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Research Impact Highlights 2017

The annual expenditure on research in Teagasc is approximately €65 million, which comes from a variety of sources. These include the core grant-in-aid funding allocated by the Government and competitive funding awarded nationally; principally, the Food Institutional Research Measure (FIRM), the Research Stimulus Fund and Competitive Forestry Research for Development (CoFoRD) programmes of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM). Important sources are Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Irish Research Council and international programmes such as EU Horizon 2020. Farmer levy contributions, industry-funded research, and earnings from services offered and farming activities also provide funding. Listed below are a selection of highlights from new impacts achieved in 2017. Please click on the links for more information 


Effect of housing conditions on performance and welfare of finishing beef cattle

Predicting the human capital requirements of Irish dairying

Accurate genetic evaluations for profitability in sheep

Making dairy farms more energy efficient

Reducing antibiotic usage on pig farms in Ireland


Lactobacilli as live bio-therapeutics for the treatment of Clostridium difficile infection

New sensory panels for characterising flavour and texture profiles of food

Milkybiotics – new bioactivity for bovine colostrum

Mining the metabolic diversity of microbes for flavour diversification in dairy products

Bioeconomy impact

Specialised meat products target promotion of healthy ageing

Rural Economy

Decision-support packages for knowledge transfer

The productivity of Irish agriculture

Teagasc National Farm Survey: the sustainability of small farming in Ireland

Healthy diet, healthy climate


Submission for third review of the Nitrates Directive National Action Programme

Nutrient Efficiency Working Group – lime campaign 2013-2017


Cobweb-free mushrooms

Grass weed control in Irish arable crops

Assessing the impact of a GM potato engineered for late blight resistance