows for selective dry cow therapy and still achieve low SCC. This greatly simplifies the milking routine in spring leaving you to focus on other tasks.

Selecting heifers to enter the milking herd

Herd owners who are milk recording and using Munster’s top AI sires have a greater selection of replacement heifers to choose from.
Breed the best to the best’ still holds true today.

Department of Agriculture Dairy Valuations

Insurance policy against TB breakdown

Milk Recording is a highly convenient service requiring no paperwork and no milk meters or jars if desired (EDIY). There is the potential to use your own existing equipment (Manual) if adequate. A trained technician is available to help with the EDIY milk recording service.

Payment for milk recordings by installments in mid and late lactation.

Please visit the Munster A.I. website for further details.


-   Further Enhancing our Carbon Efficiency

An EU study has rated Irish grass based dairy production systems as the most Carbon efficient in the EU. However Ireland is committed to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions with Agriculture being a key focus area.  The main GHG’s are Methane, Nitrous Oxide and Carbon Dioxide.

Farmers receive a Carbon Footprint measure on completion of an SDAS audit (kg CO2e / kg fat and protein corrected milk) and Discussion group members participating in the current Knowledge Transfer program complete a Carbon Navigator with their advisor. Both provide a starting point to enable famers to measure and improve their own performance overtime, assess the  and also benchmark with others.

Bord Bia and Teagasc have developed a Carbon Navigator tool that farmers can use to improve financial performance while reducing the carbon footprint on their farms. The dairy Carbon Navigator focuses on five efficiency measures;

  • Increased EBI
  • Longer grazing season
  • Improved nitrogen use efficiency
  • Improved slurry management
  • Energy efficiency

Grassland Management

Currently grass utilisation on our dairy farms is estimated at approximately 8 t DM/ha with each additional tonne of grass utilized associated with an increase in net profit of €180/ha. All avenues to optimise the amount of pasture eaten on farm must be exhausted.

A planned approach is required to ensure a reliable supply of quality grass is created and management and farm systems applied must optimize its utilization. A schematic representation of a step-wise approach is suggested below. Addressing challenges presented by soil fertility and physical characteristics is the initial step. Existing pastures must be assessed and necessary reseeding undertaken. Ensure that grass growth and utilization on the best soils are optimised before addressing the marginal areas on the farm. Assuming correct alignment of feed demand with grass growth, (calving date and stocking rate) and the adoption of good grazing management techniques, strategies to ensure all milking areas are reseeded within 10 years should be devised. Apply good pasture management techniques to optimize pasture eaten and to ensure efficient use of inputs of supplements and fertilizer. 

Grazing Management

Using the Spring Rotation Planner. Grazing Management Targets. Early Nitrogen Fertilizer Application.

Soil Fertility

Soil fertility plays a key role in influencing grass growth and nutrient use efficiency on farm.

Grass Growth

Grass growth was 10kgDM/ha for the last week therefore farm covers are building slowly.

Monitor Farm Profiles

Paudie O’Brien,  Ballinvarig, Firies, Killarney, Co. Kerry.



Total Milk
245,574 L

Milking Area
25 ha

762 kg/ha

Grass Grown
10.8 tDM/ha

Paudie O’Brien’s career path was as defined as it could have been. And that’s exactly how he liked it.
A qualified panel beater and spray painter, the motor trade kept him busy and he took comfort from the certain job security cushion it offered, in the knowledge that people needed motor vehicles and crashes and scratches were an everyday occurrence.....

Diamuird Cremin, Cottage, Gneeveguilla, Rathmore, Co. Kerry.



Total Milk
331,085 L

Milking Area
38 ha

700 kg/ha

Grass Grown
11.6 tDM/ha

ALWAYS keep an open mind. Never be afraid to try something new and if you fail, dust yourself down and get on with the next task.

That’s the refreshing approach to farming – and life – adopted by Diarmuid Cremin who runs a busy dairy farm in the heart of the culture-rich heartland of Sliabh Luachra....

Monitor Farm Updates

Production Summary

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Feed Summary

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Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme (SDAS)

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On Friday 29 September 2017, Kerry Agribusiness and our colleagues in Kerry Charleville welcomed the Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Michael Creed, T.D., Tara McCarthy, CEO of Bord Bia and Edmond Scanlon Kerry Group Chief Executive to mark the official announcement of the Group’s achievement of 100% certification of our milk suppliers under the Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme (SDAS).

A founder member of Origin Green, Kerry has become the first major milk processor to achieve complete certification under SDAS across its entire milk pool. Since the introduction of SDAS, we have been actively engaged with our milk suppliers to help guide them through the certification process and we would like to congratulate all our milk suppliers on the work at farm level to ensure full compliance with SDAS and the achievement of 100% certification.

Having reached this milestone, our focus will now turn to supporting our milk suppliers in their continued drive to optimise efficiencies and sustainable production.


The Bord Bia Quality Assurance Scheme is a great initiative to show pride in what we do producing high quality milk, achieving good results, maintaining accurate records for traceability, having a clean & tidy farm while also being proud to be able to pass on my knowledge and expertise to the next generation.
We welcome visitors to our family farm and many ask us if we are participating in a Quality Assurance Scheme. We are proud to explain what the Bord Bia Origin Green scheme is all about, leaving our visitors impressed and reassured that we are farming in a sustainable manner and that the milk that is produced on our farm is of the highest quality.
The O’Leary family feel that the Bord Bia Origin Green quality scheme can give Kerry suppliers a distinct advantage over other milk producers.
— Arthur O'Leary
I am a certified milk producer for SDAS since April 2015. I joined the scheme because Ireland has a distinct advantage over other countries in that our milk is produced from grass as opposed to a zero based grazing system. We need to get this message out to our customers otherwise we will be selling our milk as a cheap commodity product. I am also very conscious that my milk may be going for baby food formulation. I found the audit to be very thorough but fair. It has also helped me to be more safety conscious and more prepared for any other possible inspections.
— James McCarthy

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Grass Growth

Grass Growth - 2016
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