Tillage Update 16th September 2021
Ciaran Collins, Tillage Specialist brings us this week's tillage update. He discusses the DAFM cereal recommended lists for 2022, Integrated Pest Management planning (IPM). Ciaran also has details about the upcoming Winter Malting Barley webinar and Autumn Farm walks next week
National Crops Forum - Part One
The annual National Crops Forum takes place virtually this year due to Covid19 Restrictions. Part One of the two-part forum took place on Thursday, 9th September and focused on Agronomy & Grain Markets.
Improving the beef merit of dairy calves coming from the dairy herd
It is now possible to almost eliminate low value male dairy calves by using just enough sexed semen to generate the required number of replacement dairy heifers. That’s the message to Dairy farmers visiting the final of three Teagasc Dairy Open Days in Moorepark today.
Teagasc Research on methane emissions in grazing dairy systems
Visit the Teagasc Dairy Open Day in Moorepark today to see the latest work being carried out in Teagasc on ways to reduce methane emissions. Teagasc Researchers Ben Lahart, Katie Starsmore, Jonathan Herron, Frank Buckley & Laurence Shalloo will outline how the GreedFeed units work. Register here
Day 1 of the National Crops Forum on varieties, septoria and grain markets
Day 1 of the National Crops Forum highlighted important information on varieties, septoria and grain markets which is worth listening to if you missed it the first time around. On this week’s Tillage Edge podcast you’ll hear the questions and answers between Michael Hennessy and the speakers.
Making your milking process more labour and energy efficient
On the third and final day from the Moorepark Open Day, this week’s Dairy Edge speaks to John Upton, Ryan Prendergast and Fergal Buckley from Teagasc to discuss the milking and energy use efficiency of herringbone and rotary parlours.
Dairy farm infrastructure for sustainable milk production
In recent years Teagasc has invested in research programmes aimed at identifying efficient farm infrastructure systems that will promote sustainable milk production. Patrick Tuohy & John Upton Teagasc, Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Moorepark discuss these here
BDGP female replacement strategy deadline 31st October 2021
Under the replacement strategy, you agreed to have 50% of your reference number of animals as GENOTYPED 4 or 5-stars on the Replacement Index within and/or across breed by the 31st October 2021. Martina Harrington, Teagasc Beef Specialist, has guidance on meeting the BDGP female replacement deadline
How is dairy cow welfare research addressing current dairy industry challenges?
Muireann Conneely and Niamh Field, Researchers at Teagasc, Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Moorepark, address the question - How is the dairy cow welfare research program addressing the significant challenges that are facing the dairy industry at present?
Winners announced of Teagasc Dairy Photo competition
An exciting photo competition was run in the lead up to the 2021 Teagasc Moorepark Open Day, inviting entrants to upload a photo illustrating what they love about Irish dairying in order to show the many reasons why dairy farming is an attractive career.
How will the new Nitrates policy impact your farm business?
On Day 2 of Moorepark Open Day, Jack Nolan, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine joins Emma-Louise Coffey on the Dairy Edge to explain the measures proposed for the new Nitrates Derogation and challenges for farmers and industry as to how they can minimise negative environmental impacts
Grass10 Newsletter - 14th September 2021
Get the latest from the Grass10 team including; PastureBase data & Elodie Ruelle’s MoSt Grass Growth Prediction Model; Grass10 Grazing tips; building soil Potassium (K) with Mark Plunkett, Teagasc Johnstown Castle, David O Leary's upcoming GFOY farm walk, farmer updates- David Gannon & JP Hammersley
Beef management tips for the next 6-8 weeks
Teagasc Green Acres programme manager Alan Dillon joins Catherine Egan on this week’s episode of the Beef Edge podcast with an update on the dairy calf to beef programme as well as practical beef management tips for the coming weeks.
Reducing chemical nitrogen use on dairy farms
Dairy farmers visiting the Teagasc Dairy Open Day, yesterday and today in Moorepark, with the final day on Thursday 16th September, will hear from Teagasc researchers and advisers about the Five key practices which can be used to reduce N fertiliser use on all farms
Teagasc Moorepark Dairy day focuses on Environmental Sustainability
The first day of the Teagasc Moorepark Open Day took place on Tuesday, 14 September. The Open Day will be repeated on Wednesday and Thursday, so farmers can visit on any of the three days of the event. The theme of the Open Day is ‘Delivering Sustainability’.
Increasing biodiversity on intensive farms
Wildlife habitats such as hedgerows, field margins, ponds, wetlands, and woodlands, commonly occur on Irish farms. The retention of existing habitats is vitally important, as they typically deliver greater ecological benefits compared with newly created habitats.
Reducing the use of antibiotics on dairy farms
There is growing interest in the potential to use selective dry cow therapy (SDCT) in low SCC cows i.e. cows with SCC less than 200,000 cells/mL, to reduce antibiotic use at dry-off. Researchers Pablo Silva Boloña, Clare Clabby and Sinead McParland give some relevant information from a recent study
Farmer focus: John Joe Fitzgerald – a hill farm in transition
John Joe Fitzgerald is a participant in the Teagasc BETTER farm sheep programme and the new Teagasc Signpost Programme. He joins Ciarán Lynch as the latest farmer focus on this week's OviCast.
The role of reproductive technologies in maximising your herd’s potential
Stephen Butler joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast with an insight into the Sexed Technologies lab that will be established in Moorepark later this year to provide a semen sorting service open to all AI companies. This offers the potential for a greater number and elite bulls
Stores lambs – weighing up the options
At this time of year many farms that run a breeding ewe flock are assessing their options for the remaining lambs on the farm. Damian Costello, Teagasc Sheep Specialist, discusses preparing a budget, targeting cheap weight gain from grass, and estimated slaughter date.
Grazing management to increase N use efficiency on Irish dairy farms
Nitrogen use efficiency (NUE;%) is a key indicator of agricultural system efficiency. It is defined as the proportion of the total N inputs, in feed, fertiliser, organic manures etc. that are recovered in milk & meat exports from the farm.
PastureBase Ireland adds new functionality to benefit all grassland farms
Farmers attending the Teagasc Moorepark '21 dairy open day on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week will hear about the increased functionality in PastureBase Ireland (PBI). PastureBase Ireland is the national grassland database and provides daily updates on grass growth across the country
Use COW rather than milk yield to cull cows
Milk yield alone is not a reliable measure to use when selecting cows for culling from a dairy herd. The culling tool, Cows Own Worth (COW), is a much more reliable means of identifying suitable cows for culling. George Ramsbottom, Teagasc Dairy Specialist talks about the ICBF generated tool here
Irish Dairying - Delivering Sustainability
Exports of Irish dairy products and ingredients have increased from an average of €1.8 billion for the years 2007-2009 to over €5.2 billion in 2020. The expansion of the Irish dairy industry has contributed greatly to improve economic prosperity in rural Ireland. Pat Dillon Moorepark tells more
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar - Replacement Management
On this episode of Let's Talk Dairy, which took place on Thursday, 9th September, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist discusses keeping replacement heifers on target this Autumn.
National Crops Forum - Part Two
The annual National Crops Forum will take place virtually this year due to Covid19 Restrictions. The Forum will take place over two days on Thursday, 9th and 16th September at 11:30am. Find out how to register here and join us this Thursday morning for Part 2.
Making dairy farms a more attractive place to work
Many farmers are excellent employers offering decent employment opportunities with flexible working conditions for a fair wage. Marion Beecher, Beth Dooley and Abigail Ryan have information and advice on making dairy farms a more attractive place to work
Invest wisely following bumper harvest
Will this be classed as a bumper year for tillage farmers in years to come? Michael Hennessy, Teagasc Head of Crops takes a closer look and suggests wise options for spending the increased revenue coming through the farm gate while reducing the overall tax bill in the process
'Developing Rural Ireland' - A History of the Irish Agricultural Advisory Services - Official Launch
Developing Rural Ireland is a history of the Irish agricultural advisory services. The book written by Dr. Mícheál Ó Fathartaigh documents the important role of the advisory services in rural Ireland from the early 1900s to the current day. Watch the official launch of the book here
Can we grow strawberries all year long? At least 40 hectares of heated glass in the Netherlands are now using LED lights to grow strawberries all year long. Dutch consumers are now able to buy strawberries for the lucrative Christmas market. Soft Fruit Specialist Eamonn Kehoe has more information
Gentle Reminders for the Diary
In order to stay on schedule it is important to plan ahead, particularly if you are participating in the BEEP-S scheme. Mícheál Kelly, B&T Drystock Adviser, Teagasc Galway/Clare, outlines the important dates you need to remember for the coming months.
Today's Farm - September/October 2021
The September/October edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. The main focus of this edition is on Teagasc Moorepark research. It also has articles on autumn weed control in cereals; succession planning; finishing cattle earlier; Connemara/ Mayo Blackface sheep; and more.
Tillage Update - 9th September 2021
Planning for next years crops is well under way on all farms. This planning process should include how these crops are managed through the year. Michael Hennessy, Head of Crop Knowledge Transfer Department gives an overview of factors which need to considered.
Highlights from WAFL 2021, the international welfare research conference
On the latest episode of the Pig Edge podcast, Amy Quinn is joined by Teagasc Pig Development Department (PDD) Researcher, Keelin O'Driscoll, and Head of Pig Knowledge Transfer, Ciarán Carroll, to discuss WAFL 2021.
Legal requirements for felling trees with Ash Dieback
Ash dieback (Hymenoscyphus fraxineus) is now widespread throughout our countryside and woodlands. It is estimated that up to 90% of ash trees will succumb to the disease. Forestry Advisor Kevin O'Connell outlines forestry owners responsibilities and the legal requirements with regard to this disease
Growth Watch: Mid-September grazing targets
As the middle of September approaches, a number of key grazing targets begin to come into effect at farm level. Séan Cummins, Teagasc GreenAcres Advisor, discusses mid-September grazing targets and gets updates from farmers Peter Byrne, Co. Kildare and Ciaran Bartley, Co. Limerick.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Ireland's Nitrates Review
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 3rd September, Pat Murphy Head of Environment Knowledge Transfer was joined by Jack Nolan, Senior Inspector, DAFM, to discuss Ireland's Draft Nitrate Action Programme and the 2nd stage consultation.
Using the Autumn Rotation Planner on beef farms
Alan Dillon, Teagasc Beef Specialist, discusses implementing an autumn rotation plan, which can allow farmers to plan out how much grass can be utilised each week heading into the autumn, to keep priority stock out for as long as possible, while also having enough grass cover in spring.
Sexed semen lab to be established at Teagasc Moorepark
Sexing Technologies is the global leader in the production of sex-biased semen.They will establish a sexed semen laboratory at Teagasc Moorepark. This lab will provide a semen sorting service open to all companies in the Irish AI industry.
New Head of Teagasc Dairy Knowledge Transfer Department
The new head of the Teagasc Dairy Knowledge Transfer Department, Dr Joe Patton will be at the dairy open day next week in Teagasc Moorepark to meet and engage with farmers on the challenges facing the sector. Earlier this summer, Dr Patton was appointed as head of Dairy Knowledge Transfer in Teagasc
The importance of correctly managing hedgerows on tillage farms
Hedgerows are a very important resource within our landscape but over-management is an issue on tillage farms according to Dr Catherine Keena, a Countryside Management Specialist in Teagasc who joins Michael Hennessy on this week’s Tillage Edge podcast.
Tillage Newsletter - September 2021
This month's Tillage Newsletter includes information on: National Crops Forum; Autumn planting; Time for soil sampling; Cereal crop P and K requirements; Soil structure assessment; and Health & Safety - Food for thought.
Small woodlands on dairy and drystock farms: Have your say on trees
Forests account for 12% of land area in Ireland. The government target is that forests will make up 18% of the land area by 2046. Rachel Irwin, Teagasc Walsh Scholar is surveying farmers to analyse their perceptions of, attitudes towards, and willingness to plant, trees on farms. Have your say here
How to check the ewe is fit for breeding
Edward Egan, Drystock Advisor, Teagasc Co. Meath has compiled a fact sheet for sheep farmers on how to check the ewe is fit for breeding. Edward outlines 10 key areas that need addressing and he advises beginning the ewe check early - at least 10 weeks prior to start of breeding. Download it here
Grass10 Newsletter - 7th September 2021
Get the latest from the Grass10 team including; PastureBase Ireland data for the week; Grass10 Grazing tips; Elodie Ruelle’s MoSt Grass Growth Prediction Model; update from dairy farmer Seamus Dolan in Co. Cavan on his grass situation; and information on the Teagasc Moorepark Open Day 2021.
The Sustainable Beef and Lamb Assurance Scheme audit – everything you need to know
With over 34,000 audits taking place on Irish Beef & Sheep farms each year, Emma O’Gorman, Quality Assurance and Origin Green co-ordinator at Bord Bia joins Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge podcast to bust some myths around the audit.
Beef Newsletter - September 2021
This month's Beef Newsletter includes information on: Planning in preparation for weaning; building grass covers; focusing on an off-grass finish; Research Update - Pasture and performance; and Health & Safety - Food for thought.
Safe Slurry Handling
In the next few weeks the last of the slurry for this year will be spread on farms by many farmers and contractors before the October 15th deadline. Francis Bligh & Tom Fallon, Teagasc have important advice on staying safe around slurry, in particular when agitating slurry and emptying slurry tanks
Registration opens for Teagasc Moorepark Dairy Open Day
Registration has opened for farmers to attend the Teagasc Moorepark Dairy Event, which will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 14th, 15th & 16th September 2021. The Open Day will be repeated over the 3 days, so farmers can select which day they wish to attend. More details here
Should I feed meals to my cattle this autumn?
With our temperate climate and the ease at which we can grow grass in Ireland it is no wonder that eighty percent of Irish Agricultural area is devoted to grassland. Seán Doorley, Teagasc Advisor, discusses the factors to be considered when deciding whether or not to feed meal at grass this autumn.
Joining ewe lambs – what to consider
Dr. Tim Keady joins Ciarán Lynch on this week’s OviCast to discuss the subject of joining ewe lambs to lambs at 1 year old.
Sheep Newsletter - September 2021
This month's Sheep Newsletter includes information on: grassland management; getting ready for breeding; BETTER Farm Update - On the hill; Research Update - Lamb growth and drafting; and Health & Safety - Food for thought.
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar - Fertiliser and closing off strategy
On this episode of Let's Talk Dairy, which took place on Thursday, 2nd September, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist discusses late season fertiliser N and planning for spring grazing.
National Crops Forum - Part One
The annual National Crops Forum will take place virtually this year due to Covid19 Restrictions. The Forum will take place over two days on Thursday, 9th and 16th September at 11:30am. Find out how to register here and join us for Part 1 this Thursday morning.
Laurence Shalloo on the Impact of Nitrogen Management Strategies
Laurence Shalloo joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast to explain the Nitrates modelling work completed by Teagasc which considered a reduction in chemical Nitrogen, consequence of non-compliance with closed dates for slurry, and a reduction in stock rate.
What is soil health and is it part of the solution to many of the challenges ahead in agriculture?
On the latest episode of The Environment Edge podcast, Dr Fiona Brennan Soil & Environmental Microbiology researcher with Teagasc based in Johnstown Castle tells us all about soil health.
Dairy Newsletter - September 2021
This month's Dairy Newsletter includes information on: Moorepark'21; targets for September grazing; reducing TB risk; Signpost actions for September; milk recording; controlling mastitis and reducing lameness problems.
Suckler calf weaning guidelines
At this time of year suckler farmers are planning on weaning calves with the majority being prepared for sale. Careful consideration should be taken by the farmer to ensure weaning doesn’t cause unnecessary stress or fall back in thrive. James Concannon, Teagasc Mayo Walsh Scholar, has a plan here
Setting up a Glamping Business
Glamping pods, wigwams or yurts provide what holidaymakers view as a trendy, rustic experience in an unusual or unique structure, while ensuring a comfortable, safe environment. Following a second stay-at-home summer, Barry Caslin Teagasc, Rural Economy, has advice on setting up a glamping business
The Signpost Series Webinar - Traditional Farm Buildings
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 20th August, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd Manager was joined by Anna Meenan, The Heritage Council to discuss traditional farm buildings.
While organic may be the smaller of the poultry systems; it is growing year on year. Irish organic egg production has increased in recent years to a market share of 3%. Elaine Leavy, Organic Specialist & Rebecca Tierney, Poultry Advisor have advice on the requirements for setting up organic poultry
Rathcroghan EIP - Engaging farmers in European Innovation Partnerships
European Innovation Partnerships (EIPs) are testing new forms of knowledge exchange and innovative learning. Luke Clogher, Teagasc and Monica Gorman, UCD, consider Farming Rathcroghan Project EIP-Agri, that aims to enhance farming, archaeology and agri-tourism in a unique archaeological landscape
The Signpost Series Webinar - Archaeology and Farming
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 13th August, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd Manager was joined by Hugh Carey, Archaeologist, National Monuments Service, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage to discuss archaeology and farming.
Teagasc Signpost Programme Newsletter September 2021
This month’s Signpost newsletter features a guide to actions that dairy farmers can take to reduce emissions. We have the usual climate actions for the month as well as a timely video on lime application. We profile 3 Signpost farms – James Skehan (beef) Sean Collery (dairy) & Don Somers (tillage)
How to check the ram is fit for breeding
Edward Egan, Drystock Advisor, Teagasc Co. Meath has compiled a fact sheet for sheep farmers on how to check the ram is fit for breeding. Edward outlines 10 key areas that need addressing and he advises beginning the ram check on time - at least 10 weeks prior to start of breeding. Download it here
Forestry and taxation
In this video, Declan McEvoy, Head of Tax with IFAC explains taxation in relation to timber sales. He discusses VAT regulations and the difference between VAT registered and VAT unregistered farmers. Steven Meyen, Teagasc Forestry Development Officer explains the different timber sale methods also
Growth Watch: Time to consider meal supplementation to calves
Ensuring animals achieve the desired levels of daily weight gain is a critical element in successful calf-to-beef systems. Séan Cummins, Teagasc GreenAcres Advisor, discusses this and gets updates from farmers Peter O’Hanrahan, Co. Kilkenny, and Jarlath Ruane, Co. Mayo.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Refining fertiliser recommendations for extensively managed grassland
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 27th August, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd Manager was joined by Suzanne Higgins, Soil Scientist, AFBI to discuss refining fertiliser recommendations for extensively managed grassland.
Human health advantages of pasture-derived milk fat products
Many people today believe that dairy fats are an “unhealthy’ part of our daily diet. However, this belief is not supported by current scientific evidence. Here, PhD Walsh Scholar student, Orla Skillington at VistaMilk talks about the human health advantages of pasture-derived milk fat products
Structured for success?
TEAGASC Researchers Tracy Bradfield Walsh PhD Scholar and Emma Dillon Senior Researcher Rural Economy & Development, together with Robert Butler and Thia Hennessy of UCC, examined the impact of land structure on the economic performance of dairy farms. Their policy recommendations are discussed here
Tillage Update - 31st August 2021
Mark Plunkett, Teagasc Soil and Plant Nutrition Specialist, discusses the importance of correcting soil pH to ensure the efficient use of soil nutrients (N, P K, Mg, S & Ca) and applied nutrients in manures and fertilisers. Also find information about the upcoming National Crops Forum.
Managing headlands and yield reductions of up to 30% on tillage farms
Headlands occupy a significant proportion of fields, particularly in an Irish context – for example, a 24 metre headland makes up 50% of the total area on a 4 hectare field. On this week’s Tillage Edge podcast, Dr Mark Ward joined Michael Hennessy to discuss his work in this area.
Developing Rural Ireland - A History of the Irish Agricultural Advisory Services
A new book that documents the history of the Irish agricultural advisory services and its role in developing rural Ireland, was launched at a virtual event at Teagasc, Oak Park, Carlow, yesterday, Wednesday 1 September.
Suckler Herd Management in September
There are a number of essential jobs that should take place over the coming weeks on suckler farms. Pearse Kelly, Head of Drystock Knowledge Transfer, Teagasc outlines those that will increase output and save costs and bring benefits over the coming year, if not for years ahead.
Hedgerow Cutting Season Begins
Hedges can be cut from 1 September until the end of February. The Wildlife Act, 1976 (2000) prohibits hedge cutting during the bird nesting season. Here Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist and Anthony Dineen, Teagasc Advisor simplify the rules and regulations around Hedges.
BEEP-S and Dairy Beef Calf Programme - What farmers need to do Now!
The BEEP-S and the dairy calf to beef schemes are coming to the stage where farmers need to put a plan in place for meeting the requirements of both schemes. Kevin O’Hara, Education Officer, Teagasc Ballinrobe covers a list of the actions to be completed to maximise your payment.
Grass10 Newsletter - 31st August 2021
Get the latest from the Grass10 team including; PastureBase Ireland data for the week; Grass10 Grazing tips; updates from Clonakilty research farm on grass-only versus grass-clover treatments and Farmers-John Galvin & Seán Barry GFOTY disadvantaged land, and Autumn grazing targets for beef farms;
From Farm to Fork Part 2 – the system used and advice for other farmers
In the second of a two-part series looking at a farm to fork enterprise, Jim Ryan, owner of Ryan’s Farm, who operates a premium on-farm butchers alongside is his farm in Kells, Co. Meath joins Catherine Egan on this week’s episode of the Beef Edge podcast.
Blackgrass - Cultural control options
If herbicides controlled blackgrass, it would not be considered the problem it is. Unfortunately, if blackgrass appears in a field there is a good chance that it will be resistant to some or all of the available herbicides. Ciaran Collins, Tillage Specialist discusses Cultural control options here
Weigh Safely for BEEP-S
Peter Mullan, Teagasc Advisor Manorhamilton, issues a BEEP -S reminder to farmers to ensure to weigh BOTH cows & calves BEFORE calves are weaned. Peter has excellent advice for keeping the handler and animal safe in the weighing process and when handling cattle in general. He refers to TAMS aid also
Mating Ewe Lambs
This year will probably see an increased interest in mating ewe lambs due to the high cost of breeding hoggets, as a result of the unprecedented sheep meat prices. Michael Gottstein, Teagasc Head of Sheep discusses steps sheep farmers should remember when considering whether or not to mate ewe lambs
Forage crops: can they carry store lambs to finish?
Dr Frank Campion and Mark Dolan join Ciarán Lynch on this week’s OviCast to discuss some of the ongoing work examining the role of forage crops in store lamb finishing systems.
Autumn Reseeding – Overcoming the extra challenges
Traditionally many dairy farmers have looked to the autumn to carry out reseeding as their workloads reduce. Reseeding in the autumn presents far more challenges than early summer reseeds. James Moyles, Teagasc Advisor, Tullamore advises on the mistakes he has encountered with autumn reseeds.
Newford Notes - Week of 23rd August 2021
Drafting of beef heifers has commenced at Newford. Michael Fagan, Technician of the Newford Suckler Demonstration Farm, Athenry, has details of the 5 finished Fiston heifers. The suckler cows and calves were weighed for BEEP S - see weights here; and get the current grassland situation on-farm
Teagasc Pig Research Facility Farm Update - 30th August 2021
In this month’s Pig Research Facility Farm Update for August, Tomás Ryan, Farm Manager welcomes the newest member to the Pig Development Department team, Kieran Keane and discusses a new research trial that is commencing using our new supplementary milk piglet feeding system.
Sustainable Tomato Production
David Currid, owner of Grantstown Nurseries is interviewed by Teagasc's Head of the Horticulture Development Department (HDD), Dermot Callaghan. David gives some interesting insights into how he produces a crop sustainably without compromising on the quality of his product.
How to increase your grass cover if behind target
Grassland researcher Mike Egan joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge Podcast and quantifies the level of grass cover on dairy farms. Based on PastureBase Ireland figures, farm cover is on average 812 kg DM/ha which is 120 kg behind target.
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar - Managing Hedgerows
In this episode of Let's Talk Dairy, which took place on Thursday, 19th August, host Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist was joined by Aoife Leader, Teagasc to discuss managing hedgerows.
Teagasc Improve Aphid Monitoring Infrastructure
In July 2021 Teagasc completed the construction of a 12.2m high insect suction tower at Ashtown Research Centre in Dublin. The tower will help to build understanding of aphid and insect ecology in Ireland. Researchers Michael Gaffney, Ashtown & Louise McNamara, Oak Park are involved in this research
Rural housing density in Ireland - Map of the Month
The August Map of the Month, created by Researchers David Meredith, Rob O’Hara and Jesko Zimmermann looks at the density of rural dwellings in Ireland. It clearly shows the impact of the road network, proximity to towns and cities, and general topography on residential housing density.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Managing Nutrient Runoff from Farmyards
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 6th August, Pat Murphy, Head of Teagasc Environment KT Programme was joined by Sara Vero, Assistant Lecturer, Agricultural Science, Waterford Institute of Technology to discuss managing nutrient runoff from farmyards.
Contract Rearing Sport Horses
Contract rearing is when an equine owner hires another farmer on contract to raise horses. Farmers typically take stock on as foals, sending them back to the original farm after a specified period. Dr Alan M. Hurley, Teagasc Grange provides some information on the contract rearing of sport horses.
Drafting well under way in Co. Louth
Ciaran Lynch, Teagasc Sheep Specialist and Hugh Rooney, Teagasc Advisor catch up with long-time participant in the Teagasc BETTER Farm Sheep Programme, Peadar Kearney. Farming near Louth village, Peadar runs a closed flock of 300 crossbred ewes plus replacements.
Let's Talk Poultry Webinar - Biosecurity assessments for broiler and layers units: Irish results
Host Rebecca Tierney, Teagasc Poultry Advisor, was joined by Carla Gomes, Animal Health Ireland (AHI), on a recent Let's Talk Poultry webinar which took place on Wednesday, 25th August to discuss biosecurity assessments for broiler and layers units: Irish results
Pig Newsletter - August 2021
The latest newsletter from the Teagasc Pig team focuses on removing Zinc Oxide preventive antibiotics, less than a year to go; how much do pigs cough?; WAFL 2021, and more.
Farm Forestry in Ireland
A farm forest provides many benefits, both financially and environmentally/socially. Forest options that can be incorporated on the farm include commercial conifers, broadleaves, native woodland, agroforestry and ‘forest for fibre’. Tom Houlihan, Forestry Specialist provides more information.
Sheep farmers - TAKE the good lamb prices while available
Lamb prices this year are good and all sheep farmers should draft lambs as they become fit. Farmers should take full advantage of the high lamb prices available at the present time. Anthony Dineen, Teagasc Advisor, also looks at grassland management and blowfly strike prevention methods.
Growth Watch: Deadline approaches for nitrogen and phosphorous applications
James Fitzgerald & Séan Cummins, Teagasc GreenAcres Advisors, discuss the approaching deadline for applications of chemical nitrogen and phosphorous fertilisers. They also get updates from farmers Pat Collins, Co. Cork, and Irvine Allen, Co. Westmeath.
The Signpost Series Webinar - The Hen Harrier Project
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 30th July, Pat Murphy, Head of Teagasc Environment KT Programme was joined by Fergal Monaghan, Project Manager for the Hen Harrier Programme to discuss the Hen Harrier Project.
Tillage Update - 26th August 2021
In this week's crops update, Michael Hennessy, Head of Crops KT gives an update on harvesting. He also discusses soil sampling, the rising costs of fertilisers, planting oilseed rape, and starting to plan for next year.
Farm Safety Partnership launch action plan for 2021 - 2024
The Farm Safety Partnership Advisory Committee (FSPAC), an advisory committee to the Board of the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), recently published its latest Action Plan for 2021-2024, which aims to reduce the level of fatalities, serious injuries and ill health in the agriculture sector.
The area devoted to organic cereal production in Ireland is relatively small, according to Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) figures. However, there is a strong demand from other organic farmers and cereal processors for home-produced grain. Is it an option for you?
The impact of the rising cost of fertilisers on tillage farms
On this week’s episode of The Tillage Edge podcast Shay Phelan talks to Soil Specialist Mark Plunkett about the impact of the rising cost of fertilisers on tillage farms.
Time for Spreading Lime
The benefits of correcting a lime deficiency are numerous. Lime can be safely spread any time of the year but planning and a more proactive approach to lime application would help increase application rates. John McCarthy, Teagasc/Dairygold Joint Programme Advisor has some advice on spreading lime.
Fodder Budget – Planning for Winter 2021
Now as the silage season approaches completion, it’s a good time to take stock of the amount of fodder in the yard. This exercise will highlight the amount of fodder you have and if you have enough for the stock you plan to carry over the winter. Eddie Webb has advice on how to do a fodder budget
Summer grazing - did it leave profit this year?
Summer grazing of store cattle to sell live or slaughter is one of the more widely practiced systems in Ireland. Alan Dillon, Teagasc Beef Specialist, discusses the profitability of summer grazing and provides budget information.
Grass10 Newsletter - 24th August 2021
Get the latest from the Grass10 team including; PastureBase Ireland data for the week & Elodie Ruelle’s MoSt Grass Growth Prediction Model; Grass10 Grazing tips; Profile of dairy farmer Padraig Callanan, Co. Laois & sheep research demonstration farm update; and details of John Galvin farm walk.
From Farm to Fork with Ryan’s Farm in Kells, Co. Meath
In the first of a two part interview finding out about a farm-to-fork enterprise, on this week’s episode of the Beef Edge, Catherine Egan is joined by Jim Ryan of Ryan’s Farm.
10th Infogest Webinar on Food Digestion
Don't miss the 10th INFOGEST Webinar on Food Digestion, focusing on “Food-Drug Interface and Digestion”. It's all happening on the 1st September 2021 at 2pm online, in partnership with the UNGAP Cost Action. Details on speakers and registration can be found here.
Going for gold
As Irish eyes turned to Tokyo for the Olympics this summer, Pat Fitzgerald director of Fitzgerald Nurseries and Beotanics discusses his winning mix in Japan with Dónall Flanagan nursery stock/ornamentals Specialised Advisor, Teagasc
Developing Rural Ireland - A History of the Irish Agricultural Advisory Services
On Wednesday September 1st the Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD will launch a new book documenting the history of the agricultural advisory services in Ireland. Join online for the launch and to hear from the author Mícheál Ó Fathartaigh
Liver Fluke on Farms
As autumn approaches, both dairy and beef farmers can be fairly sure of the prospect of having Liver Fluke in their stock. Teagasc advisor Niall Treanor gives information about Liver Fluke and advice on treatment options.
A field, a marquee, an auctioneer and 4000 sheep: the Cooley Sheep Breeders Association sale
On this week’s OviCast, Ciarán Lynch is joined by Conor McCann, current chairman of the Cooley Sheep Breeders Association and local Teagasc advisor, Hugh Rooney, to explain more about the association's annual sale in Carlingford.
John Galvin - Sustainable Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020
John Galvin is the Sustainable Category Winner in the 2020 Grassland Farmer of the Year Competition. Teagasc is hosting a dairy farm walk at John's farm in Dunmanway, Co. Cork, at 11am on August 26th.
Cross Compliance Nitrates – Keeping up to date
Every year a number of farmers as part of their cross compliance inspection are required to submit nitrate records. Eamonn Dempsey, Teagasc Advisor, Tralee, gives information here on the nitrate inspection process, breaches of nitrate regulations, and the relevant deadlines for farmers.
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar - Economics around late calving cows
In this episode of Let's Talk Dairy, which took place on Thursday, 19th August, host Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist was joined by James Dunne, Teagasc Dairy Specialist to discuss the economics around late calving cows.
How can we enjoy a tasty, fatty meal without weight gain?
Foods rich in dietary fat are known to cause weight gain if consumed excessively, and yet we still eat them because they are tasty and are in abundant supply. This article by Oleksandr Nychyk, Wiley Barton, Paul D. Cotter and Kanishka N. Nilaweera, Teagasc first appeared on RTÉ Brainstorm last week
Pat Dillon previews the 2021 Moorepark Open Day
Teagasc’s Head of Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Programme, Pat Dillon, joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast with a preview of the 2021 Moorepark Open Day event.
Economics around late calving cows
Teagasc is running a weekly Let's Talk Dairy webinar series which is also being made available as a bonus Dairy Edge podcast episode. In this webinar, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist, was joined by James Dunne to discuss the economics around late calving cows.
Pollution Prevention on Farm Roadways
A well designed and well maintained farm roadway has many benefits which must include pollution control. Farm roadways are widely acknowledged as a significant run off pathway. Eamonn Dempsey, Teagasc Advisor, Tralee, has advice here on roadway layout to avoid run off to watercourses
Solar PV (Solar Panels) on the farm
Solar photovoltaic (PV) cells work on the principle that energy in the sun is converted to electricity. PV cells are used to convert solar radiation into direct current (DC) electricity. Barry Caslin Teagasc, Rural Economy, has advice on the requirements for setting up Solar panels on the farm here
Endangered Corncrake making a welcome return
Corncrake numbers have declined in recent times, however they have increased again in 2021. Joanne Masterson, B&T Drystock Advisor at Teagasc Galway/Clare, discusses corncrake friendly mowing and the Corncrake LIFE Project Scheme. She also sheds light on the future of this bird species.
Let's Talk Poultry Webinar - Understanding Foot Pad Dermatitis
Host Rebecca Tierney, Teagasc Poultry Advisor was joined by Conor Sheehy, St David’s Poultry Team on a recent Let's Talk Poultry webinar which took place on Wednesday, 11th August to discuss understanding Foot Pad Dermatitis.
Ram Factors for the Breeding Season
When sourcing the ram it will pay to know as much as possible of the previous flock history. It only takes one animal to import numerous disease issues. Eamon Patten, Drystock Advisor, Teagasc Ballinrobe has a wealth of advice here on having a good ram for the breeding season
Outdoor Cut Foliage
The European flower industry is worth €2.5bn, with foliage estimated at 10% of this, or €250m. The south of Ireland has long been recognised as an ideal location for the production of foliage because of its mild moist climate. Andy Whelton, Vegetable and Cut Foliage Specialist Advisor tells us more
Research Insights Webinar - Increasing energy use efficiency on Irish farms
On a recent Teagasc Research Insights webinar Pat Dillon, Head of Animal and Grassland Research and Innovation, was joined by John Upton, Researcher; Ger McCutcheon, Pig Development and Barry Caslin, Energy & Rural Development Specialist to discuss increasing energy use efficiency on Irish farms
Goats don't like the rain!
Goats don’t like the rain. Marion Roeleveld, Killeen Farmhouse Cheese had goats out grazing, but when it rained they would run back into the shed. They were very bad grazers and very susceptible to parasites. Anne Kinsella, Teagasc Rural Economy, brings us this insight into making goat's cheese
Cleaning on pig farms
Teagasc researchers Shilpi Misra, Corina E. van Middelaar, John Upton and Keelin O’Driscoll evaluated different washing and disinfection methods on pig farms. No difference in both water use and bacterial load was found; power washing without pre-soaking or detergent was the simplest method.
Appreciating The Heritage of Hedges
Hedges give character to farms, townlands, parishes and counties, making them distinct from other areas. Hedges evoke history and folklore. On National Heritage Week, Catherine Keena & Michael Somers remind us of the Kickham Tree Project in Tipperary, which preserves the legacy of Charles Kickham
Exotic mushrooms produced from hardwood logs can be an extra income earner on many broadleaf forests. The demand for edible wild mushrooms is rapidly increasing. Most of the exotic mushrooms on sale in restaurants and supermarkets in Ireland are imported. Michael Somers, Forestry Advisor has details
Let's Talk Poultry Webinar - Cocci – Prevention is better than Cure
Host Rebecca Tierney, Teagasc Poultry Advisor was joined by Ellie Radford, Huvepharma & Callum Turner, St David’s Poultry Team on a recent Let's Talk Poultry webinar which took place on Wednesday, 28 July to discuss Cocci – Prevention is better than Cure, followed by a questions & answers session.
Growth Watch: Finishing at pasture commences
James Fitzgerald & Séan Cummins, Teagasc GreenAcres Advisors, discuss how farmers in the programe are lessening the costs associated with winter finishing by moving to finishing stock off grass prior to housing. They also get updates from farmers Aidan Maguire, Co. Meath, & Shane Cranny Co. Carlow.
Tillage Update - 19th August 2021
In this week's tillage update, Shay Phelan, Teagasc Crops Specialist gives an update on the harvest, specifically spring barley and winter wheat. Shay also discusses the straw incorporation measure (SIM) and planting oilseed rape as a break crop. Listen to the latest Tillage Edge podcast.
Teagasc celebrates National Heritage Week
National Heritage Week takes place from 14th - 22nd August. Teagasc is marking the week by dedicating 2 Signpost Series webinars to the topics: Archaeology & Farming and Traditional Farm Buildings. Read more here on how to access these webinars and to find out more about Teagasc Heritage resources
Harvest Update from Around the Country
Broken weather over the last few weeks has slowed down the progress of the harvest. On this week’s Tillage Edge Podcast Shay Phelan talks to three advisors; Conor Kavanagh in Tipperary, Ciaran Hickey in Enniscorthy and John Brophy in Louth, to get a view from their areas.