Paul Doyle - BETTER Sheep Farming in Donegal
Paul Boyle Teagasc BETTER Farm Sheep participant, juggles sheep farming and an off farm job with spending time with his wife and young family. Damian Costello, Sheep Specialist, Teagasc Athenry & Patrick Browne, Teagasc Drystock Adviser, Ballybofey discuss the key actions he is undertaking on farm
Update on the Sheep Welfare Scheme
Sheep Specialist, Damian Costello, is on this week’s OviCast to discuss the Sheep Welfare scheme.
GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme Farmer Focus – Bernard Bugler
Bernard Bugler is a GLAS 3 Participant from Co. Clare who availed of the Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme for repairs to an old stone Building situated in the farmyard. The building was thought to be over 150 years old. Martina Enright, Teagasc Ennis Advisor has details of what was involved
New results released on the Sustainability of Irish Farms
Teagasc has released its latest sustainability report covering the year 2020. The report uses the Teagasc National Farm Survey to track the performance of dairy, cattle, sheep and tillage farms across Ireland in improving their economic, environmental and social sustainability.
National Dairy Conference Questions Answered: Sexed semen - synchronisation or natural heat?
With the opening of the sexed semen laboratory at Moorepark, the use of the technology is likely to increase substantially in the 2022 breeding season. One unanswered question at the Virtual Dairy Conference concerned whether or not synchronisation was essential to ensure high conception rate
What maps tell us about how we live, work and travel
Complex patterns in geographic data and maps can tell us much about our lives today and in the future. This article "What maps tell us about how we live, work and travel" by Jesko Zimmermann, David Meredith and Rob O'Hara, Teagasc, first appeared on RTÉ Brainstorm.
National Dairy Conference Questions Answered: 6-week calving rate
On the day at the Virtual Dairy Conference Teagasc Specialists were not in a position to answer all of the questions asked due to the sheer volume of questions. Instead over the coming days they will attempt to answer some of those questions on the Dairy Daily. The 6-week calving rate is first up
Potato Newsletter November 2021
While most crops are now safely in the store there are still some crops that, for a variety of reasons from late planting, poor weather, delayed desiccation etc., are still in the ground. The Teagasc Potato Newsletter for November 2021 discusses Lifting Crops in November and common storage issues
Cost control for 2022
Input costs for dairy farms are projected to increase through early 2022. Although milk price has to some extent masked the impact on margins in the short term, the potential impact is likely to be significant as Patrick Gowing and James Dunne Teagasc, Dairy KT Specialists outline here
Are you On Feirm Ground? Maintaining resilience in an ever changing dairy sector
Conor Hammersley, PhD Walsh Scholar at Teagasc and the National Centre for Men’s Health Ireland joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast to discuss the common stressors experienced by Irish dairy farmers and the proactive steps they can take to maintain resilience
Teagasc NFS 2020 Sustainability Report Launch
On Tuesday 30th November at 10 am Teagasc will launch it's NFS 2020 Sustainability Report online. The 2020 report uses the Teagasc National Farm Survey (NFS) to track the performance of dairy, cattle, sheep and tillage farms in improving their economic, environmental and social sustainability.
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar - Taking Stock for 2021
On this episode of Let's Talk Dairy, which took place on Thursday, 11th November, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist discusses taking stock for 2021, with a view to getting yourself organised before the end of the year and trying to set yourself up for the coming year.
The Irish Coronavirus Sequencing Consortium November 2021
The Irish Coronavirus Sequencing Consortium, funded by Science Foundation Ireland is led by Professor Paul Cotter, Teagasc Moorepark. The aim of the project is to sequence or “read” the genetic information of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Teagasc researchers explain more in this video
Optimizing vaccination strategy
Niamh Field Teagasc, Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Moorepark, dicusses Optimizing vaccination strategy. She covers the role of vaccines, deciding on a vaccination programme for Infectious diseases and the practical considerations as part of the Teagasc Virtual Dairy Conference
Meet Sarah - an ISH young breeder
Sarah Brashaw lives near Newtownards, Co. Down where she has a yard of ten competition equines ranging from performance and show Connemara Ponies to show horses and cobs, young event horses and breeding stock at Ringcreevy Stud. Find out how she benefited from the ISH Young Breeder Programme
Liver Fluke Forecast November 2021
Each year, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) in collaboration with Met Éireann, UCD, Teagasc and Animal Health Ireland advises farmers of the predicted risk of disease caused by liver fluke (Fasciola hepatica) infection in livestock for that autumn and winter. Read more here
Milking interval relationship with PM finish time
A long milking interval is a driver of late PM finish time and long working days. Martina Gormley Teagasc, Animal & Grassland Research & Innovation Centre, Athenry and Noirin McHugh Teagasc, Animal & Grassland Research & Innovation Centre, Moorepark examine milking interval implications for farmers
Teagasc Nursery Stock Seminar
The Teagasc Nursery Stock Seminar took place on Thursday, 4 November in Teagasc Ashtown Research Centre, Dublin and online via Zoom. The event consisted of two sessions, covering growing media and technical updates.
Winner of “The many uses of wood” Category of Teagasc Forest Photo Competition Announced
The Teagasc Forestry Development Department today, Friday, 26 November, announced the prize recipients in Category 2 of its forest photo competition ‘Celebrating Our Forests and Wood Use’. The category winner is Ms. Elaine Fleming.
Value of Pig Manure
In this infographic the Teagasc Pig Development Department have highlighted how farmers can make substantial savings by using pig manure to grow their grass and tillage crops based on current fertilizer prices.
Reducing the impacts of high fertiliser prices in 2022 on Tillage Farms
Fertiliser costs increased in early 2021 but in the last 6 months, prices have escalated to all-time highs. Fertiliser costs are one of the largest costs in cereal crop production so now is a good to plan to reduce price effects in 2022. Mark Plunkett Teagasc Tillage Specialist has worthwhile advice
Sward utilisation Pasture Profit Index update
The Pasture Profit Index (PPI) is used by the grassland industry to identify and select the best varieties when reseeding. Tomás Tubritt, Laurence Shalloo, Noirín McHugh & Michael O’Donovan, Teagasc Moorepark discuss variety grazing efficiency, plot studies & practical implications of using the PPI
Reducing energy costs on dairy farms
John Upton Teagasc, Animal & Grassland Research & Innovation Centre, Moorepark, advises calculating the energy costs of your farm in cents per litre of milk produced, as a useful exercise to benchmark efficiencies against national averages and other farmers. He discuses the role of solar panels
The Signpost Series Webinar - Farm Specific Mitigation Strategies and Practical Actions to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions on Irish Farms
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 12 November, Pat Murphy, Head of Environment KT, Teagasc was joined by Dr. Seamus Kearney, Signpost Programme and Jonathan Herron, Teagasc Moorepark to discuss Practical Actions to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and more
Avian influenza or ‘bird flu’ in circulation
Avian influenza or ‘bird flu’ is a viral disease that primarily affects poultry and wild fowl and is notifiable to DAFM (SI 130/2016). Currently, a Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N1 is circulating on the island of Ireland. Rebecca Tierney, Teagasc Poultry Advisor, Ballyhaise describes bird flu
The effect of sward type & nitrogen fertiliser application rate on milk & herbage production
There is renewed interest in the use of white clover in grazing systems due to its ability to biologically fix nitrogen (N). Brian McCarthy, Áine Murray and Fergal Coughlan, Teagasc, look into the effect of sward type and nitrogen fertiliser application rate on milk and herbage production.
Getting your sprayer winter ready
Dermot Forristal, Oak Park, Teagasc joined Michael Hennessy on this week’s Tillage Edge podcast to discuss getting machines ready for the winter.
Making better grazing management decisions in 2022 – the PastureBase Ireland story
Enhanced grazing management has the potential to yield further improvements in milk production efficiency and nutrient use efficiency. The level of grassland measurement within PastureBase Ireland has grown substantially in recent years. Michael O’Donovan and Micheal O’Leary, Teagasc, examine this.
European Beef Sector gather to drive sustainability
All actors and stakeholders in cattle farming and beef production are invited to attend BovINE’s online meeting to share knowledge and discuss the sustainable future of the sector. The online meeting on 2nd December 2021 is open to all.
Economic and environmental performance of Irish dairy herds - what are the measures of success?
As with all industries and sectors of society, agriculture is being increasingly challenged to play its part in improving climate and environmental sustainability. Joe Patton, looks at the economic & environmental performance on Irish dairy herds as part of the Teagasc Virtual Dairy Conference 2021
Are you supplementing your weanlings correctly?
A number of on-farm weighing studies over the years have shown that weanlings often underperform over the winter feeding months. There are a number of factors which will affect this performance. Martina Harrington, Teagasc Cattle Specialist has some advice on supplementing weanlings.
Beefing up your efforts
A combined effort to improve calf quality & health will support higher performance allowing earlier age at slaughter, furthering the sustainability of grass-based dairy & beef systems. Nicky Byrne & Donall Fahy, Teagasc, discuss the key actions to maximise the potential of the entire calf crop.
Grass10 Newsletter - 23 November 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team: Weekly PastureBase data & MoSt Grass Growth Prediction Model; Ballyhaise Research Farm's review of the grazing year; Grazing tips for the week; GFOY Young Farmer Winner David O'Leary gives us an update; and details of the upcoming Grass10 webinar.
How can I control fertiliser costs on my farm in 2022?
With fertiliser prices skyrocketing, Teagasc Specialist Mark Plunkett is on this week’s episode of the Beef Edge podcast with an update on the outlook for the coming months and what can you do to maintain margins in light of further possible increases.
Sexed semen use on dairy farms
Stephen Butler and Stephen Moore Teagasc, Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Moorepark, discuss Sexed semen use on dairy farms including Maximizing fertility, Timing of AI, straw handling and more as part of the two-day Virtual Dairy Conference 2021 taking place today
Where next for the EBI traits
Higher EBI cows are more profitable. Donagh Berry Teagasc, Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Moorepark, and Siobhan Ring, Irish Cattle Breeding Federation discuss improvements in EBI traits as part of the Teagasc Virtual Dairy Conference 2021 taking place today and tomorrow
Kildalton Discussion Group
The Kildalton Discussion Group, in operation for over 20 years has 18 dairy farmer members. They’re mostly from Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford. Philip Donohoe, Chairman, discusses the group performance and areas for future improvement as part of the Virtual Dairy Conference today
Amel Sami wins Esther Unsung Hero Award 2021
Amel Sami, a PhD student at Teagasc Moorepark & University College Cork, was recently awarded the Esther Ireland Unsung Hero Award for 2021. This award is presented to individuals who have shown consistent and unshakable commitment to health partnerships between Irish institutions & counterparts
Measuring methane in sheep – breeding for lower emissions
Dr Noirín McHugh and postgraduate student Edel O’Connor join Ciarán Lynch on this week’s OviCast to discuss the ongoing project examining methane emissions in sheep.
Trying to make sense of the Climate Action Plan
The Climate Action Plan is aiming to reduce our total national emissions by 51% by 2030. Each sector of the economy has been allocated a budget. Enda O’Hart, Drystock Adviser, Teagasc Castlerea discusses two of the recently published sectoral budgets under the Climate Action Plan, impacting farmers
A day in the life: Caoileann Murphy, Teagasc Researcher
Caoileann Murphy began working with Teagasc in March 2021. A Day in the Life... video tells how she became fascinated with nutrition about age eight when she picked up a healthy eating leaflet in the waiting room of the dentist surgery. Caoileann said "That was it, I was hooked". Find out more
Newly funded project to investigate the use of phage to treat infections in pigs
PhageSUAS- “Improved Pig Health through the Novel Application of SynBio in Phage Therapy” is a newly funded project led by Teagasc’s Dr John Kenny, with partners at University College Cork, Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Madison-Wisconsin. Over €340,000 was awarded to the research
Earlier Finishing in Practice
Climate commitments through the Climate Action Plan are set to have a fundamental policy impact on beef production over the coming decades. Colm Kelly, Drystock Advisor, Teagasc Ballinasloe answers common questions about finishing cattle earlier and the challenges he has encountered.
Florence Viard, PhD Student Pig Development Dept
In this video, one of 11 videos of PDD students, Florence Viard, PhD Student with the Teagasc Pig Development Department details her project which investigates different strategies in liquid feeding system to improve the feed efficiency of the growing finishing pigs and reduce feed wastage.
Is organic dairy farming for you?
Organic specialist Joe Kelleher joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s episode of The Dairy Edge podcast to discuss organic dairy and consider whether it has a role within the context of Irish milk production systems.
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar - When to finish grazing
On this episode of Let's Talk Dairy which took place on Thursday, 4 November, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist discusses when to finish grazing for 2021.
Introduction to Sensory Principles: An accredited training course for the food industry
Teagasc Food Industry Development are running a virtual, interactive training course “Introduction to Sensory Principles” for the food industry on 1st & 8th of December. This is the first sensory food science course in Ireland, accredited by the Institute of Food Science & Technology, IFST (UK).
The Future Beef Programme in Co Roscommon
The aim of the Future Beef programme is to demonstrate to beef farmers how they can produce a quality product as efficiently as possible to make beef farming more profitable while also making it more environmentally sustainable. Brian Daly, Advisor, Roscommon introduces two future beef farmers
The Signpost Series - Assessing Biodiversity Management Practices on Intensively managed farmland
On this episode of The Signpost Series, held on Friday, 5 November, Mark Gibson, Head of Teagasc Outreach & Innovation Department was joined by Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist to discuss assessing Biodiversity Management Practices on intensively managed farmland
Dublin Farmers win Newbie New Entrant Competition 2021 Welgro Produce Ltd
Welgro Produce located in Rush Co Dublin has been selected as the winner of the third Irish Newbie new entrant competition. Welgro established by Shane Halpin, Sean Weldon and Gary Weldon is one of only two commercial cucumber growers in Ireland.
Sheep Welfare Scheme
The 'Sheep Welfare Scheme' was introduced to contribute to animal and health welfare and also provided a much needed boost on the income side for farmers. Eamon Patten, Teagasc Drystock Advisor, discusses the scheme and requirements for inspections and record keeping.
John Barry Signpost beef farmer on reducing emissions
This month we meet farmers that are engaging with their carbon footprint figure. Michael Daly, Teagasc Drystock Advisor, joins suckler farmer John Barry in Co. Tipperary, to analyse the results of his audit report from Bord Bia and suitable actions he can take to reduce emissions.
Leaving a legacy - the many rewards of good forest management
Peter Reid is a forest owner near Clane, Co. Kildare, who has developed a beautiful oak forest for himself and future generations to enjoy. Liam Kelly, Teagasc Forestry Development Officer says there has been increased interest in the planting of more native species in recent years and explains why
Alex McCarthy Signpost dairy farmer on reducing emissions
This month we meet farmers that are engaging with their carbon footprint figure. Tom O'Connor, Teagasc Dairy Advisor, joins dairy farmer Alex McCarthy in Co. Limerick, to analyse the results of his recent Bord Bia audit and suitable actions he can take to reduce emissions.
2021 Harvest estimated at 2.32 million tonnes
The 2021 harvest report published by Teagasc estimates that the production of cereals was 2.32 million tonnes in 2021. This represents an increase of 407,000 tonnes (21%) from harvest 2020. Get the details here
Shiv Vasa, PhD Student Pig Development Dept
In this video Shiv Vasa, PhD Student with the Teagasc Pig Development Department explains his work on improving the survival and growth of piglets from large litters through manipulation of colostrum and milk, and provision of supplemental milk. This is one of a series of 11 videos of PDD students
Meet Nicole – an ISH young breeder
Nicole Groyer grew up in Naul, North Co. Dublin surrounded by animals and horses on her grandfather's farm. Her interest in horses began from an early age when her mother took Nicole to local agricultural shows, hunts and annually visited the RDS Dublin Horse Show.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Soil Fertility Trends in the Agricultural Catchments Programme
On this episode of The Signpost Series, held on Friday, 29 October, Mark Gibson, Head of Teagasc Outreach & Innovation Department was joined by guest speaker Edward Burgess, Agricultural Catchments Programme, Teagasc to discuss soil fertility trends in the Agricultural Catchments Programme
Are you considering converting to Organic Farming?
The Teagasc Organic Specialists are hosting a series of Autumn organic webinars covering various technical aspects of organic farming. The third webinar in the series, on Wednesday, 24 November at 7:30pm focuses on considering converting to Organic Farming. Two farmers talk about their experiences
Tillage Update 18th November 2021
Above normal temperatures in most areas during the month of November has resulted in cereal crops continuing to grow quite rapidly. Shay Phelan, Teagasc Crops & Potato specialist has advice on watching out for diseases as a result and suggests completing profit monitor records now
The Wexford farmer embracing the sustainability challenge
John Crowley, a tillage farmer in Wexford, has been working closely with Teagasc to improve his profitability in the past few years as part of the Teagasc/Boortmalt Joint Programme, and he joins Michael Hennessy on this week’s Tillage Edge podcast.
Four Teagasc Researchers Included on the 2021 Clarivate list of Highly Cited Researchers
Four Teagasc researchers have been named on the annual Highly Cited Researchers list from Clarivate for 2021. This highly anticipated list identifies researchers who demonstrated significant influence in their field, through the publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade.
Cover crops update from Signpost Tillage Farmer Vincent Macken
See this video update on cover crops from Co. Meath Signpost Tillage Farmer, Vincent Macken. Vincent uses cover crops of Phacelia, Tillage Radish and Mustard mainly as a soil conditioner prior to sowing winter and spring crops, as Shane Kennedy, Teagasc advisor outlines.
Fluke Control – Product Choice and Timing Critical
As we move into the winter months and cattle come into the shed apart from the obvious hike ration costs our thoughts should turn to Fluke control. Aidan Murray, Teagasc Beef Specialist has more guidance on choosing the right product to use at the right time
Clean Livestock policy - Sheep
Presenting lambs clean at the abattoir becomes more challenging as the year progresses particularly for those finishing outdoors as weather conditions deteriorate. Ciaran Lynch, Teagasc Sheep Specialist discusses the Clean Livestock Policy for sheep
Grass10 Newsletter - 16 November 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team: Weekly PastureBase data & Elodie Ruelle’s MoSt Grass Growth Prediction Model; Grazing updates from dairy farmer Arthur Sweetman, Co. Wexford & GFOY Most Improved Grassland Award Winner Noel Hurley; Grazing tips for the week; and upcoming events.
Antimicrobial resistance and future challenges to the beef herd
On this week’s episode of The Beef Edge podcast, Catherine Egan is joined by Superintending Veterinary Inspectors Caroline Garvan & Damien Barrett to discuss antimicrobial resistance, future challenges to the beef herd and the upcoming Animal Health Awareness Week.
Teagasc National Dairy Conference 2021 - Meeting Challenges with Technology
The Teagasc National Dairy Conference 2021, ‘Meeting Challenges with Technology’, will now take place VIRTUALLY on Tuesday, 23rd November and Wednesday, 24th November. See updated details to follow
Animal Health and Antimicrobial Resistance Awareness Week
The use of antimicrobials in the agriculture sector is coming under increasing scrutiny in light of the very real public health threat of antimicrobial resistance. The 2021 DAFM Animal Health Awareness Week will take place in conjunction with World Antimicrobial Awareness Week from Nov 18th to 24th
Animal Health Awareness week – focus on AMR
As part of Animal Health Awareness week, on this week’s OviCast are Department of Agriculture Vets, Caroline Garvan and Damian Barrett, to discuss antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
The Signpost Series - Biorefinery Glas and the potential of the bioeconomy to transform grassland agriculture in Ireland
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 22 October, Mark Gibson, Teagasc was joined by James Gaffey, MTU; Johan Sanders, Grassa; and Bridget Lynch, Teagasc to discuss Biorefinery Glas and the potential of the bioeconomy to transform grassland agriculture in Ireland.
Dealing with antimicrobial resistance and the upcoming challenges for pig producers
On this week’s episode of the Pig Edge podcast, Superintending Vet Inspectors from the Department of Agriculture, Dr. Caroline Garvan and Dr. Damien Barrett join Amy Quinn to discuss Animal Health Awareness Week.
How to eat and exercise your way to healthy ageing
Many of us first think about healthy ageing the day we turn 65, but age-related changes in our bodies start long before that. This article by Teagasc Researchers Caoileann Murphy and Sinéad McCarthy, first appeared on RTÉ Brainstorm recently
Official Opening Ceremony for Johnstown Castle Estate, Museum & Gardens, Wexford
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D., was joined by some descendants of former staff of the Johnstown Castle Estate from 100 years ago, in celebrating the official opening of the majestic Johnstown Castle Estate, Museum & Gardens in County Wexford last week.
Seaweed supplementation to reduce methane emissions in ruminants
Researchers at Teagasc are investigating whether the addition of native seaweeds and seaweed extracts to the ruminant diet can reduce methane emissions. Dr Maria Hayes explains more to presenter Jonathan McCrea on “10 Things to Know About…Seaweed”, airing tonight on RTÉ One Television at 8:30pm.
The dangers of antimicrobial resistance in animal health
With global temperatures on the rise, this week’s Environment Edge podcast asks how will this affect exotic and endemic disease in Ireland?
Good animal health for optimal farm productivity
Department of Agriculture vets Damien Barrett and Caroline Garvan join Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s episode of The Dairy Edge podcast to discuss the correlation between good animal health and farm productivity.
Hiring staff: Where to start?
The Spring 2022 calving season around the corner so now is a good time to plan who will help to run your business. All too often fatigue and burn out occur in Spring time on many farms. Dairy Specialist Martina Gormley gives some information and advice on hiring staff.
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar - Getting prepared for dry off
On this episode of Let's Talk Dairy, which took place on Thursday, 28th October, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist was joined by Don Crowley, Teagasc Milk Quality Specialist to discuss getting prepared for dry off.
Is the Tide Eventually Turning for Clover?
Dairy farmers are regularly asking their advisors what they are going to do about fertiliser next spring. They are aware that Nitrogen fertiliser looks to be scarce for next spring and if available, it will be at inflated prices. Teagasc Advisor John Hardy has advice on the some options for coping
Winter Management of In-Calf Dairy Heifers
Mairead Kirk, Dairy Advisor in Teagasc Louth explains the key steps in the winter management of in-calf dairy heifers. As they are the future of your herd, in-calf heifers should be a top priority for you this winter. In this video Mairead talks about heifers calving at the correct weight and more
Getting Ready for the 2022 Dairy Season
Decisions made over the next few weeks will have long lasting consequences for the profitability for the dairy business in 2022. Teagasc Advisor Michael Donoghue outlines some of the key areas that need to be considered.
Cattle Housing Ventilation
Temperatures close to 20°C in October highlighted the necessity for well-ventilated animal housing. Recent winters have been mild with few sub-zero temperatures. Recent heavy rainfall has forced some farmers to house cattle especially on wetter lands. Mayo advisor Brian Hughes advises on ventilation
Clonakilty Dairy Farm Update - September 2021
James Daunt, Dairy teacher, provides the September update on Dairying at Clonakilty Agricultural College. He talks about dairy cow scanning results, September Milk production figures and paddock closing in a short video here
Let's Talk Equine Webinar: Understanding equine colic and minimising its occurrence
Wendy Conlon, Teagasc Equine Specialist was joined by Warren Schofield of Lisadell Equine Hospital for the latest episode in the Let's Talk Equine Webinar Series, which took place on Tuesday, 2nd November 2021.
New National Agricultural Sustainability Research and Innovation Centre announced
A new National Agricultural Sustainability Research & Innovation Centre (NASRIC) is to be established at Teagasc Johnstown Castle. Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD has announced that DAFM is providing Teagasc with the required funding (€9m)
Newford Farm drafts the first of its Beef Bullocks for 2021
Michael Fagan, Teagasc Technician on the Newford Suckler Demonstration Farm and Jerry O'Brien, Newford Farm give a brief update on the beef bullock sales so far. Paul Nolan, Group Development Manager, Dawn Meats also gives an overview of the carcasses of 9 bullocks and their sale potential.
Forests helping to re-connect with nature
Now more than ever, individuals and society are questioning “the meaning of life” and seeking answers. A new native woodland in Roscommon offers a re-connection with nature. Noel Kennedy, Teagasc Forestry Advisor takes us to Seán Butler's recent plantation at Hillside Holistic Farm
Timoleague Catchment Research entering a new phase
The Agricultural Catchments Programme (ACP) has been conducting research and farm advice, recording water quality, quality and weather data in Timoleague, West-Cork since 2009. As Timoleague Catchment Research is entering a new phase, Oisín Coakley, ACP Advisor brings us an update
Trails and Tales - Jenkinstown Wood
On Saturday 14th November at 8am join Teagasc Forestry Advisor Michael Somers for an interesting walk through the forest at Jenkinstown Wood. Find out about the wonders of the woodlands and benefits of forestry to our lives. It's an early start to end Science Week. Check out free registration here
Meet Conor - an ISH young breeder
Conor Wixted grew up near Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare with a deep-rooted love for horses. Conor was exceptionally close to being selected for team participation at World Championships, more than once, and won the overall senior section of the National Young Breeders competition 2019. Find out more
Horticultural input cost increases puts pressure on margins
Teagasc Horticulture Development Department recently assessed the key input costs that have seen the biggest increases, gathered and validated data, sourced from a range of businesses and trade suppliers. Input cost increases rose significantly in 2021 and will in many cases exceed grower margins.
Tillage Update - 11th November 2021
Many growers are concerned about BYDV due to the recent mild weather. Before a decision to apply an insecticide is made, inspect crops to check for the presence of aphids. Early herbicide application to winter cereals is the key to good weed control. Ciaran Collins, Tillage Specialist has more.
Controlling rising fertiliser prices
Fertiliser prices continue to rise putting pressure on crop margins for 2022. Shay Phelan and Ciaran Collins, Teagasc Tillage Specialists, join Michael Hennessy on this week's Tillage Edge podcast with practical ways to reduce your farm's dependence on chemical fertilisers.
Life Cycle Assessment
For Science Week, Research Officer Lael Walsh talks about her work using Life Cycle Assessment to determine hotspots of environmental impact in horticulture products and systems
Preserving the future of food: Drying technologies for sustainable and nutritious fruit and vegetables
Scientists at the National Prepared Consumer Foods Centre (NPCFC) in Teagasc Ashtown, managed by Shay Hannon, are investigating various drying processes using state of the art drying systems that can extract and create valuable ingredients from fruits and vegetables.
Decision time for Dairy Beef finishers- Feed or store?
The vast majority of 18-21 month old beef cattle have been housed at this stage. Alan Dillon, Teagasc Beef Specialist, answers the question on which stock to feed on to finish and which to store for a grass kill next summer/autumn. He advises weighing post housing as an obvious first step.
Grass10 Newsletter - 9th November 2021
In this Grass10 newsletter see PastureBase Ireland data for the week for Dairy, Beef and Sheep farms, Elodie Ruelle’s MoSt grass growth prediction model, grazing tips, reviewing Pasturebase reports, Dairy farmer Dara Killeen keeping grass in the diet, JP Hammersley's update and upcoming webinars
What you need to know about animal housing for over the winter
For the third and final part of the ‘Getting Winter Ready’ series, this week’s Beef Edge podcast is focusing on animal housing for the coming months and Catherine Egan is joined by vet & UCD lecturer Catherine McAloon.
Safe and sustainable irrigation water options for fruit and vegetable production
It is predicted that climate change will have an impact on our fruit & vegetable producers in Ireland. Teagasc, along with partners in TU Dublin & UCD, has recently started a DAFM funded project called HortAssure which focuses on microbial & chemical safety in fruit and vegetable production.
Creating Our Future
I’m sure you have seen or heard ads for the Creating Our Future initiative, which is a campaign being run by the government of Ireland to find out from the public what they think we should be doing scientific research on in the future.
Digesting the Research- How do fruit and veg affect our digestive system?
Every cell in our body requires fuel to function. When we eat food, we get energy from carbohydrates, fats and proteins – these are called macronutrients. On top of that, food, especially fruit and veg, have a number of other micronutrients. Find out What’s New in Fruit & Veg from Teagasc scientists
Today's Farm - November/December 2021
The November/December edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. There is a focus on business, production, environment and countryside issues. Organic farming is highlighted. Reducing the risk of TB, winter milk diets and lowering emissions are among the topics covered.
The importance of the Clean Livestock Policy
Presenting lambs clean at the abattoir becomes more challenging as the year progresses and on this week’s OviCast, Ciarán Lynch is joined by Michael Gottstein, Head of Sheep in Teagasc to discuss this topic further.
Caring for rams post mating
Rams are the most costly/valuable animals on most sheep farms. For most flocks, the quickest way to immediately reduce ram costs is to focus on ram longevity. Michael Gottstein, Head of Sheep KT Programme, outlines the main areas that should be concentrated on in order to achieve this.
Advisors appointed to Teagasc Future Beef Programme
The team of Advisors to lead the new Future Beef Programme - Sustainable Cattle Production, have been appointed by Teagasc. The Programme Manager is Cattle Specialist Martina Harrington, and she is joined by Future Beef Advisors Gabriel Trayers and Aisling Molloy.
Introducing the National Dairy Conference 2021
The National Dairy Conference is at Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork and at Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone on Tuesday 23rd & Wednesday 24th November respectively. Focusing on environmentally sustainable dairying, Specialist, George Ramsbottom, introduces farmer speakers Kevin Moran, Galway & Ger Pardy, Offaly
Generating bioplastics using haemoglobin from blood
On “10 Things to Know About … Blood”, airing tonight, Monday, 8 November, on RTÉ One Television at 8:30pm, presenter Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin will meet Teagasc Researchers, Dr Anne Maria Mullen and Dr Carlos Alvarez, who have developed a method to generate bioplastics using haemoglobin from blood.
Dairy Newsletter - November 2021
This month's Dairy Newsletter includes information on: farm mapping; housing checks for November; knowing your carbon footprint; Teagasc National Dairy Conference; managing weanling replacement heifers this winter; and the fundamentals of a successful dry period.
Are improved environmental efficiencies compatible with farm profit?
Joe Patton, Teagasc’s Head of Dairy KT, joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s episode of The Dairy Edge, to consider whether improving environmental efficiencies on Irish dairy farms is compatible with profitability.
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar - Selective Dry Cow Therapy
On this episode of Let's Talk Dairy which took place on 21st October, James Dunne, Teagasc Dairy Specialist was joined by vet Willie Buckley and Finola McCoy from Animal Health Ireland (AHI) to discuss selective dry cow therapy.
Agriculture Climate Targets Challenging but Achievable
Teagasc is committed to continue its research and advisory programme supporting farmers to meet the reduction targets for greenhouse gas emissions set in the Government’s Climate Action Plan.
Clonakilty Agricultural College Drystock Unit Farm Update - September 2021
David Hallisey, College Lecturer at Teagasc Clonakilty Agricultural College gives an update from the drystock unit for August & September. After 8 weeks breeding 85% of the suckler herd were scanned in-calf. David discusses cattle weighings & meal feeding, drafing store lambs & grassland management
Making the most of what you have!
Here Bernie Leahy, Drystock Advisor, Teagasc Galway considers The Parable of the Talents in the Bible, and likens it to Teagasc initiatives such as Signpost Programme and Farm Diversification which encourage farmers to be efficient, not wasteful, changing practices for the sake of the environment
Teagasc Signpost Programme Newsletter November 2021
This months newsletter provides a guide to the actions beef farmers can take to reduce emissions on their farm, including 2 Signpost Farmers, Alex McCarthy (Dairy) & John Barry (Beef), outlining their carbon footprint; A guide & link to the Dairy Energy Decision Support Tool; research update & more
Focus on ewe body condition score sees lamb numbers up in West Cork
Denis O’Riordan, a BETTER Sheep farmer, farms approximately 280 hectares (690 acres) of hill & lowland in West Cork, with his wife Esther, daughters Abbie, Roísín & Órlaith, and his uncle, Donie O’Connor. Michael Gottstein, Teagasc Head of Sheep KT outlines the benefits of the 2021 farm practices
Supplementation milk for piglets
Louise Clarke, Teagasc Pig Development Officer, discusses the uses, benefits and best practice of milk supplementation for piglets.
Winner of ‘Our forests in autumn' Category of Teagasc Forest Photo Competition Announced
The Teagasc Forestry Development Department today, Friday, 5 November 2021, announced the prize winners in category 1 of its ongoing forest photo competition ‘Celebrating Our Forests and Wood Use’.
Have you considered a career in agriculture? - Webinar
Have you considered a career in agriculture? You may be interested in this webinar, held as part of NEFERTITI Farm Attractiveness Week, which takes place from November 7th to 12th. Register for the webinar, taking place on Tuesday, 9th November at 2pm here.
Tillage Update - 4th November 2021
Why is staying on top of paperwork more important this year compared to others? Michael Hennessy, Head of Crops Knowledge Transfer, Teagasc, discusses the significance of completing records, creating budgets for 2022, and calculating returns for this year.
What you need to know about the new Pig Health Check database
Dr. Carla Gomes, Pig Health Check Programme manager with AHI joined Amy Quinn on the latest episode of the Pig Edge podcast to discuss the programme’s new database.
Pig Newsletter - October 2021
Get the latest information and advice from the Teagasc Pig Team. In this month's edition: Virtual Pig Week recap; Wet feeding systems; Cleaning procedures for weaner pens; AHI Salmonella Webinar; Teagasc Pig Welfare Workshops and Tail Biting Workshop
Meet Sharon an Irish Sport Horse young breeder
Sharon Mannion, Windgap Stud, Doon, Co. Offaly is an enthusiastic Irish Draught breeder. There were always Irish Draught horses on the family dairy & sheep farm now the main enterprise today. Sharon’s experience of the ISH Young Breeder training programme gave her valuable experience as she explains
Science Week 2021 - Trails and Tales
On Sunday 7th November at 8 am join Teagasc Forestry Advisor, Michael Somers, for an interesting walk in the forest. Find out about the wonders of the woodlands & benefits of forestry in our lives. It's an early start to Science Week but you get to enjoy the perks! Check out free registration here.
Oilseed rape disease control
Disease control is important in all crops to ensure full yields are realised and Dr. Stephen Kildea, from Teagasc, joined Michael Hennessy on this week’s Tillage Edge podcast to discuss disease and growth regulation control in rape.
Tillage Newsletter - November 2021
In the November Tillage newsletter get the latest on winter cereals, BYDV, Weed control, slugs, winter oilseed rape, The Signpost Programme and IPMWorks.
Options for Organic Tillage Growers - Webinar
On Wednesday, 27th October, Elaine Leavy and Joe Kelleher, Teagasc Organic Specialists hosted the second in a series of Autumn Organic Webinars which focused on options for organic tillage growers.
Signpost Programme Farm Walk: Patrick & Paula O’Hanlon, Kerry
Patrick & Paula O’Hanlon's farm in Tarbert, is one of five farms in Co. Kerry partaking in the Teagasc Signpost Programme. A farm walk was held recently on their farm. Méabh Dore, Teagasc Dairy advisor recounts the most notable changes on the farm and the biggest learning outcomes from the day here
Getting winter ready- What do I need to know?
‘Getting Winter Ready’ is a three-part series on the Beef Edge podcast focusing on nutrition, health and housing. Catherine Egan, Teagasc Beef Specialist and podcast host combines the information from the first two of these podcasts, on nutrition and health of beef animals over the winter, here.
Beef Newsletter - November 2021
This month's Beef Newsletter includes information on: silage quality and saving money; 10 things to do before housing; knowing your carbon footprint; research update and health and safety.
Grass10 Newsletter - 2nd November 2021
In this Grass10 newsletter see PastureBase Ireland data for the week for Dairy, Beef and Sheep farms, grazing tips, plus plans to stretch grass and reach closing targets. Farmers Larry & Conor Murphy and Pat Collins have updates on their progress. Get the Pasturebase new farm mapping tool and more
How to best manage your animal health during winter
‘Getting Winter Ready’ is a three-part series on the Beef Edge podcast focusing on nutrition, health and housing and for this second part, vet Cara Sheridan with MSD Animal Health discusses how to manage animal health over the winter.
GLAS Funding allows Restoration of Clare Farm Outbuildings
Co. Clare suckler farmer Denis Clair, a GLAS participant was eligible to apply to the Heritage Council for the DAFM-funded Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme, to restore & repair a number of historic outbuildings on his farm as Michael Dillon, Teagasc Advisor Kilrush and Helen Devitt outline
Sheep Newsletter - November 2021
This month's Sheep Newsletter includes information on: Grassland management; mating; BETTER Farm Update - Getting the most from grass; Finishing lambs; Research Update - Mating, drafting and performance and Health & Safety - Prevent pain by avoiding lifting
Choosing the appropriate liver fluke dose
As liver fluke is a large risk at the moment, Teagasc’s Dr Orla Keane joins Ciarán Lynch on this week’s OviCast to discuss selecting the appropriate treatment for this stage of the season.