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, ASSAP 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