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Kildalton Open Source Sustainable Demonstration Farm

Food Wise 2025 sets out a sustainable growth vision for the Irish agri-food sector. Irish farmers are playing, and must continue to play, a vital and positive role in the protection and the potential further enhancement of Ireland’s landscapes, waterways, biodiversity and air quality. Irish farming claims to be amongst the most sustainable producers of food in the world but now we need to prove our green credentials

Teagasc and Glanbia Ingredients Ireland (GII) launched the Kildalton Open Source Sustainable Farm in 2014. Its aim is to improve the sustainability of the farm, starting first with the dairy enterprise, and to make operational and infrastructural changes to increase its sustainability. The Kildalton Open Source Sustainable Demonstration Farm builds upon research and best management actions developed by Teagasc, national and international research.

Cows grazing in Kildalton College

Objectives

Sustainability is a word that is commonly used and can mean different things to different people. When it comes to Irish agriculture, we have defined it as an approach that we can sustain into the foreseeable future. 

The overall objective of the project is to develop an economically and environmentally viable farming that is beneficial for local biodiversity and rural communities whilst still delivering high quality food and providing a high standard of animal welfare.

The project will measure success across 8 key pillars or parameters. Progress in each of these important areas will be benchmarked and measured again targets on an annualised basis.

The 8 pillars of sustainability at the Kildalton Open Source Sustainable Farm

Our Partners

This work is co-funded by our partners Glanbia Ingredients Ireland (GII). GII has prioritised sustainability as a key focus for its business with the introduction of its Open Source® sustainability and quality assurance programme whereby all 4,500 farmer suppliers are audited to comply with core sustainability benchmarks.

Their financial and technical contribution to this project is gratefully acknowledged.