Cathal Moran's Teagasc/Glanbia Open Source Future Farm Walk
A farm walk with Cathal Moran, farmer participant in the Teagasc Glanbia Future Farm Programme took place on Friday, 1 October on his farm in Skeoughvasteen, Co. Kilkenny. See first-hand in a series of 8 mini-video clips how the day went and download the event proceeding here
Managing BYDV Risk
Planting a mix of crops, having a range of sowing dates and applying fungicides to control disease are all examples of how tillage farmers can manage risk to their income. This autumn has demonstrated how people view risk. Ciaran Collins, Teagasc Crops Specialist has advice on BYDV risk management
Dr Anne-Marie Butler is the New Head of Teagasc Education
Dr Anne-Marie Butler commenced her role as Head of Teagasc Education programme this week. Dr Butler will lead the Teagasc education programme, delivered through the agriculture & horticulture colleges, Teagasc education centres, and in collaboration with the Universities & Institutes of Technology
Calculating the Carbon Footprint of your Farm
The Environment is at the forefront of all our decisions now as we actively make positive moves to lowering Greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). We know Greenhouse gases have a negative impact on our planet. Serena Gibbons, Education Officer Teagasc Athenry looks at how the carbon footprint is calculated
Bioeconomy Week Ireland 2021
As part of Bioeconomy Ireland Week 2021 (18th to 22nd October) Teagasc, in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM), Munster Technological University, UCD, Trinity College Dublin, and the Irish Bioeconomy Foundation will present a series of maps on the bioeconomy
Grass10 Newsletter - 19th October 2021
In the latest Grass10 newsletter Dairy farmers Ed & Catriona McHugh update us on their grazing situation this autumn and we get Key takeaways from last week’s beef and sheep webinar with Trevor Boland and Tomás O’Leary. The GFOY Competition deadline has been extended. We have farmer updates and more
Nutrient Loss & the Closed Period for Spreading Manure
The regulated closed period for spreading organic manures is often a source of frustration and annoyance for farmers. This is not surprising given the cost of manure storage and variation in Irish weather. Edward Burgess, Teagasc explains the research supporting the closed period restrictions
Éanna Ní Lamhna on bats and how farmers can improve their habitats
With Halloween fast approaching, one of Ireland’s most recognisable voices Éanna Ní Lamhna joins Deirdre Glynn and Cathal Somers on the latest Environment Edge podcast to discuss all things bats.
Let's Talk Dairy - System drift in dairy farming in Ireland
On this episode of Let's Talk Dairy which took place on Thursday, 7th October, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist was joined by Joe Patton, Head of Dairy Knowledge Transfer, Teagasc to discuss the concept & risk of system drift in dairy farming in Ireland and how people can find it.
Soaring Fertiliser Costs proving Importance of Soil Fertility
Fuel shortages, spiraling costs, lack of labour and talks of power outages are among the topics that are covered when talking to farmers in the last few weeks. Keith Fahy, Teagasc Athenry advisor recommends soil sampling to identify lime deficiency and correcting this to reduce fertiliser bills
John Ryan's Teagasc/Glanbia Open Source Future Farm Walk
A farm walk with John Ryan, farmer participant in the Teagasc Glanbia Future Farm Programme took place on Friday, 8 October on his farm in Gortnahoe, Co. Tipperary. John and his father Tom are farming 70 Ha near Gortnahoe, Co.Tipperary. In 2019, they milked 138 cows. Read more on the farm walk here
Building a Farm Roadway
A well-designed, carefully built and properly maintained farm roadway system has many benefits, including, less lameness, faster and easier stock movement, less roadway maintenance, more efficient paddock access and more as Tom Fallon, Farm Buildings & Infrastructure Specialist outlines here.
Delivering Sustainability in Dairying at Moorepark 2021
In September, Teagasc Dairy Research in Moorepark, opened the farm gates to host an outdoor open day on Dairy Farming. Tom Murphy, Dairy Advisor, Teagasc Athenry reports on this year’s event themed “Delivering Sustainability,” emphasising the direction of the “tides of change” for our Dairy Industry
How I cut my hedges - Tony Mullins
Enhancing the biodiversity on your farms starts with the correct management of hedgerows. It’s a good time of the year to have a chat with your contractor before he / she starts cutting, providing the contractor with clear guidelines. This video provides more information on improving hedgerows
Grass10 Newsletter - 12th October 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: Weekly PastureBase data; grazing tips; farmer & GFOTY updates; Teagasc Athenry Sheep Autumn Closing Guidelines; Upcoming Beef & Sheep Webinar this Thursday and 2021 Grassland Farmer of the Year competition
Teagasc Signpost Programme Newsletter October 2021
This months Signpost newsletter has a particular focus on where a farmer can access the carbon footprint for their farm. We feature some highlights of Moorepark Open Day. Catherine Keena provides a video and short note on hedgerow management. See Farmer profiles, monthly climate actions and updates
Teagasc and Dairy Sustainability Ireland publish ASSAP interim report
The second Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP) interim report was published recently. The ASSAP programme is a key part of a wider government and community effort to improve water quality in 190 selected priority areas for action (PAA’s) around the country.
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar - Proposed nitrate excretion bands for dairy cows
On this episode of Let's Talk Dairy which took place on Thursday, 30th September, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist discussed the proposed nitrate excretion bands for dairy cows and the implications that they may have for farmers.
Launch of Irish Soil Moisture Monitoring Network (ISMON)
A new Irish Soil Moisture Monitoring Network (ISMON) is being established. The announcement was made by AgMet, the Joint Working Group on Applied Agricultural Meteorology.
The Signpost Series - 'What's the Story with our Bogs?' and the European Carbon Farming Initiative
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 1 October, Pat Murphy, Head of Environment Knowledge Transfer Department, Teagasc was joined by Dr Douglas McMillan, Chair of the Green Restoration Ireland (GRI) Cooperative to discuss what’s the story with our Bogs?
Environment Newsletter - October 2021
The latest edition of the Environment newsletter has information on: Key management dates; Shop windows; Have that conversation; Know your derogation commitments; and EIP Update - Comeragh upland communities.
Sustainable energy solutions in horticulture using solar PV and Heat Recovery - Webinar
Donal Gernon and Dónall Flanagan, Teagasc Horticulture Development Department hosted a webinar on Tuesday, 28 September which focused on sustainable energy solutions in horticulture using solar PV and Heat Recovery. They were joined by Local Power and European Industrial Chillers representatives
How to improve the biodiversity value of your forest - Part 2
In the second of a two-part series of articles, Steven Meyen, Teagasc Forestry Development Officer talks about how to improve the biodiversity value of your forest. He advises on tree species, open spaces, underutilised areas and interconnectivity between habitats here.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Agroforestry - multiple benefits for Irish agriculture
On this episode of The Signpost Series, held on Friday, 24th September, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd Manager was joined by Dr Ian Short, Forestry Research Officer, Teagasc; Professor Jim McAdam, Queens University Belfast; and Mr Eugene Curran, Forestry Inspector, DAFM to discuss Agroforestry
Teagasc launches Forestry Photo Competition
To help mark today as SPAR National Tree Day, the Teagasc Forestry Development Department, in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, is delighted to launch a forest photo competition running over October and November 2021.
How big is your carbon footprint?
Regardless of your enterprise mix, carbon footprint is becoming a key indicator of farm efficiency. In this article first published in Today's Farm Siobhán Kavanagh & Gráinne Hurley, Teagasc and Eleanor Murphy, Bord Bia explain what climate change is about and discuss the carbon footprint of farms
Grass10 Newsletter - 5th October 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: Weekly PastureBase data; grazing tips; farm & research updates; Upcoming Beef & Sheep Webinar: Taking control of grass supply on beef and sheep farms and 2021 Grassland Farmer of the Year competition launched
Highlights from the Signpost programme village at the Moorepark Open Day
The latest Environment Edge podcast went to the Moorpark open day recently where Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn spoke to farmers, researchers, students and advisors in the Signpost programme village.
Teagasc Green Acres Programme returns to live action
The first on-farm live open day of the Teagasc Green Acres Calf to Beef Programme took place on September 29 on the farm of JP Hammersley in Lattin, Co. Tipperary. Alan Dillon and Seán Cummins, Teagasc Green Acres report here on the detail of the day's success.
Irvine Allen - Teagasc Green Acres Farm Walk
Irvine Allen is a participant in the second phase of the Teagasc Green Acres Calf to Beef Programme and runs a dairy calf-to-beef operation on his 58ha farm in Co. Westmeath. Irvine will host a farm walk on 5th October at 2pm and invites you to come see the improvements he has made in the enterprise
External parasite control in hill sheep
In this video Michael Gottstein, Head of Sheep Knowledge Transfer Programme with Teagasc discusses with Teagasc BETTER Sheep and Signpost farmer John Joe Fitzgerald about the importance of dipping sheep for the control of external parasites.
Ireland’s oldest agri college
Based 50km from Galway city, Mountbellew Agri College was Ireland’s first agricultural college having been established in 1904. Irish Tractor & Agri spoke with principal Dr Edna Curley recently to learn more about the courses on offer and how the college was faring in these unprecedented times
Grassland Farmer of the Year Competition 2021
The Grassland Farmer of the Year competition 2021 is open for entries having been officially launched by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD. It recognises and acknowledges those farmers who are achieving high levels of grass utilisation in a sustainable manner.
Commuting before the pandemic
As some of us return to the work and college after 18 months of working from home, the September Map of the Month looks at pre-pandemic commuting patterns – highlighting how important regional towns are. It is interesting to think how the next survey of commuting will differ.
Professor Frank O’Mara takes over as Teagasc Director
Professor Frank O’Mara commenced his new role as Director of Teagasc today, Friday, 1 October. The appointment was made by the Teagasc Authority in July with the consent of the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD.
Did you fulfill your September Climate Actions?
Did you fulfill your September Climate Actions this month? If not there is still time for taking action to book a milk recording, spread lime on low pH soils, Apply potassium to low K Index soils, weigh replacement heifers, implement dosing & vaccination of young stock while focusing on grazing
Grass10 Newsletter - 28th September 2021
Get the latest from the Grass10 team including; PastureBase data; Grass Growth Prediction; update on Dairy Calf to Beef Systems trial in Grange; Grass10 Grazing tips; link for Thursday's webinar; Picking paddocks to graze in final rotation & farmer updates: David Brady, Cavan and Aidan Murphy Cork
Teagasc advisors first in Europe to achieve new European Certificate
Two Teagasc advisors are the first in Europe to be awarded the European CECRA certificate. Marie Flynn, Dairy Advisor based in Moorepark advisory office and Cian Condon, Drystock & Goat advisor based in Teagasc Manorhamilton were presented with their certificates by Teagasc KT Director Dr Stan Lalor
Cathal Moran's Teagasc/Glanbia Open Source Future Farm Walk
Join us on Friday, 1 October at 11am on the farm of Cathal Moran, Skeoughvasteen, Co. Kilkenny, R95 NY89 for a Teagasc/Glanbia Open Source Future Farm Walk. Pre-registration is essential as numbers are limited. Book your ticket here
Comeragh Hill Sheep Farmers secures Biodiversity Funding
The Teagasc Comeragh Hill Sheep Discussion Group was awarded €118,720 for a one-year project. The group comprises 14 farmer members whose sheep graze over 4,000 hectares of the Comeragh mountains. The award was made in June by DAFM using the EIP model; it's focus is on promoting biodiversity
Apply now for Pilot Soil Sampling Programme
Today, Monday 27th September sees the opening of a pilot Soil Sampling and Analysis Programme. This is a farm level soil sampling & analysis initiative which will provide farmers and their advisors with comprehensive details about the soil health and condition on their farms. Read how to apply here
Creating an amenity hedge near a rural house
Paddy Smith, Lecturer, Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens, has advice here on creating an amenity hedge near a rural house as bareroot season approaches and hedgerow planting takes place.
The role of multi species swards on Irish organic farms - Webinar
On Wednesday, 22nd September, Joe Kelleher and Elaine Leavy, Teagasc Organic Specialists were joined by Thomas Moloney, DLF and Kevin O’Hanlon, Organic dairy farmer for the first in a series of Autumn Organic Webinars which focused on the role of multi species swards on Irish organic farms.
What is sustainable beef production? Are grass-based systems sustainable?
What is sustainable beef production? Are grass-based systems sustainable? These questions will be addressed during a webinar on Monday, 27th September 2021 at 12:30pm via zoom, involving speakers from research, advisory services and farming across Europe; hosted by the pan-European BovINE network
The Signpost Series Webinar - The Pearl Mussel Project EIP
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 17th September, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd Manager was joined by Dr Patrick Crushell, Project Manager, The Pearl Mussel Project EIP to discuss the Pearl Mussel Project EIP.
What’s on our Nature table? A lesson in integrating biodiversity
Integrating biodiversity into every landscape type is important for many reasons; creating & protecting habitats, supporting pollinator efforts, capturing carbon, and so on. Frances McHugh, Forestry Adviser, reminisces about the primary school ‘Nature Table’ & discusses improving local biodiversity.
Minister Heydon views sustainability research in Teagasc Johnstown Castle
Environmental sustainability is now central to all agricultural production in Ireland. Never before has there been more ask for technologies and tools for agriculture to meet the environmental challenges. These societal challenges are at the heart of research in Teagasc Johnstown Castle
The dark mysteries of the soil beneath our feet
Soil is a complex matrix and its chemical composition often depends on the location in the landscape, the parent material underneath, and the influence of the management above. This article by Senior Research Officer, Dr Karen Daly, Teagasc Johnstown Castle first appeared on RTÉ Brainstorm last week
National Crops Forum - Part Two
The annual National Crops Forum took place virtually this year due to Covid19 Restrictions. Part Two of the forum took place on Thursday, 16th September and focused on Carbon Farming & Nitrate Leaching.
Teagasc Green Acres Farm Walk - JP Hammersley
JP Hammersley, farmer participant of the Teagasc Green Acres Calf to Beef Programme will host a farm walk on his farm in Lattin, Co. Tipperary on Wednesday, 29 September at 3:30pm. The event will be attended by Teagasc Beef Specialists, Signpost programme personnel and Teagasc Tipperary advisors
Grass10 Newsletter - 21st September 2021
Get the latest from the Grass10 team including; PastureBase data & Elodie Ruelle’s MoSt Grass Growth Prediction Model; Grass10 Grazing tips; Take home messages from the Grazing Plot Demonstration at Moorepark21, details on upcoming events and dairy farmer, Paudie O’Brien's current grass update
Organic Farming – how and why Ireland needs to catch up
On this episode of the Environment Edge podcast, Elaine Leavy, Teagasc Organic specialist, joins Deirdre Glynn and Cathal Somers to discuss the opportunities available in organic farming and the steps to conversion.
Autumn Organic Webinars: The role of multi species swards
The Teagasc Organic Specialists are hosting a series of Autumn organic webinars covering various technical aspects of organic farming. The first of these webinars takes place on Wednesday 22nd September at 7.30pm, focusing on the role of multi species swards on Irish organic farms. Register here
Sustainability Discussion at Teagasc Moorepark
An industry forum on the challenges and opportunities facing the Irish dairy industry took place at the Teagasc dairy event in Moorepark. The forum was broadcast live on Wednesday evening and a recording of the discussion and debate is now published on the Teagasc YouTube channel. View it here
The Signpost Series - Combining catchment science & agricultural advice to improve local water quality
On this episode of The Signpost Series, held on Friday, 10th September, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd Manager was joined by Cathal Somers, Teagasc ASSAP Advisor and Philip Murphy, LAWPRO Catchment Scientist to discuss combining catchment science & agricultural advice to improve local water quality.
The Future of Farming starts now – Farmers can do their bit to slow Climate Change
Climate change is an issue that demands immediate attention. Glen Corbett, Teagasc B&T Drystock Adviser, discusses the Signpost Programme; reducing greenhouse gas & ammonia emissions; protected urea; grazing management; and other actions farmers can take to help slow down climate change.
Let's Talk Poultry Webinar - Balcas Energy Solution for Heating Poultry Houses
Host Rebecca Tierney, Teagasc Poultry Advisor was joined by Colm Hatton, Paula Keelagher and Gerard Owens, Balcas Energy on a recent Let's Talk Poultry webinar which took place on Wednesday, 8th September to discuss Balcas Energy Solution for Heating Poultry Houses.
Organic dairy production
There is currently strong market demand for organic milk. Joe Kelleher and Elaine Leavy, Teagasc Specialists, discuss how organic dairy production can be profitable. They suggest that good clover sward content and soil fertility are key to maintaining a higher stocking rate.
Moorepark21 - Watch it back online
If you couldn't attend the Teagasc Dairy Open Day, Moorepark21, you can view the welcome board and the four main boards here on Teagasc Daily
Teagasc Research on methane emissions in grazing dairy systems
Farmers visiting the Teagasc Dairy Open Day in Moorepark will 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 outline how the GreenFeed units work.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
Multi-species swards grow more forage with less fertiliser, even under drought conditions
Six-species swards outperformed perennial ryegrass monocultures and were considerably more resistant to drought. New research from Teagasc, Johnstown Castle and Trinity College Dublin shows that multi-species mixtures out-yielded perennial ryegrass which received double the amount of fertiliser
Devenish Teagasc partnership to help agri industry meet climate challenge
Ireland’s food and farming sector will have a significant competitive advantage in the global market place by creating one of the world’s most sustainable food systems through a unique collaboration between animal nutrition company, Devenish, and agriculture and food development authority, Teagasc
Why farmers should plant more trees and the schemes available
On the latest episode of The Environment Edge podcast, forestry inspector in the environment section of the Department of Agriculture, Ken Bucke, joins Deirdre Glynn and Cathal Somers to discuss why farmers should consider planting more trees and what schemes are available.
Increasing soil pH reduces fertiliser derived N2O emissions
A new scientific paper from Teagasc has shown that getting soil pH right through a liming programme can significantly reduce emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O), a potent greenhouse gas. The Teagasc Signpost Programme brings this important fact to our attention here
The Signpost Series Webinar - Update on ASSAP and Water Quality restoration
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 16th July, Pat Murphy, Head of Teagasc Environment KT Programme was joined by Noel Meehan, ASSAP Manager, Teagasc and Joe Crockett, Dairy Sustainability Ireland to give an update on ASSAP and Water Quality restoration.
How to improve the biodiversity value of your forest - Part 1
In the first of a two-part series of articles, Steven Meyen, Teagasc Forestry Development Officer talks about how to improve the biodiversity value of your forest. He advises on how to keep browsing animals out, create/leave deadwood and more.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Recent policy developments for managing grazing livestock in New Zealand
On this episode of The Signpost Series, held on Friday 23rd July, Pat Murphy, Head of Teagasc Environment KT Programme was joined by Ross Monaghan, Ag Research, New Zealand to discuss recent policy developments for managing grazing livestock in New Zealand – to lessen farming impact on water quality
Signpost Programme: Show your Stripes Day
Climate scientists, meteorologists, and citizens united on the 21 June — the summer solstice or Show Your Stripes Day — to raise awareness around the climate crisis. The graphic shown here - Warming Stripes for Ireland from 1901-2020 - featured in the August Signpost Programme newsletter.
Planting Cover Crops
Richie Hackett, a researcher in Teagasc, Oak Park, Carlow, has been working with cover crops for over 10 years and joined Michael Hennessy on this week’s Tillage Edge podcast to go through some of his findings - especially the advantages of planting cover crops early.
How does your suckler cow measure up?
With greater emphasis on livestock efficiency and it's impact on climate change, Aidan Murray, Teagasc Beef Specialist takes an interesting look at the effects of calving date on subsequent cow and calf performance and profitability, reinforcing the early-calving cow and compact calving benefits
Building Autumn Grass
In a recent edition of the Let's Talk Dairy Series, Stuart Childs interviewed John Douglas, Teagasc Grass10 Advisor, about setting up the farm for Autumn grass. Extra grazing days in the autumn are achieved by building grass cover during August. See the environmental benefits and get key tips here
Sustainable Cattle Production Systems Showcased
The British Ambassador to Ireland, Paul Johnston joined the IFA President Tim Cullinan for a visit to the Teagasc Animal and Grassland, Research and Innovation centre, Grange, County Meath yesterday, Tuesday, 10 August to see the latest Teagasc research into sustainable pasture-based beef production
Signpost Programme Steering Group Meet
The first meeting of the Signpost Programme Steering Group was held on Wednesday 28 July, in Teagasc Oak Park. The Signpost Programme is a collaborative programme to lead climate action by Irish farmers and their transition towards more sustainable farming systems. Read on for more
Best practice on spent sheep dip and footbath solutions
The practice of sheep dipping either during summer or winter or both is an important annual practice on sheep farms throughout the country. Mary Roache, Teagasc ASSAP advisor lists best practice sheep dipping guidelines here with the protection of water in mind.
Signpost Programme Farmer: Joe Carroll
Meet Joe Carroll, one of our Signpost Programme Farmers. Joe milks 84 dairy cow herd on a 25.5 hectare milking block in Ballyheigue, Co. Kerry. Joe is also a member of the Kerry Agribusiness Joint Programme.
Signpost Programme Farmer: Tomás O'Leary
Meet Tomás O'Leary, one of our Signpost Programme Farmers. Tomás farms with his wife Eileen and children Míchéal, Yvonne and Sinead in Killarney, Co. Kerry. Tomás operates a sheep enterprise alongside a contract rearing dairy heifer enterprise.
High Genetic Merit Belclare Sires Having the Desired Effect
Francis Gonley and his family run an all sheep farm on the outskirts of Sligo town. The farm is part of the Teagasc BETTER Farm Sheep Programme. Damian Costello, Teagasc Sheep Specialist, reports the latest on sheep performance and farm plan progress.
Research Insights Webinar - Reducing methane emissions from ruminants
On a recent Teagasc Research Insights webinar which took place on Wednesday, 14th July, David Kenny, Teagasc Head of Animal & Bioscience Department was joined by Donagh Berry, Sinead Waters and Ben Lahart to discuss reducing methane emissions from ruminants.
Signpost Programme Update
Our demonstration farmers are currently engaging with the National Farm Survey (NFS) recorders. This month's research update is on the importance of getting soil pH right. Take a look at the warming stripes for Ireland from 1901 to 2020
Environment Newsletter - August 2021
The latest edition of the Environment newsletter has information on: Low-input grassland; Message from Signpost - Why do farmers need to engage with climate action?; and Message from ASSAP - Tillage cover/catch crops can help water quality
Teagasc Moorepark ‘21 Dairy Open Day
Teagasc Moorepark Open Day will take place on Tuesday, 14th, Wednesday, 15th and Thursday, 16th September 2021, for the Irish dairy industry. The Open Day will be repeated over the three days to ensure compliance with government Covid-19 guidelines.
Grass10 Newsletter - 3rd August 2021
Get the latest from the Grass10 team; PastureBase Ireland data for the week for Dairy, Beef + Sheep farms; Neill Boland's grass situation; Grass10 Grazing Tips; Changing Focus to Autumn Grazing; David O’Leary's grazing update; Register for a webinar on Building Grass for an Extended Grazing Season.
Five reasons for farmers to engage with climate actions
Climate change is perhaps the greatest environmental challenge facing the world right now. Climate change is already happening with increasing temperatures, changing rainfall patterns and rising sea levels. Irish Agriculture contributes to 35% of the greenhouse gases produced in Ireland.
Climate Actions for August
August is a good month to sort out deficits in grazing infrastructure to optimise days at grass, if your capital expenditure budgets allow. Helpful solutions include spur roadways, multiple access points to paddocks and back fencing. Get the current advice from the Signpost Programme for August here
What the Carbon Removal amendment means for Irish agriculture
On the latest episode of the Environment Edge podcast, Fine Gael TD for Carlow/Kilkenny John Paul Phelan joins Deirdre Glynn & Cathal Somers to discuss the new Carbon removal amendment to the Climate Action & Low Carbon Development bill.
Why farm soils cause greenhouse gas emissions - and how to fix it
Hands up who is interested in soil? Anyone? Anyone at all? Tumbleweeds might roll past unless you are addressing a room full of avid gardeners and land managers. This article by Rosie O'Neill, Teagasc Walsh Scholar first appeared on RTÉ Brainstorm.
Soil Sealing in Ireland
The July Map of the Month looks at the important issue of soil sealing in Ireland. Soil sealing is where the ground is covered with an artificial impervious layer - such as concrete. The map was produced as part of the new Terrain-AI project.
Reseeding: The final piece of the jigsaw in Co. Carlow
Shane Cranny operates a calf to beef system in Myshall, Co. Carlow, where 70 autumn-born Holstein calves are purchased annually. Here Seán Cummins, Teagasc Green Acres Advisor shares some insight into Shane's farm and we get in-depth reseeding information from Shane himself in a short video
Soil health physical examination
TEAGASC researchers at Johnstown Castle and Oak Park, along with collaborators from UCD, have developed soil physical health tools to use at field or national monitoring network scales. Research Officers Owen Fenton, Dermot Forristal & Giulia Bondi bring us fascinating insight into Soil Health here
Signpost Farmers: Tim Leader & Aidan Maguire
Meet two of our Signpost Farmers - Tim Leader and Aidan Maguire. Tim Leader farms a Dairy, Dairy Replacements and Calf to Store/Beef enterprise in Kilcorney, Rathcoole, Co Cork while Aidan Maguire farms a calf to beef enterprise in Antylstown, Navan, Co. Meath. Read all about the farmers here
Nitrogen Loss to Water in Agricultural Catchments
Every four years the Nitrates Directive is reviewed and changes are made to the regulations. 2021 is such a year. In Teagasc, the Agricultural Catchments Programme (ACP) studies water quality in 6 contrasting catchments across the country. Edward Burgess ACP, discusses some ACP study results here
Fertiliser advice under prolonged dry soil conditions
Over the last 6 to 7 weeks soil moisture deficits (SMD) have continued to increase due to low rainfall in many parts of the country. At SMD above 50 mm growth becomes restricted. Mark Plunkett, Teagasc Soil & Plant Nutrition Specialist discusses Fertiliser N Application decisions in dry conditions
Grass10 Newsletter - 27th July 2021
Get the latest from the Grass10 team; PastureBase Ireland data for the week for Dairy, Beef + Sheep farms; Ed Payne's grass situation; Grass10 Grazing Tips; Caroline Walsh's grazing update; Aidan Lawless, Johnstown Castle on grass/clover & multispecies trials and the team want your feedback here
This is Dairying - Photo Competition
We know Irish dairy farmers are passionate about what they do and we want to celebrate their hard work by giving away some prizes. There's €500 for the winner plus runner up prizes. All you have to do is show us what you love about Irish dairying by submitting a photograph. You can enter here
TResearch Summer 2021
TResearch is an official science publication of Teagasc. It aims to disseminate the results of the organisation’s research to a broad audience. The Summer Edition of TResearch has a special feature on the living soil; Invisible lines; Circular protein; and Competitive without quotas.
Sustainable soil management to unleash soil biodiversity potential and increase environmental, economic and social wellbeing
In June 2021, the Horizon 2020 project, SOILGUARD, held its inaugural meeting online, kicking off its project activities. Twenty-five trans-disciplinar project partners from 17 countries came together to share the project goals, expectations and results to be achieved during the next 4 years.
Taking Care in the Countryside
Irish farmers work very hard each day, managing their animals & crops. This is done while also maintaining habitats, protecting watercourses & supporting their communities. Teagasc Health & Safety Specialists John McNamara & Francis Bligh have advice for farmers on how to keep the countryside safe.
Winners Announced from the ‘Farm Safely with Jessy’ Competition
Teagasc have announced the winners of their ‘Farm Safely with Jessy’ competition, which took place as part of #FarmSafetyWeek. The competition received hundreds of entries from children across the country and there were five winners chosen along with three runners up.
Status Orange: High Forest Fire Risk Warning
Teagasc is urging all involved in outdoor activity to exercise extreme caution and to heed the high level warning for fires in place for the coming week. In current dry weather and high temperature, a high fire risk is deemed to exist in all areas where dead grass, heather and gorse exist
Cover crops: do the benefits outweigh the cost?
Teagasc Soil & Plant Nutrition specialist Mark Plunkett joins Deirdre Glynn and Cathal Somers on the latest episode of the Environment Edge to talk about cover crops.
On-farm Steps to Benefit the Environment
Climate change and the Environment are real and urgent topics which will be with us for a long time to come. In this short video Peter Comer, Mayo ASSAP Advisor looks at a few of the "heavy hitters" that farmers can adopt right now which will have a significant positive impact on the environment
The Signpost Series Webinar - Commercial dairy farming without fertilizer N
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 25th June, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd and Pat Murphy, Head of Teagasc Environment KT Programme were joined by Dr James Humphreys, Teagasc Moorepark to discuss commercial dairy farming without fertilizer N.
Managing Oversown Clover
Over-sown clover needs careful management this time of the year to ensure good establishment and persistency. Watch as Mike Egan, Teagasc researcher at Moorepark has good practical advice in this Teagasc Signpost video, on grazing and fertiliser management of over-sown clover in the grass sward
The Signpost Series Webinar- Farmer Focus: "Protecting dung beetles while managing parasites, a positive feedback loop."
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 9th July, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd Manager and Pat Murphy, Head of Teagasc Environment KT Programme were joined by Bruce Thompson, dairy farmer to discuss "Protecting dung beetles while managing parasites, a positive feedback
REAP Margins fencing date approaches
Aoife Leader, Teagasc Walsh Scholar, highlights how farmers can maintain and enhance field margins for farmland biodiversity bearing in mind that farmers availing of the REAP scheme may choose to fence these margins from livestock. For REAP this fencing must be in place by 15th July 2021. See more
A day in the life of a young dairy farmer - Cian Jobe
On Thursday 8th July, Cian Jobe hosted an Instagram takeover on the Teagasc account to give insight into a day in the life of a young dairy farmer. Cian gave an overview of his story, his educational background and how he got into dairy farming. Watch as Cian takes you through his daily farm tasks
Breaking the Pathway of Phosphorus and Sediment entering Waterways
When farmers are applying fertilisers, cultivating, grazing or draining land close to watercourses, careful, site specific land management can minimise the risk of Phosphorus and sediment loss and help improve water quality. Ivan Kelly, ASSAP Advisor, Teagasc Galway/Clare has good advice here
Peter Doyle is Walsh Scholar of the Year 2021
Peter Doyle is the Teagasc Walsh Scholar Gold Medal winner for 2021. Peter was awarded the medal by Professor Frank O’Mara, Director of Research at Teagasc, at a special online ceremony which took place on Friday, 9th July, hosted by broadcaster Jonathan McCrea.
Can the Irish Agri sector achieve emission reduction targets?
Tom O’Dwyer and Siobhán Kavanagh join Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast to consider whether the agri sector can achieve emission reduction targets.
Climate Actions for July
For the latest current and up to date farm advice from the Signpost Programme and for details of the Climate Actions that you should adopt for the month of July on your farm see here
Managing existing clover swards
Best practice grazing management is similar for grass-white clover swards and grass-only swards. Deirdre Hennessy, Teagasc Researcher talks here in a short video about Managing existing clover swards, mid-season fertiliser requirements, preventing bloat and more
The Signpost Series Webinar- High Nature Value Farmland in Ireland
On this episode of The Signpost Series on 2nd July, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd and Padraig Foley, Teagasc were joined by Dr James Moran, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) to discuss High Nature Value Farmland in Ireland.
If you go down the woods today...…you shouldn’t see deer every time
The continuous deer population growth that has occurred in Ireland in the last 20 years has led to a situation where deer numbers may now be 200,000+ approximately. John Casey, Forestry Development Officer, Mallow takes a look at the impact of deer on forestry and at the SMARTDEER project and more
Today's Farm - July/August 2021
The July/August edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. The main focus of this edition is on how beetles help battle AMR. It also has articles on when you should end the dairy breeding season; fight against blight; flower power of low-input grassland; Health & Safety, and more.
Teagasc Signpost Programme Newsletter July 2021
This issue of the Teagasc Signpost e-newsletter features timely climate actions for July as well as a glossary of commonly used climate change terms. We meet Signpost Farmers Aidan Maguire and Tim Leader. Get useful tips on managing clover swards, minimising nitrates loss to water & research updates
Teagasc Oak Park Crop Trials Event 2021
The Teagasc Crop Trials Event took place in Oak Park, Carlow, across two days on Wednesday, 30th June and Thursday, 1st July 2021. You can download the publication and watch back the live event which took place on Wednesday evening with Andy Doyle, Tillage Editor of the Irish Farmers Journal here
Teagasc Appointment: Jane Kavanagh, Head of Research Development and Walsh Scholarships
Jane Kavanagh has been appointed as Head of Research Development and Walsh Scholarships in Teagasc. In this role, Jane will provide strategic leadership at a senior level in the operation and development of the Teagasc research programme, and ensure Teagasc has effective systems and processes
BETTER Sheep Farming signposts the way in Kerry
Tomas O’ Leary's 40 hectare farm in Kerry is part of the Teagasc BETTER Farm Sheep Programme. Currently Protected Urea is applied every 3 weeks and lamb performance is up almost 10%. Michael Gottstein, Head of Sheep, Teagasc, has the latest from the mid-season ewe flock & contract rearing enterprise
June - Red sky at night, shepherd's delight: Weather and agriculture
Continuing the theme from last month, the June map takes a look historical weather data, for rainfall and temperatures. Generally Ireland's climate is mild with relatively little year to year variation. Extreme winters and summers are exceptional. Irelands “Emerald Isle” synonym is well-deserved.
Record 3 (Movement of Slurry/FYM ) goes online
Farmers exceeding a stocking rate of 170kgs of organic N (Nitrogen from livestock), who do not avail of a Nitrates Derogation must export slurry / FYM off the farm to avoid penalties and notify DAFM. Séamus Nolan, Dairy Advisor Teagasc Castlerea explains that this Record 3 process is now online only
The Starrett Family Dairy Farm
In 2020, the Starrett family was awarded the top prize in the NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards. On Tuesday 29th June last, Richard and Wendy Starrett hosted this year’s National Milk Quality Farm Walk as a webinar and social media takeover. You can watch it all back here.
Tommy the Vet on water quality - the sometimes forgotten nutrient
Kerry man Tommy Heffernan, also known as Tommy the Vet, is a veterinary consultant based in Wicklow and he joins Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn on the latest episode of the Environment Edge podcast to talk about water quality, the sometimes forgotten nutrient.
DkIT and Teagasc launch new part-time Agriculture qualifications
Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) are delighted to announce the launch of a suite of part-time programmes in Agriculture, in association with Teagasc Agricultural College at Ballyhaise, which will commence in September 2021. More details here
ASSAP Service: A typical Farm Assessment
The ASSAP (Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory programme) is a free advisory service aimed at improving water quality. There are 10 PAA’s (Prioritized areas for action) in West Cork. Lane Giles, ASSAP Advisor, Clonakilty explains what the service provides for the farmer in West Cork
Delivery of Public Good Farm Practice through CAP
Cross Compliance rules were first introduced in 2000 and revised in 2015. The aim is implement public good practices on farm to protect human, animal, plant and environmental health. Anne O’Malley, Farm Food Business and Drystock Advisor, Teagasc Ballina explains Statutory Management Requirements
Chorca Dhuibhne 2030: building sustainability on the ground
The Dingle peninsula, in the Southwest of Ireland, has become an important focus for innovative projects involving diverse AKIS (Agriculture Knowledge Innovation System) actors. At the recent ESEE Conference, a new docufilm was launched showcasing Corca Dhuibhne’s ambitious vision for 2030. See here
The Signpost Series Webinar - The All Ireland Pollinator Plan
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 18th June, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd and Pat Murphy, Head of Teagasc Environment KT Programme were joined by Dr Úna FitzPatrick, National Biodiversity Data Centre to discuss the All Ireland Pollinator Plan.
Show Jessy your Farm Safety ideas and win!
Calling 7-12 year olds! Jessy the Sheep Dog, our Teagasc Farm Safety mascot, loves to help keep everyone safe on the farm and to celebrate the end of school term she wants to give 5 lucky winners a €50 Smyths Toys voucher. Closing date for entries is 14 July. Get more details here on how to apply
Signpost Series Webinar - A farmer's perspective on Biodiversity, Emissions and Water Quality
On this episode of The Signpost Series, held Friday, 11th June, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd and Pat Murphy, Head of Teagasc Environment KT Programme were joined by Thomas Duffy, dairy farmer & past President of Macra Na Feirme for a farmer's perspective on Biodiversity, Emissions & Water Quality
Best Practice when using Pesticides
It is important that all users take care and follow best practice procedure when using pesticides. Deirdre Glynn, ASSAP Advisor and Mark Trimble, Tillage Advisor, Kilkenny discuss safe storage and handling of chemicals, good sprayer maintenance and best practice when using pesticides on farm.
National Milk Quality Virtual Farm Walk on Starrett Farm
The Starrett family farm hosts a webinar and social media takeover on Tuesday 29th June at 11am. The Starretts were overall winners of the 2020 NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards. A Fact sheet on the farm is outlined here along with registration details for the event. You won't want to miss this!
Horizon 2020 Fairshare Project
Teresa Hooks project manager of the Horizon 2020 fair share project aims to support advisors to use the digital tools in order to encourage a more sustainable agriculture. Horizon 2020 (H2020) is a €7 million EU funded project. Teresa explains some of the challenges experienced by advisors & farmers
Fertiliser Guidelines for 2nd Cut Silage
Second cut silage is planned on many farms to replenish silage reserves for the coming winter. This crop tends to be lower yielding compared to first cut silage. Mark Plunkett, Teagasc Soil & Plant Nutrition and John Conroy, Teagasc Westport outline fertiliser guidelines for making 2nd cut silage
Signpost Series Webinar - Renewable gas and the Mitchelstown Central Grid Injection facility
On this episode of The Signpost Series, held on Friday, 28th May, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd and Pat Murphy, Head of Teagasc Environment KT Programme were joined by Niamh Gillen & Ian Kilgallon of Gas Networks Ireland to discuss renewable gas and the Mitchelstown Central Grid Injection facility
Teagasc Opening Statement on Organic Farming to the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture Food and the Marine - June 22 2021
Today, Tuesday June 22, Teagasc Director, Professor Gerry Boyle and Mary Ryan, Teagasc Researcher gave a briefing on Organic Farming to the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The full statement includes publications, on-line, advisory, education & research support for organics
Apply for Teagasc full-time Level 5 Agricultural courses now
The deadline for submitting applications for Teagasc college Level 5 full-time agricultural courses is Wednesday, 30 June 2021. Interested applicants are advised to submit their applications immediately.
The Future of Farm Tech – from AI to alternative fuel and autonomous machinery
On the latest episode of the Environment Edge podcast, Gary Abbott machinery correspondent with the Irish Farmers Journal joins Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn to talk about agricultural technology of the future and what we can look forward to.
The Signpost Series - Farmland Birds and the Birds of Conservation Concern in Ireland
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 4th June, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd was joined by Dr. Anita Donaghy and Oonagh Duggan from Birdwatch Ireland to discuss the declining bird population in our country.
Teagasc Signpost Programme Newsletter June 2021
Welcome to the first e-newsletter for the Signpost Programme. The Signpost e-newsletter will be published monthly. It will provide you with news from the Signpost Programme, technical articles, policy and research updates as well as profiling Signpost Farmers from across the country.
Machinery Co-operatives in Ireland
Ireland’s first farm machinery sharing co-operative was formed by members of Kilnamartyra dairy discussion group in West Cork. The machinery co-op provides a sound business structure for the sharing of machinery between farmers and can be applicable to farmers in any enterprise, especially tillage
Teagasc announce Winners of ‘Equine Farming and Biodiversity’ Photo Competition
The winners of the ‘Equine Farming and Biodiversity’ photo competition were announced by Teagasc on Tuesday, 15 June 2021. The overall winner is Roseann O’Neill from Kenmare, County Kerry. Her winning image captures her ‘Class 1 Kerry Bog Pony mare taken through the window of an old cow house'
The practical steps to overcoming issues on farms with heavier soils
Teagasc researcher Pat Tuohy joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge to give an insight into the key issues that arise on farms with heavier soils and practical steps to overcome these issues.
Teagasc Supports Men’s Health Week
Teagasc, through its research, advisory, education, training, and media programmes, supports Men’s Health Week. Men's Health Week usually commences on the Monday prior to Father's Day and finishes on Father's Day itself. This year, it will run from Monday, 14th until Sunday, 20th June.
Signpost Series Webinar - Celebrating our biodiversity and motivating farmers to address the climate & biodiversity emergency
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 21st May, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd is joined by Dr. Brendan Dunford, Manager of The Burren Programme to discuss celebrating our biodiversity and motivating farmers to address the climate and biodiversity emergency.
Environment Newsletter - June 2021
This month's Teagasc Environment newsletter has information and advice on: REAP the benefits; Measures to reduce nutrient and sediment run-off to waters from January 1, 2021; and Message from ASSAP - Protect our bathing waters.
Agriculture is facing a momentous decision on carbon budgets
Over the next few months a decision on the future of Irish agriculture will be taken that may prove to be as momentous as the 1984 introduction of milk quota or our 1973 entry to the EU. Professor Gerry Boyle, Director of Teagasc refers to the publication of sectoral carbon budgets from 2021 onwards
Grass weeds in non-plough systems
This week’s Tillage Edge discusses how grassweed control has become more important on all tillage farms and especially on non-plough based systems.
Grass10 Newsletter - 8th June 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter. Includes another week of high growth rates expected, fertilising for 2nd cut silage, incorporating clover, Grass10 grazing tips, grass situation in south Galway & grazing update from suckler GFOTY Thomas Hogan, Tipperary
May - Radar blocking topography: What Shannon cannot see
The May Map of the month shows how topography can block weather radar beams, potentially compromising the quality of monitoring. The exaggerated relief used in the map shows well how hills can impact the visibility of weather radar, especially when they are close to the emitter.
Multi Species Swards – a farmer’s perspective
Kevin O’Hanlon farm manager on a busy dairy farm in county Wexford joins to Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn on the latest episode of the Environment Edge podcast to discuss his experience with multi species swards.
Enable Conservation Tillage ECT Webinars
The Enable Conservation Tillage (ECT) project is running a series of webinars from Tuesday 8th June at 11.30am, to focus on tillage systems and grass weeds on farms across Ireland, converting to non-plough based systems and also how these farmers deal with grass weed challenges. Register here
Jessy's Smart Kids - Summer 2021
Jessy's Smart Kids is a fun easily downloadable kids farm safety newsletter. This edition of Jessy's Smart Kids includes: Farm Family Safety; Blind Spots; First Aid Kit and Farmer Wellbeing.
Water Protection measures since 1st January 2021 – do they affect my farm?
Many farmers have asked about water protection measures that have been in place since the start of 2021 and if these apply to their farms. These measures were introduced to reduce nutrient and sediment run-off to waters to improve water quality. Tim Hyde, Environment Specialist has the answers here
Ger McSweeney - Innovative Farm Programme
Aisling Molloy, Teagasc Advisor, Kanturk and Suckler to beef farmer Ger McSweeney outline how he is improving the technical efficiencies on his farm resulting in reduced Carbon footprint for every Kg of beef he produces. He is achieving this through the Innovative Farm Programme: Life Beef Carbon
Farming with Nature
John Oates is farming just north of Sligo Town. Whitethorn hedgerows provide field boundaries and shelter and shade for livestock. Environment and Technology Advisor Peter Mullan gives more information on how John is farming with the natural environment
Getting the Spread Right
Fertiliser is one of the most expensive inputs on the farm so you need to ensure that it is applied correctly, not only for your wallet but also for the environment. Here, Francis Quigley Teagasc Farm Machinery Specialist, talks about safety, checking the spreader, machine settings and calibration
Get the Facts on Applying Lime
Isn't it about time you applied lime? Don't rely on hearsay - stick to the facts. Mark Plunkett, Teagasc Johnstown Castle highlights 10 facts every farmer should know about applying lime. When is the ideal time to apply lime? What about lime and slurry? Can I apply lime and urea? Get answers here
Teagasc plans for new Apprenticeships
On Tuesday 25th May Teagasc gave a briefing note on it's Education and Training for the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Teagasc, as primary provider of accredited further education and training (FET) for the agricultural sector, details new apprenticeship pathway plans here
Increasing the productivity of a grass based, mid-season lambing system
Shane Moore, BETTER Farm sheep participant has been developing the farm infrastructure in recent years to allow him to increase output from his flock while controlling costs and improving profitability. Join our Let’s Talk Sheep webinar series this Thursday evening at 8pm and hear all. Register here
Sustainable Grassland Management Course
Research shows that good grassland management and grazing high quality grass substantially reduces the emissions of gasses: methane, nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide and ammonia. Tom Murphy, Dairy Advisor, Teagasc Athenry discusses the mandatory Grassland Management Course for derogation farmers here
Clonakilty Agricultural College May Dairy Update
James Daunt, Dairy teacher at Clonakilty Agricultural College provides a May update on Dairying at the College. He talks about nearing the end of the 2021 breeding season, current milk results, grassland management and looking forward to cutting silage, in a short video here
Greenhouse Gases – Innovative Farm Programme
The Innovative Farm Programme project aims to promote innovative livestock farming systems and associated practices to ensure the technical, economic, environmental and social sustainability of beef farms. Graham Waters, Naas Advisor and Ricky Milligan discuss the benefits of it on Ricky' s farm
Doing less boosts biodiversity
Paul Fitters, Lecturer in the Teagasc College at the National Botanic Gardens discusses "Rewilding" at the Knepp Estate in the UK. Improving biodiversity opened up new diversification opportunities. He has suggestions for how we can all do our bit for biodiversity and rewild a little in our gardens
Agriculture and Water
Paula Browne, ASSAP Adviser, Teagasc Clare looks at ways to minimise losses of nutrients, sediment and pesticides to water from farming. A number of key considerations should be central to minimising any pollution potential to our watercourses and these are outlined here.
Teagasc appoint Dr David Wall as Enterprise leader at Johnstown Castle
Dr David Wall has been appointed as the new enterprise leader at the Teagasc campus in Johnstown Castle. The enterprise leader role is to lead the management of the farms and estate in Teagasc Environment Research Centre to deliver the research programme, as part of the team led by Dr Karl Richards
Managing Margins with Nature in Mind
Thinking "outside the field" and managing the margins with nature in mind can contribute to the improvement of biodiversity on Irish farms. Aoife Leader, Teagasc Walsh Scholar, highlights some key actions that farmers can take to retain, maintain and enhance field margins for farmland biodiversity
Grass10 Newsletter - 25th May 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: PastureBase data for the week for dairy, beef & sheep farms; updates on Grassland Farmer of the Year sheep and heavy soils farms; difficult grazing conditions & grass/clover trial update from Teagasc Clonakilty
Slurry Storage, Have you enough?
The impact of dairy farming systems on the environment is of critical importance in gaining access to premium dairy markets that will return a good milk price to the farmer. Tom Curran, Regional Manager, Cork West and Tim Hyde, Environment Specialist, Teagasc discuss slurry storage as a key factor
Teagasc appoints new Organic Specialist
Teagasc has appointed Joe Kelleher as Organic Farming Specialist and he commences the new role today, Monday, 24 May 2021. He previously worked as a dairy advisor in the Limerick/Kerry advisory region. He joins Elaine Leavy as part of the national organic farming team in Teagasc
Results of Teagasc Protected Urea trial finds no residues
A new scientific paper was published in the past week with results from a trial on using protected Urea on the Teagasc farm at its Environment research centre, Johnstown castle. Irish farmers are being encouraged to switch from using CAN fertiliser to protected Urea, as part of reducing emissions
Lowering the Carbon Footprint of Milk Production at Solohead Research Farm
Following rapid expansion there is an immense challenge to lower the environmental impact of dairy farming. At Solohead Research Farm we have designed and tested systems for lowering the carbon and ammonia footprints of milk production. James Humphreys, Researcher has details in a short video here
Farmers are part of the solution - Biodiversity Day 2021
Saturday May 22nd 2021 is International Biodiversity Day. The theme for this year is: 'We're part of the solution'. We’re all part of nature, so we must be part of the solution for biodiversity loss and climate change. What actions can farmers take?
Teagasc Appoint new Biodiversity Researcher
Teagasc has announced the appointment of Dr Stephanie Maher as a new permanent biodiversity researcher based in the Teagasc Environment Research Centre, Johnstown Castle, County Wexford.
"Bee kind" farming
Today is #WorldBeeDay and Teagasc encourages farmers to adopt "Bee kind" farming, to look at ways of improving habitats and enhance biodiversity to support wild bees on Irish farmland. In Ireland there are 77 solitary bee species, 21 bumble bee species and 1 honey bee species.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Water Quality: the challenge of understanding and valuing it
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 14th May, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd is joined by Bernie O’Flaherty, Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO) to discuss water quality: the challenge of understanding and valuing it.
BDGP, BEAM, BEEP-S Update
Aidan Murray, Teagasc Beef Specialist joins Catherine Egan on this week’s episode of the Beef Edge podcast to give an update on the various beef schemes.
3rd European Beef Carbon Farmers’ Network - Webinar
The 3rd European farmers’ network webinar took place on Tuesday, 4th May 2021. Innovative grass-based Irish beef producers gave an insight into how they're improving beef carbon footprint.
Launch of The Signpost Programme
The Signpost Programme was launched on Tuesday, 18 May. Hosted by RTÉ’s Ear to the Ground presenter Helen Carroll, the online webinar demonstrated how the new Teagasc led collaborative programme will support Irish farmers in reducing emissions from agriculture. Catch up on all the highlights here
The Signpost Series Webinar - Agri-food Strategy 2030 - The Environmental Ambition
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 7th May, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd is joined by Tom Arnold, Chair of the 2030 Agri Food Strategy Committee to discuss the 2030 Agri Food Strategy: The Environmental Ambition.
Meet the Teagasc Signpost Team
The new Signpost Programme – Farmers for Climate Action, will be launched tomorrow Tuesday, 18 May. Today we meet the Signpost Programme team who will work with farmers, and the partner organisations to prompt climate action by all Irish farmers.
How to harvest quality silage
With the silage season upon us, on the latest episode of the Environment Edge, Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn chat to Teagasc dairy advisor in Kilkenny Pat Moylan about the cold dry spring and tips on how to harvest quality silage.
The Teagasc Signpost Programme Launch
The official launch of The Teagasc Signpost Programme, a collaborative programme to lead climate action by Irish farmers and their transition towards more sustainable farming systems.
Research Insights Webinar - Role of grass breeding & evaluation to increase the sustainability of pasture-based systems
On a recent Teagasc Research Insights webinar held Wednesday 12th May, Michael O'Donovan, Head of Grassland Science, was joined by Patrick Conaghan, Stephen Byrne & Tomas Tubritt, Teagasc Researchers to discuss the role of grass breeding & evaluation to increase sustainability of pasture systems
No Dig Gardening Event
This No Dig Gardening webinar event was held on Thursday 5th May at 7pm with John Mulhern, College principal of Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens and colleagues James Brady and Deirdre Walsh. Guest Speaker, Charles Dowding has a strong passion for 'no dig gardening
Ireland's Trees: our heritage 10,000 years in the making
Teagasc's virtual forestry adviser, Ciara, tells the story of forests in Ireland – from the last Ice Age to the present day. A heritage, 10,000 years in the making…She describes the climate affect of forestry development, the decline in forestry as agriculture developed and population grew.
Beware of wild flower mixes as you might get more than you paid for
The highly invasive Blackgrass weed was found in a commercial wildflower mixture that was grown in an experimental plot in Carlow. If this weed is widespread in mixtures which were planted on farms, schools, gardens, and amenity areas across the country it poses a huge risk of contamination to crops
Slurry storage capacity and TAMS
Tom Fallon, Teagasc Farm Buildings & Infrastructure Specialist has tips for applying for TAMS grant aid for slurry storage here. He advises when building new facilities to look beyond meeting the minimum storage requirements as many farms require extra storage. He features a TAMS grant farm example
The Benefits of Using Low Emission Slurry Spreading on Drystock Farms this Summer
Low Emissions Slurry Spreading technology (LESS) has become a common sight on Galway farms in recent years. Umbilical pipes, dribble bars, trailing shoes and injection systems are replacing the traditional splash plate. Bryan Donnelly, Advisor Teagasc Galway highlights the benefits of LESS
Farmyards and Water Quality
Farmyards can impact on water quality where wastes & effluents gain access to water directly, as point source pollution or indirectly, by diffuse pollution. With good farmyard management & design these impacts to water, where they occur, can be eliminated as Kevin O’Sullivan ASSAP Advisor outlines
New Anaerobic Digestion (AD) project commences
Teagasc recently held the first online meeting of the technical working group for a new Anaerobic Digestion (AD) project called FLEET. Teagasc economist Dr Fiona Thorne is the principal investigator on the FLEET project, supported by the SEAI Research and development fund. Read more here
The Signpost Series - Water quality – national problems, local solutions
On the latest episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 30th April, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd is joined by Jenny Deakin, EPA to discuss water quality – national problems, local solutions.
REAP - The Facts
Teagasc has produced a Factsheet and a video on the new Results-Based Environment-Agri Pilot Project (REAP). Find out more here and listen to what Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist has to say about REAP. Expressions of Interest must be lodged with DAFM by Monday May 10th
An Update on REAP
Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist Catherine Keena joins Catherine Egan on this week’s episode of The Beef Edge podcast with an update on the new Results-Based Environment-Agri Pilot Programme, also known as REAP.
3rd European Beef Carbon Farmers’ Network
The 3rd European farmers’ network webinar takes place today at 5pm. In this webinar hear from innovative grass-based Irish beef producers about how they're improving beef carbon footprint. LIFE BEEF CARBON is an initiative combating climate impact of beef production in Ireland, France, Italy & Spain
The Signpost Series - The BRIDE Project
On the latest episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 23rd April, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd is joined by Donal Sheehan, Manager of the BRIDE Project to give an overview of the Project, results-based payments and how farmers can be rewarded for environmental improvement.
Best Practice for Pesticides & Alternative Methods for Weed Control
Kieran Kenny, Teagasc ASSAP advisor and member of the National Pesticide & Drinking Water Action Group joins Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn on the latest episode of the Environment Edge podcast.
The Additive Trials Reporting an 80% Reduction in Methane Emissions
Katie Starsmore and Ben Lahart join Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast to give an insight into the Green Feed trial that is investigating feed additives that have the potential to reduce methane emissions from grass fed dairy cows.
Today's Farm - May/June 2021
The May/June edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. The main focus of this edition is on slurry storage, covering topics such as storage and usage; completing a storage assessment; & storage capacity and TAMS. It also has articles on blackgrass; contract rearing & more.
Clonakilty Agricultural College April Dairy Update
James Daunt, Dairy teacher at Clonakilty Agricultural College provides an April update on Dairying at the College. He talks about the 2021 breeding season, current milk results, grassland management, fertiliser and clover over-sowing, in a short video here
Can you REAP the rewards?
The deadline for farmers to apply for the Results-Based Environment-Agri Pilot Project (REAP), a new Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) Pilot programme, is fast approaching. Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist urges eligible farmers to apply before May 10th
FitForests –Ensuring correct tree species choice to address climate change uncertainties
Niall Farrelly, Senior Forestry Research Officer Teagasc, discusses over 100 years of research from Avondale Forest Park, Co. Wicklow and how this leads on to new forestry research called FitForests which will assess the suitability of different tree species to adapt to climate change.
The Signpost Series - Context, Measurement & mitigation of methane emissions in Irish dairy systems
On this episode of The Signpost Series webinar, which took place on Friday, 16th April, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd is joined by guest speakers Laurence Shalloo, Ben Lahart & Katie Starsmore, Teagasc to discuss context, measurement & mitigation of methane emissions in Irish dairy systems.
Caroline Walsh Virtual Farm Walk
On April 21st, Caroline Walsh, overall and dairy category winner of the 2020 Grassland Farmer of the Year Competition hosted a virtual event from her farm through the medium of video, social media and live webinar
April - Wildfires in Ireland
The April Map of the month shows the number of current active wildfires (as of the 25th) detected by NASA Fire detection service. There are a surprising number across the country. Each month the Teagasc spatial analysis unit use data from a number of sources and share it as a map to assist farming
Are you Sun Smart? Webinar
A webinar to raise awareness about the risks of skin cancer and UV exposure in the farming community was held on Wednesday, 21st April. HSE and the Irish Cancer Society Representatives advised what you can do to protect yourself against the risks of skin cancer and UV exposure on your farm
Major Focus on Clover establishment and Management in 2021
A clover booklet ‘Management and establishment of grass-white clover swards’ for 2021 is being launched by Teagasc today, Monday, 26 April. Agriculture in Ireland is under ever increasing pressure to reduce nitrogen fertiliser use, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase nitrogen use efficiency
The Importance of Wetlands
A combination of geology and abundant rain has endowed Ireland with an extraordinary array of wetlands covering some 20% of the country. While most wetlands occur naturally they may also be artificially created. Mary Roache Mayo ASSAP Advisor has examples of a variety of wetlands that occur on farms
Thinking of becoming an Organic Farmer?
With the reopening of the Organic Farming Scheme in March many farmers are wondering is organics an option for them. As the scheme closes on Friday 30th April 2021 the window of time to make the decision to join and complete the necessary paperwork is tight. Enda O’Hart, Teagasc Advisor has advice
Research Insights Webinar - New insights into feeding dairy cows at pasture
On a recent Teagasc Research Insights webinar which took place on Wednesday, 14th April, Michael O'Donovan, Head of Grassland Science, Teagasc was joined by Michael Dineen, Research Officer to discuss new insights to feeding dairy cows at pasture.
Farm Business Options Webinar - Organic Farming – Steps to Conversion and Opportunities
On this episode of the Farm Business Options Webinar series which took place on Tuesday, 13th April, Barry Caslin was joined by Elaine Leavy, Teagasc Organic Specialist and Clive Bright, Organic grass only farmer, Sligo to discuss organic farming - steps to conversion and opportunities.
Tree and hedge management in Ballyhaise College
Steven Meyen, Forestry Development Officer, Teagasc talks from experience about how trees can add so much to farm hedges. Benefits include shelter, biodiversity, improvement in microclimate, carbon sequestration and landscape value. We also get a glimpse of tree and hedge management at Ballyhaise
The Signpost Series Webinar - Climate Mitigation Options through Afforestation
In this episode of The Signpost Series webinars, held Friday, 9th April, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd is joined by guest speakers Tom Houlihan, Teagasc Forestry Specialist & Dr. Kevin Black, Forestry, Environmental Research & Services (FERS) to discuss Climate Mitigation Options via Afforestation
Teagasc marks Earth Day 2021
Teagasc marks Earth Day today. We reflect on ways in which we contribute to improving the Earth through our integrated research, advisory and training services to the agriculture & food industry and rural communities. Learn more here about Teagasc & the Environment, and A day in the life of research
8th INFOGEST Webinar on Food Digestion
The 8th INFOGEST webinar on food digestion, co-hosted by Dr Andre Brodkorb of the Teagasc Food Research Centre and others, took place on Wednesday, 7th April at 2PM. The theme of this webinar was “in vitro Digestion Models” from Working Group 1 of the INFOGEST network.
Grass10 Newsletter - 20th April 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: Weekly PastureBase data; grazing updates from various GFOTY winners; Starting 2nd rotation Sheep Update - Philip Creighton, Teagasc, Athenry PLUS Caroline Walsh Overall GFOTY 2020 social media takeover and more
Quality vs Quantity - how do I maximise silage yield per hectare?
Teagasc Drystock advisor Joe Hand joins Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge podcast to discuss how to maximise silage yield this year on your farm.
Caroline Walsh Grassland Farmer of the Year - Social Media Takeover & Live Interview
Join Caroline Walsh, 2020 Grassland Farmer of the Year, on the Teagasc social media accounts as she takes us through "A day in the life...." on her dairy farm in Ballinascarthy, Co. Cork
Submit Your 2021 Basic Payment Application On-Time
The most important task for farmers in any year is to complete their Basic Payment application online. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that the 2021 Basic Payment application and associated forms are completed on time by Monday 17th May. Brian Hughes, Teagasc Claremorris has more advice
The Signpost Series Webinar - Multi-species Swards
In this episode of The Signpost Series webinar, which took place on Thursday, 1st April, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd is joined by guest speakers Dr. Helen Sheridan and Prof. Tommy Boland, UCD to discuss multi-species swards - sward and animal performance under reduced nitrogen fertiliser inputs.
Farmland Birds and the role of farmers in their survival
Niall Hatch from Bird Watch Ireland joins Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn on the latest episode of the Environment Edge podcast to talk about farmland birds and the important role of farmers in helping to improve habitats.
Tips and advice on best practice for reseeding
Tomás Tubritt joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge with tips and advice on best practice for reseeding.
The future is kelp!
Did you know the word ‘kelp’ originally described the burnt ash of brown seaweed? Maria Hayes Research Officer, Teagasc Food Research Centre, together with Cawthron Institute Researchers, New Zealand, are looking at bio-product isolation from native Irish and New Zealand macro-algal species here.
Integrated Pest Management - Aphid pest control Webinar
On a recent Integrated Pest Management Webinar, which took place on Wednesday, 7th April 2021, Donall Flanagan, Teagasc Horticulture Development Department was joined by David Davidson, Technical Consultant with Koppert to discuss aphid pest control.
Are you Sun Smart? Webinar
A webinar to raise awareness about the risks of skin cancer and UV exposure in the farming community. Join Teagasc on Wednesday, 21 April from 11.30am -1pm along with the HSE & the Irish Cancer Society who will advise what you can do to protect yourself against the risks of skin cancer & UV exposure
70 years of grassland research in Ireland
TEAGASC grassland research has enabled the transformation of Irish agriculture since the 1950s. The importance of grassland to Irish Agriculture is indicated by over 70% of agricultural output (monetary terms) coming from grassland as cattle, milk, & sheep products, Teagasc researchers reminisce
Steps to Take when Considering Converting to Organic Farming
The Organic Farming Scheme is open. Elaine Leavy, Teagasc Organic Specialist gave a presentation recently at the IFA Information Meeting on the Organic Farming Scheme which was held virtually on Thursday, 4th March 2021. Elaine's presentation and Teagasc guide to organic conversion can be found here
The Forestry Sector in Ireland: some facts and figures
Teagasc welcomes Ciara! Teagasc's new virtual forestry adviser Ciara, provides some basic facts and figures on the forestry sector in Ireland. She discusses forest cover, ownership, species composition, carbon sequestration, wood utilisation, age distribution, wood processing, exports and employment
Status Orange, High Forest Fire Risk Warning
Teagasc urges all involved in outdoor activity to exercise extreme caution, and heed the high level warning for fires which is in place this week. The current high pressure dominated weather patterns has resulted in a high fire risk in all areas where fuel such as dead grasses, heather & gorse exist
Hitting Grazing Targets in 2021 with PastureBase Ireland Webinar
Are you looking to make better grazing decisions on your farm in April? On this webinar which took place on Wednesday, 7th April, John Douglas & Joseph Dunphy, Teagasc Grass10 and Micheal O'Leary, PastureBase Ireland go through how you can use PastureBase Ireland to plan your spring grazing.
Grass10 Newsletter - 13th April 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: Weekly PastureBase data; Seamus Sweeney, Wexford on 2nd rotation; Caroline Walsh 2020 GFOTY social media takeover; Grazing Updates from Thomas Hogan, GFOTY Cattle-Suckling, & Grange dairy-beef research herd
Protecting the Connemara/Mayo Blackface Breed for Future generations
Father & son partnership MartinJoe & Martin Kerrigan are hill farmers in Glentrague, Clonbur Co. Galway - a valley situated in ‘Joyce Country’ overlooking the scenic Lough Mask. Martin is involved in developing the Connemara/Mayo Blackface sheep, as Joanne Masterson, Teagasc Advisor, outlines here
Integrated Pest Management Webinar - traps and pheromones for thrips and pest control
On a recent Integrated Pest Management Webinar, which took place on Tuesday, 30th March, Donall Flanagan and Eamonn Kehoe, Teagasc Horticulture Development Department were joined by Dr Clare Sampson, Technical Director with Russel IPM to focus on traps and pheromones for thrips and pest control.
Teagasc Virtual College Open Days 2021
During March, Teagasc courses were promoted through virtual open days at it's four agricultural and horticultural colleges and two of the private colleges. One open day remains to be held at Salesian Agricultural College on 15th April. Now is your chance to catch up with any you may have missed here
What is a GPS Fertiliser Spreader?
With the grant on GPS fertiliser spreaders now available to all TAMS applicants there is a lot of interest from farmers in making an investment in the new equipment. Francis Quigley, Teagasc Farm Machinery Specialist explains that a GPS controlled spreader is more than just a guidance system
Target to make 75% DMD Silage this summer
Shane Devaney, Beef Advisor, Teagasc Longford, sets a target for all farmers to make 75% DMD Silage this summer. He has advice for those farming on heavy soils and he lists the benefits of making good quality silage here.
Environment Newsletter - April 2021
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Environment team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Dates for your diary; Mandatory derogation requirements from January 1, 2021; and Message from ASSAP: Is your silage storage fit for purpose?.
Climate mitigation options through Afforestation – The Forest Carbon Tool
The establishment of new forests has a highly significant role to play in addressing our climate challenges and ensuring we can build a significant future carbon sink by mid-century. Teagasc Forestry Specialist Tom Houlihan discusses this and the development and use of the Forest Carbon Tool
The Signpost Series Webinar - Working with farmers to improve water quality
In this episode of The Signpost Series webinar, held as part of Water Quality Week, on Friday, 26 March, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd is joined by Noel Meehan, ASSAP Programme Manager and Edward Burgess, ACP Specialist Advisor, Teagasc to discuss working with farmers to improve water quality
Let’s Talk Dairy Bonus Episode: ASSAP and Farmers Impact on Water Quality
In this Let's Talk Dairy Bonus podcast episode, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist, is joined by Noel Meehan and Eimear Connery about the on-farm assessment carried out by ASSAP advisors to assess farmers’ impact on water quality.
Grass10 Newsletter - 6th April 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: Weekly PastureBase data; Niall Callanan (dairy) & Aidan Maguire (beef) discuss grazing plans; Grazing tips to hold Average Farm Cover in this colder week; A video explaining “Band Method” grass measuring & more
The 3 'T's to making Good Quality Silage
Austin Flavin Teagasc Advisor, meets beef farmer, Billy Glasheen who farms in Passage East in Co. Waterford as he plans to follow the 3 'T's which are key to making best Quality Silage. Test the slurry, test the soil and test the silage.
It’s getting hot in here
Keith Lambkin, senior climatologist with Met Eireann joins Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn on the latest episode of the Environment Edge podcast to discuss global warming.
Have multi species swards a role on Irish farms?
Multi species swards have the ability to grow 11Ton of dry matter with no chemical nitrogen, but have they a role on Irish farms? Joe Kelleher, Teagasc Advisor, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick addresses this question here and discusses what is known so far about Multi species swards
The Signpost Series - Multi-species mixtures
On a recent episode of the Signpost Series webinar, which took place on Friday, 19th March, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd was joined by John Finn, Teagasc to discuss multi-species mixtures increase yields and resilience to drought, with lower nitrogen inputs.
The Signpost Series - The impact of pesticides on water quality
In this episode of The Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 12th March, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd Programme Manager is joined by John Keogh, Chief Executive of the Animal and Plant Health Association (APHA) to discuss the impact of pesticides on water quality.
Farm Business Options Webinar - Farm Diversification in Co. Laois
On a recent Farm Business Options webinar which took place on Tuesday, 16th March 2021, host Peter Doolan, Teagasc Laois was joined by three local farmers to discuss farm diversification into soft food produce, angling and organic dairying in Co. Laois. A Q&A session also took place
ASSAP Factsheets on Farming for Water Quality
The Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP) have produced a series of five factsheets to help farmers maintain and improve the quality of water bodies in Ireland. They provide practical tips for farmers to implement which will benefit watercourses on their farms.
Planning a Successful Breeding Season with Francis Nolan
On Thursday, 25 March a Breeding Webinar took place with Teagasc/Glanbia Future Farmer Francis Nolan, Co. Kilkenny. Francis was joined by Richie O'Brien & George Ramsbottom, Teagasc and Joris Somers, Glanbia to discuss the steps Francis is taking to plan for a successful breeding season on his farm
ASSAP As Gaeilge
Ar mhaithe le sláinte an phobail i gcoitinne, is den riachtanas é, go bhfuil ard-chaighdéan uisce againn. Chun é seo a chinntiú, tá feirmeoirí fud fad na tíre, i gcomhairle le ASSAP, ag comhoibriú chun an t-uisce agus an timpeallacht a chaomhnú.
Silage Storage & Water Quality
Silage effluent is a highly polluting liquid and can cause fish kills in watercourses/rivers and contaminate wells if not collected, stored and land spread properly. It is important to examine and repair silage pits and collection channels when pits are empty to ensure safe storage.
Farmer testimonial on the ASSAP service
John Landers has a dairy farm beside the Comeragh Mountains in County Waterford. The river Colligan runs through John's land, it is one of 190 priority areas for action (PAA’s) where water quality needs some improvement.
Managing Farm Yards to Reduce Soiled Water Losses
Soiled water is defined in the Nitrates Directive as water from concentrated areas, hard standing areas, holding areas for livestock and other farmyard areas where the water is contaminated by livestock faeces/ urine, silage effluent, chemical fertilisers, dairy or vegetable washings. Read more here
The RESONATE Project: Investigating the Resilience of European Forests
Forests form a central plank of Europe’s new “Green Deal” policy. Now as more will be demanded from our forests, how will they cope in a changing climate? A new Horizon 2020 research project called “RESONATE” will help answer this. Jonathan Spazzi, Forestry Advisor, enlightens us here
Housing of Livestock
Livestock housed over the winter period need facilities that are fit for purpose and have adequate storage capacity for the statutory number of weeks. Claire Mooney, Teagasc ASSAP Advisor, has some important guidelines here on the management of winter housing to prevent nutrient losses
Wetlands and Water
A combination of geology and abundant rain has endowed Ireland with an extraordinary array of wetlands covering some 20% of the country. Functional wetlands are among our most productive environments providing a vast array of eco-system services. ASSAP advisor Mary Roache has more information
Water Quality and the Freshwater Pearl Mussel
The freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera) is a large filter-feeding bivalve. European freshwater pearl mussel populations have declined by 90 % over the past century. Mary McAndrew, Catchment Officer Pearl Mussel Project gives information on this long lived creature.
The importance of trees in Ireland
Ireland's waterways evolved in tandem with our native woodlands. Of the 16,000 townlands in Ireland 14,000 have names related to trees, forests and water. Farm forests are known to reduce the leaching of nutrients from agricultural soils
Best practice on spent sheep dip and footbath solutions
The practice of sheep dipping in summer or winter or both, is an important annual practice on sheep farms. Sheep dips, such as Organophosphates and Pryrethroids, are extremely effective but must be safely disposed of afterwards to protect aquatic life, as Shaun Roarty, ASSAP Advisor, Donegal advises
MCPA and rushes
In 2020 MCPA commonly used to control rushes was responsible for 46 out of 91 detected pesticide breeches. MCPA is water soluble, it does not bind to soil particles and therefore more prone to leaching and run-off to nearby waterbodies. Mary Roache, ASSAP Advisor Mayo, talks about Rush Spraying here
Best Practice use of pesticides
Monitoring of drinking water in Ireland continues to detect exceedances above the standard for certain herbicides. The chemicals causing greatest problems are MCPA (Agritox, Mortone, etc) and 2,4-D (Bandock EW, Mortox 50 etc). They are highly soluble in water. Kieran Kenny ASSAP Advisor has more
Is Organic tillage for you?
The latest Organic Farm Scheme is open to tillage farmers against the backdrop of an EU target to have 25% of all land in organic production by 2030. On this week’s episode of the Tillage Edge podcast, Elaine Leavy, Organic Specialist in Teagasc, joined Michael Hennessy to discuss organic tillage
Tillage Update 25th March 2021
In the weeks and months ahead cereal and other crops will receive the most of their N, P, K & S requirements to build and develop grain yield potential. This Water Quality week Teagasc advises efficient use of applied nutrients to reduce loss to the environment. Mark Plunkett talks about the 4 Rs
Pesticides and losses to water
What happens to pesticides after application? TEAGASC researchers have monitored the concentrations of commonly used herbicides in two agricultural river catchments as a part of the EU Horizon 2020-funded WaterProtect. Per-Erik Mellander, Catchment Scientist, has details of this on-going monitoring
Riparian buffer zones are patches of land adjacent to rivers, streams and drains, removed from intensive production. When designed correctly, they play a significant role in the reduction of diffuse inputs from agriculture entering our waterbodies.
The Caha Project
The Caha Project is a project where nine farmers have come together to protect a section of their local river. This length of river is particularity important as it has been identified as having a High Status Objective and is a Priority Area for Action under the Water Frameworks Directive
Drainage Maintenance to protect Water Quality
Ireland lies in a temperate zone where the main role of drainage is the removal of excess water in the root zone of crops from surplus rainfall, improving land trafficability and increasing productivity. Meabh O'Hagan, ASSAP Advisor and Niall McLoughlin, Lakeland Dairies has some advice.
Phosphorus Use on Peat Soils
A recent analysis conducted by the Teagasc Rural Economy and Development programme indicates that approximately 6% of the country (420,000 Ha) is made up of cultivated peats across a wide range of farming intensities. Fiona Doolan, ASSAP Advisor Kildare/Laois, discusses Phosphorus Use on Peat Soils
Managing farm roads to protect water quality
Farm roadways are an essential piece of infrastructure on most livestock farms and in particular dairy farms. Under new Nitrates rules there shall be no direct runoff of soiled water from farm roadways to waters from 1st January 2021. Padraig Fitzgerald, Teagasc Advisor lists the key points involved
What is a Riparian Margin & what can it do for Water Quality?
A Riparian Margin is the land that runs alongside our rivers and streams. Here, Fiona Doolan, Teagasc ASSAP Advisor, Co. Laois, talks about a variety of riparian margins. She explains the benefits of a riparian margin on water quality and the role it plays in protecting rivers and streams
Managing Soil Phosphorous for Water Quality
Phosphorus is an essential nutrient particularly when it comes to crop establishment. Eddie Burgess, Catchment Specialist with the Teagasc Agricultural Catchments Programme speaks more about managing soil phosphorus for water quality.
What impact can weed control & drainage work have on water quality?
Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advice Programme advisors Mary Roache & Meabh O’Hagan join Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge podcast as part of Water Quality Week to highlight correct weed control management & tips on carrying out drainage work to reduce impact on water quality.
ASSAP - Working with farmers to improve water quality
The Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme - ASSAP is in existence since 2018. Advisors are working with farmers in Priority areas for action (PAA) across the country to improve water quality. ASSAP advisors Deirdre Glynn and Cathal Somers give information about the programme
Catch Crops for Water Quality
There are multiple benefits to using catch or cover crops in a tillage system. In terms of water quality it is the ability of catch crops to reduce nitrate (NO3-N) leaching that makes it a valuable tool for all tillage farmers.
Why LESS is more
Slurry application on Irish farms was often seen as a chore, done to relieve pressure on slurry storage systems in late winter / early spring, traditionally spread by splashplate. Today this is changing fast with the use of low emission slurry spreaders (LESS), as Eamonn Lynch Dairy Advisor,explains
Clover - Why Now?
Ever thought of increasing the diversity in your swards? This can be simply and profitably done across the whole farm over 3 years adding to the health of the soil, animals and consumers as well as reducing losses to water and emissions to the atmosphere. Lane Giles, ASSAP Advisor tells us more.
Why You Should Use Protected Urea
Protected urea allows farmers to spread urea based nitrogen during the growing season without the worry of nitrogen (N) being lost from the field through ammonia emissions. It also reduces greenhouse gas emissions and nitrate leaching when compared to CAN Cathal Somers gives more information
Nitrogen Use Efficiency = Cleaner Water
Deirdre Glynn, Teagasc ASSAP Advisor and Dr. David Wall, Teagasc Researcher both define Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE) here. They discuss losses of Nitrogen and how we can avoid this going forward through soil testing, nutrient planning, responsible fertiliser and slurry spreading and more
How Nitrate leaching occurs
Nitrate leaching can occur during times of heavy or prolonged rainfall. Free draining soils are particularly susceptible to nitrate loss as it's very mobile in soil and readily leaches groundwater. The highest risk is in winter and early spring, as Prof Owen Fenton, Teagasc Researcher explains
ASSAP- Farming for Water Quality
ASSAP – Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advice Programme works with farmers in a free and confidential advisory service to help improve water quality. Priority areas for action (PAA) are being targeted across the country to improve water quality.
Farming for Water Quality in a Priority Area for Action - Farmer Testimonial
The Glenaboy river in county Waterford is currently at Moderate ecological status. The river catchment is in a Priority Area for Action (PAA) for the Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP). Find out how farmers and ASSAP advisors work together to improve water quality
Water Quality in your area & accessing catchments.ie
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) operate a number of water quality monitoring programmes to assess the condition of waters in Ireland. The outcome these monitoring programmes is available to see on the EPA interactive map.The map can be accessed on the website catchments.ie
Water Quality Indicators - Chemical Sampling
It is important to understand what causes damage to our waters and work together to protect them. As part of Water Quality Week and World Water Day today, LAWPRO Scientists demonstrate here what the chemical indicators of water quality are and how this sampling is carried out
Using kick sampling to determine the quality of water in a river?
Macro-invertebrates are small aquatic animals such as insect larva, snails, worms, beetles etc and are excellent indicators of water quality. Where rivers are unpolluted these are in abundance. Scientists examine these macroinvertebrates by kick sampling, as LAWPRO catchment scientists demonstrate
Why is water quality important?
We need safe and secure waters to supply agriculture, industry and our drinking water needs. It is important that we understand what causes damage to our waters and work together to protect them. As part of Water Quality Week and World Water Day today, LAWPRO Scientist Ruth Hennessy has more here
The past, present & future of water quality in Ireland
In this bonus episode of the Environment Edge podcast, Jenny Deakin EPA catchment unit manager joins Teagasc’s Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn to discuss the past, present & future of water quality in Ireland and how climate change will challenge us all.
EU's green deal - Essential role of legumes
This webinar is a Legume innovation and networking workshop which is hosted by Mark Gibson and brought to you by Teagasc. The legumes innovation workshop aims to identify transition paths enabling home grown legumes in a more sustainable food and feed value chain.
Farmer Safety Health and Wellness Webinar Series: Rena Buckley
Carbery Group, Cork recently held a Webinar on Farm Safety, Health and Wellness for farmer suppliers in advance of a busy spring. The Event will now be shown as a series of Webinars for 3 Sundays. The second is Rena Buckley, giving pointers on Gaining Health through, Exercise and Diet
Water Quality Week
Teagasc Water Quality Week runs next week Monday, 22nd March to Friday, 26th March. Water quality week is organised in collaboration with the dairy processing co-ops and the Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO). Noel Meehan, Programme Manager ASSAP has details of the plans for the week here
Teagasc Daily – One year on
Today is the 1st Anniversary of the introduction of Teagasc Daily, a new digital communication channel providing information to Teagasc audiences. It was set up in response to the first Covid related lockdown last March, as a digital tool to maintain knowledge transfer to Teagasc audiences.
Using LESS Gives More from Slurry
Cattle slurry is a valuable source of N, P & K produced on farm. Nitrogen (N) in cattle slurry is in a similar ammonia form to N in urea & is easily lost to the atmosphere. Teagasc Advisor Mark O'Sullivan has valuable information on the benefit of using trailing hose or trailing shoe to apply slurry
GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme Farmer Focus - John & Margaret Murphy
John & Margaret Murphy, Co. Cork are GLAS participants who availed of the Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme for repairs to an old stone outbuilding on the farm. Eimear Connery, Teagasc Advisor has more details. For the past four days Teagasc Daily focused on Co Cork participants of this scheme
GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme Farmer Focus - Tom O'Neill
Tom O'Neill, Co. Cork is a GLAS participant who availed of the Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme for repairs to an old 1740s tower building. Eimear Connery, Teagasc Advisor has more details. For one more day, of a four day focus, Teagasc Daily will focus on Co Cork participants of this scheme
The Signpost Series - Farm sustainability approach at Carbery Group
On a recent episode of the Signpost Series webinar, which took place on Friday, 5th March, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd is joined by Enda Buckley, Director of Sustainability & Aoife Feeney, Farm Sustainability Manager at Carbery Ireland to discuss the farm sustainability approach at Carbery Group.
Sustainable Soil Health Management in Vegetable Production Webinar
The third webinar in the Teagasc Vegetable Series took place on Wednesday, 3rd March 2021. This webinar focused on the specific challenges for field vegetable production on soil health. Event hosts were Eoin Sweetman and Andy Whelton, Teagasc Horticulture Development Department
GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme Farmer Focus - Kevin Wood
Kevin Wood, Co. Cork is a GLAS participant who availed of the Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme for repairs mainly to a lofted grain store dating back to 1888. Eimear Connery, Teagasc Advisor has more details. For two more days Teagasc Daily will focus on Co Cork participants of this scheme
New farm forests are backing biodiversity
Ireland’s new forests are working to reverse the decline in our national biodiversity and strengthen environmental sustainability. Teagasc Forestry advisor, Noel Kennedy, explains how biodiversity protection and enhancement are at the heart of today’s young forests.
GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme Farmer Focus - Siobhan Madden
Siobhan Madden, Co. Cork is a GLAS 3 participant who availed of the Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme for repairs to adjoining 200 year old buildings. Enda Maloney, Teagasc Advisor has more details. For the next three days Teagasc Daily will focus on Co Cork participants of this scheme
Increasing fertiliser precision
Testing soil fertility (pH, phosphate, potassium, etc.) is one of the most important jobs a farmer can do on the farm. On this week’s Tillage Edge podcast, Conor O’Callaghan, from Teagasc, Dublin and Martin Ennis, a farmer from north county Dublin, join Michael Hennessy to discuss this topic.
The Signpost Series - Impact of climate change on smallholder food production in the tropics
In this episode of The Signpost Series, Mark Gibson is joined by Paul Wagstaff, Senior Agricultural Advisor with Self Help Africa who speaks about the impact of climate change on smallholder food production in the tropics and the interventions that can be used to reduce the impacts of climate change
Timoleague Agricultural Catchment Programme Update
Teagasc’s Agricultural Catchments Programme has been monitoring water quality in 6 locations across Ireland to investigate the impact of agriculture on water quality in these catchments. Oisín Coakley, ACP Advisor, provides an update on the 8km square Timoleague catchment here
Today's Farm - March/April 2021
The March/April edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. One of the main articles in this edition is a Q& A with the new Teagasc Head of Knowledge Transfer, Stan Lalor. It also has articles on fertiliser, Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), how birds use hedges, and more.
Water trough Location and Water Quality
Correct Water trough location is vital to ensure livestock have good access to plenty of drinking water while also ensuring there is no negative impact on water quality. Fiona Doolan, Teagasc ASSAP Advisor, Co. Laois discusses correct siting of water troughs on farm to meet these requirements
Signpost Series Webinar - The Signpost Farm Programme: Teagasc campaign for climate action
On a recent episode of The Signpost Series webinars, which took place on Friday, 19 February, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd was joined by Dr Tom O’Dwyer, Head of the Teagasc Signpost Programme to discuss The Signpost Programme - Leading climate action by Irish farmers.
Grass10 Newsletter - 3rd March 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team including: PastureBase data for the week & Elodie Ruelle’s MoSt Grass Growth Prediction Model; A return to dry and settled conditions; Grazing and Fertiliser advice for March; William Burchill update; Grazing Management Tips on Irish Sheep farms
The Role of Legumes in Reducing Fertilizer N Usage Webinar
Legumes can replace fertilizer N on grassland and arable farms, lowering greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions and improving water quality. The third Legume Innovation and Networking Workshop takes place online as an interactive webinar on Wednesday 3rd March at 9.30am. Register here
The Importance of Hedgerows
The Environment Edge is Teagasc’s environment podcast focusing on challenges and opportunities in agriculture. In this episode, Dr Catherine Kenna, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist, joins presenters Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn to discuss the importance of hedgerows as wildlife corridors
Additional resources to meet demand for Green Cert Courses | Teagasc Virtual College Open Days
Teagasc welcomes the recent announcement by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D., giving approval for the recruitment of 20 fixed term education staff to meet exceptional demand for Teagasc Green Cert courses.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Protected Urea: A Research Update
On the latest episode of The Signpost Series webinars, which took place on Friday, 12 February, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd was joined by guest speaker Patrick Forrestal, Teagasc Johnstown Castle to discuss Protected Urea: A Research Update.
CatchmentCare & Teagasc Sheep Dipping Demonstration
Teagasc Donegal is part of a very important educational tool for sheep farmers and Agricultural Advisers in every county in Ireland. It's the first video where a best practice approach to plunge sheep dipping, and the correct disposal for the spent dip afterwards, has been demonstrated and explained
New water protection measures
Under the Nitrates Action Plan and since 1st January 2021 further measures for the protection of water are required. Here, Eamonn Grace, ASSAP Advisor, discusses two important measures worth noting; Exclusion of bovines from watercourses and Location of water troughs away from watercourses
Nitrogen Use Efficiency
The Environment Edge is Teagasc’s environment podcast focusing on challenges and opportunities in agriculture. In the first episode of The EnvironmentEdge, presenters Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn speak to Dr. David Wall, Teagasc researcher in Johnstown Castle on improving nitrogen use efficiency
Could you grow 14Ton of grass with 200 units of Nitrogen?
The European Green Deal calls for EU farmers to reduce their chemical Nitrogen inputs by 20% by 2030. Nationally the Ag Climatise document re-iterates this target but also sets an interim target of a 15% reduction by 2025. Joe Kelleher, Dairy Advisor Teagasc, Newcastle West looks at achieving this
Research Insights Webinar - Viruses - The Fightback and the Future
On a recent Research Insights webinar which took place on Wednesday, 17 February, Muireann Egan - Communications Officer, Teagasc Food Research Programme was joined by Teagasc Researchers Fiona Crispie, John Kenny and Olivia McAuliffe to learn more about viruses…the good and the bad.
Let it Bee Project- A community approach to tackling pesticide issues in Newport
In order to pollinate crops and wild plants we need an abundance and diversity of wild pollinators and honeybees. Looking for a solution to the many pesticide exceedances in the Newport river catchment, the “Let It Bee” project begins. Mary Roache, Teagasc ASSAP Advisor, Westport has details
The Signpost Series - Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Emissions – New Zealand’s story
Recently on the Signpost Series Mark Gibson was joined by Dr Sinead Leahy, Deputy Director and Senior Science Advisor with New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGRC) to discuss how the farming community in New Zealand are responding to challenges presented by climate change
Ten Points on Good Farm Soil Practice – ‘LESS’ IS MORE VALUE
Soil sampling is the starting point of good farm soil practice. It leads on to correct N,P,K and lime applications, slurry efficiency and managing peat soils and GHGs. Anne O'Malley, Teagasc Advisor, Mayo outlines Ten Points on Good Farm Soil Practice and emphasizes that ‘LESS’ IS MORE VALUE!
Teagasc Mayo Webinar - Farming for a Sustainable Future
Teagasc Mayo is hosting a series of online events consisting of relevant and practical advice for farmers in the Region. This first webinar, on Wednesday 17 February at 8pm, moderated by Brendan Garry, Teagasc will focus on farming for a sustainable future. More details here on speakers and topics
Environment Newsletter - February 2021
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Environment team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Dates for your diary; Think before you plant a new hedge; Message from ASSAP - Don’t lose any fertiliser you spread; & Message from Signpost Programme - Now is the time for climate action.
Although Spring is here we are still experiencing wintry weather with snow and hazardous conditions forecast for the coming days. It is with this in mind that Teagasc advises farmers to be 'winter-ready' and provides some useful tips for farming during severe weather conditions and advance planning
The Signpost Series - Reduction of Methane gas emissions in agriculture
Recently on a Signpost Series webinar from 29 January, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd and Pat Murphy, Head of Environment KT, Teagasc were joined by Sinéad Waters, Principal Research Officer, Animal & Bio-science Research Department Teagasc, to discuss reducing methane emissions from agriculture
New Regulations on Farm Roadways & Waters
Mark Treacy, Teagasc Dairy Advisor, Clonakilty advises on the New Regulations on Farm Roadways & Waters which have come into effect since 1st January 2021. The new measures aim to further reduce Irish farming’s environmental footprint, with particular regard to water, climate and air quality
The development of soil mapping in Ireland
Soils are the interface between geology and the living world. In Ireland, a number of significant soil mapping campaigns have been undertaken since the late 1950s. The January Map of the Month looks at the more well known and widely used soil maps and data products produced for Ireland so far.
What is sustainable in the ordinary farmer’s language? Our key marketing organisations such as Bord Bia use it as a primary selling point for Irish produce. Bernie Leahy, Drystock Adviser, Teagasc, Galway defines Sustainability, has sustainable ideas and reminds us that we have only one planet
Increasing soil pH reduces fertiliser derived N2O emissions
A new scientific paper from Teagasc shows that getting soil pH right through liming can significantly reduce emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O), a potent greenhouse gas. The AGEE published paper is from researchers at the Teagasc Environment, Soils and Land-Use Department in Johnstown Castle.
The Signpost Series webinar – Organic Farming – Steps to on farm conversion and opportunities
On the latest episode of The Signpost Series webinars, on Friday, 22 January, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd and Pat Murphy, Head of Teagasc Environment KT were joined by Elaine Leavy, Organic Specialist, Teagasc to discuss the steps to on farm conversion and opportunities of Organic Farming
Teagasc re-introduce COVID-19 telephone helpline for farmers
Teagasc have confirmed today Friday, 29 January that the telephone helpline to assist with queries in relation to COVID-19 issues is re-opening for all farmers. The helpline 076 1113533 is open to all farmers Monday to Friday.
There’s no vaccine for climate change
Climate change is a major global risk which requires our attention, if it is not to cause great havoc. Feeding the world while taking climate action will require an industry-wide effort involving farmers, industry stakeholders, Government and consumers, writes Tom O’Dwyer, Head of Signpost Programme
Teagasc Online Slurry Spreader Calibration Calculator
Many farmers will use Low Emission Slurry Spreading (LESS) methods such as a dribble bar, for the first time in place of the traditional splash plate. When using a new application method it's important to apply the slurry accurately as Francis Quigley, Teagasc Farm Machinery Specialist explains
Consider planting a hedge this Spring
Ever thought of planting a new hedge using native species of hedgerow to help improve biodiversity on farm? Planting can be done up to end of February while plants are dormant, to allow settling in time before growth starts. John Crowley, Beef & Sheep advisor Teagasc Clonakilty, has planting advice
Farming for Water Quality
The prohibited period when slurry, FYM and fertiliser spreading is not allowed to be spread will come to an end after the 31st January for all farms. Zone C: Donegal, Leitrim, Cavan & Monaghan, have the longest closed period. Ivan Kelly, ASSAP Advisor, Teagasc, Galway/Clare talks on water quality
AgClimatise - A roadmap to Climate Neutrality for Irish Agriculture
On the latest episode of The Signpost Series webinars, which took place on Friday, 15 January, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd was joined by guest speaker Dale Crammond, Climate Change and Bioenergy Policy Division, Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine (DAFM) to discuss AgClimatise
NFGWS Drinking Water Source Protection Pilot Project
This Signpost Series Webinar, which took place on 8th January focused on National Federation of Group Water Schemes (NFGWS) Drinking Water Source Protection Pilot Project - Phase 2. The webinar, moderated by Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd, featured guest speakers Patrick McCabe and Sean Corrigan
Grass10 Newsletter - 19th January 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Winner Caroline Walsh, and all the other category winners; details of upcoming webinar on "Getting Familiar with PastureBase Ireland" and catch up on January's "Win-win" webinar
Today's Farm - January/February 2021
The January/February edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. The main focus of this edition is on grass, covering topics such as getting ready for grass; Newford Herd makes gains on grass; why paddocks = profit and more.
Graham Swanton - Finalist Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020
Graham Swanton is a finalist in the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Competition. Graham is farm manager at Miletree Farm outside Clonmel and milks 510 cows. Graham's farm grew 17T 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!
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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: 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
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.
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.
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
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
Hedge cutting advice
Our hedges are like our shop window - to have our farm aesthetically pleasing is important The consumer is looking for biodiversity and sustainability. Tony thinks that’s the way we’ll have to manage our hedges in future. Catherine Keena, Francis Quigley & Padraig McCormack Teagasc give advice
Why You Should Use Protected Urea
In week 4 of the Teagasc Waterford/Kilkenny Sustainability Series Cathal Somers, Teagasc ASSAP Advisor, has information on Why You Should Use Protected Urea fertiliser on the farm; the environmental and economic benefits and a farmer speaks of his experience of using protected urea
A farmer experience - cutting his own hedges
Tony Mullins farming with his wife Noelle on dairy farm in Ballybeg, Mitchelstown in Co Cork, has always had a keen interest in managing own hedges. He met with Catherine Keena and Francis Quigley, Teagasc to discuss his hedge management practices and how he has changed hedge cutting height
We need to talk about hedge cutting
We need to get farmers and hedge cutting contractors talking about best practice hedge management. Farmers and contractors need to have a conversation in order to change the perception of a well-kept hedge. Francis Quigley Teagasc Specialist has some advice
Kildalton College Hedgerow Management
In 2019, Kildalton College planted in excess of 400m of new native hedges and it is planned to plant similar amounts over the next five years. Catherine Keena, Countryside Management Specialist, Francis Quigley Machinery Specialist and Tim Ashmore, Principal Kildalton College give the details
Hedge cutting – a contractor’s perspective
Hedge cutting contractor Liam Herlihy, Co Limerick has changed his hedge cutting practice from cutting the hedges as a flat to an ‘A roof’ as Liam calls it, while still cutting the growing point of the hedge. Catherine Keena and Francis Quigley Teagasc discuss the benefits of sloping the hedge sides
Hedges - Rules and Regulations
The immense value of hedges on Irish farmland to biodiversity, carbon and landscape is increasingly being recognised in legislation and cross compliance. Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist and Anthony Dineen, Teagasc Advisor simplify the rules and regulations around Hedges.
Hedges - A farmer's perspective
Catherine Keena, Richard O’Brien, Teagasc and Aoife Leader, Walsh Scholar discuss mapping biodiversity on Donal Kavanagh's farm. Donal, a dairy farmer, is one of 11 Future Farmers in the Teagasc / Glanbia knowledge transfer programme, promoting sustainable practices on farm to improve biodiversity
How hedges protect water quality
Hedges help protect water quality by acting as barriers to overland flow of water which can contain nutrients and sediment that we don’t want to end up in watercourses. A hedged landscape helps regulate water flow and is good for water quality. Catherine Keena Teagasc & Cathal Somers ASSAP*
Hedges and Carbon
Catherine Keena, Countryside Management Specialist and Lilian O’Sullivan, Research Officer, Environment Soils and Land Use, Teagasc, discuss the role of hedgerows in relation to carbon storage and sequestration. They also have information on the Teagasc Farm Carbon research project.
Food from hedges
Fresh, organic & seasonal fruit, berries, nuts, leaves & flowers bursting with their own unique flavours. Nature needs no marketing budget to promote its producel. Get more information from Catherine Keena Teagasc Paul Flynn, Tannery Restaurant, Dungarvan & Rosemarie Cusack Cookery Demonstrator
Birds and Bats in Kildalton College
Recent surveys in Kildalton College recorded 45 different species of birds and 7 of the 9 species of resident bats, present on the college farm, indicating a rich habitat biodiversity. Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist and Tim Ashmore, Principal, Kildalton College have more
Our Hedgerow Flora
There are approximately one hundred plant species associated with our native Irish hedges, each one with its own story to tell. Our Hedgerow Flora is discussed by Catherine Keena Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist and John Feehan, retired lecturer in Faculty of Agriculture, UCD
How bees use hedges
In Ireland there are 77 solitary bee species, 21 bumble bee species and one honey bee species. One third of our bee species are under threat of extinction. Hedges provide food and nest sites for bees. Catherine Keena, Teagasc and Stephanie Maher, Trinity College Dublin give more information
How bats use hedges
‘As blind as bat’ is one of many myths about bats. Bats are nocturnal mammals with good eyesight. In the hours of darkness they rely on echo location (sonar) to hunt and orientate themselves. Catherine Keena, Teagasc and Tina Aughney Bat Conservation Ireland have more information
How birds use hedges
Of the 110 species regularly recorded in the Countryside Bird Survey in Ireland during the breeding season, 55 use hedges. Of these, 35 bird species nest in hedges. How birds use hedges is discussed here by Catherine Keena Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist and Niall Hatch BirdWatch Ireland
Heritage of Hedges
Hedges give character to farms, townlands, parishes and counties, making them distinct from other areas. Hedges evoke history and folklore. One project that links the past with the present to preserve such heritage is the Kickham Tree Project in Tipperary. Catherine Keena & Michael Somers tell more
Hedges on sheep farms
Native Irish hedges or ditches are wonderful for biodiversity, farmers are encouraged to plant more. Where do hedges fit in on sheep farms? Especially on farms with lots of dry stone walls which themselves are fantastic for biodiversity. Find out more from Catherine Keena & Noel Claffey
Trees and Hedges in Ballyhaise College
Teagasc Ballyhaise Agriculture College is an Ulster plantation estate dating back to the 1600’s with beautiful trees and woodland. Demonstration of skills in hedgerow management & new hedgerow establishment shows students how to incorporate such skills into their own farms Teagasc staff have details
Mapping Irish hedgerows
Hedgerows are the most common habitat on lowland farms in Ireland - a characteristic feature of the Irish countryside. Teagasc use earth observation technologies to map the Irish agri-environment. One of the main targets over the years has been hedgerows. Catherine Keena and Stuart Green explain
History of Irish Hedges
The current generation of Irish farmers have planted circa 10,000 kms of new hedges - the most significant planting in almost 200 years. Catherine Keena Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist and John Feehan, retired lecturer Faculty of Agriculture, UCD share with us the History of Irish Hedges
The Signpost Series - proactively improving human and environmental health through good science
In this edition of the Signpost Series Webinars which took place on Friday, 27 November, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd was joined by Dr. John Gilliland, Director of Agriculture & Sustainability, Devenish to discuss how to proactively improving human and environmental health through good science
Management of Vegetation on High Nature Value Farmland in Connemara
The beautiful Connemara landscape is the product of the interaction between landscape, farming & the natural environment. Farming has played a crucial role and so Teagasc Athenry is organising a Webinar on Upland grazing and control of vegetation to assist farmers as Marion Fox, Advisor outlines.
Soil Health Series: Multi-functionality and Management
In the final part of a four part series on soil health researcher Lilian O’ Sullivan takes a look at some principle soil profile development processes in Irish soils that drive some of the characteristics and present an integrated approach for soil management.
Soil Health Series: The living soil - the engine of soil processes
Our soils are teeming with life. This life underpins the majority of processes within soil and is critical for delivering a whole range of vital ecosystem functions. Researcher Fiona Brennan, Johnstown Castle, talks about the organisms living within soil and how we assess soil biological health.
Soil Health Series: Soil Chemical Quality Indicators
Soil health emphasises the soil biological community as a key driver of soils capacity to deliver multiple functions. Researcher Karen Daly tells us about chemical indicators that can be used to assess the health of our soils.
Soil Health Series: Soil Physical Quality Indicators
Soil health is described as the continued capacity of soil to function as a vital living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals & humans. Researchers investigated different types of soil physical indicators. Teagasc Researchers Owen Fenton, Dermot Forristal & Giulia Bondi give more information.
Arable Cropping - Do organic and recycled nutrient sources stack up?
The importance of crop quality as well as yield and economics has resulted in arable farmers becoming leaders in tailoring nutrient amount and timing to precisely meet crop requirements. Patrick Forrestal, S.M. Ashekuzzaman & Mark Plunkett, Teagasc Johnstown Castle have more information.
World Soil Day
World Soil Day is marked on 5 December each year as a means to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and to promote sustainable soil management. Find out more about World Soil Day and the work being carried out within the Soil Programme in Teagasc.
New rules for farm roadways in 2021
New requirements on farmers to prevent direct runoff of soiled water from farm roadways from 1st January 2021 are published. Cathal Somers, Teagasc ASSAP Advisor has more information as part of the Teagasc Waterford/Kilkenny Sustainability Series.
Seaweeds for foods and feeds
Seaweeds grow in all of the Earth’s coastal climatic zones and have numerous colours, shapes and uses. Although consumed widely in Japan as an important dietary source of fibre and vitamins; in the Western hemisphere, they are overlooked as a nutrition source. Maria Hayes, Food Researcher explains
The FarmDemo Training Kit has been updated
A unique collaboration between three European H2020 projects, AgriDemo-F2F, PLAID and NEFERTITI, resulted in the development of the FarmDemo Training kit for the organization of farm demonstration events. John Moriarty Advisor on the NEFERTITI and NEWBIE EU H2020 projects has the information
Sustainable Beef Farming in Europe – Policy and Practice
Beef industry stakeholders all over Europe are invited to attend the first trans-national meeting of BovINE – the first and only EU-funded Beef Innovation Network – to focus on improving sustainability across the sector. BovINE’s online meeting takes place on Tuesday 1st December
2020 Virtual Dairy Conference - Overall Summary
On Tuesday 24th & Wednesday 25th November, the Teagasc 2020 Virtual Dairy Conference took place. This was in the form of a webinar each morning at 10am followed by “The Dairy Edge Podcast” live at 7pm each evening. Access all the latest dairy research and best technical advice from both days here
A Waterford Farmer testimonial on the ASSAP service
In this week two of the Sustainability Series, Cathal Somers reports on the Agricultural Sustainability Support & Advisory Programme (ASSAP), working in Priority areas for action across the country to improve water quality. We learn about the focus of a Waterford dairy farmer and about Kick Sampling
Creating & Shaping the development of Irelands Bioeconomy - The Signpost Series Webinar
In this edition of the Signpost Series Webinars which took place on Friday, 20 November, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd was joined by Patrick Barrett from Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine who spoke about the development of Ireland's Bioeconomy.
Dara Killeen - Virtual Dairy Conference 2020
Dara Killeen from East Galway is a new entrant to dairy farming in 2019. Dara discusses the importance of stock and grass productivity to his system. Dara outlines the investment during the conversion including stock, grazing infrastructure and maximising the use of existing sheds and facilities.
Grassland Farmer of the Year 2018 - John MacNamara - Virtual Dairy Conference 2020
John MacNamara won the 2018 Overall & Dairy Grassland Farmer of the Year. Here he discusses the benefits of Pasture Base for his farm as well as the improvements he has made on farm since he took over the farm from his father
Improving Nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) will save you money
So what exactly is NUE? NUE is a calculation, explains William Burchill, Teagasc that measures how efficiently nitrogen in slurry, feed & fertiliser converts to milk and meat. Nitrogen Use Efficiency will leave more money in your pocket as well as all of the environmental benefits that go with it.
Reducing chemical N fertiliser usage - Jack Nolan - Virtual Dairy Conference
Can you reduce Nitrogen fertiliser use in 2021 by a half bag of Urea or 1 bag of CAN? This is the challenge being put to farmers by Jack Nolan, Senior Inspector Department of Agriculture Food & the Marine (DAFM) Water Quality and Biodiversity department.
Make a small change that will make a BIG difference
Climate change and its associated policies has seen increasing pressure on agriculture worldwide to reduce its Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.The same is true in Ireland. Agriculture is classed as a significant contributor to GHG emissions in Ireland. Áine Murray, Teagasc PhD student has a solution
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar: GHG Emissions
In this episode of Let's Talk Dairy Webinar which took place on 12 November, host Stuart Childs talks to Laurence Shalloo, Katie Starsmore and Ben Lahart who are working on greenhouse gas emissions at Teagasc Moorepark. Also available as a bonus podcast below
Transferring the Family Farm Online Event
Transferring the family farm is a business transaction with complex issues to address. An online seminar on farm succession with Teagasc Farm Management Specialists was held to help farm families with this process. It covered all aspects that need to be considered when writing a succession plan
The Signpost Series Webinar - MCPA herbicide: new insights from catchment scale research in the North-West
In this edition of the Signpost Series Webinars, which took place on Friday, 13 November, Philip Jordan, Ulster University, joined host Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd to focus on the MCPA herbicide: new insights from catchment scale research in the North-West.
What is a Riparian Margin and what can it do for Water Quality?
A Riparian Margin is the land that runs alongside our rivers and streams. These margins can vary in width and type but in simple terms they are basically the corridors that are adjacent to our water bodies. Fiona Doolan, Teagasc ASSAP Advisor, Laois has more information.
ASSAP - Working with farmers to improve water quality
A couple of years into the Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP), working in Priority areas for action across the country to improve water quality, Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn, Teagasc Advisors outline the programme details
The Signpost Series - The Economics of catchment management, linking science and farmer behaviour in the ACP
In this edition of the Signpost Series Webinars which took place on Friday, 6 November, Michele McCormack, Agricultural Catchments Programme, Teagasc, joined host Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd to focus on the economics of catchment management, linking science and farmer behaviour in the ACP.
Teagasc/FBD Student of the Year Awards 2019 - We have a winner!
Enda Farrell of Co. Longford, is the 2019 Teagasc/FBD Student of the Year. The announcement was made at an online virtual awards ceremony on Monday. The Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD, congratulated Enda Farrell and all finalists, wishing them well in their careers
The Signpost Series - The Agricultural Catchments Programme assessment of the Nitrates Derogation
In this edition of The Signpost Series Webinar which took place on Friday, 23 October, Edward Burgess, Agricultural Catchments Programme (ACP), Teagasc gave an insight into the Agricultural Catchments Programme assessment of the Nitrates Derogation.
“Beeing” In the Moment!
“It’s an ill wind that blows no good”. Climate change is increasing its negative impact on farm environments with the recent Storm Ellen in August creating havoc with many mature deciduous trees bowled over in East Galway farmlands. Bernie Leahy, Advisor elaborates on her Irish Native Black Bee find
The Embrace Farm Accident Support Network and how it can help
From 2010 - 2019, 214 farmers lost their lives through a farming accident. On this week’s episode of the Beef Edge Podcast, founding member of Embrace FARM (Farm Accident Support Network) Norma Rohan outlines the services it offers.
Teagasc Research Insights Webinars - Making the most of our land
Land is the basis for human life on the planet. Land use is a complex interdisciplinary science. Join Teagasc researchers on five webinars where they will give an overview of current research that explores this complex research topic.
Transferring the Family Farm Online Event
Join us on Tuesday, 17 November at 7:30pm for a short seminar on farm succession, led by Teagasc Farm Management Specialists followed by an opportunity to submit your questions to them privately and have them answered on a one to one basis.
Today's Farm - October/November 2020
The November/December edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. The main focus of this edition is on the environment, covering topics such as the Teagasc Biodiversity Management Practice Index (BMPI); How to reduce energy consumption on your dairy farm; farm roadways and more.
Increasing grass yield by draining land in the right areas and right way
The decision to drain a particular field or area of the farm will incur substantial capital investment. It should, therefore, be based on the potential return on the investment. What are the benefits of improved drainage to a grassland farmer? Tom Coll, Teagasc Drystock Advisor has the answers
Tillage Edge - Episode 30
Catherine Keena, Environmental Specialist in Teagasc joins Michael Hennessy on the latest Tillage Edge podcast to talk about hedges on tillage farms and how best to manage them.
A Day in the Life - Have you sequestered your carbon yet?
A Day in the Life: James Rambaud, a Research Technician at Teagasc Environment Research Centre, Johnstown Castle gives us an insight into carbon sequestration.
A Day in the Life - We are all fed from soil
A Day in the Life: Guylain Grange, a Teagasc Walsh Scholar PhD candidate at Teagasc Environment Research Centre, Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford, talks about how plant biodiversity can help improve our soils.
Festival of Farming and Food – SFI Science Week at Teagasc 2020
Join Teagasc for a series of exciting virtual events for Science Week (November 8-15) as part of ‘The Festival of Farming and Food – SFI Science Week at Teagasc’. The theme for Science Week 2020 is ‘Choosing our Future’; focusing on how science can improve our lives in the future and in the present.
The Signpost Series - Animal breeding a cumulative & permanent strategy to environmental stewardship
In this episode of The Signpost Series of Sustainable Agricultural Webinars, Donagh Berry, Centre Director of VistaMilk, Teagasc speaks about using animal breeding as a cumulative and permanent strategy to environmental stewardship
Webinars for Farmers Sligo Leitrim Donegal
Starting tonight and running over the following 6 Tuesdays, Teagasc Advisers in Sligo, Letrim and Donegal are hosting a series of one-hour zoom webinars for farmers on a range of relevant topics. Facilitated by Cian Condon, Advisor, the webinars and access details are outlined below
Teagasc National Farm Survey Sustainability Report - 2019 Webinar
Sustainability is at the core of Agricultural Policy both in Ireland and in the European Union. Join Teagasc researchers to learn about the Economic, Environmental and Social Sustainability of Irish Agriculture, including outcomes for 2019.
Reducing nutrient losses and fertiliser use
TEAGASC researchers have spent many years looking at alternative nutrient sources to reduce chemical fertiliser demand on farms. Researchers David Wall and Patrick Forrestal give information on this research and what it could mean for farmers.
On the path to biodiversity recovery
The EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 has proposed a number of challenging targets that will inform policy, practice and research for the coming decades. Researchers John Finn and Daire Ó hUallacháin go through some that are relevant to agriculture
EU Green Deal for a climate- neutral Europe
The EU Green Deal is the big initiative of the recently installed EU Commission. Led by Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen it has the overall aim of making Europe a climate-neutral continent by 2050. Articles on the main aspects of the Green Deal will be published here on Teagasc Daily.
Improving water quality in tillage areas with ASSAP
Decreased water quality issues are widespread across Ireland regardless of area or farming system in that area and ASSAP, the Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advice Programme, is tasked with working with farmers to help improve water quality.
Preventing Musculoskeletal Disorders ( MSDs) among Farmers in Ireland - Webinar
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a serious cause for concern for farmers. Research found that 57% of farmers lost full time workdays, with over 22% losing 15 days or more. Join the webinar on Thursday, 29th October to get advice and information on prevention of MSDs
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]?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Teagasc outlines steps to reduce Ammonia Emissions
A new marginal abatement cost curve (MACC) for ammonia emissions has been published by Teagasc.
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.
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.
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.
SUAS (Sustainable Uplands Agri-Environment Scheme)
SUAS (Sustainable Uplands Agri-Environment Scheme) is an upland European Innovation Partnership (EIP) project funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Catherine Keena, Teagasc; Declan Byrne, SUAS Project; Monica Gorman and Helen Sheridan, UCD provide more information.
Sustainable upland management
Catherine Keena,Teagasc and Jim Kinsella, UCD discuss farming in upland areas, the challenges, the policies impacting on upland farming, and the sustainable management of uplands to achieve ‘Favourable Conservation Status’.
Emissions on sheep farms – greenhouse gases and ammonia
Dominika Krol and Aude Mancia, Teagasc Research staff, look at the main emissions, including nitrous oxide, from sheep production. They discuss their promising initial results, as well as ways to further reduce these emissions.
Measuring methane from sheep systems
To date methane emissions have never been measured from Irish sheep production systems. Teagasc and UCD researchers together aim to develop methods of measuring methane production from sheep and to investigate if sheep can be bred to produce lower methane emissions.
How Soil Organic Carbon Cycling works in Irish Soils?
Our Research Insights Webinars continue on Wednesday September 23rd. The third in the series will focus on - How Soil Organic Carbon Cycling works in Irish Soils? Join our researchers to find out more and gain a better understanding of organic carbon cycling in Irish soils.
The Signpost Series - Biodiversity - Supporting Pollinators through Agri Environmental Interventions
In this edition of Sustainable Agriculture Webinars, host Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd was joined by Lorna Cole, SRUC to discuss supporting pollinators through Agri Environmental interventions.
Why we need healthy soils - webinar
Teagasc researchers on this webinar gave an insight into their research, the health of Irish soils and what we need to do to make them healthier.
Virtual Sheep Week 2020 - Tuesday
The focus of Virtual Sheep Week on Tuesday, 22 September is Genetics and Breeding. The webinar will focus on increasing productivity and efficiency through breeding and genetics. Follow Tuesday's activities by staying tuned to our social media channels
The Signpost Series - Biodiversity - Nature of Irish Hedgerows
In this edition of Sustainable Agriculture Webinars, host Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd was joined by Catherine Keena, Countryside Management Specialist, Teagasc to discuss the nature of Irish hedgerows.
Time to think about wildlife on farms
Enda O'Hart, Drystock Advisor in Teagasc Castlerea outlines why he believes that now is the time to think about creating space for wildlife on farms. He looks at how farming has affected biodiversity and ways farmers might improve it going forward
Virtual Sheep Week 2020 - Monday
The focus of Virtual Sheep Week on Monday, 21 September is Grassland Management. The webinar will focus on current grassland research for sheep and grazing management strategies that can be applied at farm level. Follow Monday's activities by staying tuned to our social media channels.
Nitrates Derogation 2020 - Commonage/ Rough Grazing
One of the new measures to be implemented this year as part of the Nitrates Action Plan 4 relates to commonage and rough grazing. This new measure will affect about 500+ farmers. Teagasc Advisor in the Galway/Clare region has some information.
Nitrates Derogation 2020 – Training Course Requirement
A 3 day training course requirement is a key part of the new derogation measures introduced this year. This training, to improve knowledge transfer, must be completed in 2020 or 2021, by farmers who are in derogation.
Autumn N – Let it Grow – not Flow
Grass growth reduces from September onwards, the capacity to take up nitrogen (N) reduces steadily. All farmers are advised not to delay spreading the remainder of their slurry this autumn.
Research Insights Webinar - Why we need healthy soils?
Soils are essential for life on earth, providing food, clean water and habitats for biodiversity, contributing to climate resilience and supporting our cultural heritage and landscapes. Join us for Webinar 2 in the series
How to reduce emissions while maintaining milk output and profit
Researcher James Humphreys joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s episode of the Dairy Edge Podcast with practical steps to reduce emissions while maintaining milk output and profit.
Steps to Organic Conversion
Organic farming is an overall system of farm management and food production that combines best environmental practices, a high level of biodiversity, the preservation of natural resources, and the application of high welfare standards.
Nitrates Derogation 2020 - Biodiversity
Biodiversity loss is an on-going concern and farmers are required to implement a biodiversity measure on derogation farms. This year 2020 has seen the implementation of new measures as part of the Nitrates Action Plan 4. One of these measures is to improve farm biodiversity.
The Signpost Series - Energy Webinar
In this edition of Sustainable Agriculture Webinars, host Mark Gibson was joined by John Upton and Barry Caslin, Teagasc to discuss Energy efficiency and generation & the role of energy efficient and renewable technologies in decarbonising agriculture.
Clover Swards on Derogation Farms
Have you really considered the benefits of clover? Increasing the clover content in grassland can result in increased production and quality with less nitrogen fertiliser thus improving farm sustainability. Teagasc Advisor Liz Duffy has more information.
The Signpost Series- Carbon Sequestration in Grassland Webinar
In this edition of Sustainable Agriculture Webinars, host Pat Murphy, Head of Environment KT, Teagasc was joined by Donal O'Brien, Teagasc Researcher to discuss Carbon Sequestration in Grassland.
What you can do to help improve your water quality
Noel Meehan, Manager of the Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advice Programme (ASSAP) joins Catherine Egan on this week’s episode of the Beef Edge Podcast to discuss the progress of the Programme and what you can do to help improve water quality.
Training on Grassland Management & Recording of Grass Production on Derogation Farms
Grazed grass is the cheapest animal feed available to Irish farmers, in order to manage it successfully, to underpin profitability, it needs to be measured. The potential reward of utilising more grass in livestock production is huge. Teagasc Advisor Liz Duffy has more information
Reduction in the Crude Protein content of Concentrates fed to Grazing Dairy cows/Livestock
All Nitrate Derogation farmers should now be aware that there are reduced levels of crude protein permissible in concentrates fed to grazing livestock from 1st April to the 15th September, 2020. Teagasc advisors Mark Coyne and Jim Moyles have advice and information.
A new mission to improve soil health - Webinar
Teagasc researchers Dr. Karl Richards and Dr. David Wall were joined by Minister of State Martin Heydon TD and Dr Jean-Francois Soussana, Vice-President International Research Policy, INRAE to discuss EU's new mission to improve soil health.
Organic fruit and vegetables are the main consumer entry point for purchasing organic produce, and they continue to be the area of shortest supply in the organic sector, with most produce imported. Dan Clavin, Teagasc Farm Management and Rural Development Department provides more information.
Use of Low Emission Slurry Spreading Equipment
Agriculture is estimated to be responsible for 99% of ammonia losses in Ireland, while slurry and farmyard manure spreading is thought to be responsible for 30% of those losses. Teagasc advisors Mark Coyne and Jim Moyles have advice and information.
Today's Farm September - October
The September - October edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. The main focus of this edition is on getting into dairy farming. Recent entrants to dairy farming are profiled. Find out more about the Dairy Start-up Course.
Farm Scale Liming Programme
All derogation farmers must now adopt a farm scale liming programme based on a current Nutrient Management Plan and associated soil analysis results. Teagasc advisors Mark Coyne and Jim Moyles have advice and information.
Attention Derogation Farmers: Closing time is approaching!
We are less than 3 weeks away from the start of the closed period for chemical fertilisers (14th Sept is the last day N & P fertiliser can be spread). Right now is a good time to check back with your fertiliser plan and see how you are progressing.
Woodlands for Water - Webinar
In this edition of Sustainable Agriculture Webinars, host Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd was joined by Kevin Collins, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) to discuss how we can use forests to enhance and protect water quality.
The Signpost Series- Climate Adoption Policy Webinar
In this edition of Sustainable Agriculture Webinars, host Mark Gibson was joined by Damien Wyse, Department of Agriculture Food & the Marine & Michael O'Donovan, Teagasc to discuss adapting to the Impacts of Climate change in the Agriculture sector.
Are you a new entrant to farming?
Could you be Ireland’s best new entrant farmer? This competition invites entries from people who have recently taken up farming or have diversified their farming business
Planning for Autumn Reseeds - 10 Point Plan to consider for Water Quality
Many of you are planning to carry out reseeding this Autumn. Reseeding needs to carried out correctly in order to have no negative impact on the streams and rivers in your area. Claire Mooney, ASSAP Advisor, Teagasc Nenagh outlines a 10 Point Plan to consider for Water Quality.
How catch crops can reduce nitrate leaching
Almost 30,000 ha of cover crops are grown in Ireland ever year. Fiona Doolan, Teagasc ASSAP Advisor highlights the important environmental role early sown catch crops have in preventing nitrate leaching.
Farming for Nature - Locally Led Agri-Environmental Schemes popular with Farmers
A number of Locally Led Agri Environmental Schemes have launched in the past number of years. These schemes are funded by Ireland’s Rural Development Plan (2014-2020). Joanne Masterson Drystock Advisor in Athenry gives information on two schemes in the West of Ireland.
The Importance of Soil Fertility
The maintenance and improvement of soil fertility is essential to maximise grass growth on your farm. The pH status of a soil plays a hugely important role as nutrients may only become available to the grass plant at certain pH levels. Ronan Mulligan, Teagasc Walsh Scholar, Claremorris tells us more
Soil Organic Matter- enhancing soil health and soil nutrient supply
Soil organic matter is a vital component of soil health. Researchers at Teagasc Johnstown Castle, Sorcha Kelly, Fiona Brennan and David Wall are investigating the role of soil organic matter in enhancing soil functioning and in soil nutrient supply.
The Signpost Series- Met Eireann webinar
In this edition of the Signpost series of Sustainable Agriculture Webinars aimed at Irish Agri Professionals, host Mark Gibson is joined by Keith Lambkin, Senior Climatologist at Met Eireann as they discussed Ireland's changing climate
SMARTER_BufferZ- Right measure:Right Place
Riparian Buffer Zones (RBZ) are patches of land adjacent to rivers, streams and drains, removed from intensive production and containing permanent vegetation. Daire Ó hUallacháin explains how RBZ can provide a variety of environmental and ecological services
ASSAP - Farming for Water Quality Webinar
In this edition of the Signpost series of Sustainable Agriculture Webinars aimed at Irish Agri Professionals, host Mark Gibson is joined by a panel to discuss ASSAP – Farming for Water Quality.
Research Impact Highlight - Results-based Payments
Results-based payments provide farmers with performance-related payments for delivering agreed environmental objectives. For example, higher payments are made for protection of indicator species, for improved habitat quality, soil health and water quality. Researcher John Finn tells more
Farm Safely with Tractors, Farm Vehicles and Machinery
Summer is a busy time on farms. Farmers are making the most of the long days and dry conditions to harvest grass and crops, get slurry spread and carry out work around the farmyard. Working safely must be at the core of each and every job.
Do organic and recycled nutrient sources stack up in arable cropping?
There is a growing interest in the potential long-term soil health benefits of including nutrients such as organic or recycling derived fertilisers to meet crop requirements. Researchers Patrick Forrestal and S.M. Ashekuzzaman have some information and advice
Adapting to climate change on livestock farms.
Animal agriculture is particularly vulnerable to more extreme weather, as seen during the recent droughts in the south and east of the Island. Farming practices focusing on adaptation may not be the same as measures designed to mitigate emissions. Researcher Donal O'Brien gives some information.
Child Safety on Farms
Health and Safety Authority figures tell us that sadly 21 children lost their lives as a result of farm accidents in the past 10 years. Over 80% of childhood deaths on farms had a farm vehicle or a machine involved.
Farm Safety for Older Farmers
In 2019 twelve farmers over 65 years lost their lives due to farm accidents. This represents 66% of the total number of fatalities. Getting older impacts on a person’s ability to undertake farm related tasks. Farm safety specialists Francis Bligh and John Mc Namara have some relevant advice
Working Safely with Livestock on Farms
Working with livestock is responsible for 39 farm workplace deaths on Irish farms in the last 10 years. During this period 7 deaths were caused by an attack by a bull, 22 by cows and heifers and 5 were associated with cattle. Farm safety specialists Francis Bligh and John McNamara have some advice
NMP Online Software for a hard job
Do you work with your advisor on a Nutrient Management Plan for your farm? The online software to assist in this process is NMP Online. What is NMP Online and what advantage is it to farmers. Environment Specialist Tim Hyde gives some information.
The Water Cycle - where does all the water go? Sediment impact on water quality Webinar
Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd was joined by Owen Fenton and Daire OHuallichain, Teagasc to discuss The Water Cycle - where does all the water go? and sediment impact on water quality. The presentations were followed by a Questions and Answers session with the panel.
Soil Health is our Wealth
Our soils are precious resources and underpin sustainable food production and many other important ecosystem services for society.
The Water Cycle – where do all the water and nutrients go
The water cycle is a series of flows and storage components from rain to evaporation. The soil type on a farm determines the path the water takes from when it hits the ground until it evaporates. Researcher Owen Fenton gives information on where the water and nutrients go.
Nutrient Recovery Cycle - Infographic
This infographic outlines the nutrient recovery cycle which can improve the efficient use of resources in pig production. By using pig manure as a fertiliser to grow crops which will in turn be used in making pig feed, a circular economy is created.
Farmers Help to Improve Water Quality
By Ivan Kelly, ASSAP Adviser, Teagasc Galway/Clare Farmers throughout Ireland are successfully working with Advisors to achieve positive water quality results according to The Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP) interim report, which was recently published.
Laying the foundation for Ireland’s methane mitigation strategies
Ruminant livestock directly contribute an estimated 60% of Irish agriculture’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the production of methane.
Want 50kg more winter weight gain for no extra cost? Cut silage in May instead of June
Research conducted at Teagasc Grange has shown that cattle fed high quality 75% dry matter digestibility (DMD) silage gained almost 50kg additional live-weight over a 5 month winter compared to similar cattle fed 65% DMD silage. Joe Patton explains the results of this research.
How to grow and utilise more grass on my farm?
Underpinning good grass production and utilisation is having adequate soil fertility, unimpeded drainage, targeted application of fertiliser and good grazing infrastructure, coupled with appropriate grazing management practices. Specialist Catherine Egan and researcher Mark McGee have some advice.
Farming Influence on Water Quality- Findings of the Agricultural Catchments Programme (ACP)
A better environment and supporting the production of high-quality food are the twin aims of the ACP. Funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, staff have been working with 300 farmers across six catchments in Ireland for over ten years to achieve these goals.
Methane Production: How can we reduce it?
Methane (CH4) is the second most important greenhouse gas (GHG) in terms of global warming. It is 28 times more potent to the environment than carbon dioxide (CO2). Agriculture accounts for 34% of Irish GHGs emissions, with CH4 responsible for nearly 60% of agri emissions.
Methane Production: How can we reduce it?
Methane (CH4) is the second most important greenhouse gas (GHG) in terms of global warming. It is 28 times more potent to the environment than carbon dioxide (CO2). Agriculture accounts for 34% of Irish GHGs emissions, with CH4 responsible for nearly 60% of agri emissions.
Biodiversity Management Practices on Linear Habitats
Engaging in good biodiversity management practices on linear habitats has many positive benefits for farmers, farming and the environment. Here we have advice for farmers interested in improving biodiversity management practices and there is also an assessment sheet to assess current practices.
Conservation of Farmland Habitats
Conservation and protection of farmland wildlife and habitats is an important dimension of environmental sustainability. Aim to retain existing habitats, enhance degraded habitats then consider habitat creation.
Protecting soil carbon stocks and enhancing Carbon Sequestration
Soil organic matter is the biggest store of carbon on land. It is greater than the carbon in the atmosphere in the form of carbon dioxide (CO2) gas which is a greenhouse gas. Researchers David Wall & Gary Lanigan have information on why maintaining soil organic matter levels is important?
Low Emission Slurry Spreading (LESS)
Cattle slurry is a valuable source of N, P & K produced on farm. The nitrogen (N) in cattle slurry is in the ammonia form similar to N in urea fertilisers and as such can be easily lost to the atmosphere.
Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP)
The ASSAP is a new government / industry collaborative initiative running from 2018 - 2021. The programme offers a free support and advisory service (20 Teagasc and 10 Dairy Co-op advisors) and participation is voluntary. Its aim is to improve water quality through working with farmers.
Webinar - Protecting Nitrogen and Phosphorus inputs on farms
The Signpost Series - ‘Pointing the way to a low emissions agriculture’
Ammonia Emissions in Agriculture: Sources, Importance and Mitigation
Ammonia is not a greenhouse gas, but it can indirectly contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. Researchers at Teagasc Johnstown Castle have been examining ammonia (NH3), which is a gaseous form of nitrogen and an air pollutant. Researcher Dominika Krol gives more information.
Virtual Beef Week - What's on - Wednesday
Virtual Beef Week - Sustainable Beef Production Day 3 of Virtual Beef Week Wednesday July 8th
Good news for earthworm numbers in grazed pastures - the role of dung pats
Grazed grassland management regimes can have various positive and negative effects on soil fauna such as earthworms. Teagasc Johnstown Castle and UCD researchers Owen Fenton, Giulia Bondi and Olaf Schmidt tell us more.
Lower production costs and exceptional aid measures led to a modest increase in average farm income in 2019
The average family farm income rose by 2% in Ireland in 2019, according to a new report by Teagasc. A combination of factors were responsible for the increase in income in 2019, which averaged €23,933.
Drainage Ditch Connectivity to Surface Water
Do you have a Ditch, a Gripe, a Sheough or a Marein on your farm? You must avoid contaminants such as nutrients and pesticides from entering these ditches to protect water quality in the receiving streams. Read more from researchers Karen Daly and Owen Fenton.
Slurry timing & application to protect the environment
Good management of Slurry is needed to maximise grass growth, while at the same time minimise losses to our atmosphere and water bodies. ASSAP Advisor Ivan Kelly has some useful advice.
Questions and Answers with Organic Farmers Ross and Amy Jackson
Ross and Amy Jackson are farming organically in Lacka, Carrig, Co Tipperary. A farm walk was due to take place on their farm. Organic Specialist Elaine Leavy got an update from Ross and Amy.
Hot Water Heating Options for the Milking Parlour
It is projected that during 2020 Ireland will produce up to 8.8 billion litres of milk; this will require approx. 370 GWh of electricity. On farm dairy electricity related CO2 emissions may be 162,000 tonnes by the end of 2020 unless mitigation strategies are implemented.
Discover the diverse world of microbes…
Join us in celebrating World Microbiome Day 2020. The day will focus on communicating the diversity of microbes, microbiome habitats, diets to feed and fuel microbiomes and diversity among microbiome researchers.
Safeguarding your soil biology
There is increasing awareness of the importance of soil biology in underpinning agriculture. The life beneath our feet is critical to the sustainability, resilience and functioning of our farming systems.
Liming reduces greenhouse gas emissions and increases grassland productivity
Research in Johnstown Castle has shown that increasing soil pH by liming resulted in significant reduction of N2O emissions and increased grassland productivity compared to the un-limed plots under the same management and fertiliser regime. Researchers Ognjen Zurovec and Karl Richards have more info
Bales can kill with lethal force
According to Health and Safety Authority (HAS) show falling bales account for about 5% of farm workplace deaths. There are many safety issues around working with bales.
Teagasc and Dairy Sustainability Ireland publish the Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP) interim report
Teagasc and Dairy Sustainability Ireland have published the first Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP) interim report. The report focuses on the establishment and implementation of the ASSAP in 2018 and interaction with farmers up until the 31st December 2019.
5 Minutes to get your Cash Flowing
Teagasc are highlighting the importance of Cash Flow Planning as a vital business tool that all farmers should engage in.
Enhancing soil carbon sequestration to contribute to carbon neutrality on Irish farms
Carbon stored in soils is often called soil organic carbon and it is good for soils. Carbon sequestration is the process of capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere and storing it in plant material or soil. Researchers Donal O’Brien and Gary Lanigan have more information.
Grassland re-seeding: how to establish multi-species swards
Guylain Grange from Johnstown Castle research centre gives information and advice on establishing multi-species swards