Huge Response to Landscape Category of Teagasc Forest Photo Competition
The Teagasc Forestry Development Department announced the winner of the first category of its ongoing forest photo competition ‘Celebrating Our Forests’. The worthy winner of the ‘Forest Landscapes’ category is Ms Jane Walsh from Rosses Point in County Sligo.
BYDV Management in Winter Barley
Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus or BYDV, is a virus that is transmitted by aphids and affects various cereal crops, in particular Winter Barley. BYDV is introduced into the crop by aphids flying into the crop & their offspring spread BYDV. Shane Kennedy & John Brophy, Teagasc Louth have more information.
Don’t be Nice to Lice this Winter
When controlling parasites at housing one that should not be overlooked is lice! This is the advice from Aidan Murray, Beef Specialist. Once cattle come into sheds the conditions for both biting and sucking lice to flourish, improve.
Sheepdog Series Part 3: Maintaining Peak Performance
In this video, the third in the series, Martin Feeney, of Atlantic Sheepdogs, outlines what you can do to ensure that your dog works to their peak throughout their working life. Some dogs need to get out training or working every day. Martin's motto: "the more you put in - the more you get out"
The Signpost Series: What impacts the quality of water in Agricultural Catchments Programme [ACP]?
In this edition of Sustainable Agriculture Webinars, host Pat Murphy, Head of Environment KT, Teagasc was joined by Per-Erik Mellander, Chief Scientist, Agricultural Catchments Programme, Teagasc to discuss what impacts the quality of water in Agricultural Catchments Programme [ACP]?
Bioeconomy Ireland Week - Friday - The Bioeconomy in Ireland so far
To finish off the Bioeconomy Ireland Week Map Series we show (1) a map Irish Enterprises in the Bioeconomy assembled as part of the All Island BIOMAP project led by the Irish Bioeconomy Foundation, and (2) a network map showing linkages between the current players in the Irish bioeconomy.
Hardwood Focus Webinar 2020
The Hardwood Focus webinar was held by Teagasc’s Forestry Development Department in association with Limerick and Tipperary Woodland Owners (LTWO) and the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine (DAFM) on Thursday, 15 October 2020.
Farmer Focus: Tomas O’ Leary BETTER Sheep Farm Participant, Kerry
The O'Leary farm in Kerry was traditionally sucklers and sheep. They joined the Teagasc BETTER Sheep Farm Programme with the aim to increase performance and profitability of both their sheep and cattle enterprises. Today they run a mid-season ewe flock and contract rearing enterprise.
Alder (Alnus glutinosa) more than just a native species
Alder is a native tree and has featured quite a lot in Irish folklore and indeed in Irish place names. There is an increased awareness of the importance of growing native tree species such as alder. Oliver Sheridan, Teagasc Forestry Researcher has more information about ongoing research to date.
Pre-Housing Review and Silage Testing
Mícheál Kelly, B&T Drystock Advisor carries out a pre-housing review of the cattle shed including feed barriers, water troughs, slats and ventilation. Checking these now can prevent a costly mistake later. He also recommends silage testing now; another task which will save money in the long run.
Lets Talk Dairy Webinar - Selecting Cows for Selective Dry Cow Therapy
On the latest Let's Talk Dairy webinar host Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist runs through using ICBF reports in order to select cows to be put forward for selective dry cow therapy
Tillage Update - 22nd October
Mark Plunkett, Soil & Plant Nutrition Specialist reports from a number of tillage fields with Martin Bourke, Tillage Advisor, Wicklow. A lot of progress has been made over the last number of days & weeks with the planting and establishment of winter cereal crops
Bioeconomy Ireland Week - Thursday - Investments in the bioeconomy
The bioeconomy is a young & growing sector. While technologies have been developed that can advance it, opportunities need to be scaled up beyond the lab to demonstration & pre-commercial level. In this map we highlight Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI-JU) flagship projects across Europe.
Newford Notes - Week of 12th October 2020
Michael Fagan,Technician of the Newford Suckler Demonstration Farm in Athenry gives a detailed update. The weight, grading and performance of the batch of finished beef heifers is discussed,remaining heifers and weanlings are at grass, bullocks housed and plans for the week ahead are outlined
Grass10 Newsletter - 20 October 2020
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass10 team including: PastureBase data for the week; tips on grazing during wet weather; grazing when silage in the diet; monitoring autumn rotation plan; Autumn closing plan – Sean & Pat Barry, heavy soils update & Moorepark clover trial update.
Bioeconomy Ireland Week - Wednesday - Beyond economic activities
The bioeconomy is not just about production of goods but also for the provisioning of services. Some of them are not always directly obvious. The concept of Natural Capital provides a holistic view on the goods and services provided by the natural environment. Find out more in today's map.
Cattle Budgets 2020 - Too many Unknowns gives Cause for Concern
Teagasc annually produces a set of beef budgets dealing with a number of finishing scenarios. No two farms are the same in terms of input costs, management, stocking rates or fixed costs. With that in mind Aidan Murray, Beef Specialist says each individual should really do their own specific budgets
How is your Autumn Rotation Planner progressing?
As we near the end of October, we want to check in with our Autumn Rotation Planner. Martina Harrington, Beef Specialist goes through the targets & reasons why hitting these targets are so important. If you haven’t a plan made already, it may not be too late but you need to act now.
Building Up Your Mental Resilience in These Times
In light of the Covid-19 restrictions, Dr. Noel Richardson, Director of the National Centre for Men’s Health, IT Carlow, has some tips on mental and physical well-being on this week’s episode of the Beef Edge Podcast.
Green Acres Calf to Beef - GrowthWatch
James Fitzgerald and Seán Cummins, Programme Advisors to the Green Acres farms offer some timely advice on grassland management and share the current Autumn grassland management plans of two of the programmes farmers; Aidan Maguire and Richard Long
Bioeconomy Ireland Week - Tuesday - Opportunities in the bioeconomy
There are many feedstocks that may be used in the bioeconomy. As part of Bioeconomy Week Ireland, in three maps we will highlight some of the resources currently used, their current production levels and what they might be used for.
Considering Selective Dry Cow Therapy
We have all heard about the new legislation that will be in place in January 2022. This has been brought about because of the increase in resistance to antibiotics of bacteria that cause illness in humans. George Ramsbottom, Teagasc Dairy Specialist has more information on SDCT.
Research Insights Webinar - Macro to Micro: Food Structure, Digestion and the Microbiome
Our Research Insights Webinars continue on Wednesday, October 21st at 9.30am. Join Teagasc researchers on the first of two webinars where they will be discussing the digestion process and the latest research on the impact your choice of food can have on your health and lifestyle.
Farmer focus: Francis Gonely, breeding, grass and finishing lambs
Francis Gonely who is running a hill and lowland system in Co Sligo joins Ciarán Lynch for the latest Farmer Focus episode of OviCast.
'On Feirm Ground’ launched to support farmer health and well-being
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Department of Health, the HSE, Teagasc and IT Carlow have collaborated to fund a programme of research resulting in a training programme that will see agricultural advisors engage with farmers on their health and wellbeing over the farm gate.
Identifying Irish beef farmers’ challenges and sharing solutions from across Europe
BovINE will hold its first Irish National Beef Event at 8pm tomorrow, 20 October. BovINE network links farmers, advisors, researchers, & all other relevant stakeholders, across 9 EU member states, to stimulate exchange of knowledge & ideas to address solutions to the challenges faced by the sector.
Bioeconomy Ireland Week - Monday - The relevance of the bioeconomy
As part of Bioeconomy Week Ireland, in two maps we will show (a) the development of national bioeconomy strategies in Europe, & (b) employment in the bioeconomy in Ireland as a share of overall employment as one measure of its significance.
Making Life Easier on the Farm
Andy Ryder, drystock advisor, says handling facilities are often overlooked as farms are developed. Labour on most farms is limited to the farmer and help from family members. Therefore, handling of animals requires good facilities that enables one person to complete the necessary routine tasks
What’s in Budget 2021 for Dairy Farmers?
With the Government announcing a large spending package in this year’s Budget 2021, Financial Specialist Kevin Connolly joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast to discuss the agricultural measures for dairy farmers.
Preparing for housing on dairy farms
Mairead Kirk, Dairy Advisor Teagasc Louth advises on preparing for winter housing. Starting with the cubicle shed, ensure it is cleaned, inspect all fixtures for damage or defects. Act now while sheds are empty. Are supplies in place; straw, lime, salt? Planning now will ease winter workload
Farm Business Options Webinar: The Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH)
The first webinar in the Farm Business Options Series took place on Tuesday, 13 October. Host Barry Caslin, Teagasc Energy & Rural Development Specialist was joined by Ray Langton, SSRH Programme Manager, SEAI & Sean Finan, CEO, IrBEA to discuss the SSRH.
BDGP – Female Replacement Strategy – Deadline 31st October 2020
Martina Harrington, Beef Specialist, reminds suckler farmers in BDGP that they have only a fortnight left to the deadline to meet the 50% female replacement strategy. Under this measure farmers who signed up to the BDGP scheme almost 6 years ago have to have 50% of their reference number by Oct 31st
Gurteen College Virtual Open Day
Come and join us to have a virtual tour of the College campus and farm on Tuesday 20th October at 7pm
How sustainable is the food we eat in Ireland?
Are you Culturally Sustainable, Nutritionally Sustainable or Unsustainable when it comes to your diet? Dr Sinéad McCarthy, Teagasc gives more information on how our food choices have the potential not only to substantially influence our health, but impact on the environment we live in.
Sheepdog Series Part 2: Communicating with your Dog
In the second video of this series, Martin Feeney of Atlantic Sheepdogs speaks about how the way you communicate with your dog can directly influence their performance.He also outlines the benefits of the dog being trained to the whistle
Bioeconomy Ireland Week
Bioeconomy Ireland Week takes place from Monday, 19 to Friday 23 October. Teagasc in collaboration with Agency partners will be presenting a series of maps each day on the bioeconomy to highlight its relevance for a wide range of stakeholders across many sectors.
Ballyhaise Extended Grazing Trial
Donal Patton, Dairy research technologist, has summarised the trends emerging from the final year of a four-year trial in Ballyhaise. The trial looked at extended grazing on heavy soils in Northern regions comparing two grazing season lengths and two stocking rates.
Teagasc Virtual Pig Week 2020
Teagasc Virtual Pig Week 2020 will run from Tuesday 20th to Friday 23rd of October. The Teagasc Pig Development Department will be bringing you the latest research and the best technical advice and information.
Working Towards Positive Mental Health
Over the last number of months, farming has been challenging. COVID-19 has made the normal demands of farming even more difficult which can lead to feelings of being overwhelmed. Francis Bligh & John McNamara, Teagasc Health & Safety Specialists have some advice on Positive Mental Health.
Teagasc Forestry Research Update - The Potential Utilisation of Alder
Dr Ian Short, Broadleaf researcher with Teagasc has partnered with GMIT Letterfrack in researching the properties of alder thinnings. Approximately 95% of hardwoods used in the Irish furniture and woodworking industries is imported.
Virtual Pig Week 2020 - Friday
The focus of Virtual Pig Week on Friday, 23 October is the role of feed ingredients in disease transmission. It also includes a webinar with Dr Scott Dee, Director of Research for Pipestone Applied Research, Minnesota USA
Watch out for Liver Fluke in sheep
Glen Corbett, Drystock Advisor, says Liver fluke is Farm, Year and even Field specific, meaning that there are numerous factors that can make the incidence of liver fluke in a flock more or less severe. He advises on dose rotation so that the same active ingredients are not always used
How tillage crops can influence the biodiversity on an agricultural landscape
Dr. Daire O’Huallachain, an agro-ecologist in Teagasc, joined Michael Hennessy on this week’s episode of The Tillage Edge Podcast to discuss biodiversity on the agricultural landscape.
Tillage Update - 15th October
Ciaran Collins, Tillage Specialist, advises on increasing seed rates from now on for later sowing of winter cereals and sets out targets for establishment. He outlines pre-emergence weed control options where grass weeds are a problem in particular.
WEBINAR: The National Food Imaging Centre, Teagasc, Expertise & Tools for Studying Food Structure
Carol Griffin, Teagasc hosted the recent Food Industry Development webinar which focused on the “The National Food Imaging Centre, Teagasc, Expertise & Tools for Studying Food Structure”.The webinar featured presentations from Dr. Deirdre Kennedy and Dr. Laura Mascaraque, followed by a Q&A session.
Virtual Pig Week 2020 - Thursday
The focus of Virtual Pig Week on Thursday, 22 October is Biosecurity & Energy use. It includes a virtual farm visit to Eugene & Ciarán Sheehan’s progressive pig farm in Co. Cork.
How to make the most out of weighing
Catherine Egan, Beef Specialist, focuses on the importance of weighing to ensure replacement heifers are on target for weight at mating and calving down at 24 months. She takes a look at the many benefits of weighing, and knowing cow weights, for the suckler farmer.
Dairy Beef WebEx Event 2 - 15th October 2020
The second joint CAFRE/Teagasc dairy calf to beef WebEx event takes place on Thursday, 15th October at 7:30pm. It will focus on the CAFRE dairy beef KT project winter feeding regime & there will be an opportunity to hear about the research carried out by Teagasc in relation to dairy beef production.
WEBINAR: The Irish Coronavirus Sequencing Consortium: What We’re Doing and Why?
Teagasc hosted a webinar on Wednesday, 7th October to inform the public on the aims and activities of the Irish Coronavirus Sequencing Consortium, followed by a Q and A session with a panel of experts.
Grass10 Newsletter - 13 October 2020
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass10 team including PastureBase data for the week; tips on the paddocks to close throughout October; holding onto AFC; Autumn checklist for farmers; Autumn closing plan for John O’Connell, Sheep GFOY Winner and more.
Effective Parasite Control at Housing
Martina Harrington joins Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge podcast to give an overview of parasite control at housing.
Virtual Pig Week 2020 - Wednesday
The focus of Virtual Pig Week on Wednesday, 21 October is key husbandry practices in pig production. Teagasc Pig Development Department researchers and farm staff will share some of their key husbandry practices and tips.
Exploring markets for small-diameter broadleaf trees
Broadleaf species make up almost 29% of Ireland’s forest area with most of the broadleaf farm forests planted in the last twenty years. To explore the markets for small-diameter broadleaf trees, Teagasc has organised a webinar, taking place this Thursday, 15 October at 11:30am.
Management of Weanlings over the Winter
Donal McCabe, Drystock advisor focuses on the factors which should be considered this winter to achieve a margin from weanlings. These include concentrates, ventilation and the supply of clean water.
Flock Management at Mating
Breeding efficiency is a major component in the overall efficiency of sheep production. Damian Costello, Sheep Specialist, Teagasc takes a look at practical management tips for successful breeding, including body condition score, pre-mating tasks, raddle use, ram group mating and breeding ewe lambs
With the breeding season underway for many flocks, Ciarán Lynch catches up with Damian Costello, Teagasc Sheep Specialist on this week's episode of OviCast to discuss mating management.
Virtual Pig Week 2020 - Tuesday
The focus of Virtual Pig Week on Tuesday, 20 October is a Virtual Tour of Teagasc Moorepark Pig Research Facility, led by Tomás Ryan, farm manager, where best practice and research and production can be seen from breeding to finishing.
Teagasc announce details of ‘Virtual Pig Week’
The latest research and the best technical advice and information for pig producers will be broadcast live from Teagasc Moorepark at 1.30pm each day from Tuesday 20 until Friday, 23 October. The ‘Virtual Pig Week’ is being organised by the Teagasc Pig Development Department.
Selective Dry Cow Therapy
New European legislation will take effect from January 28th, 2022 which will mean that we will no longer be allowed to administer dry cow tubes to all quarters of all cows in the herd (blanket dry cow therapy). Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist has more information on the new legislation.
Insights and experience of selective dry cow therapy from Pallaskenry
Pallaskenry Farm Manager Brendan Ryan joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast to discuss the use of selective dry cow therapy (DCT).
Teagasc Horticulture College -National Botanic Gardens Virtual information event
Join the Teagasc Horticulture College team - National Botanic Gardens for a virtual information event from 4 - 5pm on Wednesday 14th October. The event will give details on the range of courses available at the college and will be in the format of a live Q & A Event
New Ammonia MACC – outlook to 2030 - Webinar
The fourth webinar in the Teagasc Research Insights Series focused on the new Teagasc ammonia marginal abatement cost curve. Teagasc Director Professor Gerry Boyle and researchers on this webinar gave an insight into the analysis and cost effective pathways to meet future ammonia emission targets.
Farm Business Options Webinar Series
A new weekly Teagasc webinar called ‘Farm Business Options’ will feature news, views and interviews on current topics relevant to farm business diversification in Irish Agriculture. Farm Business Options will be broadcast live from 11am to 12noon every Tuesday from October 13th 2020.
Sheepdog Series Part 1: The Importance of a good dog
In the first of a series of four videos, Martin Feeney of Atlantic Sheepdogs outlines the importance of a good dog on a sheep farm.
All weaning is now completed on the Newford farm. Michael Fagan, Technician of the Newford Suckler Demonstration Farm in Athenry gives a detailed update. Weanling weights and performance is discussed, silage results are available and he outlines the plans for the weeks ahead.
Making Sense of Senescence
Why do leaves turn colour in Autumn? John Casey, Teagasc forester, explains what Senescence means and how leaf and fruit fall in autumn is important to all, whether in the garden or in the wild.
Let's Talk Equine Webinar - A veterinary perspective on breeding and reproductive management
On this episode of Let's Talk Equine which took place on Tuesday, 6 October, host Wendy Conlon, Teagasc Equine Specialist is joined by Dr. John Haughey M.R.C.V.S., Carrickview Stud, Co Armagh to discuss a veterinary perspective on breeding and reproductive management.
Environment Newsletter - October 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Environment team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Dates for your diary; hedge cutting – for hedges fit for birds and bees; message from ASSAP - Autumn management of nutrients; EIP Update - MacGillycuddy Reeks EIP in action.
Stress free weaning sucklers on Newford Farm
Iarlaith Collins, Farm Manager on the Newford Suckler demonstration farm in Athenry Co Galway gives us a brief update on the pre weaning process and explains how they aim to reduce stress during the weaning process on both the cow and calf.
Let’s Talk Dairy Bonus Episode: Fitzgerald Family Farm Virtual Farm Walk
This week's Let's Talk Dairy webinar bonus episode features the Fitzgerald family farm virtual farm walk sharing their experiences of sustainable farming with Emma Louise Coffey
The Signpost Series- Semi-natural grasslands in Ireland
In this edition of Sustainable Agriculture Webinars, host Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd was joined by Maria Long, Grassland Ecologist, National Parks and Wildlife Service to discuss semi-natural grasslands in Ireland - precious resources under threat followed by a questions and answers session.
Virtual Pig Week 2020
Starting on Tuesday 20th October and continuing until Friday 23rd October, the Teagasc Pig Development Department will be bringing you the latest research and the best technical advice and information, live at 1.30pm each day.
Forestry Newsletter - October 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Forestry team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Hardwood Focus 2020; Seasonal management tips; trees on the farm and planning to plant and research update.
Tillage Update - 8th October
Michael Hennessy, Tillage Specialist says there is still plenty of time to plant winter cereals. He looks at post emergence weed control in winter crops. He warns that all farmers with black grass should be ultra cautious and do everything in their power to eliminate that weed from their farms.
Advice for weed control at this time of year
Dr Stephen Kildea, a plant pathologist in Teagasc and Ciaran Collins, a crops specialist in Teagasc joined Michael Hennessy on this week’s Tillage Edge podcast to discuss weed control at this time of year.
Grass10 Newsletter - 6th October 2020
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass10 team including PastureBase data for the week, Tips on the paddocks to close throughout October, Autumn checklist for farmers, closing plan for dairy calf to beef farmer Aidan Maguire, Co. Meath and Autumn grazing research study Teagasc Moorepark
Fitzgerald Family Farm Virtual Farm Walk - Work-life balance & Water quality
On Thursday October 1st the Fitzgerald family from Portlaw in County Waterford opened the gates of their farm for a virtual farm walk. The theme for the day was reducing the carbon footprint of milk production systems. Here we focus on work -life balance and water quality on the farm
Tillage Newsletter - October 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Crops team in this month's newsletter. It includes: winter cereal varieties for 2020; oilseed rape; aphids; Autumn weed control; Grass weed survey and health & safety - Check lighting and electrical switches.
Dairy Beef WebEx Event 1 - 8th October 2020
Invitation to attend the first of two joint CAFRE/Teagasc dairy calf to beef WebEx events. Event one provides an overview of current Teagasc dairy calf to beef research and a review of CAFREs dairy calf to beef technology project including James Hendersons dairy calf to beef enterprise.
EU Pig Poster - Community Manager for Pig Farms
EU PiG Ambassador Shane McAuliffe has opened his pig farm to the public to help inform consumers about sustainable pig production. In order to maintain strict biosecurity measures, large groups can be taken to the viewing room.
Winter weanling weight targets- Where is the ground lost?
Alan Dillon, Beef Specialist insists that silage testing is a must on farms to determine if more or less meal feeding is required. Not many farmers achieve the weanling winter target gain of 0.6kg per day. This is mainly due to feeding poor quality silage without adequate meal supplementation.
Farming Innovation and Sustainability on the Inishowen Peninsula
Henry O’Donnell project manager of the Inishowen Upland European Innovation Partnership joins Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge podcast to give an overview of the project and explains how it aims to improve the economic sustainability of farming High Nature Value (HNV) land in Inishowen.
Beef Newsletter - October 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Beef team in this month's newsletter. It includes: tidying up BEEP–S tasks; reducing the risk to weanlings; benefits of silage quality improvement; Research Update - Increasing space allowance and health & safety advice.
Fitzgerald Family Farm Virtual Farm Walk - Energy & Biodiversity
On Thursday October 1st the Fitzgerald family from Portlaw in County Waterford opened the gates of their farm for a virtual farm walk. The theme for the day was reducing the carbon footprint of milk production systems. Here we focus on the Energy Efficiency and Biodiversity themes from the day.
How Soil Organic Carbon Cycling works in Irish Soils - Webinar
The third webinar in the Teagasc Research Insights Series focused on how soil organic carbon cycling works in Irish soils. Teagasc Researchers give an insight into their research and an overview of organic carbon cycling in Irish soils and its contribution to mitigating climate change.
Mountbellew Agricultural College Virtual Open Day- Q & A Session
Mountbellew Agricultural College wishes to welcome you to their Virtual Open Day Live Q and A session. The session will run from 11am to 1pm on Wednesday 7th October 2020.
Sheep Newsletter - October 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Sheep team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Grassland management; mating management; BETTER Farm Update - Examine the last 5% to lamb; Research Update - Planning mating for the INZAC flock and health & safety advice.
Ovicast Episode 43
Quad bikes are an extremely useful machine on many farms and on this episode of OviCast, Ciaran Lynch is joined by Francis Quigley machinery specialist, who chats about basic maintenance and some general advice on safe use and how to keep quads in good working order.
Dairy Farmer Profile - Dara & Charles Killeen
Dara and Charles Killeen from Eyrecourt, Co Galway, began dairy farming in 2019 with 95 in-calf heifers and have increased to 153 cows milking this year. Prior to this, Dara and his father were farming 500 ewes and 120 beef cattle. Martina Gormley & Patrick Gowing, Dairy Specialists have the details
Innovation in Agricultural Extension and Education – Looking forward
This year's conference will be online with advance registration required. It will appeal to anybody who is working in public and private agricultural advisory or education services and is an important event for those interested in improving the processes of knowledge transfer in the farming sector.
Fitzgerald Family Farm Virtual Farm Walk Webinar
On Thursday, October 1st 2020 Teagasc/Glanbia Future Farmer Shane Fitzgerald participated in a live webinar from his farm. This was followed by a virtual farm walk of his farm where he gave information on the steps being taken to reduce the carbon footprint of his milk production system.
Dairy Edge Episode 141
Francis Bligh, Health and Safety Specialist at Teagasc, joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast to discuss health and safety on the farm workplace.
Dairy Newsletter - October 2020
Get the latest information and advice from the Teagasc Dairy team in this month's newsletter. It includes: closing the farm up correctly; check weanling and in-calf heifer weights; getting winter ready; getting value from silage analysis & things to do for October.
Fitzgerald Family Virtual Farm Walk
On Thursday October 1st the Fitzgerald fanily from Portlaw in County Waterford opened the gates of their farm for a virtual farm walk. The theme for the day was reducing the carbon footprint of milk production systems. Below is an overview of the day, their farm, their cows and reducing nitrogen.
Research Insights Webinar - Teagasc ammonia marginal abatement cost curve – outlook to 2030
Our Research Insights Webinars continue on Wednesday, October 7th. The fourth webinar in the Series will discuss the new Teagasc ammonia marginal abatement cost curve – outlook to 2030.
There are many edible mushroom species that can be grown commercially, but in Ireland the white button mushroom (Agaricus bisporus) is almost exclusively grown. Production in Ireland is fairly steady at around 68,000 tonnes per year, 80% of which is exported to the UK.
Getting Hedgerows Fit for Birds and Bees
Mary Roache, ASSAP Advisor, Teagasc Westport asks What is in a hedge? And she looks for the answers in getting hedgerows fit for bids and bees. Mary shares some key points for keeping a hedge in good shape, lists the benefits and the hedgerow management options open to derogation farmers this year
What is agroforestry? Agroforestry is the integration of trees with either crops or livestock on the same land. It aims to achieve additional benefits in comparison to keeping agriculture and trees separate.
The Islands of Ireland
How well do you know your islands? The September map of the month is a map of the coastal and inland islands of the island of Ireland. We've chosen to show the islands without the "mainland",an imaginary Ireland Archipelago.
National Potato Day 2020
Teagasc supports National Potato Day as the only potato breeder of new varieties in Ireland. Did you know the Potato is the world’s third most important food crop with global acreage rising faster than that of any other crop due to its high yield potential and excellent nutritional characteristics?
Teagasc Pig Development Department Skills Series - Ear Tagging
This video and factsheet in the Teagasc Pig Development Department Skills Series focus on ear tagging in pigs, an important method of identification and tool which can be used to track individuals and to improve production on farm.
October Farm Management Tips
Sinéad Devaney, Teagasc drystock advisor outlines some farm tasks that can be attended to this month. This includes checking the farm and farmyard is a safe place to work in for the winter ahead. She has tips for managing grassland and animals now, and scheme requirements for the month of October.
Let’s Talk Dairy Bonus Episode: John Trant 2019 Young Grassland Farmer of the Year
On this week’s show, Stuart Childs, was joined by John Trant, 2019 Young Grassland Farmer of the Year in order to get an insight into his career path to date.
Autumn Weanling Management
Katie O’Toole, Walsh Scholar, Teagasc Galway/Clare outlines some easy achievable targets to aim for when weaning spring-born calves this autumn.
Tillage Update - 1st October
Mark Plunkett, Soil & Plant Nutrition Specialist discusses the importance of seedbed conditions when establishing winter cereals and meeting the crops nutrient early requirements in the first 3 to 6 weeks of establishment.
TillageEdge - Episode 26
Dr. Michael Gaffney, a Research Entomologist in Teagasc, joined Michael Hennessy on this week’s Tillage Edge podcast to discuss aphid control and BYDV.
The Irish Coronavirus Sequencing Consortium: What We’re Doing and Why? - Webinar
The Irish Coronavirus Sequencing Consortium is funded by Science Foundation Ireland. Teagasc are hosting a webinar on 7th October at 7PM to inform the public on the aims and activities of the consortium, including sample processing and data protection.
Reducing ewe wintering costs
Eamonn Patten, Teagasc Drystock Advisor looks at extended grazing as an alternative to housing ewes in winter and outlines some basic rules to make it work. Good fencing is a must and alternative forages may also be considered with good planning.
The Signpost Series - Natural Capital on Irish Farmland
In this edition of Sustainable Agriculture Webinars, host Pat Murphy, Head of Environment KT, Teagasc was joined by Jane Stout, Trinity College Dublin to discuss Natural Capital on Irish Farmland.
Ovicast Episode 42
On this week's Ovicast Michael Gottstein, Teagasc’s Head of Sheep joins Ciarán Lynch to discuss fluke control this autumn.
Grass10 Newsletter - 29th September 2020
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass10 team including PastureBase data for the week, grazing tips for closing paddocks, applying remaining slurry using LESS methods, Kevin Moran's closing plan and grass budget as well as a clover update from Clonakilty research farm.
EU Pig Poster - Adoption of a Biosecurity Tool
EU Pig aims to raise the competitiveness of the European pig industry by linking producers and sharing best practice and innovations. EUPig Ambassador Eugene Sheehan achieved great benefits in health management through the use of the Biocheck.UGent biosecurity scoring tool.
The latest from the Derrypatrick demonstration farm
Michael McManus, Manager of the Derrypatrick demonstration farm at Teagasc Grange joins Catherine Egan on this week’s episode of The Beef Edge Podcast to give an update on the farm.
Act now to save money this winter
Soon suckler calves will be weaned, castrated, sold, bought, and housed.These are all stressors on animals which weakens their immune system, and viruses already present could take hold. The main viruses of concern are respiratory - IBR, RSV and PI3. Martina Harrington, Beef Specialist has the facts
Safe Sheep Handling
In the video, Edward Egan, Drystock Advisor, outlines the importance of having good safe handling facilities on the farm. Edward also demonstrates some very useful tips and safety practices to use when carrying out sheep handing work in a safe manner. These can be implemented on all sheep farms.
The Signpost Series - Biodiversity on farmland: current status, policy impacts, farm-scale responses
In this edition of Sustainable Agriculture Webinars, host Pat Murphy, Head of Environment KT, Teagasc was joined by John Finn and Daire OHuallachain, Teagasc to discuss biodiversity on farmland: current status, policy impacts, farm-scale responses.
Finding farming in our placenames
Mapping historic land use is challenging where spatially explicit data are limited. Here, Jesko Zimmermann of the Department of Agrifood Business and Spatial Analysis talks about a short project in which he and colleague Rob O’Hara use old Irish townland names to map historic agricultural practices
SmartCow H2020 project
SmartCow is a Research Infrastructures (RIs) project which aims to integrate key European cattle research infrastructures to promote their coordinated use and development and thereby help the European cattle sector face the challenge of sustainable production.
Management of Grass Reseeds
Reseeding grassland is an expensive operation and ensuring that the new seedlings establish into a strong and vibrant sward is essential. Michael Gottstein and Philip Creighton, Teagasc Sheep outline some key steps that need to be taken in order to maximise the performance of the reseed.
Teagasc forestry photo competition – ‘Celebrating Our Forests’
‘Celebrating Our Forests' is a Teagasc Forestry Development Department photo competition running over October and November. It will highlight the many benefits of our forests. So get snapping right away to be in with a chance to win exciting prizes, with the overall winning prize valued at €1,000.
Dairy Edge Episode 140
Dairy farmer, Shane Fitzgerald, and Masters researcher, Aoife Leader, join Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge to highlight examples of farms achieving top performance in combination with high levels of biodiversity.
Teagasc Food Gateways event – online/virtual event
Food Formulation for the Future – for a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food system. The Virtual event takes place online this Wednesday 30th September from 10am - 12.30pm.
Let’s Talk Dairy Bonus Episode: The inclusion of white clover in grazing swards
On this webinar, Stuart Childs is joined by advisor, John McCarthy, who speaks to researcher, Deirdre Hennessy, about the inclusion of white clover in grazing swards.
Farmers are Highly Vulnerable to COVID-19
Preventing the horrific mortality and ill health consequences of COVID-19 infection poses a huge and on-going challenge in Ireland and among the farming community over the coming months. A study by a research and knowledge transfer team from Teagasc and the National Centre for Men’s Health, Institu
Up to 50% of fatalities in agriculture involve a farm vehicle or machinery. Serena Gibbons, Teagasc Education Officer Athenry talks through some top tips to staying safe and making our farms safer when it comes to working with tractors
Teagasc outlines steps to reduce Ammonia Emissions
A new marginal abatement cost curve (MACC) for ammonia emissions has been published by Teagasc.
Let’s Talk Dairy Bonus Episode: Derogation and Farm Management Points to Note
On this bonus episode of The Dairy Edge Podcast, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist outlines some derogation and farm management points that farmers need to be aware of.
Taking soil samples correctly
As we are heading into the major soil sampling season it's important that soil samples are taken correctly, e.g. to the correct soil sampling depth of 10cm & a representative soil sample each time. Mark Plunkett, Teagasc Soil & Plant Nutrition Specialist outlines what's required for perfect results.
Beef Eating Quality Index
The world’s first national multi-breed genomic evaluation for sensory-based meat eating quality has been launched at the Meat Technology Ireland Centre, Ashtown, Dublin. One of the main objectives of its research was to generate a database of genetically diverse animals for meat eating quality.
Reducing the carbon footprint of milk production: Virtual Farm Walk and Webinar from Portlaw, Co Waterford.
Shane Fitzgerald, who farms 92 hectares with his father near Portlaw, County Waterford, will host this virtual event, supported by Teagasc, Glanbia Ireland, the European Milk Forum and the National Dairy Council. He will highlight how they are reducing the carbon footprint of their milk production
Blackstairs Farming Futures (BFF)
The Blackstairs Farming Futures (BFF) is an upland European Innovation Partnership project. The Operational Group includes members from Teagasc, GMIT and NPWS. Catherine Keena, Teagasc Owen Carton, Tomas McCarthy, Thomas Gorman & Martin Shannon, BFF provide more information.
MacGillycuddy Reeks European Innovation Partnership Project
The MacGillycuddy Reeks European Innovation Partnership Project is an upland European Innovation Partnership project funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Catherine Keena, Teagasc; Mary Toomey & Patricia Deane, Macgillycuddy Reeks EIP provide more information.
Best practice for health and safety on sheep farms
Farm accidents causing serious injury average 2,500 a year. These can lead to permanent disability and interfere with a person’s ability to far. Farmers also have high levels of preventable ill health. Teagasc Health & Safety staff John McNamara, Francis Bligh and Serena Gibbons give some advice
Inishowen Upland Farmers Project
The objective of the Inishowen Upland Farmers project is to have a whole farm approach to landscape management and develop innovative measures to increase farm profitability. Teagasc environment specilaist Catherine Keena and Henry O'Donnell of the Inishowen Upland Farmers Project give information.
North Connemara Locally Led Agri-Environment Scheme (NCLLAES)
The North Connemara Locally Led Agri-Environment Scheme (NCLLAES) is an upland European Innovation Partnership project funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Catherine Keena, Teagasc; Joe Mannion & Cathy Connelly, NCLLAES, Forum Connemara have more information.