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Science Week 2021 - Tuesday

The Festival of Farming and Food

Multispecies Swards: Benefits of Diversity for Farming - Tuesday November 9th | 7pm-8pm

Growing high-quality grassland swards is vital for milk and meat production in Irish agriculture. For better harvest yields, nitrogen fertiliser is typically added to grassland. However, high levels of nitrogen fertiliser is associated with high levels of greenhouse gas emissions, and there is considerable pressure to reduce fertiliser use.

At Teagasc, we are investigating more environmentally sustainable grassland swards by mixing grass with different clovers and herbs, which can bring multiple benefits to both farmers and the environment.

This 60 Minute Science event, which was hosted by Cathal Somers, Sustainability Advisor, Teagasc featured Saoirse Cummins, Research Officer, Teagasc; Patti Roche, Research Technician, Teagasc; Aidan Lawless, Dairy Farm Manager, Teagasc; and Neil O'Sullivan, Dairy Farmer, Dungarvan.

Watch back the recording below