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Launch of Teagasc/Carbery Joint Programme 2021 -2025

West Cork based dairy processor Carbery Group and Teagasc Cork West have renewed their ongoing long-term joint programme for dairy farmers for the next five years. The objective of the Monitor Farm programme is to lead and demonstrate the development of carbon efficient and sustainable dairy farming

The new joint programme will focus strongly on promoting and demonstrating the practical farming practices that improve sustainability and reduce carbon footprint. The Teagasc MACC curve and the Leaf diagram as well as learnings from the Carbery Greener Dairy programme will be central in the new joint programme

Thomas Curran, regional manager of Teagasc in Cork West expressed his thanks to Carbery and the four West Cork co-ops (Bandon, Barryroe, Drinagh and Lisavaird) for the renewal of the programme, commenting; “The joint programme is a critical part of our advisory programme in leading the development of dairy farming in the region.  We, as an advisory team, are looking forward to working with all farmers and people in the wider agricultural industry in West Cork over the next five years.”

Carbery Chairman TJ Sullivan also welcomed the renewal of the programme, stating; “ Farmers are always keen to see best practice farming in action, and they learn the most from what other farmers are implementing. This has been the secret of the success of the Monitor Farm programme to date. With a big focus on farmers to operate more sustainably, it is great to see supports like this in place from Teagasc, Carbery and the four co-ops.”

The programme will also engage and support the new Teagasc Signpost Programme –Farmers for Climate Action, throughout the region while also engaging with the Farm Zero C project in Shinagh Farm, Bandon.

Read more about the Signpost Programme here