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Overview of the 2016 to 2019 Joint Programme

The 2016 to 2019 phase of the monitor farm programme focussed on developing a profitable core business built around the key areas of breeding, grass growth and utilisation and financial management. This phase of the programme targeted improvements in soil fertility and nutrient use efficiency and strived for further advancements in the conversion of grazed pasture to milk solids. 

Teagasc Kerry Agribusiness Focus on Profit 2016-2019 outlines the development of these ten farmers over their three years in the programme. Their experiences highlight the importance of the further development of economic, environmental and social aspects to sustainable dairy production systems as we enter the next phase of the joint programme. 

The Teagasc Kerry Agribusiness Joint Programme celebrated its 25 year anniversary in 2019.  Its inception was an innovative concept of peer led learning and knowledge transfer which has prospered to this day. It formed the foundation for sustainable dairy production within the Kerry Agribusiness milk supplier base.


Monitor Farmers Discussion Group


John Macnamara, Kerry Agribusiness/ Teagasc Mentor Farm Joint Programme

John MacnamaraTeagasc Grass10 Grassland Farmer of the Year has been involved in the Kerry Agribusiness & Teagasc Joint Programme for the past 25 years John gives an insight into his farm & how being in the Joint Programme has improved grassland management when he realised the importance of reseeding