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Laois Kildare Meath Louth Dublin Advisory Region

Welcome to the section of the Teagasc website for the Laois/Kildare/Meath/Louth/Dublin region. 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 seven offices and one clinic hosting a team of 29 adviser’s servicing approximately 5,000 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.  Teagasc places a great emphasis on grassland management, breeding and soil and animal nutrition.

One of our main advisory activities in the region is discussion groups catering for all the main enterprises.  Discussion groups meet monthly in dairying (bar August) and four to eight times yearly for the other enterprises.  There is also 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. 

The Discussion Group Programme for Dairying, Beef, Sheep, Tillage and Equine is part of the Knowledge Transfer Scheme under the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine Rural Development Programme. In all the region facilitates 65 discussion groups.

There are also eight BETTER/Monitor dairy farms and five BETTER Beef farms 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.  In addition we run in conjunction with industry players the Green Acres Calf to Beef Development Programme.

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 enterprise course entitled ‘Options’, Farm Safety courses, Farm Inheritance/Succession. Presently the region is running 3 distance Learning courses and 1 part time course in our centres in Navan, Grange and Naas.

Teagasc also provides a comprehensive Department of Agriculture scheme facilitation service, including the basic payment scheme (BPS), Derogations, BDGP (Genomics), GLAS and TAMS (in partnership with FRS) and the Data.

The essential message from Teagasc is this: we help clients to improve their farming practices and ultimately 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 our services to help you farm better is available from all our offices.  For more information, please feel free to contact any of our advisers in the office nearest to you (see list on this website).

Larry O’Loughlin
Regional Manager, Teagasc, 1 Park Villas, Portlaoise, Co. Laois