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Cork East Advisory Region

Helping farmers to increase productivity and competitiveness

Welcome to the Cork East region section of the Teagasc website. You will find details of all of our staff and events here, as well as information on our advisory and adult education programmes.

In this region, we have 4 offices hosting a team of 22 advisers serving approximately 3,800 clients. All our advisers have the full back-up of the entire Teagasc organisation. This includes original research under Irish farming conditions on all types of enterprise. Dairy research takes place at Moorepark; beef research at Grange; sheep research at Athenry; tillage research at Oak Park; and environment research is carried out at Johnstown Castle.

Our programmes are designed to help clients increase productivity and competitiveness. In doing that, we place a great emphasis on grassland management, breeding, and soil and animal nutrition.

There are 52 dairy, 16 drystock and 3 tillage discussion groups in the region which meet monthly in dairying (bar August) and four to eight times yearly for the other enterprises. The discussion group service includes the Department of Agriculture-funded dairy, beef and sheep programmes. There is an annual programme of seminars, farm walks and demonstrations for each type of enterprise and details of these events can be found on this website.

There are also 5 monitor dairy farms, and 1 BETTER tillage farm in the region which provide excellent information on the precise farming conditions of the region, as well as implementing and assessing newly-researched farm technologies.

Central to our education programme is the Advanced Certificate in Agriculture (ACA) Level Six. In adult education, Teagasc provides a variety of courses including cross compliance, and an alternative enterprises course entitled ‘Options’ which takes place over five nights.

Teagasc also provides a comprehensive Department of Agriculture facilitation service, including the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS).

The essential message from Teagasc is this: we help clients to improve their farming practice and usually, by extension, to improve their family income. We look forward to continuing to work with our existing clients and to welcoming new clients.

A full range of all of our services to help you farm better is available at all our offices. For more information, please feel free to contact any of our advisers in the office nearest.

Gerard MacMahon
Regional Manager, Cork East