Signpost Sustainability Week 2022
Friday, 14 October - Friday, 21 October 2022
Farming for a Better Future
The theme of Sustainability Week 2022 is 'Farming for a Better Future'. Sustainability Week 2022 will consist of a series of public in person and virtual events.
Sustainability Week 2022 will take place from Friday, 14 October - Friday, 21 October 2022.
Sustainability Week 2022, will see the start of our quarterly photo competitions where we will be inviting photo entries from the public relating to the quarterly climate actions. The first competition will focus on Autumn climate actions and there is €250 up for grabs.
See details of the events taking place throughout the week below:
Programme of Events
Friday, 14 October | 9.30am
First steps to achieving our emissions reduction target
Dr Seamus Kearney, Teagasc Signpost Programme; Dr Deirdre Hennessey, Teagasc and Signpost Dairy Farmer Edwin Thompson, Teagasc Tipperary Joint Programme will discuss the 1st step to reducing emissions on all farms – reducing emissions from chemical N.
Monday, 17 October
Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O) and carbon dioxide (CO2) are greenhouse gases generated by agriculture, which have a negative impact on climate change. In agriculture methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O) are the most important. Agriculture contributes over one third of Ireland’s national greenhouse gas emissions. Agriculture now has a target of a 25% reduction ion greenhouse gasses to be achieved by 2030.
Launch of the Teagasc Sustainability Report 2021
The Teagasc Rural Economy programme will publish the annual Teagasc Sustainability Report for 2021, which is based on data collected from farmers through the National Farm Survey. The reports tracks the economic, social and environmental sustainability of Irish farms. Details will be presented on Monday, 17th October at 2pm.
Tuesday, 18 October
Enhancing Farm Biodiversity
The Irish landscape provides a rich variety of natural, cultural and built heritage. Here, we outline a range of relevant Teagasc resources that address farmland biodiversity and the Irish countryside. These include an overview and some detail on current and recent research projects, as well as a collection of Teagasc leaflets and information booklets.
Teagasc Arrabawn Signpost Dairy Farm Walk | 11am - 1pm
Father and son duo Vincent and Conor O’Brien farm together in Tynagh, Loughrea, Co. Galway H62 VR02 with the help of Ivor Glennon. The O’Brien team are keen to ensure their farm is as sustainable as possible and recently invested in a state-of-the-art milking parlour and cow drafting system to provide a more efficient and safe working environment.
A relatively new addition to the dairy world, Conor joined his father on the farm three years ago. Vincent had just acquired an adjacent farm and they decided to begin increasing the herd numbers together. Although their passion clearly lies in dairy farming, the duo are conscious that maintaining a healthy work life balance is of the utmost importance.
Wednesday, 19 October
Improving Soil Health
Teagasc has a long history of soils research and is currently working at the cutting edge of soils research in association with national and international collaborators. The current Teagasc programme focuses on the chemical, physical and biological health of agricultural soils and the development of sustainable soil management advice which enhances soil functions including soil biodiversity, carbon sequestration, nutrient cycling, productivity, and water purification and storage.
Thursday, 20 October
Improving Water Quality
In Ireland all water policy and management is led by the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and under this, the country has been set a target of achieving ‘good status’ for all its waters. However, despite a lot of good work over the last 20-30 years we are falling short in achieving this target and water quality has remained mainly static with no significant improvement being recorded. Updates will be provided on the work of the Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP) to help improve water quality, and also on the latest from the Agricultural Catchments Programme.
Teagasc Tirlan Signpost Dairy Farm Walk | 11am
Join us on Thursday, 20 October at 11am on the farm of Steven Fitzgerald, Graigue, Aglish, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford, P51 NP92 for a Practice Change for Profit Teagasc Tirlán Signpost Farm Walk. Attendees at the farm walk will get get an insight into the facts and figures on the herd, closing for Autumn ’22 with clover, benefits to the farm and water quality with Multi species swards on this farm, how to maintain our hedgerows, recent farm buildings constructed on the farm and Tirlán will explain the Sustainability payment set up.
Friday, 21 October | 9:30am
How Teagasc can help farmers improve sustainability on their farms
On the Teagasc Signpost webinar series on Friday, 21 October at 9:30am Dr Tom O‘Dwyer, Head of the Teagasc Signpost Programme, will launch the Signpost Sustainability Report and discuss the progress being made on the Signpost farms. The Signpost Programme ‘Farmers for climate action’, which includes over 60 organisations and companies, and includes over 120 demonstration farmers across the range of farming enterprises.
College Open Days
The Teagasc Agricultural Colleges are hosting a series of open days at the colleges for prospective students with a theme of sustainable farming. It’s an opportunity to learn a little more about sustainability as well as entering a competition to win a prize in each college.