Caroline Walsh - Finalist Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020
Caroline Walsh is a finalist in the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Competition. She farms in Ballinascarthy, Co. Cork milking about 70 cows. Caroline grew 14.2 T DM/ha in 2020.Tune in to the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday next, January 19th at 2pm to find out who will be the winner!
Kevin Murphy - Glanbia Future Farm 2020 Performance Overview
The Open Source Future Farm Programme is a joint Teagasc / Glanbia Ireland knowledge transfer programme. It supports farmers like Kevin Murphy, demo farmer, to make the necessary changes for a profitable sustainable future. See Kevin Murphy's 2020 Performance Overview below.
John Galvin - Finalist Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020
John Galvin is a finalist in the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Competition. John Galvin farms near Dunmanway, Co. Cork and milks just over 100 cows. John’s farm grew 14.7 T DM/Ha in 2020. Tune in to the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday next, January 19th at 2pm to find out who will be the winner!
Norway spruce (Picea abies) – a very popular conifer in the midlands
Norway spruce is a European species native to most of central Europe but also occurs naturally as far east as Russia, south to the Pyrenees and north as far as Scandinavia. Liam Kelly, Forest Development Officer, Teagasc, Mullingar delights in outlining the benefits of his favourite conifer species
Achieving Maximum Utilisation of Forage Crops with Sheep
The key to improve utilisation of a forage crop is to choose the correct crop for your farm and farming system. Different crop species have different sowing times, utilisation periods and dry matter yield. Eamonn Dempsey, Teagasc Advisor has the details
Pat Collins - Finalist Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020
Pat Collins is a finalist in the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Competition. Pat runs a dairy calf to beef enterprise as well as tillage on the farm. In 2020, Pat’s farm grew over 15 T DM/ha.Tune in to the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday next, January 19th at 2pm to find out who will be the winner!
Organic Dairy Farming - Batt Sheehan
Organic Dairy farmer Batt Sheehan farms in Ballynoe, Co. Cork. Batt gives an insight into organic dairy farming and outlines the main challenges he finds with organic farming.
Shane Kinsella - Finalist Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020
Shane Kinsella is a finalist in the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Competition. Farming near Piltown, Co. Kilkenny, Shane milks 88 cows. Shane grew 16.9 T DM/ha in 2020.Tune in to the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday next, January 19th at 2pm to find out who will be the winner!
Peter McGuinness - Finalist Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020
Finalist in the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Competition, Peter McGuinness is a tillage and sheep farmer from Trim, Co. Meath. Peter is a member of the Grass10 Meath Drystock Grass Course. In 2020 he grew 13.7 T DM/ha. Join the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, January 19th at 2pm to see the winner!
JP Hammersley - Finalist Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020
JP Hammersley is a finalist in the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Competition. JP runs a dairy calf to beef farm near Lattin, Co. Tipperary. In 2020, JP’s farm grew 10 T DM/ha. Tune in to the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday next, January 19th at 2pm to find out who will be the winner!
Thomas Hogan - Finalist Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020
Thomas Hogan is a finalist in the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Competition. Thomas runs a 60-cow suckler-to-store operation outside Nenagh in Co. Tipperary. Thomas grew 12.5 T DM/ha in 2020. Tune in to the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday next, January 19th at 2pm to find out who will be the winner!
Winter Malting Barley - a growing interest
There is a growing interest in winter malting barley in Ireland. Eoin Lyons, Teagasc /Boormalt Joint Programme Advisor, discusses the expansion of the crop. He takes us through the trial work and developments to date, the varieties grown and the future prospects of this "new to Ireland" crop
The importance of taking a proper soil sample
The principle of soil analysis is to determine the average nutrient status of an area and to show the available nutrients in the soil. Once known you can then apply nutrients to bring your soils to optimum fertility. Martina Harrington, Teagasc Beef Specialist advises on proper soil sampling below
Body Condition Scoring and Minerals Vital Pre-Calving
Keith Fahy, Drystock Adviser, Teagasc Galway/Clare outlines and recommends body condition scoring of suckler cows in the run up to calving. As minerals in silage can vary, Keith also stresses the importance of feeding minerals 4 to 6 weeks prior to calving to benefit both cow and calf health.
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar - Using a Yearly Planner to Organise Yourself
On the final Let's Talk Dairy Time and People Management Series Webinar, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist was joined by Nollaig Heffernan, Independent Management Consultant to offer some insight and practical tips around using a year planner guide to organise your year and decision making
Tillage Newsletter - January 2021
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Crops team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Lime and soil pH; Spring beans; Health & Safety - Health is wealth; Dates for your diary & The Tillage Edge Podcast.
Let's Talk Cattle 2021
The Teagasc Drystock Specialists invite you to join them in a new series of Cattle and Sheep webinars for 2021. These are live monthly interactive webinars. The first is Let's Talk Cattle on Thursday 14th January at 8 pm focusing on Care of the Purchased Dairy Beef Calf. Registration details below
Grass10 Newsletter - 12th January 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: Aine Murray, Teagasc Moorepark details the results of her trial work comparing Protected UREA to CAN & UREA; Key factors to consider when aiming to get a high response to early Spring nitrogen; & upcoming events
Next Few Months Critical to Spring Fertility
Getting management of the suckler cow right in the January to April period will be critical in determining the success of the 2021 breeding season. Most Spring calving suckler cows are either just freshly calved or will calve in the next 8-12 weeks. Aidan Murray Beef Specialist has all the advice
What does the Brexit deal mean for the Irish Beef Sector?
After years of uncertainty since the Brexit referendum in 2016, a deal on the future relations between the European Union and the UK has finally been sealed. On this week’s episode of the Beef Edge podcast, Kevin Hanrahan, Head of Rural Economy & Development, Teagasc, outlines what this means
Beef Newsletter - January 2021
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Beef team in this month's newsletter. It includes: 15 steps to prepare for calving season; Has your winter housing dose worked?; BDGP extended for one year; Research update - High prevalence of liver fluke in 2020; Health & Safety and more.
BDGP closing date looms
Friday 15th January is the closing date for suckler farmers to sign up to an extra year in the Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP). Brendan Garry, Teagasc Advisor Mayo, summarises the main points and reminds farmers not to delay in applying for 2021 via Agfood or by responding to the DAFM text
Once A Day Milking Conference 2021
Teagasc will address the practice of once a day (OAD) milking with a webinar on Thursday 14th January starting at 10.00am. While currently practised on an estimated 200 Irish dairy farms, interest in OAD milking continues to grow. Emer Kennedy Teagasc Moorepark is one of 3 speakers on the day.
Fluke control at this stage of the season
Given the wet conditions this autumn and winter the level of fluke challenge on farms is high at the moment and on this week’s OviCast, Ciarán Lynch catches up with Dr. Orla Keane to discuss this in more detail.
Sheep Newsletter - January 2021
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Sheep team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Grassland management; Sheep census; Stomach worms; Liver fluke; Upcoming events; BETTER Farm Update & Research Update.
Can we change our behaviour to prevent superbugs?
Antibiotic resistance makes essential antibiotics no longer effective. The invisible threat of antibiotic resistance is a health issue that urgently needs addressing by us all, from farmers to consumers as Alison Burrell & Áine Regan, Teagasc Research explained in Teagasc on RTE Brainstorm recently
Using PastureBase to Benefit the Farmer & the Environment
Creating a Win–Win Scenario for the Farmer & the Environment using PastureBase Ireland by reducing fertiliser costs and increasing nutrient use efficiency (NUE). This is the theme of this Grass10 and Pasturebase webinar on Wednesday 13th January at 7pm. Follow the link to register below.
Preventing Deaths with Slurry
The Slurry Spreading season commences in many parts of the Country after the 12th January. With 10% of deaths being slurry-related in the 10 year period to 2020, John McNamara and Francis Bligh, Teagasc Health and Safety Specialists discuss the dangers and prevention of deaths with slurry
Dairy Newsletter - January 2021
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Dairy team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Keeping dry cows and in-calf heifers clean; Special feature - Setting up the farm for spring: supplies; Virtual CalfCare week and Early nitrogen application.
The steps to achieving a successful OAD milking system
Once-a-day dairy advisor Brian Hilliard joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge to outline the steps needed to achieving a successful OAD milking system.
Complete the Profit Monitor now
Early January is a great time to reflect on the year gone by and prepare a Profit Monitor. The Profit Monitor will look at the financial performance of your business in detail. Specialist George Ramsbottom outlines the benefits and process.
Getting farm safety culture right
In 2020 19 farm workplace deaths took place on Irish farms.This compares with an annual average of about 20 per year over the last decade. Farm workplace injuries are particularly associated with tractors and machinery, livestock, falls from heights and objects falling as John McNamara points out.
Farmers are rapidly upskilling in Information Technology
Charlie Devaney Teagasc Advisor Roscommon, encourages all farmers not to be afraid of change, to embrace technology and discover the benefits of accessing information and meetings online. Farmers and advisors alike are adapting to IT which has been accelerated through the Covid-19 lock-downs.
Hemp for a Sustainable Future – Teagasc award at BTYSTE 2021 announced
Cian Walsh, a transition year student at St. Brogan's College, Kilbrogan, Bandon, Co. Cork, is the winner of the Teagasc award at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2021 (BTYSTE). Cian’s project looked at the social, economic and environmental benefits and drawbacks of growing hemp
Sheep Housing - Space Requirements
As we approach the time for housing ewes, it is important that we access the number of ewes the appropriate stocking numbers for each pen. Damian Costello, Teagasc Sheep Specialist explains that the two main considerations are lying space and trough/feed space.
Teagasc Pig Research Impacts and Highlights from Strategy 2015 - 2020
This poster features some of the research impacts and highlights of the Teagasc Pig Development Department Strategy 2015 - 2020.
TResearch Winter 2020
TResearch is an official science publication of Teagasc. It aims to disseminate the results of the organisation’s research to a broad audience. The Winter edition of TResearch has a special feature on Walsh Scholars 2020; Potato Blight; Acoustic sensors for monitoring dairy processes and more.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Emerging trends in EU policy
On this episode of The Signpost Series Webinar which took place on Friday, 18 December, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd and Pat Murphy, Head of Environment KT, Teagasc were joined by Alan Matthews, Trinity College Dublin to discuss emerging trends in EU policy - CAP, Green Deal, Farm to Fork.
Seed orchards are output systems for the production of superior seed for breeding programmes and forestry establishment. While not the only means of seed production, they are probably the most widely used. Oliver Sheridan Teagasc Forestry, outlines seed orchard use in the improvement of Irish Birch
5 Steps to taking a soil sample
Here in just five easy steps Edward Egan & Tara Heaney, Teagasc Meath Advisors, take us through the process of taking a soil sample correctly in order to get a reliable soil result.
Teagasc Pig Development Department Review of Strategy 2015 – 2020
In it's latest publication, the Pig Development Department carries out a Review of Strategy 2015 – 2020. It's vision is to increase profitability in the pig sector by producing environmentally sustainable and welfare friendly pig meat to the highest safety and quality standards.
A slurry 'no-brainer' for farmers
Emer Keane, Walsh Scholar, Teagasc, Castlerea, discusses the environmental topics of Low Emission Slurry Spreading and Greenhouse gases. She advises on availing of the TAMS 2 grant aid opportunity which exists to subsidise investment in LESS and reminds us of the TAMS 2 closing date of 15th January
Teagasc at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE 2021)
Visit the Teagasc virtual stand in the ‘World of Science and Technology’ at BTYSTE 2021, taking place each day from 6th - 8th January at 9 am - 5.30pm. Find out more about the Teagasc prize that is awarded each year to an agricultural or food related project.
Is growing rye an option for your farm?
Growing rye is becoming more of an option for farmers in recent years and on the latest episode of the Tillage Edge, Michael Hennessy speaks to Tipperary farmer, Gerard O’Mara, Teagasc tillage specialist, Ciaran Collins, and Teagasc adviser, Conor Kavanagh, to find out more.
Let's Talk Poultry Webinar - Poultry Nutrition - Time to Take Stock
In this edition of Let's Talk Poultry Webinar Series which took place on Wednesday, 16 December, host Rebecca Tierney, Teagasc Poultry Advisor was joined by Michelle Burke, Senior Poultry Nutritionist, Devenish to discuss poultry nutrition - time to take stock.
Housing and feed management
The practical aspects of housing and feed management are discussed on the latest episode of Ovicast with sheep specialist Damian Costello joining Ciarán Lynch.
Stay positive in January and get work done
Happy New year to you all. Martina Harrington, Beef Specialist, encourages a positive outlook for January and focuses on 10 jobs to be undertaken now to get ahead on the beef farm, from vaccinations to calving preparations, farm repairs to profit monitors, weighing, soil sampling and more.
Grass10 Newsletter - 5th January 2021
Get the latest news and updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: William Burchill from the Teagasc/Dairygold joint programme looks at the cost effectiveness of LESS; Typical nitrogen values for slurry; Information on upcoming virtual events taking place in January.
How did the Newford Suckler Demonstration Farm cattle perform at finishing in 2020?
Michael Fagan, Teagasc Technician on the Newford Suckler Demonstration Farm joins Catherine Egan on this week’s episode of The Beef Edge podcast with a review of the farm in 2020.
Farm Business Options Webinar - Farm Diversification in Cork West
Webinar hosts, Áine O'Riordan & Seamus Lordan, Teagasc Cork West facilitated this webinar, which took place on Tuesday, 22 December with guest speakers Alan & Valerie Kingston, Glenilen Farm; David & Elizabeth Ross, Top of the Rock Pod Park and walking Centre; & Johnny Lynch, Macroom Buffalo Farm.
New Joint programme between Teagasc and North Cork Creameries
A new Joint Dairy Programme has been agreed between Teagasc, North Cork Creameries (NCC) and Milk Suppliers. The Joint Programme will focus on improving farm profitability through better grassland management, improved nutrient management planning, breeding and nutrition.
Biomass for Energy
Biomass can be defined as any material which is, or is derived directly or indirectly from, plant matter, animal matter, fungi or algae. This includes wood, straw, energy crops, sewage sludge, waste organic materials and animal litter. Barry Caslin has more information
Pregnancy Scanning - using the results
With the optimum time to scan ewes being 80 to 90 days post ram turnout, scanners are currently in the thick of scanning March lambing flocks. Damian Costello, Teagasc Sheep Specialist outlines how scanning information can be used as a valuable tool to increase flock productivity & profitability.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Measuring and Mapping Hedges
On this episode of The Signpost Series Webinar which took place on Friday, 11 December, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd and Pat Murphy, Head of Environment KT, Teagasc were joined by Stuart Green, Teagasc Research Officer to discuss measuring and mapping hedges.
Dairy Farm Energy
Farm businesses are under increasing pressure to become more energy efficient. Milk cooling, water heating & vacuum pumps account for the biggest proportion of energy use on dairy farms. It is these areas that offer scope for the greatest savings. John Upton & Barry Caslin have more information
Planning for the calving season: Cheap solutions to common issues
Currently dairy farmers all over the country will be starting or preparing for a busy calving season. Nicholas McKenna, Teagasc Dairy Specialist outlines solutions to two problems which may occur during calving - not enough space to calve cows and not enough accommodation for calves.
How to minimise workload and reduce stress during the busy spring period
Waterford farmer, Steven Fitzgerald, joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s episode of The Dairy Edge podcast to discuss the how he manages labour to minimise workload and reduce stress during the busy spring period.
Dairy Research Webinar - What beef bulls are suitable sires for the dairy herd?
On the November edition of the Dairy Research Webinar Series, which took place on Wednesday 11th November host Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist was joined by Dr Padraig French, Teagasc Moorepark to discuss what beef bulls are suitable sires for the dairy herd.
Advice for the new entrant to sheep farming
The Teagasc outlook for the sheep sector is a positive one and forecasts a further 23% increase in net margin per Ha for 2021. The future profitability potential may encourage new entrants to sheep farming. Tom Coll Drystock Advisor discusses 10 vital areas to maximise profit and reduce labour
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar - Managing your time to maximum effect
On a recent Let's Talk Dairy Time and People Management Webinar, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist was joined by Marian Beecher, Teagasc Research Officer and Nollaig Heffernan, Independent Management Consultant to discuss good time management tips and techniques in dairy farming.
Aim for Zero Farm Accidents in 2021
Aim for Zero farm accidents every day in 2021. An accident causes tragedy and leads to tragedy, pain and suffering, and possibly lifelong disability. It is in everyone’s best interests to put time and effort into preventing accidents.This is the message from John McNamara Health & Safety Specialist
Let’s Talk Dairy Webinar - Grazing infrastructure and reseeding plans
On a recent episode of the Let's Talk Dairy Special Series - Thinking about Dairy Farming, get the basics right which took place on Monday, 30 November, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist and Patrick Gowing, Teagasc Dairy Expansion Specialist focused on grazing infrastructure & reseeding plans.
Have you listened to the Beef Edge Podcast?
Podcasts are free audio shows that anyone with an iPhone, Android or computer can listen to. The Beef Edge podcast is celebrating its 1st Anniversary. Presented by Teagasc Beef Specialist Catherine Egan, the podcast covers the latest news, information and advice to improve your beef farm performance
Throwback to Virtual Beef Week 2020
In this special Christmas review of the Teagasc Virtual Beef Week 2020, you can now catch up on all of the highlights of the 5 days in July. It covers the latest research and advice on suckler beef, dairy calf to beef, sustainable beef production, grassland management and the beef sector challenges.
Teagasc Pig Research Farm update – 2020 Year in review
Tomás Ryan, Farm Manager at the Moorepark Pig Research Facility talks through the production figures on the farm in 2020 and tells us about some of the plans in place for 2021.
What is the best practice vaccination protocols for suckler cows pre-calving?
Calf diarrhoea and calf pneumonia are the leading causes of death in Irish calves pre-weaning. Vet Doreen Corridan joins Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge to explain why vaccinations should be used.
Let's Talk Poultry Webinar - The Right Tax Structures to Save you Money
In this edition of Let's Talk Poultry Webinar Series which took place on Wednesday, 2 December, host Rebecca Tierney, Teagasc Poultry Advisor was joined by Ciaran McCabe, IFAC Monaghan to discuss the right tax structures to save you money.
Outlook 2021 Conference (Webinar)
Outlook 2021 Conference took place virtually this year on Tuesday, 1st December. This webinar included details on farm financials across all the major farming systems in Ireland, including output and input prices and agricultural income.
Out wintering on forage crops
On the final OviCast of 2020, Ciarán Lynch covers out wintering on forage crops with Teagasc advisor James Doran and BETTER Farm participant John Doyle
Throwback to Virtual Sheep Week 2020
In this special Christmas review of the Teagasc Virtual Sheep Week 2020, you can now catch up on all of the highlights of the 5 days in September. It covers the latest research and advice on grassland management, Genetics and breeding, Hill sheep & Store lambs, Flock health, Policy and Environment
Preparation for Winter Housing of Sheep
The winter housing of ewes provides welcome shelter for man and beast and also allows pastures a well-earned rest. Damian Costello, Sheep Specialist, Teagasc Athenry discusses housing management, feed space, floor space and ventilation requirements of a good sheep shed on well-stocked sheep farms
The Dairy Year in Review Part 2
Continuing the second in the two-part dairy year in review, on this week’s episode of The Dairy Edge Podcast, Emma-Louise Coffey is joined by Teagasc Dairy Advisors Jim Moyles, Ciara O’Shea and Seamie Nolan.
New Nitrogen report published at Teagasc Virtual Dairy Conference
A new report: ‘Review of the Influence of Nitrogen Application Rate, Soil Type and Agroclimate Location on Grass Production, Feed Budget, Nitrogen Use Efficiency and Farm Profitability’ was published by Teagasc at this year’s Teagasc Virtual Dairy Conference in November. See it here again below
Let’s Talk Dairy Webinar - Farmyard infrastructure design and building a capital budget
On the final episode of the Let's Talk Dairy Special Series - Thinking about Dairy Farming, get the basics right webinar, Stuart Childs and Patrick Gowing, Teagasc focused on areas around designing a suitable farmyard infrastructure to suit your enterprise and building a capital budget.
2027 Sectoral Road Map: Horticulture
A new Teagasc 2027 Sectoral Road Map for Horticulture was published on Tuesday, 8 December 2020. It includes: Market and policy issues; Potential shape and size of sector in 2027; Environmental & land use implications; Technical performance; Research & technology transfer actions and Comment.
Farm Business Options Webinar - The Farm: feeding the mind and body
Rachel Taylor, Teagasc Kildare was joined by Stephen Morrison, So earth projects; James Fennell, Green Barn at Burtown House in Athy and Helen Mulhall, LEADER on a recent Farm Business Options webinar which took place on Tuesday, 15 December to discuss the farm: feeding the mind and body.
2027 Sectoral Road Map: Forestry
A new Teagasc 2027 Sectoral Road Map for Forestry was published on Tuesday, 8 December 2020. It includes: Market and policy issues; Potential shape and size of sector in 2027; Environmental & land use implications; Technical performance; Research & technology transfer actions and Comment.
Decisions around ending the breeding season
The primary reason for shortening the breeding season is to tighten up the following calving season. This is to increase profitability and simplify work load during the coming year. Herds with a very spread out calving pattern generally can’t afford not to milk over the coming winter.
Achieving Grazing Excellence in 2021 Webinar
The PastureBase and Grass10 team hosted an online webinar on Wednesday, 9 December to discuss achieving grazing excellence in 2021. The panel were also joined by Tipperary dairy farmer and Grass10 Carrick-on-Suir course member Jim White who outlined his PastureBase data for this year.
Gaining Wellness around Christmas Time
The year gone by has been like no other in terms of the challenge of keeping COVID-19 at bay. The holiday period at Christmas time presents a time to relax and gain ‘Wellness’ so ‘batteries can be recharged’ for the year ahead. John McNAmara Health & Safety Specialist has Wellness pointers for all
Teagasc Research Insights Webinar - Land use and environment - getting the balance right
The ninth webinar in the Teagasc Research Insights Series focused on Land use and environment - getting the balance right, where Teagasc researchers gave an overview of how land use interacts with the delivery of vital ecosystem services.
Why Nutrient Management Planning Is So Important For Farmers
In week 6, the final of the Teagasc Waterford/Kilkenny Sustainability Series, Deirdre Glynn, ASSAP advisor advises on implementing a Nutrient Management Plan which can optimise economic return from nutrients used to produce a crop, while reducing the negative impact of nutrients on the environment
A Review of the 2020 Growing Season
On the final Tillage Edge podcast for the year, Michael Hennessy reviewed the 2020 growing season with Teagasc Crops Specialists Ciaran Collins and Shay Phelan.
What does the extension of GLAS 1, GLAS 2 & BDGP 1 mean for me?
Teagasc Beef Specialist Alan Dillon & Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist Catherine Keena join Catherine Egan on the Beef Edge Podcast to explain more about the GLAS 1, GLAS 2 & BDGP 1 schemes.
BDGP Extended - what you need to know
The BDGP scheme has been extended for one year – what do you need to know? It is an extension to the previous scheme, therefore you must have been a participant in BDGP1 to apply. Two requirements are necessary to avail of extension by closing date on 15th of January. Martina Harrington has details
Shearing ewes at housing increases flock profitability
Currently, the price for wool only covers about 20% of the cost of shearing. Consequently, to recoup the cost of shearing producers need to be prudent and shear at the most opportune time for their particular system of production. Dr. Tim Keady, Teagasc Researcher discusses shearing at housing
Keep safe during the Christmas break
Francis Bligh Teagasc Health & Safety Specialist, has some important advice for farmers in keeping safe during the Christmas break. Read about farmyard safety, creating a safe place on the farm for children, dealing with the cold weather, frozen pipes, lighting, farm animals, machinery and more here
Using scanning results
With many farmers pregnancy scanning their flocks during the coming weeks we discuss how to best make use of this information with sheep specialist Damian Costello.
Planning for calving: peak calf numbers and accommodation
As we move towards 2021 dairy farmers begin to turn their attention from drying off cows to calving them. An aspect of the calving season that may get overlooked is ensuring that you have enough calf space and accommodation to meet peak demand. Nicholas McKenna, Dairy Specialist has the advice
The Dairy Year in Review Part 1
Teagasc dairy advisors Jim Moyles, Ciara O’Shea and Seamie Nolan join Emma-Louise Coffey for the first of a two-part review of the dairy farming year.
Dairy Newsletter - December 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Dairy team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Dusting cubicle beds; Feed lighter weanling heifers to catch up to target; Special feature - Setting up the farm for spring: facilities and practices & Hygiene, hygiene, hygiene!
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar - Ag-Climatise report and ammonia emissions
On the December episode of the Let's Talk Dairy webinar, Stuart Childs outlines some findings from the Ag-Climatise report and some possible resolutions which can be achieved around ammonia emissions that we have to try to achieve in the coming years.
Teagasc announce winners of Hedge Cutting Competition
As part of Hedgerow Week 2020, which took place between 7 - 12 December, the joint winners of the Teagasc Hedge Cutting Competition for 2019 were announced. They are Liam Herlihy, Kingsland, Bruree, Co Limerick and Tony Mullins, Ballybeg, Mitchelstown, County Cork.
2027 Sectoral Road Map: Food
A new Teagasc 2027 Sectoral Road Map for Food was published on Tuesday, 8 December 2020. It includes: Market and policy issues; Shape & size of sector at present and in 2027; Environmental & land use implications; Research & technology transfer actions; Some initiatives underway; Outcome of actions
2027 Sectoral Road Map: Agriculture & the Environment
A new Teagasc 2027 Sectoral Road Map for Agriculture and The Environment was published on Tuesday, 8 December 2020. It includes: Introduction; Actions and 2027 Targets for: Gaseous Emissions, Nutrient Efficiency, Water Quality, Biodiversity and the Soil
What type of feed system is best for my pig farm?
This infographic takes you through the process of deciding which type of feed system is most suitable for your pig farm, and how to improve feed efficiency on your current system.
Environment Newsletter - December 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Environment team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Hedges – rules and regulations; Know your derogation commitments & Message from ASSAP - How hedges protect water quality.
Research into different thinning systems in Sitka and Norway spruce crops
Teagasc is conducting research on the impact of different thinning systems on the growth and development of productive Sitka and Norway spruce crops. Dr Niall Farrelly, Research Officer, Teagasc Forestry Development Department has more information on the ongoing research taking place.
Pig Newsletter - December 2020
Get the latest information and advice from the Teagasc Pig Development Department. In this month's edition: Review of Pig Sector in 2020 and Outlook for 2021; What do EU citizens think about Agriculture and the CAP?; and the cost of Respiratory Disease.
International INFOGEST Webinar Series on Food Digestion
The INFOGEST monthly Webinar Series on Food Digestion is hosted by Dr Andre Brodkorb of the Teagasc Food Research Centre on the first Wednesday of every month at 2PM. Theme of the 5th webinar on January 6th is “Digestive Amylases & Starch Digestion”, featuring Dr Daniela Freitas, Teagasc Moorepark.
2027 Sectoral Road Map: Pigs
A new Teagasc 2027 Sectoral Road Map for Pigs was published on Tuesday, 8 December 2020. It includes: Market and policy issues; Potential shape and size of sector in 2027; Environmental & land use implications; Technical performance indicators; Research & technology transfer actions and Comment.
The Irish Pig Sector Year in Review and Outlook for 2021
For the last The Pig Edge podcast episode of the year, Ciarán Carroll, Head of Teagasc Pigs Knowledge Transfer was joined by Michael McKeon, Specialist Pig Development Officer with Teagasc, based at Moorepark, with a review of the Irish Pig Sector in 2020 and the outlook for 2021.
Why LESS is more
In week 5 of Teagasc Waterford/ Kilkenny Sustainability Series, Eamonn Lynch, Dairy Advisor outlines the benefits of using Low Emission Slurry Spreader (LESS) techniques on your farm. You can make better use of your slurry, reduce your chemical usage & improve the environment all in one application.
2027 Sectoral Road Map: Tillage Crops
A new Teagasc 2027 Sectoral Road Map for Tillage was published on Tuesday, 8 December 2020. It includes: Market and policy issues; Potential shape and size of sector in 2027; Environmental & land use implications; Technical performance indicators; Research & technology transfer actions and Comment.
Farm Business Options Webinar - Diversifying the Farming Business in Leitrim
Cian Condon, Teagasc Leitrim was joined by Nuala McNulty, Tawnylust Lodge; Helen Hay, Glencar teaSHED & Cianán Redmond 12 Quail Farm on a recent Farm Business Options webinar to discuss the possibility of diversifying the farm business while considering the implications for your core farm business
Grass10 Newsletter - 15 December 2020
Get the latest news and updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including:Time to assess your soil fertility over December/early January; Make Protected Urea your fertiliser of choice in 2021; “Achieving Grazing Excellence in 2021” webinar summary and Joining a Grass10 Grazing course
Tillage Newsletter - December 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Crops team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Crop management; Yearly review; Nutrient management planning; Teagasc The Tillage Edge Podcast & Grass weed survey.
Teagasc Pig Development Department Skills Series - Artificial Insemination
The latest edition of the Teagasc Pig Development Department’s Skills Series focuses on Artificial Insemination. Watch an informational video and read a factsheet to find out more about the Artificial Insemination Procedure in pigs.
2027 Sectoral Road Map: Beef
A new Teagasc 2027 Sectoral Road Map for Beef was published on Tuesday, 8 December 2020. It includes: Market and policy issues; Potential shape and size of sector in 2027; Environmental & land use implications; Technical performance indicators and Research & technology transfer actions.
What do I need to feed my suckler cows in the coming weeks?
Every year at calving there is high risk of health problems. These include low calcium status, dystocia, retained placenta, low milk performance and delayed cyclicity. Catherine Egan and Joe Patton Teagasc how to manage your suckler cow’s nutrition in the crucial week’s pre calving.
What do I need to feed my suckler cows in the coming weeks?
Do you have a spring calving suckler herd? Then you need to hear what Teagasc Nutritionist Joe Patton has to say in advance of spring calving season 2021 to find out how to manage your suckler cows' nutrition in the crucial weeks pre and post-calving.
Beef Newsletter - December 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Beef team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Lice management of housed cattle; Research update - Growth in focus; Calf weights 2020 & The Beef Edge Podcast.
2027 Sectoral Road Map: Sheep
A new Teagasc 2027 Sectoral Road Map for Sheep was published on Tuesday, 8 December 2020. It includes: Market and policy issues; Potential shape and size of sector in 2027; Environmental & land use implications; Technical performance indicators; Research & technology transfer actions and Comment.
Teagasc Dairy breeding policy for 2021 breeding season
The Irish dairy industry has benefited enormously from the increase in the Irish dairy herd EBI, since its establishment in 2001. However, significant benefits can still be obtained by further increasing the EBI of the national herd. See the Teagasc Dairy breeding policy for 2021 breeding season
BEAM Scheme Scenarios
Introduced in 2019 to provide compensation to beef farmers for market price cuts, the BEAM scheme offered a payment in return for a 5% reduction in cattle organic nitrogen over 12 months. Colm Kelly, B&T Drystock Adviser, Teagasc Galway/Clare presents some BEAM scenarios he has encountered to date
A key step in late pregnancy nutrition for ewes is knowing the feed value of silage being used. In this episode of the OviCast podcast, sheep specialist Damian Costello joins Ciarán Lynch to explain the process of silage sampling in more detail.
Sheep Newsletter - December 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Sheep team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Grassland management; Ram management; Scanning; Research update - Getting ready for housing; Checking ewe condition & BETTER Farm update - Mating analysis.
Aurivo Teagasc Joint programme 2021-2023
The Aurivo/Teagasc joint programme was launched this week by Raymond Barlow Chairman of Aurivo Co-op and Tom Kellegher, Teagasc Regional Advisory Manager. The Joint Programme aims to improve farm profitability and environmental practices while ensuring that dairy farming is socially sustainable.
10 Things to Know About … Viruses
While Irish Scientists are key in the fight against coronavirus, there's a more abundant type of virus which can be used beneficially in food and medicine. Meet Teagasc researchers tackling the good & bad of viruses on 10 Things to Know About..Viruses, tonight (Mon 14th Dec) on RTÉ One at 8.30PM
The technical performance of the dairy herd at Kildalton
Dairy teachers at Kildalton College, Zerlina Pratt and Aidan Nugent, join Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast to discuss the technical performance of the dairy herd at Kildalton.
Body Condition Scoring Dairy Cows Ahead of Drying off
Why carry out body condition scoring? In this article Nicholas McKenna, Dairy Specialist reviews a recent Let's Talk Dairy webinar and summarises the main points around why and how dairy cows should be body condition scored prior to calving. He recommends carrying this out at least 3 times a year
Let’s Talk Dairy Bonus Episode: Managing Your Time to Maximum Effect
In this Bonus podcast episode of the Let's Talk Dairy Webinar Series, Stuart Childs, Teagasc was joined by Marion Beecher, Teagasc and Nollaig Heffernan, Consultant, to discuss time management tips & techniques in dairy farm management, and managing one's own individual time in the farming day
Tillage Update - 10th December
As the year winds down and Christmas nearly upon us, time for reflection or focusing on the future? Looking back at the year gone by it has been very difficult for all. Weather related issues dominated the crop growing year, with a wet start, to drought to storms at harvest, Michael Hennessy ponders
Minister Hackett announces overall winner of Teagasc Forest Photo Competition
From the beautiful location of the Phoenix Park, Minister of State for Land Use and Biodiversity, Senator Pippa Hackett announced the overall winner of the Teagasc forest photo competition entitled ‘Celebrating Our Forests’. The worthy winner is Ms. Jane Walsh from Rosses Point in County Sligo.
Teagasc Research Insights Webinar - Land Use: Making the most of our land
The eighth webinar in the Teagasc Research Insights Series focused on Land Use. Making the most of our land is the second of five Land Use webinars, where Teagasc researchers give an overview of current research that explores this complex research topic.
Coppicing in Clonalkilty College
In Clonalikty Agricultural College, a new mostly whitethorn hedge was planted ten years ago typical of many hedges on farms through the country. It established well with few losses and no gaps. Somewhat thin and empty at the base, coppicing was decided on as Catherine Keena & Keith Kennedy explain
How to Coppice a Hedge
An escaped hedge is where individual trees or shrubs have grown up become mature trees with single stems & lots of gaps in between. This hedge is not stockproof it can be rejuvenated by either coppicing or laying. Catherine Keena Teagasc & Eoin Donnelly, Hedge Laying Association tell us how
How to lay a hedge
Hedge laying is a technique for the rejuvenation of hedges. The ideal hedge for rejuvenation is one that has grown up, has got thin at the base but there is still at least one multi-stem every half metre. Catherine Keena Teagasc and Eoin Donnelly, Hedge Laying Association of Ireland give information
Hedges for Rejuvenation
On the subject of hedgerow rejuvenation the most important question is which hedge do you choose to rejuvenate. There are three broad categories of hedges in Ireland; Hedges with a dense base, Relict Hedges and Escaped hedges as Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist describes
Second Pruning of a new hedge
Catherine Keena, Teagasc takes us through the steps of how to successfully complete the Second pruning of a new hedge.This ensures dense growth from the base of the hedge, resulting in the best stockproof hedge. With a new hedge, it is not a race to the top, but rather letting it inch its way up
New hedges on tillage farms
A new hedge, 1.2 km in length, was planted on the Teagasc Crops Research Farm in Oak Park last spring in March 2020. Catherine Keena, John Hogan and Michael Hennessy outline the steps taken to plant and establish new hedges in Oak Park which can be replicated on tillage farms around the country
New Hedges in Teagasc Moorepark
On Curtins Research Farm Moorepark, 1km of new native hedges was planted over the past year with a further 1km planned over the next few months. In all, the Teagasc Moorepark farms have planted over 5 km of hedges recently. Catherine Keena, Teagasc & Caroline O’Sullivan, Farm Manager tell us more.
New hedge on a dairy farm
Planting new hedges ties in very well with what is expected of dairy farmers in relation to environmental and profitable sustainable farming. Profitable dairying can work very well, hand in hand in fact with hedges.Catherine Keena, Teagasc Specialist and Tom Murphy, Dairy advisor
How to plant a hedge
Catherine Keena, Teagasc advises on best practice for achieving a stockproof hedge including tips for preventing root dry-out, successful establishment and weed control. A step by step demonstration of the process of planting a new hedge on the farm of Henry Walsh, can be seen in the video below
Hedge Management on Derogation Farms
This year in 2020, for the first time, farmers on Derogation farms, who are availing of the Nitrates Derogation have committed to undertake a Biodiversity Option relating to hedge management. Catherine Keena, Teagasc & Francis Collier, Farm Manager Teagasc Grange look at what the two options involve