The one action that saves money and reduces emissions, without extra effort
What is the one action a farmer can start doing this year without any additional effort that will contribute towards reducing gaseous emissions but also save money?
Caution advised as soil fertility levels remain stable in 2022
A recent review of the 2022 soil test results show that for the second year running the number of soil samples taken across Ireland has increased. The largest increase in soil sample numbers was on drystock farms, which increased by 19% in 2022.
The impacts of pesticides on the environment - what the science says
On this episode of the Signpost Series, Andy Boland, Teagasc Environment Specialist was joined by Dr. Edward Straw, School of Agriculture & Food Science, University College Dublin to discuss the impacts of pesticides on the environment: What the science says.
September deadline for derogation water quality review
The Nitrates Derogation, the means by which some Irish farmers can surpass a 170kg/ha limit of organic nitrogen on their grassland area, will be reviewed in 2023.
Final extension announced on burning agricultural waste
Regulations were signed last week to provide for an extension to the exemption which allows for the onsite burning of agricultural green waste in certain limited circumstances.
Paving the way to improved nitrogen fertiliser use and soil health
Grassland Agro has joined forces with Teagasc and University College Cork (UCC) to support FutureSoils, an innovative new research programme that will pave the way to improved efficiency in nitrogen fertiliser use and soil health on Irish farms.
What will the National Fertiliser Database mean for farmers?
A National Fertiliser Database is in the process of being established by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), with legislation for its creation currently going through the Oireachtas.
Protecting our water habitats for future generations
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a report recently on water quality in Ireland, which focused on years 2016-2021. The report looked at the ecological and chemical status of Ireland’s surface waters (rivers, lakes, canals and transitional and coastal waters) and ground waters.
Signpost Series - The national fertiliser database
On this episode of the Signpost Webinar Series, Mark Gibson, Head of Teagasc Outreach & Innovation Department was joined by Dr. Finbarr O’ Regan & Ted Massey, Department of Agriculture inspectors to discuss the national fertiliser database.
Fertiliser spreader calibration: getting ready for the coming season
Teagasc, in association with Carberry, organised a number of events on fertiliser spreader setup and calibration in West Cork recently.
Getting the most out of your slurry
We are starting to see slurry tankers out on the land over the last few days as the slurry spreading closed season ends in parts of the country - but are we getting it right or can we do better?
How to reduce nitrogen losses at farm level
The prohibited period when organic fertilisers are not allowed to be spread on 'zone B' farms came to an end on January 15th, Mary Roache, Teagasc advisor in Westport, offers advice on reducing nitrogen losses.
Nitrates and Derogation Information Meetings
Teagasc is hosting a series of Nitrates and Derogation information meetings for farmers and the wider Agri-professional community. These events are nationwide in each of the Teagasc advisory regions, with presentations from local Teagasc staff
Technologies for today and tomorrow
Teagasc experts are highlighting how technologies are being used to turn the challenges of sustainability into opportunities on Irish farms.
Nitrates Events January 2023
Teagasc is hosting a series of Nitrates and Derogation information meetings for farmers and the wider Agri-professional community. These events are nationwide with presentations from local Teagasc staff.
Low Emission Slurry Spreading –Delivering for Farmer and the Environment
Eddie Webb, B&T Soil & Environment Adviser, Teagasc Galway/Clare tells us; the permitted period for spreading slurry in Galway/Clare is 16th January. Slurry has becoming an increasing valuable resource on farms especially in light of continuing increased fertiliser prices.
Signpost Series - Implementing Health and Safety for Sustainable Farming in 2023
On this episode of the Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 6 January 2023, Andy Boland, Teagasc Environment Specialist was joined by Dr. John McNamara, Health & Safety Specialist, Teagasc & Dr David Meredith, Teagasc to discuss implementing Health and Safety for Sustainable Farming in 2023.
Turning the tide on antibiotic resistance: how seaweed can help us fight superbugs of the future
Foods like seaweeds have been used as natural medicines for thousands of years, and Teagasc is exploring the potential of seaweed to kill bacteria that can live in our food or infect our hospitals.
Using Red Clover in the Silage Sward
Aidan and Luke Maguire farm just over 46 hectares of good free draining land near Navan in Co Meath. They are operating a Dairy-Calf to Beef enterprise with a high stocking rate of 2.8 LU/ha on the whole farm. Aidan was Teagasc Drystock Grassland Farmer of the Year in 2021.
Irish products ‘RumenGlas’ and ‘GasAbate’ generating promising results in reducing methane emissions
Mitigating methane emissions is recognised as the quickest way to slow down the impact of climate change, with Ireland committing to reduce agri GHG emissions by 25% by 2030.
Reducing Nitrogen Loss from Tillage Ground - Catch Crop Update from the Agricultural Catchments Programme
All farming sectors have to reduce nitrogen (N) loss, in order to restore all water bodies to a good status by 2027. On free draining, nitrate leaching prone sites, research has shown that overwinter green cover can substantially reduce nitrate leaching to ground water from fallow crop land.
Environmental benefits of key ACRES measures
Agri-Climate Rural Environment Scheme (ACRES) is Ireland's new agri-environment scheme under Ireland's CAP Strategic Plan and administered by the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine.
Making Best Use of Soil Analysis Results
John O’Connell farms in Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim, alongside his wife Amanda and their three children. The O’Connell’s operate a mid-season lambing flock alongside a dairy heifer contract rearing enterprise.
Teagasc at the 2023 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition
We invite you to visit the Teagasc stand at the 2023 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE).
Signpost Series Webinar: FERTIMANURE - European NMP Strategies
On this episode of the Signpost Webinar Series Mark Gibson, Head of Teagasc Outreach & Innovation Department was joined by Oscar Schoumans, Wageningen University & Research and Nicolas Thevenin, RITTMO Agroenvironnement to discuss FERTIMANURE - European NMP Strategies.
Teagasc Signpost Programme Newsletter January 2023
In this month’s Signpost newsletter Stan Lalor, Director of Knowledge Transfer, Teagasc, outlines the new Teagasc Signpost Advisory Programme.
Organics Newsletter - Winter 2022
Welcome to the Winter edition of our Teagasc Organics eNewsletter where you will receive the latest information and news from the Teagasc Organics Programme. Subscribe here to get it delivered directly to your inbox every quarter.
Growing Wild - Whins and Ferns
Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist takes a closer look at some of our native Irish biodiversity to look out for in the countryside.
Fatal Farm Accident Occurrence in 2022
John McNamara, Health and Safety Specialist, Teagasc, has urged all farmers to review farm safety practices on their farms this January, to ensure a safe working environment for farm families in 2023.
Signpost Series: Step-by-step, developing IPM strategies to reduce chemical inputs
On this episode of The Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 9 December, Pat Murphy, Head of Environment KT, Teagasc was joined by Dr Ewen Mullins, Head of Crop Science Department, Teagasc to discuss step-by-step, developing Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies to reduce chemical inputs
Ammonia emissions and are slurry additives really the answer?
With a lot of discussion around ammonia emissions lately and plenty of slurry in tanks, the use of slurry additives often comes up in conversation, but are they ticking all the boxes?
Environmental Benefit of Key ACRES Measures
Agri-Climate Rural Environment Scheme (ACRES) is Ireland's new agri-environment scheme under Ireland's CAP Strategic Plan and administered by the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine.
Environment Newsletter - December 2022
Get the latest news and advice form the Teagasc Environment team.
Organic on-farm Multi Species Sward Trial
Teagasc have teamed up with seed company, DLF and organic dairy farmers, Pat & Mark Mulrooney from Kilsheelan, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary to investigate the on farm performance of Multi Species Swards, especially in periods of drought.
A Holly Jolly Christmas
As Christmas fast approaches many of us will “deck the halls with boughs of holly”. The glossy green foliage and scarlet red berries are synonymous with the festive season. In a Christmas message from the Staff of Teagasc Advisory Waterford/Kilkenny, Aoife Leader, Walsh Scholar, praises the Holly
Can bio-fertilisers from dairy processing waste become the next generation phosphorus bio-fertiliser?
One man’s waste is another man’s treasure - while dairy processing waste doesn’t look or smell very nice, it’s a rich source of macro nutrients. These nutrients could have use as soil fertiliser. Researcher Karen Daly gives more information on a research project in Johnstown Castle
Finding a suitable soil moisture range for safe field operations in grassland
Soil compaction is one of the most serious threats to soil productivity by increasing bulk density, decreasing the number and dimension of pore space and decreasing rhizosphere development.
Be Winter Ready
Serena Gibbons, Education Officer, Teagasc Galway/Clare, reminds us that it is important to continue to keep safety high on the priority list as the farmyard is a hazardous place.
Reduced Age at Finishing Improves Emissions Performance at Newford Farm
Newford farm is achieving carbon footprint 14% lower than the national average
Energy and Farm Business Show set for 20th July 2023
The 2023 Energy and Farm Business Show will take place at Gurteen College, County Tipperary on Thursday, the 20th of July 2023.
Using drone technology for water sampling
With drones high on the list for Christmas gifts this year for both the young and old, what practical things are people using them for?
Signpost Series Webinar: Dawn Meats Sustainability Strategy - 'Plan Four Zero'
On this episode of the Signpost Webinar Series, which took place on Friday, 18 November, Mark Gibson, Head of Teagasc Outreach & Innovation Department was joined by Gill Higgins, Head of Sustainability, Dawn Meats to discuss Dawn Meats Sustainability Strategy - 'Plan Four Zero'.
Signpost Series - The challenges and opportunities of the Green Transition
On this episode of the Signpost Webinar Series, which took place on Friday, 2 December, Mark Gibson, Head of Teagasc Outreach & Innovation Department was joined by Marie Donnelly, Chairperson of the Climate Change Advisory Council to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the Green Transition.
Ministers McConalogue and Heydon announce over €3.6 million for climate-related research in a joint collaboration with New Zealand
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue T.D., and Minister of State with special responsibility for research and innovation Martin Heydon T.D., announced awards of over €3.6M for Irish researchers in four climate and agriculture research projects
Teagasc to lead largest EU Farm Safety Project ever funded
The European Union (EU) has awarded a group led by Teagasc €5 million in funding to develop and test farm safety solutions. The landmark SafeHabitus project was launched on Thursday, 15 December 2022 in Teagasc Ashtown by Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture Martin Heydon T.D.
Majority of Farmers to experience relatively small changes in Income due to Pillar I CAP Reform
A new report, by economists at Teagasc, examines the economic implications of Pillar I CAP reform implementation, which is due to start in January 2023.
Outlook 2023 - Economic Prospects for Agriculture
This publication from the Teagasc Agricultural Economics and Farm Surveys Department takes a look at the 2023 prospects for agriculture for 2023 covering Dairy, Cattle, Sheep, Tillage, Pigs, Forestry and Sustainability
Another year of high Agriculture Production Costs expected in 2023
A new report, by economists at Teagasc, provides the latest estimates of average incomes for various farm types in 2022 and looks ahead to future prospects by forecasting farm incomes in 2023.
Organics – good for soil and the bottom line
Donal and Frederique Keane run an organic suckler-to-beef and cereal farm with their daughters Pauline, Marie and son John at Camelton Stud, Summerhill, Co Meath.
Greenhouse gas mitigation potential of chemical N fertiliser
The National Dairy Conference 2022 took place on Tuesday December 6th, Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork and Thursday December 8th, Mullingar Park Hotel, Co. Westmeath. This paper was presented by Jonathan Herron, Siobhan Kavanagh and Laurence Shalloo, Teagasc.
Signpost Programme Featured Farmers - Ken Gill
Ken Gill farms full time on his own in Clonbullogue, Co Offaly. He is trading as Ballydermot Organic Farm Ltd. Ken’s breeding season started on 2nd November and is going well.
Signpost Programme Featured Farmers - Joseph Egan
Joseph Egan is an organic dairy farmer near Ballygar, Co. Galway, milking 65 cows at present of which 20 are heifers, with all milk supplied to Aurivo.
Teagasc Signpost Programme Newsletter December 2022
In this month’s Signpost newsletter Frank O’Mara, Director of Teagasc, outlines the new Teagasc Climate Strategy 2023-2030 which was launched recently.
Teagasc Climate Action Strategy Launch
On Thursday December 1st Teagasc launched their Climate Action Strategy 2022 - 2030. Charlie McConalogue TD, Minister for Agriculture. Food and the Marine gave the opening address.
Map of the Month December 2022 - The shape of the land
Following a break for a number of months our 'Map of the Month' is back. This month our cartographer Dr Jesko Zimmermann shows the different landforms as described by the Geological Survey of Ireland's Physiographic Units, and how the land left it's mark in our cultural memory.
Teagasc Supporting Farmers for Climate Action - Industry Response
Teagasc Head of Education Dr Anne-Marie Butler was joined by Agriculture Industry leaders for a panel discussion at the launch of the Teagasc Climate Action Strategy on December 1st.
The Ash dieback situation and information on forestry’s €1.3bn investment
Teagasc’s forestry advisor, John Casey, joins Cathal Somers on the latest episode of The Environment Edge podcast to give an update on the Ash Dieback situation in Ireland and the recent government announcement of a €1.3 billion investment in Irish forestry.
10 Things to Know About … Circular Economy
Ireland exports over a third of its municipal waste for recycling. However, once it leaves our shores, we do not know where it ends up and have no control over whether it is even recycled.
World Soil Day 2022 - Soils: where food begins
Today December 5th marks the United Nations World Soil Day. The day is marked annually as a means to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and to advocate for the sustainable management of soil resources. The theme for 2022 is - Soils: where food begins
Signpost Series Webinar - Assessing sustainability on European dairy farms based on case study data
On this episode of the Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 11 November, Pat Murphy, Head of Environment KT, Teagasc was joined by Lorraine Balaine, Research Officer, Teagasc to discuss assessing sustainability on European dairy farms based on case study data.
Growing Wild - Rose Hips and Flowering Ivy
Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist takes a closer look at some of our native Irish biodiversity to look out for in the countryside.
Teagasc Climate Action Strategy - The Road Map for Agriculture
Ireland has set out its commitment to reduce overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 51% by 2030 and achieve climate neutrality by 2050.
Teagasc Climate Action Strategy - The Urgent Actions
The climate challenge requires a whole of sector co-ordinated response to move the industry forward. Teagasc, through its MACC curve, has set out how the agriculture and food system can evolve over the short and medium term to meet its climate obligations.
Virtual National Centre for Agri-food Climate Research and Innovation
Teagasc is establishing a new virtual National Centre for Agri-Food Climate Research and Innovation to co-ordinate climate research and innovation and to accelerate efforts to bring “almost ready” and “early stage” technologies to deployment stage.
Teagasc Climate Action Strategy - Sustainability Digital Platform
Supported by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), Teagasc in co-operation with the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) and Bord Bia is building a new digital platform to facilitate a robust whole farm sustainability assessment and “counting” of carbon emissions and removals
Teagasc Climate Action Strategy - Signpost Advisory Programme
The Signpost Advisory Programme is a new service which Teagasc aims to make available to all farmers, to allow them to know their current emissions and sequestration, to make a plan to improve, help them with the implementation of the plan, and track progress.
Launch of the Teagasc Climate Action Strategy
The Teagasc Climate Action Strategy 2022-2030 – ‘Supporting Farmers for Climate Action’ has been launched today, Thursday, 1 December by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD.
Biodiversity continues to be encouraged on Newford Farm
Newford Farm is working to enhance the level of biodiversity on the farm. The farm has been selected as a demonstration farm as part of the Teagasc Signpost Programme.
10 Things to Know About … Hemp
There has been a very rich history of hemp research within Teagasc. Teagasc was preceded by an organisation called An Foras Taluntais, which was formed in the late 1950s. From very early on in the history of this organisation researchers were interested in the potential of hemp.
Sustainable energy use in horticulture - Heating with Biomass
A webinar on sustainable energy solutions in horticulture using heating with biomass took place on Monday, 14 November. Donal Gernon and Dónall Flanagan, Teagasc Horticulture Development Department were joined by Barry Caslin, Energy Specialist to discuss heating with biomass.
Watch: Managing farm safety and health video series launched
Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with responsibility for Farm Safety, Martin Heydon TD launched videos covering a range of farm safety and health hazards on farms.
Signpost Series: Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF) - achievements, activities & aspirations
On this episode of the Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 4 November, Pat Murphy, Head of Environment KT, Teagasc was joined by Rebecca Davis, Technical Coordinator & Mollie Burns, LEAF, UK to give an overview of Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF).
Sustainable energy use in horticulture - Wind turbines
A webinar on sustainable energy solutions in horticulture using wind turbines took place on Monday, 7 November. Eoin Sweetman, Vegetable Crops Advisor was joined by Barry Caslin, Energy Specialist and Donal Gernon, Mushrooms Advisor.
Today's Farm - November/December 2022
The November/December 2022 edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online.
57% of Farmers found to engage in Unsafe Farming Practices
Fifty seven percent of farmers engage in unsafe farming practices according to research completed by Teagasc researchers. When asked to respond to a number of common farm work scenarios, most farmers stated that they were more likely to engage in unsafe practices.
The Good & the Bad from the latest Water Quality in Ireland Report
Jenny Deakin, Manager of the Catchment Science and Management Unit in the EPA joins Deirdre and Cathal on the latest Environment Edge podcast to discuss the good and bad findings of the Water Quality in Ireland Report 2016-2021.
TResearch Winter 2022
TResearch is an official science publication of Teagasc. It aims to disseminate the results of the organisation’s research to a broad audience. In this edition we look at how our researchers are using novel technologies to enhance the health and wellness benefits of foods.
Growing Wild - Yarrow and Herb Robert
Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist takes a closer look at some of our native Irish biodiversity to look out for in the countryside.
Update from Tom Tierney, Signpost Programme Tillage Farmer
Ivan Whitten, Teagasc Tillage Advisor, Naas caught up recently with Tom Tierney, Ballinafagh, prosperous, Kildare on how the harvest went and autumn fieldwork progress to date on the farm.
Space for Nature - Ryan Family Farm
The Irish farming landscape is defined by a range of biodiversity features. Best practice in the management of these features is an integral part of sustainable farming. Farmers like Shay Ryan, Teagasc-Tirlán Signpost Future Farmer, play a crucial role in protecting farmland biodiversity.
A day in the life of a Walsh Scholar with Ali Sultan Khan
Ali is from Islamabad, Pakistan, where he completed a Bachelor of Science with agronomy majors at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Ali started a PhD at Teagasc Johnstown Castle Environment Research Centre.
A day in the life of a Walsh Scholar with Kieran Harrahill
Kieran Harrrahill began his PhD after graduating from a Masters’ Programme. He completed an undergraduate degree in Arts (Geography and Politics) in UCD in 2017 before completing an MSc in Environmental Policy in UCD in 2018.
A day in the life of a Walsh Scholar with Rumia Basu
Rumia studied Chemistry at the University of Delhi, India, before completing a master’s degree in Geoinformatics at TERI University, New Delhi, India. After this, she joined the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) as a researcher. She joined the Walsh Scholarship Programme in 2020.
Signpost Series: WaterMARKE - Mitigating Agricultural Impacts through Research & Knowledge Exchange
On this episode of the Signpost Webinar Series, Mark Gibson, Head of Teagasc Outreach & Innovation Department was joined by Dr Mary Ryan, Teagasc and Professor Cathal O'Donoghue, University of Galway to discuss WaterMARKE - Mitigating Agricultural Impacts through Research & Knowledge Exchange.
10 Things to Know About… Insects
As the global population rises, questions are being asked as to how we can continue to feed the planet with more sustainable food products and behaviours. Could the answer be the humble insect?
Signpost Series: Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF) - achievements, activities & aspirations
On this episode of the Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 4 November, Pat Murphy, Head of Environment KT, Teagasc was joined by Rebecca Davis, Technical Coordinator & Mollie Burns, LEAF, UK to give an overview of Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF).
Teagasc Signpost Programme Newsletter November 2022
In this month’s newsletter, Tom O’Dwyer, Head of the Signpost Programme, presents the Signpost Sustainability Results 2021, the baseline year. We have our usual climate actions as well as an article from Karl Richards explaining carbon sequestration.
One minute with Eduarda Neves - Insects as protein for our future generations
Eduarda Neves, a researcher at Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown, discusses the use of insects as an alternative protein source. To hear the full story, come along to our 60 Minute Science event on 15th November.
One minute with Carlos Alvarez - Two birds with one stone: blood-based films, from environmental concern to sustainable solution
Carlos Álvarez-García, a researcher at Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown, discusses how to address two important environmental issues at once. To hear the full story, come along to our 60 Minute Science event on 15th November.
One minute with Elena Alexa - Ensuring food safety in the face of climate change
Dr. Elena-Alexandra Alexa, a post-doctoral researcher at Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown, discusses the effect of climate change on food safety. To hear the full story, come along to our 60 Minute Science event on 15th November.
60 Minute Science - Food Sustainability
Join us for 60 Minute Science on Tuesday, November 15, to learn how the foods we produce and eat contribute to our health and impact the environment. This event is part of Science Week 2022 The Festival of Farming and Food which takes place 13 - 20 November.
Science Week 2022 - The Festival of Farming and Food Events
The Festival of Farming and Food is an educational, inspiring and fun week, packed full of amazing science activities, experiences, talks and exhibitions, for children and grown-ups alike. Running from November 13-20.
Derogation Farming – what does the future hold for farmers?
Derogation farming – are you aware of the current situation in Ireland? And what does the future holds for farmers with higher stocking rate?
Sustainable energy use in horticulture - Solar PV and Battery storage
A webinar on sustainable energy solutions in horticulture using solar PV took place on Monday, 24 October. Dónall Flanagan, Hardy Nursery Stock Advisor was joined by Barry Caslin, Energy Specialist and Eoin Sweetman, Vegetable Crops Advisor.
Research Impact Highlights 2021 - Environment
Teagasc Research Impact Highlights in 2021, a supplement of TResearch magazine, was recently released. Here we look at some of the research highlights in the area of environment.
Growing Wild - Elderberries and Blackberries
Developing an Irish Biomethane Industry
Biomethane is a carbon neutral renewable gas made from farm & food waste. The process is known as anaerobic digestion. Gas Networks Ireland has launched a Request for Information to identify new & feasible biomethane production projects. Teagasc Energy Specialist Barry Caslin gives information
Farm Safety BeSafe Conference
A conference on Be Safe, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) funded Farm Safety Behavioural Change project, will take place on Wednesday 23rd November from 10am to 1pm at the Teagasc Research and Innovation Centre, Ashtown, Dublin 15.
Newford Farm is working to enhance the level of biodiversity on the farm
The farm has been selected as a demonstration farm as part of the Teagasc Signpost Programme.
Research Impact Highlights 2021 - General
Teagasc Research Impact Highlights in 2021, a supplement of TResearch magazine, was recently released.
Science Week 2022 -The Festival of Farming and Food launches
Teagasc invites you to join us for an unmissable series of virtual and in-person events for Science Week 2022 as part of ‘The Festival of Farming and Food’.
Teagasc Research Impact Highlights in 2021
In any given year, the impact of Teagasc research is a combination of the continuing impact of past research and the new impact of recent research. This publication highlights some of these new impacts achieved in 2021.
Facilities and Work life balance on Steven Fitzgerald's Farm
A Teagasc Tirlán Signpost Farm Walk, as part of Signpost Sustainability Week, took place on the farm of Steven Fitzgerald, in Co. Waterford on Thursday 20th October 2022.
Herd Efficiency on Steven Fitzgerald's Farm
A Teagasc Tirlán Signpost Farm Walk, as part of Signpost Sustainability Week, took place on the farm of Steven Fitzgerald, in Co. Waterford on Thursday 20th October 2022.
Nitrates Derogation 2022 – 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 by year end, by farmers who are in derogation.
Teagasc Signpost Programme is a finalist in Sustainability category of the Irish Times Innovation Awards 2022
The Teagasc Signpost Programme has been announced as a finalist in the Sustainability category of The Irish Times Innovation Awards 2022.
Nitrates Action Plan information for all farms
Nitrates regulations is a basic set of measures to protect waters, including drinking water sources, against pollution caused by nitrogen and phosphorus from agricultural sources. The primary emphasis is on the management of livestock manures and other fertiliser. See tables below for information
Reducing chemical fertiliser use on Steven Fitzgerald's Farm
A Teagasc Tirlán Signpost Farm Walk, as part of Signpost Sustainability Week, took place on the farm of Steven Fitzgerald, in Co. Waterford on Thursday 20th October 2022.
Healthy Workplaces Lighten the Load
This week, 24th to 28th of October, is European Week for Safety and Health at Work.
Biodiversity on Steven Fitzgerald's Farm
How Teagasc can help farmers improve sustainability on their farms - Signpost Series Webinar
On the Teagasc Signpost webinar series on Friday, 21 October at 9:30am Prof. Frank O’Mara, Director of Teagasc Signpost Programme, launched the Signpost Sustainability Results. While Dr. Tom O’Dwyer, Head of the Signpost Programme presented and discussed the results to date.
Nitrates Derogation 2022 - Commonage
One of the new measures to be implemented this year as part of the Nitrates Action Plan 4 relates to commonage. This new measure will affect about 500+ farmers. Teagasc Advisor in the Galway/Clare region has some information.
Regional Organic Meetings Autumn 2022
The Organic Farming Scheme was officially opened for applications on October 20th and there is very strong interest from farmers regarding organic farming.
Nitrates 2022 - Farmers are you aware of these Changes?
Every farmer in the country needs to make themselves aware of the current nitrates regulations. There are some changes to these regulations for 2022. Environment Specialist Tim Hyde gives the information you need.
Growing cover crops to reduce N losses and improve soil quality
Conor O'Callaghan, Teagasc Tillage advisor to Kepak Tillage Signpost Farm in Co. Meath discusses progress to date on establishing 270 acres of cover crops on the farm.
Growing wild - Haws and Spindle
Environment Newsletter - October 2022
Get the latest information and advice in this month's newsletter.
Why are farmers engaging with climate change
Farmers right across the country are engaging with climate change and taking action to reduce the impact that their farming system has on the environment.
Engaging with children on trees and forestry
2022 has once again given the Forestry Development Department the opportunity to meet and reengage with people. The return to events and shows gave the opportunity to ask children 'What to trees and forests do for us?' Forestry advisor Frances McHugh tells us more
How Teagasc are Supporting Farmers to Improve Sustainability
Teagasc are supporting farmers to improve sustainability in a number of ways. Tom O’Dwyer, Head of Signpost Programme, Teagasc, and Pat Murphy Head of Environment Knowledge Transfer, Teagasc, give details on some of the resources available.
Key Performance Achievements from Steven Fitzgerald's Farm Walk
A Teagasc Tirlán Signpost Farm Walk, as part of Signpost Sustainability Week, took place on the farm of Steven Fitzgerald, in Co. Waterford.
Steps to improving the sustainability of Irish tillage farms
The recently published Teagasc Farm Sustainability Report shows that tillage farms have the lowest carbon footprint at 2.5 t/ha, compared to other farming enterprises.
Improving Water Quality in Ireland
The challenges of Water Quality, Biodiversity and Climate Change will influence farming practices and profitability into the foreseeable future.
Bees and food production: chaos, corruption and dodgy honey
Laura Healy is a Teagasc PhD student and Walsh Scholar in Food Chemistry and Technology at TU Dublin, she writes about the 'Rotten' TV show's portrayal of how some of the bee-keeping industry operates.
How calving at 24 months helps to reduce emissions, with Kildalton suckler herd manager, John O’Connor
As part of Sustainability Week, Teagasc Farm manager of the Kildalton suckler herd, John O’Connor, joins Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge podcast with a focus on calving at 24 months which also helps to reduce emissions.
The Soil is Alive & Willing to Help
“To be a successful farmer one must first know the nature of the soil.” (Xenophon, 430 – 354 BC). Cathal Somers writes about the soil microbiome and how to safeguard it.
Grass10 Newsletter 18th October
In this week's Grass10 newsletter, get updates from PastureBase Ireland on predicted grass growth and rainfall. Get information on the grass situation for PastureBase dairy and drystock farmers. Get other advice and updates from the Grass10 team.
Increasing farm biodiversity with Tim Leader, Teagasc Signpost Farmer
Grainne Hurley, Teagasc Dairygold Joint Programme, Adrian Curtain, Teagasc, and Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist, visit the farm of Tim Leader, Signpost Farmer, to find out how he has increased biodiversity on the farm.
Launch of new Sustainable Fertiliser training course for agri-professionals
Teagasc, in collaboration with the ICOS Skillnet and the fertiliser industry, has developed a 20 hour blended training course in Sustainable Fertiliser for professionals involved in the sale, purchasing and advice relating to fertilisers.
The 12 steps to reduce gaseous emissions on sheep farm whilst improving margins
As part of Sustainability Week, Teagasc advisor Tom Coll joins Ciarán Lynch on this week’s OviCast podcast to discuss the 12 steps from the Teagasc Signpost team to reduce gaseous emissions on sheep farms.
Help nature thrive on your farm through ACRES
Help nature thrive on your farm alongside food production – with possible support from ACRES, says Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist, during Sustainability Week.
Sustainability performance of Irish farms in 2021 revealed
At the start of Teagasc Sustainability Week, Teagasc released its latest sustainability report focusing on the year 2021.
Signpost Dairy Farmer Edwin Thompson - Reducing emissions from chemical nitrogen
Edwin Thompson, Signpost Dairy Farmer, gives us some insights into his family farm in Co. Tipperary and what they have done to improve their environmental sustainability.
Connecting profit to the environment with Signpost farmer, Trevor Boland
With Signpost Sustainability Week 2022 in full swing, the latest Environment Edge podcast hears how Signpost farmer Trevor Boland and his Future Beef programme advisor, Gabriel Trayers, are working together, connecting profit and the environment.
Webinar - First steps to achieving our emissions reduction target
Mark Gibson was joined by Dr Seamus Kearney, Dr Deirdre Hennessey, and Signpost Dairy Farmer Edwin Thompson, Teagasc Tipperary Joint Programme to discuss the first step to reducing emissions on all farms – reducing emissions from chemical N.
First Steps to Reducing Emissions from All Farms - Reducing Our Reliance on Chemical Nitrogen
Farmers are being asked to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2030. But it can be difficult to know where to start with emissions coming from multiple sources on the farm. Siobhan Kavanagh, Teagasc Signpost Programme Communications and Engagement Specialist, takes us through the first step.
Signpost Sustainability Week Farm Walks taking place on Thursday 20 October
Teagasc Signpost Sustainability Week takes place from 14 – 21 October and consists of a series of farm walks, online events, daily articles and videos. Join us on Thursday 20 October in Limerick or Waterford for a Signpost Farm Walk.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Farmers' attitudes to results-based contracts
On this episode of the Signpost Webinar Series, Mark Gibson, Head of Teagasc Outreach & Innovation Department was joined by Professor Thia Hennessy and Dr Tracy Bradfield, University College Cork to discuss farmers' attitudes to results-based contracts and the benefits of their adoption.
Launch of the Teagasc Sustainability Report 2021 Webinar on Monday 17 October
The Teagasc Rural Economy programme will publish the annual Teagasc Sustainability Report for 2021, which is based on data collected from farmers through the National Farm Survey.
Teagasc Signpost Sustainability Week Commences
The Teagasc Signpost Sustainability Week kicks off today, Friday, 14th October with a webinar broadcast outlining the first steps for farmers to take to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions on Irish farms.
Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O) and carbon dioxide (CO2) are greenhouse gases generated by agriculture, which have a negative impact on climate change. In agriculture methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O) are the most important.
Teagasc Arrabawn Signpost Dairy Farm Walk on Tuesday, 18 October 11am - 1pm
Join us for a Teagasc Signpost Dairy Farm Walk with Arrabawn on the farm of Signpost Farmer Conor O'Brien in Loughrea, Co. Galway on Tuesday, 18 October.
First steps to achieving our emissions reduction target - Webinar on Friday, 14 October at 9.30am
Signpost Sustainability Week 2022, takes place from Friday, 14 October - Friday, 21 October 2022, with a focus on 'Farming for a Better Future'. On 14 October Teagasc will host a webinar discussing 'First steps to achieving our emissions reduction target'.
Grass10 Newsletter 11th October
In this week's Grass10 newsletter, get updates from PastureBase Ireland on predicted grass growth and rainfall. Get information on the grass situation for PastureBase dairy and drystock farmers. Get other advice and updates from the Grass10 team.
Signpost Photo Competition
We are inviting you to submit photos, capturing the actions that you are taking to reduce emissions on your farms.
Signpost Series Webinar: ACRES - an overview for farmers
On this episode of the Signpost Series, Mark Gibson, Head of Teagasc Outreach & Innovation Department, Teagasc was joined by John Muldowney, Pat Morrisson & Mark Crosbie, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) to discuss the Agri-Climate Rural Environment Scheme (ACRES)
Climate Actions for October
October climate advice includes soil sampling, applying lime to correct soil pH, checking your soil maps and hedge cutting advice. There is also advice on doing a self assessment of your farm's environmental sustainability and checking your Bord Bia feedback report for your carbon footprint figure.
Signpost Sustainability Week 2022
Signpost Sustainability Week 2022 takes place from Friday, 14 October - Friday, 21 October 2022. This week will focus on 'Farming for a Better Future' with a series of public in person and virtual events.
The impact of selecting cows using the economic breeding index on methane output
A major challenge facing the agricultural industry is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2030.
Sustainability measures on the Walsh Family Farm
John and Brendan Walsh were the winners of the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2021 in the Clover/Sustainability Category. At the recent farm walk on October 4th they gave detailed information on the measures they have taken to make their farm more sustainable.
Signpost Featured Farmers - Raymond Goggin
Raymond Goggin is farming at Templemartin, Bandon Co Cork with his wife Delia. They have three children Cian, Conor and Aoibhinn.
Signpost Series Webinar - Starting an Agricultural - Sustainable Energy Community (SEC)
On this episode of the Signpost Webinar Series, which took place on Friday, 30 September, Mark Gibson, Head of Teagasc Outreach & Innovation Department was joined by Ruth Buggie, SEAI and Dinny Galvin, West Kerry SEC to discuss starting an Agricultural - Sustainable Energy Community (SEC).
Signpost Featured Farmers - Eamon & Donnchadh McCarthy
Eamon and his son Donnchadh are farming in Carrigeen, Glendine, Youghal, Co. Waterford. Both work part-time on the farm. In addition, Eamonn works as a relief milker and Donnchadh has a full-time off farm job.
National Soil Fertility Trends 2021
These trends could indicate early signs of declining soil fertility levels nationally. Farmers should put plans in place to protect the productivity and long term sustainability of their farming business.
Growing wild - Guelder Rose and Sloes
Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist takes a closer look at some of our native Irish biodiversity to look out for in the countryside. This week Catherine writes about Guelder Rose and Sloes, and how to spot them.
Teagasc Signpost Programme Newsletter October 2022
In this month’s newsletter we get an update on soil analysis results for 2021 with advice from leading experts on the data. We have farmer profiles for Eamon & Donnchadh McCarthy, suckler beef farmers from Co Waterford and Raymond Goggin, dairy farmer from Co. Cork.
John & Brendan Walsh - About The Farm
John and Brendan Walsh & family were the 2021 Clover & Sustainability winners in the Grassland Farmer of the Year Competition. They farm in Ballylooby, Co. Tipperary, milking 153 cows along with replacements & beef animals.
Below ground: soil life in a changing climate
Below ground: soil life in a changing climate, Art-science exhibition at the Irish Agricultural Museum, Johnstown Castle
Grass10 Newsletter 4th October
In this week's Grass10 newsletter, get updates from PastureBase Ireland on predicted grass growth and rainfall. Get information on the grass situation for PastureBase dairy and beef farmers. Get other advice and updates from the Grass10 team.
Agri Climate Rural Environment Scheme (ACRES) – all you need to know
Austin Callaghan, Teagasc Advisor is on this week’s The Beef Edge podcast with some key advice to help apply for ACRES and to complete your plan. The major difference in ACRES compared to previous agri-environment schemes will be the change from action-based payments to results-based payments.
Teagasc Annual Report and 2021 Financial Statements
“We had a blend of remote working and staff attending at their place of work, and using both, allowed us to deliver a full research, advisory and education programme during 2021”, according to Professor Frank O Mara, Teagasc Director.
Impact of price inflation on agricultural incomes now becoming clearer
A new report, by economists at Teagasc, provides an update on the forecast average margins and incomes that will be achieved across the agricultural sector in Ireland in 2022.
Helping dairy farmers meet the challenges of sustainability
With ever increasing pressure on dairy farmers to meet the challenges of sustainability and with greenhouse gas emissions currently to the fore, what work is being carried out to support dairy production systems?
Biodiversity on Newford Farm
Newford Farm is working to enhancing the level of biodiversity on the farm. The farm has been selected as a demonstration farm as part of the Teagasc Signpost Programme.
Newford Farm Notes - 83% of 2021-born beef heifers have now been sold at an average age of 17 ½ months
In this update from the Newford farm Michael Fagan gives some information on beef heifers sold to date, weaning of progeny and weaning efficiency.
Organic Beef Open Day - Composting cattle manure
Munoo Prasad, Composting Research and Advisory, Naas, and Michael Gaffney, Teagasc Horticultural Development, tell us how composting of manure produces a stable material free of disease and pests.
Combination Crops on Organic Farms
Combination crops are becoming a very popular crop to grow on organic farms. The crop is a mixture of a legume - peas or beans & a cereal crop of barley, oats, wheat or triticale. Occasionally, the mix can contain two or more cereal species. Every effort must be made to source organic seed
Teagasc Sustainability Week 2022
The Teagasc Signpost Sustainability Week will take place from 14 - 21 October. The theme of Sustainability Week 2022 is 'Farming for a Better Future', when a series of public in person and virtual events will take place.
Grass10 Newsletter - 27th September 2022
Farm cover has continued to build this week. Grass growth will slow down with cooler temperatures and rain forecast. Growth predictions are ranging from 35-50 KgDM/ha. Get more tips on managing your grass below
Autumn Grassland Management Guidelines
Philip Creighton, Teagasc, Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Athenry Co. Galway, writes about autumn grassland management to ensure adequate grass availability for ewes at lambing.
Improving biodiversity on your farm
Eamonn Dempsey, Teagasc Advisor, tells you how you can improve biodiversity on your farm.
Water Quality and Nutrient Management
Noel Meehan, Teagasc Programme Manager - ASSAP, writes about water quality and nutrient management, and gives advice for farmers to minimise nitrate losses.
Teagasc College Open Days 2022
Teagasc are holding series of events for prospective applicants to its full-time Level 5 agriculture, horticulture, equine and forestry courses. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the courses available and be given a guided tour of the facilities.
Growing wild - Purple loosestrife and Lord and Ladies
Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist takes a closer look at some of our native Irish biodiversity to look out for in the countryside. This week Catherine shares some interesting facts about Purple loosestrife and Lord and Ladies
The Signpost Series Webinar - Organic Farming
On this episode of the Signpost Webinar Series, which took place on Friday, 9 September, Mark Gibson, Head of Teagasc Outreach & Innovation Department was joined by Jack Nolan, Senior Inspector, Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine to discuss organic farming.
Paving the whey - transforming dairy waste
Whey is the main by-product of the dairy processing sector. Teagasc researchers are collaborating with Munster Technological University (MTU), Ireland and Lund University, Sweden, to transform dairy waste into value-added and environmentally sustainable products.
Is Organics for you?
The targets set out in the Programme for Government is for farming 330,000 ha organically. With the next tranche of the organic scheme expected to open in early October many farmers are questioning if an organics system is for them?
Organic Beef Open Day on John Purcell’s Farm
Teagasc, Bord Bia and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine - DAFM are jointly organising a National Organic Beef Open Day on the farm of John Purcell, Cashel, Co Tipperary on Wednesday next, 28th September 2022.
Novel forest tree breeding for tolerance to abiotic and biotic stress
Tree breeding is important to develop genetically improved genotypes for forestation through repeated cycles of selection, breeding and genetic testing. Dheeraj Rathore, Teagasc Research Officer, tells us about novel forest tree breeding for tolerance to abiotic and biotic stress.
Understanding pasture contamination and its implications for management
Michael Gottstein, Teagasc Sheep Specialist, explains the importance of management in dealing with pasture contamination.
Tillage Farmers in a unique position
Michael Hennessy, Head of Teagasc Crops Knowledge Transfer Department, tells us how tillage farmers are in a unique position with the lowest greenhouse gas output per hectare.
The Dairy Edge Podcast goes from Strength to Strength
Since Teagasc launched The Dairy Edge Podcast in January 2018, Ireland’s first dairy-focused podcast has gone from strength to strength and in July 2022 reached the very significant milestone of half a million listens.
The Financial Risks for the Year Ahead
The Crops Forum was held recently with an excellent line up and a very interesting discussion from a panel of experts across the country. And on this week’s episode of the Tillage Edge podcast, you’ll hear from moderator Andy Doyle discussing the financial risks of the year ahead with guests.
Soil Carbon sequestration
Soil carbon sequestration is an important mechanism that removes carbon dioxide from the air and stores it in the soil. This improves a number of aspects of soil health. Researcher Karl Richards outlines why soil carbon sequestration is important.
Teagasc Signpost Programme Newsletter September 2022
Agriculture has been set a target to reduce emissions by 25% by 2030. In this month’s newsletter we set out Step 1 priority actions for achieving this target. The monthly climate actions are featured as well as the profile of Signpost farmers. The research update is from Johnstown Castle Open Day
Multiple Benefits of Trees on the Farm
Tom Houlihan, Teagasc Forestry Specialist, tells us how farm forests can provide many benefits
Using genetics to reduce methane output from cattle systems
Stuart Kirwan, David Kenny and Sinead Waters, Teagasc Grange, take us through the genetic selection of low methane emitting animals which has long been advocated as mitigation strategy for the ruminant livestock industry.
Autumn Grazing Management
Grass growth in Ireland is highly seasonal with little growth from November to February. Michael Egan and Deirdre Hennessy take us through some of the key points with regard to autumn grazing management.
Calving heifers at two years of age
Beef Specialist Martina Harrington gives advice on producing beef sustainably.
The Key Steps to Consider in Conversion to Organic
Teagasc organic specialist, Elaine Leavy, is on this week’s Beef Edge podcast to give an insight into the new organic scheme opening in October, the key steps to consider in conversion as well as details on the upcoming National Organic Open Day.
White Clover and reducing chemical fertiliser usage
Researcher Michael Egan tells us why clover has an important role to play in reducing chemical fertiliser usage on grassland farms in Ireland. There is also advice on establishing a white clover sward.
FEARGA Red Clover wins Sustainable Agriculture Award
FEARGA Red Clover has won the 2022 Sustainable Agriculture Award at the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Arena hosted at this years World Ploughing Championships, in Ratheniska, County Laois.
Farming with the environment through ACRES
Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist, tells us that helping the environment alongside food production on farms is the theme on the Teagasc environment stands at the Ploughing Championships this year, and ACRES can help.
Reducing fertiliser N use to reduce GHG emissions and save costs
Mark Plunkett and Tom O’Dwyer tell us how Teagasc can help you to identify opportunities to reduce GHG emissions on your farm.
How farmers can be ready for the changes to Ireland’s Nitrates Action Programme
Deirdre and Cathal are joined by Teagasc Crop and Nutrient Management Specialist, Mark Plunkett, to discuss how farmers can be ready for the change to Ireland’s Nitrates Action Programme.
How to keep improving your soil fertility
William Burchill, Dairygold Joint Programme Group Facilitator joins Stuart Childs on this week’s episode of The Dairy Edge podcast to discuss further work that can be done to improve soil fertility even though the date has passed for the spreading of chemical nitrogen and Phosphorus.
How satellite images from space are used to monitor our soil
Rumia Basu, PhD student at Teagasc, tells us about the connection between soil, rain and the climate is especially important for a grass-based economy like Ireland's
Future-Proofing your Herd Genetics
James Dunne, Teagasc Dairy Specialist, Ballyhaise College and Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist, Moorepark share their insight into the future dairy cow and Future-Proofing your Herd Genetics for sustainability here
Take-home messages from recent events
Teagasc researchers attend many events throughout the year where they share the findings from their research. Here, we highlight some key pieces of information from recent events. This article featured in the TResearch Autumn 2022 Magazine
Signpost Series Webinar - Hedgerows and Hedgerow Networks Biodiversity
On this episode of the Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 2 September, Pat Murphy, Head of Environment KT, Teagasc was joined by Dr. Françoise Burel, CNRS, Université de Rennes to discuss Hedgerows and Hedgerow Networks Biodiversity.
Treating slurry to reduce emissions
Dominika Krol, Maxwell Owusu-Twum and George Gleasure Teagasc Johnstown Castle and Shaun Connolly, NUI Galway bring us details on their research into Acidification and Amendments for Slurry Treatment and the Impacts on Emissions. This was presented at the recent Farming for a Better Future Open Day
How Low Can You Go – With Your Fertiliser Bill?
Joanne Masterson, Drystock Advisor, Teagasc Athenry, tells us how farmers have reduced their nitrogen use in 2022 due to high fertiliser prices. Can you retain that saving in your pocket and your emissions reduction through 2023 and beyond?
Minister Simon Harris announces the winner of the Food Challenge
The Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation, and Science on Wednesday, 14 September, announced the winner of the Food Challenge as part of the SFI Future Innovator Prize programme and awarded €2m in funding to the Leaf No Waste team.
MOOCFORCHANGE- Massive open online course for forest change
Dr Ian Short and Jonathan Spazzi, Teagasc Forestry Development Department, recently took part in a MOOCFORCHANGE project meeting in Belgium, they tell us about Continuous cover forestry (CCF), which is a forest management approach suitable to both conifers and broadleaves.
Signpost Series Webinar - Best practice hedge cutting and launch of Hedgerow Week 2022
Mark Gibson, Head of Teagasc Outreach & Innovation Department, Teagasc was joined by guest speakers Dr. Catherine Keena, Countryside Management Specialist, Teagasc and Francis Quigley, Teagasc Machinery Specialist to give an insight into best practice hedge cutting.
OrganicBeef22 Open Day with John Purcell
In this clip, meet our Teagasc organic specialists Elaine Leavy, Joe Kelleher and Martin Bourke who outline to us what you can expect to see at the upcoming OrganicBeef22 Open Day on the farm of John Purcell in Cashel, Co. Tipperary on Wednesday, 28 September 2022.
Your Renewable Energy Options Explained
Teagasc Energy & Rural Development Specialist, Barry Caslin, is on this week’s Beef Edge podcast to discuss what renewable energy options are available for beef farmers.
New Teagasc Mayo Green-Cert Courses Autumn 2022
Teagasc Mayo delivers a range of courses catering for both existing farmers and young people planning to farm in the future. Courses on Farm Safety, Grassland management, Nutrient Management Planning, Phosphorus build-up & more recently AETS are delivered from the four Teagasc offices in the county
White clover as a sustainable alternative to nitrogen
Introducing white clover into perennial ryegrass swards can sustainably increase milk production while maintaining grass production, reducing the need for inorganic nitrogen.
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar - Changes to Closed Periods for Slurry
On this episode of Let's Talk Dairy which took place on Thursday, 8 September, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist discusses the changes to the closed periods, specifically for slurry.
Lowering the Carbon Footprint of Pasture-based Milk Production
Dairy farms account for approximately 20% of agricultural land use & approximately 15% of national greenhouse gas emissions. James Humphreys, Daniel Barrett, Marion Sorley & Owen Cashman of Teagasc, Moorepark summarise their research on Lowering the Carbon Footprint of Pasture-based Milk Production
Signpost Series Webinar - Traditional buildings and lime
On this episode of the Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 19 August, Pat Murphy, Head of Environment KT, Teagasc was joined by Edward Byrne, Traditional Lime Company to discuss traditional buildings and lime.
Farm Carbon - Hedgerow Management for Carbon & Biodiversity
Lilian O’Sullivan, Gary Lanigan, Daire Ó hUallacháin, Shiva RahimiTana, Mark Ward, Ian Kavanagh, all Teagasc Researchers at Johnstown Castle, together with Kevin Black, Forest Environment Research and Services (FERS), Navan, Co. Meath, bring us details of their Farm Carbon project on Hedgerows here
Growing Wild - willowherb and water mint
Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist takes a closer look at some of our native Irish biodiversity to look out for in the countryside. Here she shares some interesting facts of nature about willowherb and water mint
Today's Farm - September/October 2022
The September/October edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. In this edition find out why Beef farmers are embracing clover. It also has articles on Organic sheep earn their keep; Soil sampling is key to cutting fertiliser costs; Transferring the family farm; and more.
5 new protein sources you may not have come across before
Analysis: from seaweed to duckweed, here are 5 sustainably sourced alternative proteins to investigate. This article by Laura Healy, Teagasc PhD student and Walsh Scholar in Food Chemistry and Technology at TU Dublin, first published on RTÉ Brainstorm recently
Forestry Knowledge Transfer Groups (KTGs) re-commence
Field trips are so beneficial and it’s great to see forest owners learn about Basal Area, taking top height and calculating stems/hectare among many other skills, all relatable to their own crop. John Casey, Teagasc forestry development officer talks about the benefits of being in a discussion group
The Signpost Series Webinar - Conservation grazing in upland habitats
On this episode of the Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 12 August, Pat Murphy, Head of Environment KT, Teagasc was joined by Killian Kelly, Lecturer, Munster Technological University to discuss conservation grazing in upland habitats.
‘VALPRO Path’ project to deliver opportunities for plant protein production
The VALPRO Path project, a Horizon Europe Innovation Action, co-ordinated by Dr. Ewen Mullins, Teagasc, has secured co-funding of €9.7 million. The ambitious objectives of this research project will be achieved over 4 years through the involvement of up to 25 leading academic and industry teams
In the weeds
Grass weeds are becoming an increasing problem in Irish tillage and resistance to herbicides that control grass weeds has been documented since 2019. Teagasc researchers have conducted a unique survey determining the level of the grass weed challenge in Ireland. Find out more
Soil test results indicate early signs of soil fertility decline
A recent review of soil samples taken by Teagasc in 2021 shows that the number of soil samples taken across all farming enterprises have increased in 2021. Over this period, 62% of soil samples came from dairy farms, 25% from drystock farms and 11% from tillage farms.
How this Meath Signpost farmer aims to minimise pesticide use
Vincent Macken is a Tillage Signpost farmer in county Meath and along with his Teagasc advisor, Shane Kennedy, he joined Michael Hennessy on this week’s Tillage Edge podcast to discuss sustainable farming in practice
What does the new Agri-Climate Rural Environment Scheme mean for your farm?
Teagasc Environment specialist Catherine Keena is on the latest Beef Edge podcast to discuss the new proposed Agri-Climate Rural Environment Scheme also known as ‘ACRES’.
Autumn Nitrogen Advice for Grassland Farmers
The rain over the weekend in most of the drought affected areas of the country has farmers asking about the best approach to the application of nitrogen fertiliser on grassland. Pat Murphy, Head of Environment Knowledge Transfer in Teagasc has Autumn Nitrogen Advice for Grassland Farmers to consider
Shinagh Dairy Open Day
An open day on the Shinagh dairy farm, near Bandon, Co. Cork, on Friday, 2 September outlined the steps taken towards achieving a climate neutral and profitable dairy farm. The technical focuses of the Shinagh dairy farm have been to maximise the amount of grass grown and utilised per hectare
Details of National Organic Beef Open Day Announced
A National Organic Beef Open Day on the farm of John Purcell, Ross, Golden, Cashel, Co Tipperary will take place on Wednesday, 28th September from 10am to 3pm. The open day is jointly organised by Teagasc, Bord Bia and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM)
The Earthworm & the Farmer Part 2: is slurry application a friend or foe?
Did you know that some earthworms inherit lifelong built channels from their parents? Listen in to hear more about this in part two of Deirdre and Cathal’s chat with earthworm specialist, Professor Olaf Schmidt, from University College Dublin.
New UCD Teagasc Level 9 Professional Diploma in Researcher Development
University College Dublin (UCD) is delighted to announce the launch of a new Level 9 Professional Diploma in Researcher Development designed and developed in association with Teagasc specifically for Post-Doctoral Fellows employed by Teagasc. Find out the details here
New Fulbright-Teagasc Scholar and Professional Award launched
Postgraduate students across Ireland are being encouraged to apply for a Teagasc sponsored Fulbright-Irish Award following a call for applications on 31 August 2022. Get more details of how to apply and of an upcoming information webinar on the awards, here
Going organic in Ireland
The EU’s Farm to Fork strategy aims to increase organic food production; knowing why consumers purchase organic foods will be essential if it is to be successful.
Multi-species Mixes Increase Yield with Less Fertiliser, and Increase Drought Resilience
At Farming for a Better Future Open Day John Finn and Guylain Grange, Researchers at Teagasc, Johnstown Castle and Caroline Brophy, Trinity College Dublin summarised the ongoing research at Teagasc Johnstown Castle into multi-species grassland mixtures. Find out the promising results here
Best Practice hedge cutting for our two hedge types
With the opening of the hedge cutting season on 1 September, best practice hedge cutting is more important than ever because of the role of hedges in biodiversity and carbon and the need to improve their condition. Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist has more in Hedgerow Week
10 simple ideas to make your forest ecologically more diverse!
Steven Meyen, Teagasc Forestry Advisor outlines ten simple ideas to make your forest ecologically more diverse. Most of these measures are easy to achieve and they will make a world of difference! Watch as Steven explains in a short video here
Choose your herbicides carefully for weed control in oilseed rape
On this week’s Tillage Edge podcast, Ciarán Collins, a tillage specialist in Teagasc, discusses the benefits and drawbacks of the dry soils and oilseed rape weed control from a number of different approaches
DairyBeef500 Walk with Richard Long, Co. Waterford
Join the Teagasc DairyBeef500 team on Thursday, 8th September at 3pm on the farm of Richard Long, Ballymacarbry, Co. Waterford. Eircode: E91 VH67. Find out more and Book your ticket here
Tillage Update - Tillage farms show largest increase in soil sample numbers in 2021
While Tillage farms show largest increase in soil sample numbers in 2021, a drop (-6%) in soil fertility was noted. Mark Plunkett, Tillage Specialist Johnstown Castle Research Centre, reminds tillage farmers that they should aim to maintain soil fertility by fertilising to grain yield potential
Grassland Farmer of the Year - Dairy & Overall Winner - Colin Doherty
Join the Teagasc Grass10 team on Tuesday, 6 September at 11am on the farm of Colin Doherty, Adare, Co. Limerick, V94 K160. Colin is the Overall Winner and Dairy Category Winner of the 2021 Grassland Farmer of the Year Competition.
New Compostable Film for weed control in newly planted hedges
New compostable film is available for use instead of plastic to protect newly planted hedges against weeds. The compostable film is starch based with additives from the dairy processing industry added. Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist has more information for Hedgerow Week
The Secret Life of Hedges
Hedges are ecosystems where native flora and fauna co-exist in harmony. To mark #HedgerowWeek2022 Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist, reveals the birds, bats, bees, mammals, moths & butterflies, that occupy our hedgerows and the free food within, in The Secret Life of Hedges
Key Metrics for Efficient Pasture-based Production Systems
On Stand No 3 at Farming for a Better Future Open Day at Teagasc specialists Joe Patton and Pearse Kelly and Teagasc Johnstown Castle Researcher David Wall, discuss Key Metrics for Efficient Pasture-based Production Systems. View the live boards and presentations here on Teagasc Daily
Technologies for Today and Tomorrow to Reduce Greenhouse Gas and Ammonia Emissions
On Stand No 2 at the Farming for a Better Future Open Day in Teagasc Johnstown Castle, Karl Richards and Gary Lanigan, Teagasc discuss the steps that farmers can take to reduce on-farm emissions. View the live boards and presentations here on Teagasc Daily
How DairyBeef 500 farmer, Richard Long, is reducing age at slaughter on his farm
Dairy Beef 500 farmer, Richard Long, from Co. Waterford and his advisor, Sean Cummins, join Catherin Egan on this week’s episode of the Beef Edge podcast.
Farm Zero Carbon (FZC) Focus at Shinagh Dairy Farm Open Day
Can we achieve a climate neutral and profitable dairy farm? Join us at the Shinagh Open Day on Friday, 2 September at 11am and find out why we think so. John McNamara, Padraig French, Teagasc & Kevin Ahern, Manager, tell us more about Shinagh dairy farm and it's environmental & sustainability focus
Supporting Sustainability on the Ground
On Stand No 4 at Farming for a Better Future Open Day at Johnstown Castle, Tom O'Dwyer and Pat Murphy, both Teagasc, discuss Supporting Sustainability on the Ground. They include the supports in place for farmers from Teagasc. View the live boards and presentations here on Teagasc Daily
Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainability on Irish Farms
On Stand No 1 at the Farming for a Better Future Open Day at Johnstown Castle, Karen Daly and David Wall, Teagasc, Crops Environment, and Land-use Research, discuss the Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainability on Irish Farms. View the live boards and presentations here on Teagasc Daily.
Farming for a Better Future - Technologies for Today & Tomorrow
A major Teagasc open day is taking place today, Tuesday, 30 August at Teagasc Soil, Environment and Land use Research centre in Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford. It displays technologies that farmers can adopt to improve the economic, social and environmental sustainability of their farming enterprises
The Importance of Hedgerows for Butterflies - Hedgerow Week 2022
There are 35 species of butterflies in Ireland - 23 of these breed on hedges. Over-management of hedges removes butterfly eggs, larvae and nectar sources for adult butterflies. Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist and Jesmond Harding, Butterfly Conservation Ireland explain
Farming for a Better Future 2022
The Teagasc team at the Soil, Environment & Land use Research Centre, Johnstown Castle are welcoming farmers, stakeholders & the public to their open day today. Below is an outline of what is being presented. If you can't get there follow us here on Teagasc Daily, the Teagasc App & Social Media
ACRES Hedge Actions - Hedgerow Week 2022
There are three hedge actions in the new agri environment scheme ACRES: coppicing, laying & planting hedges. It is important to understand what is involved in each action and the ongoing work required during the next five years. Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist has details
Building a brand in the west
To improve returns, farmers need to gain ‘market power’ by creating brands which reflect the true value of what they produce. Ólas Hill Farms is a great example, as John Noonan, Teagasc Westport advisor demonstrates
Farmers are reducing fertiliser N use
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) have just released their Fertiliser Sales data for the first three quarters of the current year. Here Seamus Kearney and Tom O'Dwyer from the Signpost programme examine the data
TResearch Autumn 2022
TResearch is an official science publication of Teagasc. It aims to disseminate the results of the organisation’s research to a broad audience. Clearing the air - Reducing greenhouse gas emissions within the agriculture sector is a priority for our researchers
Johnstown Castle Open Day - Technologies for Today & Tomorrow
Join us in Johnstown Castle, the home of agricultural research in Co. Wexford for their open day on Tuesday next August 30th. On the day the Teagasc team will present farming technologies for today and tomorrow. Gates open at 10am.
Forest Carbon Tool
Forests play an important role in the capture & removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and subsequent storage in forests biomass and soils, a process called sequestration. The Forest Carbon Tool provides indicative data for potential carbon sequestration associated with new forest enterprises
Grassland Farmer of the Year Drystock - Aidan Maguire Farm Walk
Join the Teagasc Grass10 team along with the Teagasc DairyBeef500 team on the evening of 31 August at 6.30pm on the farm of Aidan Maguire, Navan, Co. Meath. Aidan is the 2021 Grassland Farmer of the Year in the Drystock Enterprise Category.
PDD Research Using Shotgun Analysis with ZnO and antibiotics in pigs
Postweaning diarrhea (PWD) is a relevant problem associated with early weaning on pig farms. In-feed antibiotics and therapeutic zinc oxide(ZnO), widely used to prevent PWD in piglets is now being banned by the EU. The Teagasc Pig Dept and colleagues published a recent paper on Shotgun Sequencing
Tillage Update - Cultivation systems and Stubble cultivations
Drilling for harvest 2023 is already underway with winter oilseed rape being drilled this week and many will have a pre-emergence herbicide applied to control weeds. Many of the crops are being sown with reduced cultivation systems. Shay Phelan Tillage Specialist discusses these systems here
How will your acres score?
You can help address the challenges to our water, climate and biodiversity by joining ACRES (AgriClimate Rural Environment Scheme). Catherine Keena Environment specialist, Teagasc Crops, Environment and Land Use Programme takes us through the Results-based payments system of ACRES
Hedgerow Week 2022 - "Best Practice Hedge Cutting"
Hedgerow Week 2022 takes place from Friday, 26th August – Friday 2nd September, to coincide with the opening of the hedge cutting season on 1 September. The theme of Hedgerow Week 2022 is 'Best Practice Hedge Cutting' and consists of a series of public in person and virtual events. Find out more
The honeybee is doing grand, but what about the other bees?
When people talk about bees, they are usually referring to honeybees and not the 20,000 other bee species in need of some love. Stephanie Maher, Teagasc biodiversity researcher, Johnstown Castle, educates us on the world of bees in this fascinating article, first published on RTÉ Brainstorm recently
Soil fertility declining on Irish dairy farms
In 2021 Teagasc analysed 30,082 grassland soil samples, of which 21,049 were taken on dairy farms. We see that soil fertility declined on dairy farms for the second consecutive year. Here is a summary of the main changes for soil pH, phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) in 2021 on dairy farms
Enter the 2022 Grassland Farmer of the Year Competition!
There is still time to enter this year’s Grassland Farmer of the Year competition, which recognises and acknowledges those dairy, beef and sheep farmers who are achieving high levels of grass utilisation in a sustainable manner. There is a new organic category in 2022. Closing date: 16 September.
Growing need for oilseeds
Supply is down and demand is growing, so there are lots of opportunity with this proven crop. Ciarán Collins, Teagasc tillage specialist and John Pettit, Teagasc tillage advisor, Wexford discuss the Growing need for oilseeds.
DairyBeef500 walks commence this autumn
Following on the highly successful Green Acres, the recently launched DairyBeef500 Campaign which aims to promote and demonstrate socially, environmentally and financially sustainable dairy-beef systems, sees the first of its on farm walks begin this autumn. Tommy Cox, DairyBeef500 advisor reports
Grass10 Newsletter - 23rd August 2021
The Grass10 team has an action-packed newsletter this week. From Grassland Farmer competition to featured farmers, clover reporter and dairy & beef podcasts to the upcoming GFOTY Farm Walks and Swards for the Future Conference/Workshop. Plus the regular features and advice on Autumn grass management
Prioritising quality grass for lambs on Malin Head
Tommy Mullin is a sheep farmer, farming close to the most Northerly point in Ireland at Bree, Malin Head, Co. Donegal. With a sheep flock of 400 lowland ewes, 180 horned ewes and more, we find out from Tommy Doherty, Drystock adviser, Teagasc Letterkenny how this farm manages grass quality
Get lime out now to reduce expensive fertiliser demands in 2023
Liming of our soils continues to be a challenge with a 10 to 13% decline in samples with optimal soil pH on dairy, tillage and drystock farms sampled in 2021. Mark Plunkett, Teagasc Soil & Plant Nutrition Specialist emphasises the benefits of lime and why farmers should apply lime now
Understanding the genetic blueprint of the grain aphid
By unravelling the DNA sequence of the English grain aphid, Teagasc is providing novel insights that support research into insecticide resistance and mechanisms of viral transmission. Teagasc researchers Stephen Byrne, Maximilian Schughart and Louise McNamara explain
Climate Change Actions and Biodiversity on Newford Farm
Along with most farms in the country the Newford farm is putting increasing emphasis on climate actions and biodiversity. Here Michael Fagan gives an update on some of the measures currently being implemented.
What do we know about the environmental footprint of local and imported fruit and vegetables?
With increasingly sophisticated diets and demand for value, locally produced food no longer meets all of our food requirements. Imported food makes up a large proportion of the food we eat. Lael Walsh & Loren Lane, Horticulture Development Dept at Teagasc Ashtown, research the environmental impact
Growing Wild - Bird’s foot trefoil and Knapweed
Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist takes a closer look at some of our native Irish biodiversity to look out for in the countryside. Here she shares some interesting facts of nature about Bird’s foot trefoil and Common or black knapweed
Water Quality - Phosphorus & ACRES
The protection of water quality from nutrient, sediment & pesticide losses and achieving ‘Good Status’ for all waters in Ireland is a key national goal. Since 2018, The Agricultural Sustainability Support & Advisory Service (ASSAP) is providing advice. Ivan Kelly, Teagasc Athenry Advisor has more
BETTER Lowland Sheep Farm Walk with Brian Keane Wexford
Join us on Wednesday, 24th August at 7pm on the farm of Brian Keane, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Y21 X0Y2 for a lowland sheep farm walk. Brian is a 2021 participant in the BETTER Farm Sheep Programme and the Teagasc Signpost Programme.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Wild Atlantic Nature (WAN) LIFE IP
On this episode of the Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 5th August, Ger Shortle, Teagasc Regional Manager was joined by Derek McLoughlin, Project Manager, Wild Atlantic Nature (WAN) to give an insight into the Wild Atlantic Nature (WAN) LIFE IP.
Linking Biodiversity & Heritage on Teagasc Glanbia Signpost Future Farms
Irish Farmers work alongside historical features on a daily basis incorporating their protection into the management of their farms. In Heritage Week Aoife Leader, Teagasc/UCD Walsh Scholar, outlines how history and biodiversity are maintained and enhanced by Teagasc-Glanbia Signpost Future Farms
Energy options in horticulture
Energy costs have increased significantly due to external macroeconomic factors, but more recently due to the invasion of Ukraine. The horticulture sector has for some years been moving away from fossil fuels. Horticulture advisor Dónall Flanagan takes a look at the other options available.
National Soil Fertility Trends
In 2021 Teagasc analysed a total 33,876 soil samples comprising dairy, drystock and tillage enterprises. 2021 shows that soil fertility declined on dairy farms for the second consecutive year. Lime use increased by ~ 50% compared to the average lime applied in Ireland over the last 10 years.
12 Steps for Dairy farmers to Reduce Gaseous Emissions
The Signpost Programme led by Teagasc, is a multi-annual campaign to lead climate action by all Irish farmers. The latest output from this programme is a guide outlining 12 Steps for Dairy farmers to take to reduce Gaseous Emissions on their farms.
Climate Actions for August
August climate advice includes using catch crops after cereal crops, applying lime and building up for autumn grass. There is also advice to empty slurry tanks, milk record and on feeding ration at grass. Get all the details below
How to manage soil fertility for the rest of the year
Teagasc Researcher Dr. David Wall is on this week’s episode of the Beef Edge podcast with top tips to manage soil fertility for the rest of the year plus details on the upcoming Johnstown Castle Open Day which is taking place on Tuesday, 30 August.
Newford 17 ½ months old in-spec Beef Heifers finished off grass without meal
In the current update from the Newford farm Michael Fagan has some detailed information on heifers slaughtered on August 4th off grass with no meal. There is also an update on the TB outbreak which has hit the farm. he also gives an update on how the 2022 calves are faring.
Early establishment of green covers most beneficial
Maintaining a green cover over the winter period has many environmental, agronomic and economic benefits. Sowing date has a major impact on the N uptake by a sown cover crop. Different cover crop species will have different abilities to recovery N over the winter period.
Considering Organic Conversion on Drystock farms
Colm Kelly, Teagasc Advisor, Ballinasloe, answers the questions commonly asked by drystock farmers considering converting to organic farming. Questions like ... "Is treating animals for health issues banned?" and ... "Where can I sell animals?" Get the facts here
The Earthworm & the Farmer: the huge contribution the worm makes to the soil
Earthworm specialist Professor Olaf Schmidt from University College Dublin, School of Agriculture and Food Science joins Deirdre and Cathal to discuss the huge contribution the earthworm makes to the soil.
Strategies to tackle and lift soil fertility
Teagasc’s, David Wall, joins Emma-Louise Coffey on the latest Dairy Edge podcast with strategies to tackle and lift soil fertility.
Growing wild - Privet and Lady’s Bedstraw
Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist takes a closer look at some of our native Irish biodiversity to look out for in the countryside. Here she shares some interesting facts of nature about Privet and Lady’s Bedstraw
The Signpost Series Webinar - Comeragh Upland Communities EIP
On this episode of the Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 29 July, Pat Murphy, Head of Environment KT, Teagasc was joined by Cathriona Foley, Teagasc & Owen Carton, Project Manager for Comeragh Upland to discuss the Comeragh Upland Communities EIP.
Do you listen to podcasts?
Podcasts are audio shows that anyone with an iPhone, Android phone or computer can listen to. You can listen anywhere and anytime. Teagasc offer a full suite of free podcasts tailored to your enterprise. We'd like to hear your opinion on our podcasts
Forest fires – we can all help
As Forestry Advisor Steven Meyen writes this, Europe burns. Huge fires are destroying thousands of hectares of forests across Europe during this latest and not last heatwave. Mediterranean countries are worst affected but central & western European countries including Ireland are also suffering.
Tree Budding and Grafting Event
With growing demand for young and semi mature trees there is scope for new entrants in the potentially lucrative sector. Steady demand into the future is expected. Teagasc will host an event at Kildalton College on Wednesday, 17 August at 11am & 2pm that will support new and developing growers.
Environment Newsletter - August 2022
The August edition of the Environment newsletter focuses on the Agri-Climate Rural Environment Scheme (ACRES). ACRES is the new Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) agri-environment scheme.
Update from Signpost Hill Sheep Farmers Denis and Esther O'Riordan
Denis and Esther are in the Teagasc Signpost programme as a Hill Sheep Farmers. They carry 350 breeding ewes, predominantly Scotch Blackface and 6 Limousine suckler cows and a Charolais Bull. Here their Teagasc advisor Michael Connolly gives an update on the farm
Meet Signpost Tillage Farmer Vincent Macken
Vincent Macken mainly grows winter and spring crops. He has completed the winter barley harvest with yields averaging at 9 t/ha at a moisture of 15 %. Quality was generally very good. He also farms collaboratively with a neighbour sharing both machinery and labour. Get his latest farm update here
12 Steps for Beef farmers to Reduce Gaseous Emissions
On the 28th July 2022, the Irish government reached agreement on Sectoral Emissions Ceilings to ensure Ireland plays a leading role in combating climate change. John Galvin, Teagasc Athenry advisor, explains how the Signpost Programme led by Teagasc will pave the way for farmers to achieve this
Respect the power of the Sun
In current hot weather it is very important to take lots of drinks, stay indoors during periods of high temperatures and avoid exposure to the damaging effects of UV radiation from the sun. Farmers are one of the highest risk groups for skin cancer. Find some advice here.
Meet Signpost Dairy Farmer Steven Fitzgerald
Steven Fitzgerald is a dairy farmer milking 170 cows in Co. Waterford. He has a beef enterprise also. The plan is to milk 200 cows and decrease the beef enterprise over time. As part of the Signpost programme Steven strives for more efficiency on farm through breeding and grazing improvements
New Teagasc Organic Cropping and Integrated Systems Specialist
Teagasc have appointed Martin Bourke as a new Organic Cropping and Integrated Systems Specialist. He joins Elaine Leavy and Joe Kellegher as Teagasc national organic specialists who support organic farmers and advisers.
Meet the Poultry farmer - Belview Eggs
Dermot Herlihy began egg production in 1978 with 5,000 hens expanding to 3 Enriched Colony Systems by 2010. In 2020, Belview established their free-range unit at Carrickbaggot, Co. Louth. Find out the Signpost farm measures undertaken in Energy Efficiency, Carbon Footprint and Manure Management
Domestically, the Irish Government is now focused on securing 70% of all electricity from renewables by 2030. In 2019, wind energy provided 32.5% of our electricity. Barry Caslin, Teagasc, Rural Economy and Development Programme has more Wind Energy information here in this factsheet
Meet Ruairi Cummins - Future Beef farmer, Co. Kilkenny
Ruairi is farming on 35Ha of owned land split into two main blocks in Kilmoganny, Co. Kilkenny. He also works off farm with a local suckler farmer. The whole farm is paddocked. Find out the changes to soil fertility that Ruairi is making on his farm this summer and how he is managing animal health
Energy-Saving Usage in Lighting
Good lighting is a fundamental requirement for the efficient operation of a farm. It is also an important element of farm safety during the winter months. As lighting is also costly to provide and run, now is the time to consider efficient lighting on the farm in advance of the longer nights.
Is stubble cultivation necessary on your farm this harvest?
Ted Massey, from the Nitrates Section at the Department of Agriculture, joined the Tillage Edge this week to discuss the new rules around stubble cultivation. These rules are intended to encourage plants to grow and mop up nitrogen, which could be leached to ground water.
Farming for a Better Future -Technologies for Today & Tomorrow
A major Teagasc Open Day is planned for Tuesday, 30th August at Teagasc Environment Research Centre, Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford. This Open Day will demonstrate technologies and practices that can be adopted on farms to help maintain farm productivity and profitability and increase sustainability
Review of Beef 2022 Open day
The Beef 2022 open day took place just a month ago on the 5th July. If you missed the open day tune into an episode of the beef edge podcast to get the key messages for your beef system. Catherine Egan, Teagasc Beef Specialist reviews key points from the day with a series of Beef Edge podcasts here
Forestry at the Tullamore Show 2022
The Tullamore Show, on Sunday 14 August, is Ireland’s largest agricultural one-day event. With its location on an all-weather site, the show will provide a spectacular country living showcase with over 700 trade stands and displays. Make sure you visit Teagasc’s Forestry Development Department there
Teagasc Signpost Programme Newsletter August 2022
In this month’s newsletter we have an article encouraging all farmers to take just one action on their farm to reduce emissions this Autumn as well as a useful article on cover crops; 3 Signpost farmers profiled. Our climate actions focus on catch crops, liming, building Autumn grass and more here
Jessy’s Farm Safety Champions announced in Farm Safety Competition
Jessy the Sheep Dog, the Teagasc Farm Safety mascot, loves to help keep everyone safe on the farm. To celebrate end of school term and highlight safety during the recent Farm Safety Week, Jessy and her friends ran an art competition in which 4 lucky winners were chosen to receive a toy shop voucher
Tillage Update – Changes to Shallow Cultivation Post-Harvest Requirements
Mark Plunkett, Teagasc Soil & Plant Nutrition Specialist, remarks on the exceptionally good weather and soils conditions with 25% less rain in 2022 than normal. Mark has the details on the Amendment to the requirement to shallow cultivate post-harvest, under the Nitrates Directive, SI 113 of 2022
Taking the first step to reducing emissions on your farm
The EPA report released on the 21st July was stark. Greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from Agriculture (and other sectors) continues to rise. For 2021, emissions from Agriculture increased by 3% compared to 2020 levels. This is going in the wrong direction, say Siobhán Kavanagh & Karl Richards, Teagasc
Swards for the Future Grassland conference launched
Teagasc are organising and hosting an exciting two-day conference and workshop on Thursday, 8th & Friday, 9th of September 2022 to explore Resilient Swards for the Future. The event will take place at the Teagasc, Animal & Grassland, Research and Innovation Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork
BETTER Sheep Farming with Francis Gonely
Francis Gonley and his family run an all-sheep farm on the outskirts of Sligo town. Since Francis joined the Teagasc BETTER farm programme in 2017, the lowland flock has greatly improved in terms of output per ewe. Damian Costello, Teagasc Sheep Specialist outlines these improvements here
Reducing the impacts of high input costs on Tillage Farms
Maintaining current crop yields and margins while managing higher costs of fertilisers, fuel and possibly fertiliser supply issues in the year ahead is today's challenge. Mark Plunkett, Soil & Plant Nutrition Specialist, Teagasc Johnstown Castle, advises on getting more from each kilo of fertiliser
Signpost Series Webinar - The Ecological Value & Condition of Irish Uplands
This webinar as part of The Signpost Series focused on the ecological value and condition of Irish uplands. Moderated by Andy Boland, Teagasc with feature guest speaker Caitriona Douglas, Ecologist, NPWS and Catherine Keena, Countryside Management Specialist.
How to help pollinators and the wider biodiversity on farm
Ruth Wilson, Farmland Pollinator Officer with the National Biodiversity Data Centre working on the All Ireland Pollinator Plan, joins Deirdre and Cathal on the latest Environment Edge podcast to discuss what we can do on the farm and other initiatives going on to help our pollinators.
Is it necessary to complete the Green Cert?
On completion of the Green Cert course, students meet the requirements of a qualified farmer for the purposes of all Revenue and Department of Agriculture (DAFM) schemes. Serena Gibbons, Education Officer, Teagasc Athenry discusses the wider benefits of completing the Green Cert
It’s hard to be green, when in the red
Farmers are facing a big challenge when it comes to balancing economic sustainability with environmental sustainability, says Michael Hayden, Assistant Professor of Accounting at Maynooth University. This External Insights article featured in the TResearch Summer 2022 Magazine. Read more here
The Signpost Series Webinar - Glanbia Ireland’s Living Proof Sustainability Strategy
On this episode of The Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 15th July, Andy Boland, Teagasc Environment Specialist was joined by Thomas Ryan, Senior Sustainability Manager, Glanbia to discuss Glanbia Ireland’s Living Proof Sustainability Strategy.
Dairy Start-up Farm in Ballindine, Co. Mayo
Donal Ronayne and his uncle Liam Trench started milking 205 heifers in 2021. Historically the farm was a suckler to beef enterprise. The conversion to dairying started in 2019 and a Farm Partnership was set-up. Donal Kelly, Dairy Advisor, Teagasc Claremorris talks about this great change on the farm
Discover forest fungi at the Woodland Festival 2022 with Teagasc
The Woodland Festival will take place this year on Sunday the 28th August 2022 at Clonalis Estate, Castlerea, Co Roscommon from 12 noon to 6pm. Jonathan Spazzi, Teagasc Forestry Adviser, outlines how the Teagasc Forestry Department will actively participate in this Woodland Festival. You are invited
The Signpost Series Webinar - Initiatives undertaken at Ballyhaise College to reduce emissions
On this episode of The Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 1st July, Andy Boland, Teagasc Environment Specialist was joined by John Kelly, College Principal, Teagasc Ballyhaise College to discuss the initiatives undertaken at Ballyhaise College to reduce emissions.
Tillage Update on Crop Yields and Stubble Cultivation
As harvest continues around the country there are some very disappointed winter barley growers especially those with earlier sown (and harvested) crops, as yields rarely surpassed 3.5t/ac. Michael Hennessy Head of Teagasc Crops KT suggests why this might be. He also discusses stubble cultivation
Controlling weeds in the horse paddock
Teagasc Equine Specialist, Wendy Conlon explains how best to deal with certain noxious weeds, some of which can be deadly to horses.
Grass10 Newsletter - 26th July 2022
The Grassland Farmer of the Year Competition 2022 has been launched! The Grass10 team bring us the details in this week's newsletter. Also get the regular PBI dairy & beef figures, grass growth predictions, Grass10 Weekly Checklist & tips, Grass10 Featured Farmer, Clover reporter and more here
Using TAMS to improve Farm Sustainability
Séamus Nolan, Dairy Advisor, Teagasc Castlerea, discusses using TAMS to improve farm sustainability. Séamus outlines a sample of eligible investments under TAMS which benefit both the farmer and the environment. If considering applying for a TAMS grant consult your Teagasc advisor. Read more here
All you need to know about Covid and losing your sense of smell
One of the big things that came out of the pandemic was that many people who got Covid also lost their sense of smell. Some have got it back, others have got it partly back and others haven't got it back at all. Dr Emily Crofton,Teagasc researcher joined the Ray D'Arcy Show on RTÉ Radio 1 to discuss
Addressing lameness on the dairy farm
One of the hidden costs when it comes to milking cows is lameness. Also, lameness is a repeat offender problem. Mark O’Sullivan, Business & Technology Dairy advisor at Teagasc Clonakilty discusses the causes but more importantly the steps to take to correct and prevent lameness in dairy cows
Approaching Deadline for Fodder Support Scheme 2022
The deadline for submission of applications for the Fodder Support Scheme is Tuesday August 2nd 2022. It is important that all eligible farmers apply even though the maximum payment of €1,000 per applicant may look small to some. Matt O’Sullivan Teagasc Advisor, Killarney has the details here
Newford Update -TB testing, Cattle weights & heifer replacements arrival
Michael Fagan, Technician at Newford Suckler Demonstration Farm, Athenry has the latest Newford report including a setback from TB testing, Cattle weights for beef bullocks & heifers, 2022-born heifer replacements arrive on-farm and Progressive Young Farmers visit Newford. Read all on Teagasc Daily
Signpost Series Webinar - Reduce N surplus on an intensive dairy farm
On this episode of the Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 8th July, Mark Gibson, Head of Teagasc Outreach & Innovation Department was joined by Donal Patton, Teagasc to discuss reducing N surplus on an intensive dairy farm.
Anaerobic Digestion Plant - Teagasc Grange
A pilot-scale anaerobic digestion plant is currently under construction at Teagasc Grange. It is due to be commissioned in 2022. The plant will produce biogas using grass silage & cattle slurry. Find out more from our team in Grange Paul Crosson, Ciara Beausang, Sofia Tisocco & JJ Lenehan.
The Clover Reporter with Peter Doyle, Derrypatrick Herd Grange
Peter Doyle, Derrypatrick Herd Grange is this week's Clover Reporter. We get an update on the management of the existing grass- clover swards for the summer, of 2022 oversown paddocks and of the 2022 reseeded paddocks on the Derrypatrick farm.
Growing wild - dog rose and meadowsweet
Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist takes a closer look at some of our native Irish biodiversity to look out for in the countryside. Here she shares some interesting facts of nature about dog rose and meadowsweet
Grass margins a simple but effective environmental measure!
Grass margins are strips of untouched vegetation around field boundaries. These margins are typically fenced off and left alone to provide habitat cover and food for flora and fauna to thrive in. Why do we need grass margins? And are they effective? Eanna Loughrey, Teagasc Ballinrobe has answers
Enhanced rates for Organic Farmers
The Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Senator Pippa Hackett recently announced proposed new enhanced rates for farmers participating in the Organic farming scheme. These are subject to approval by the European Commission.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Incorporation and Benefits of Trees on the Farm
On this episode of The Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 24th June, Pat Murphy, Head of Environment Knowledge Transfer Department, Teagasc was joined by Tom Houlihan, Teagasc Forestry Specialist to discuss the incorporation and benefits of trees on the farm.
Do companion forages influence intake, digestibility and methane production in sheep?
Post-graduate student, Sarah Woodmartin, and Dr Fiona McGovern join Ciarán Lynch on the latest OviCast podcast to discuss ongoing work examining the effect of companion forages influence intake, digestibility and methane production in sheep as part of a wider Grass2Gas project.
Grass10 Newsletter - 19th July 2022
This week's Grass10 Newsletter includes; Grass10 featured farmer-Paudie O'Brien; the clover reporter with Peter Doyle, Teagasc Grange; Grass10 weekly tips; weekly checklist; plus grass growth predictions, PBI figure and a New Feature on PastureBase Ireland - Record the level of clover in paddocks
DairyBeef 500 and what it hopes to achieve in the next five years
DairyBeef 500 campaign manager, Alan Dillon, joins Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge podcast to review the key messages from Beef2022 for dairy beef farmers. He discusses the lessons learned from the Green Acres Programme and outlines the new five year DairyBeef 500 campaign launched recently
The Energy and Farm Business Show 2022
The Energy and Farm Business Show is the business event for forward thinking farmers and landowners looking to explore ways to address climate change and enhance their business through the generation of renewable energy, the implementation of low carbon technology and environmental best practice.
Grass management in dry weather conditions
Soil moisture and high daily temperatures are beginning to impact on daily grass growth in many parts of the country. While fields and paddocks remain green growth is impaired. Teagasc specialist, Joe Patton has advice and tips for managing grass in the current prolonged spell of dry weather.
BETTER Hill Sheep Farm Walk with Patrick Dunne
Join us on Wednesday, 27th July at 6:30pm on the farm of Patrick Dunne, Glenmalure, Co. Wicklow for a hill sheep farm walk. Patrick is a participant in the BETTER Farm Sheep Programme. Find out how the farm is progressing and get details on this year's flock performance and health and more.
Thomas Curran is New Head of the Teagasc Advisory Service
Thomas Curran has been appointed as the new Head of the Teagasc Advisory Service. The appointment was approved by the Teagasc Authority today, Tuesday, 19 July. Thomas Curran will lead the Teagasc advisory service, which is delivered to farmers nationwide by a team of agricultural advisors
Young persons - be safe around farm vehicles and machinery
Health and Safety Authority figures tell us that sadly 22 children lost their lives as a result of farm accidents in the past 10 years. HSA figures also tell us that 91% of childhood deaths on farms had a farm vehicle or a machine involved. Get some advice here on keeping young persons safe
Biodiversity Farm Walk in Wexford
Colm Doran, Teagasc advisor, Gorey extends an open invitation to what promises to be an informative evening at a Biodiversity Farm Walk on the dairy farm of Alan & Cheryl Poole on Wednesday, 20th July at 7pm near Craanford, Gorey, Co. Wexford. Attendees will see good on-farm biodiversity in practice
Grassland Farmer of the Year Competition 2022 is launched
The Grassland farmer of the year competition for 2022 was officially launched on Friday 15th July in Johnstown Castle Estate by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD.
Highlights from Beef2022
On the latest Environment Edge podcast, listen in to hear from advisors, researchers and farmers who spoke with Deirdre and Cathal in the Signpost Village at Beef 2022, discussing topics such as soil health, biodiversity, hedgerows, water quality and what interested farmers on the day.
Profitable and sustainable dairy system
The Dairy Research programme in the Teagasc Agricultural College in Ballyhaise, County Cavan has been running for 17 years with a continued focus on developing profitable grazing systems for the Border, Midlands and Western regions
‘A spit seals the deal’ in the Teagasc Beef Photo Competition
Teagasc ran a photo competition in the run up to their National Beef Open Day, BEEF2022 and invited entries from beef farmers all over the country, which depicted what beef farming means to them and what day-to-day life is like on an Irish beef farm.
Energy In Agriculture 2022
The Energy and Farm Business Show is set to bring you an incredible day full of unmissable insights into the latest revolutionary products transforming the agri-industry. Gurteen College will be transformed into the ultimate hub on Tuesday, 19 July ready to turn your ideas into a reality.
Teagasc Pig Research Facility Farm Update - July 2022
In this video Tomás Ryan, Farm Manager at Teagasc Pig Research Facility updates us on what has been happening on the unit over the past few months. He reviews the six month performance from the unit. Find out more here
Why July is the most dangerous month
Grim figures suggest greater caution than ever is needed on farms in summer. Farm Safety Week 2022 takes place from Monday 18 to Friday 22 July. This is timely as Francis Bligh, Teagasc Health and Safety Specialist demonstrates that July is the most dangerous month on farms. Read more here
Woodlands and Lough Oughter – from the air
Lough Oughter is a complex of lakes on the river Erne in Co. Cavan covering about 9,000 hectares. The area is a designated Natura 2000 site and is also part of the UNESCO Marble Arch Caves Geopark. Kevin O’Connell, Teagasc Forestry Development Officer discusses integration of forestry and the lakes
Today's Farm - July/August 2022
The July/August edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. In this edition Meet our Green Cert graduates. With Farm Safety Week in July we learn it's the most dangerous month. Also Seven steps to maximise lamb performance, Growing demand for oilseed rape; joining ACRES and more
Drinks Ireland partners with Teagasc Signpost programme to support sustainable future supply of Irish grain
The Teagasc Signpost programme has announced a partnership with Drinks Ireland, which represents Irish drinks manufacturers and suppliers, to further reduce the environmental footprint of grain production, which is key to underpinning the future sustainability needs of Ireland’s drinks industry.
Tillage Update - Harvest management
Harvest time is upon us and it is usually the busiest time on any tillage farm. Shay Phelan, Teagasc Tillage Specialist has simple tips here which can make the job in hand a bit more efficient and which can also have long term benefits on soil structure.
Water requirements for beef cattle
In current dry weather conditions water systems may come under pressure to meet herd demand, especially if temperatures are persistently high for a number of days. Niall Kerins, Teagasc Drystock Advisor, Kilrush Co Clare, has guidelines on how to meet the water requirements for beef cattle here
Tillage Newsletter - July 2022
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Tillage team in the July newsletter. It includes: Nitrate regulations – green cover on tillage ground; Straw Incorporation Measure; Grass weeds; Planning for Harvest 2023; Health & Safety - The most dangerous month and the Teagasc tillage podcast
Teagasc Signpost Programme Newsletter July 2022
In this month’s newsletter we've a short article on improving nutrient efficiency on tillage farms by Mark Plunkett. We profile two Signpost farmers – pigs farmers Miriam & Mattie Moore, Co. Offaly & organic farmer Bill George, Co. Laois. We've our usual climate actions for the month of July & more
Grass10 Newsletter - 12th July 2022
See this week's advice from the Grass10 team. Keep up weekly walking of the farm. Get the takeaway messages from Sean O'Donnell's farm walk in Mayo. The Condons of Kilkenny are the Grass10 featured farmer; Clover reporter with Ger Pardy. How to manage low covers; PBI grass growth figures and more
The Beef2022 Forum on Supporting Sustainable Beef Farming
This week’s Beef Edge episode is a recording of the Beef Forum that concluded the open day in Teagasc Grange on the 5th July.
Beef Newsletter - July 2022
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Beef team in the July newsletter. It includes: Sustainable parasite control; Five July jobs; Research Update - Reducing enteric methane emissions using feed additives and Health & Safety - The most dangerous month
Meet Signpost dairy farmer Jimmy Cotter
West Cork dairy farmer Jimmy Cotter is a Teagasc Signpost programme farmer. These farmers are leading the way to reducing GHG emissions on their farms along with improving water quality, biodiversity and increasing profit margins from farming. Teagasc dairy advisor Grainne Hurley has farm details
Ballyhaise’22 Dairy Open Day
We are delighted to invite all dairy farmers and dairy industry stakeholders to Ballyhaise’22, on Wednesday 13 July at Ballyhaise Agricultural College, Ballyhaise, Co. Cavan. "Futureproofing Irish Dairying" is the theme of this event. Find out more about what you can expect to see in the video here
Growing wild – Honeysuckle and Foxglove
Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist takes a closer look at some of our native Irish biodiversity to look out for in the countryside. Here she shares some interesting facts of nature about Honeysuckle (or Woodbine) and Foxglove
Gaseous nitrogen losses in agricultural sources and mitigation
Agricultural emissions to air are divided into two main categories - greenhouse gases and air pollutants. Greenhouse gases have a negative impact on climate change and agriculture contributes 36% of our national emissions. Agriculture will need to reduce emissions by 22% and 30% by 2030.
Signpost Series Webinar - White Tailed Sea Eagle Reintroduction to Ireland project
On this episode of The Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 17th June, Pat Murphy, Head of Environment Knowledge Transfer Department, Teagasc was joined by Eamonn Meskell, Regional Manager, NPWS, Southern Division to discuss the White Tailed Sea Eagle Reintroduction to Ireland project.
Strategies to reduce methane emissions from Irish beef production
Methane is a GHG that is 28 times more potent to the environment than carbon dioxide. Methane produced by ruminant livestock accounts for nearly 60% of Irish agricultural related greenhouse gas (GHG). Researchers* from Teagasc and UCD give information on research to reduce methane emissions.
Teagasc Director welcomes farmers to Grange for Beef 2022
The day has finally arrived: Beef2022! Let's hear from Teagasc Director, Professor Frank O'Mara who extends a warm welcome to all.."I am delighted to welcome you to BEEF2022 at Teagasc Grange and I hope that you find the day enjoyable, informative and fulfilling". Frank has more about the day here
An Update from the Signpost Programme Demonstration Farms
Siobhan Kavanagh, Teagasc Communications Specialist with the Signpost Programme joins Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn on the latest episode of The Environment Edge podcast with an update on the Signpost Demonstration Farms and gives a preview of the Signpost Village at BEEF 2022.
Growing Wild - Elder and Ragged Robin
Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist takes a closer look at some of our native Irish biodiversity to look out for in the countryside. Here she shares some interesting facts of nature about Elder and Ragged Robin
Signpost Series Webinar - Sustainability and what it means for Keeling’s
On this episode of the Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 10th June, Mark Gibson, Head of Teagasc Outreach & Innovation Department was joined by Des Ferris, Technical Director, Keeling's to discuss sustainability and what it means for Keeling’s
Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) research at Teagasc Grange
Researchers at Teagasc Grange rise to the challenge of researching Bovine Respiratory Disease in two studies mentioned here. One on New diagnostics for rapid detection and identification of the causative agents of the disease, and the second on use of RNA sequencing to analyse calf samples post BRD
July Organic Farm Walks
Teagasc, Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine and organic organisations invite all farmers and members of the public to see organic farming in practice and to meet and speak with the producers and sector’s experts. Do this by attending one of the three final Organic Summer Farm walks in July
Beef 2022 - What is it all about?
There are significant challenges in relation to overall profitability, market disturbances, CAP reform, climate change policy and input price rises, however, the market for grass-fed beef as a high quality, sustainable food is strong. Come to Beef 2022 at Teagasc Grange on July 5th to be in the know
Winner of ‘Equine Farming and Biodiversity’ Photo Competition Announced
Teagasc announced the winners of the ‘Equine Farming and Biodiversity’ photo competition. The overall winner is Max Solan Clinton from Boyle, Co. Roscommon
Pig Newsletter - June 2022
Get the latest information and advice from the Teagasc Pig Team. In this month's edition: Pig Exceptional Payment Scheme 2; Should you be thinking about solar energy? and Providing Environmental Enrichment
Performing BETTER on Tomas O’ Leary's Farm
Although Tomas O'Leary, BETTER Sheep Farmer, Co. Kerry, has reduced fertiliser nitrogen applications by 25% in 2022, he has so far grown more grass than in previous years. Michael Gottstein, Head of Sheep KT, Teagasc discusses sheep performance, grass, silage and overall progress on the farm
Cathal and Rita Rudden – winners of the 2022 RDS Teagasc Farm Forestry Award
Cavan suckler farmer, Cathal Rudden and his wife Rita, won the 2022 RDS Teagasc Farm Forestry Award in May. Steven Meyen, Teagasc Forestry Development Officer, introduces Cathal's farm and discusses the farm forest and woodland awards. We also hear from Cathal Rudden about his farm in a video here
Grange Breeding research on cattle sexual development and twinning
Researchers at Teagasc Grange have, and continue to investigate two areas of breeding; "Insights into the sexual development of cattle" and "Does twinning have a role for suckler beef systems?" You are invited to meet the researchers yourself by visiting Beef 2022 on 5 July next. Learn more here
Method of establishing clover in Teagasc Ballyhaise
This research trial at Ballyhaise Agricultural College is looking at transitioning from high levels of Nitrogen use to low levels through incorporating white clover into new and existing perennial ryegrass swards. James Dunne, Teagasc Dairy Specialist, Ballyhaise explains how clover was established
Dairy-beef: producing an in-spec carcass sooner
To find out more about DairyBeef research join us at Teagasc Grange for Beef 2022 on Tuesday 5th July. Here, Nicky Byrne, Donall Fahy, Jamie O’Driscoll and Mark Kearney, Teagasc Grange outline their investigations into producing an in-spec carcass sooner which is important in reducing GHG emissions
New Teagasc ConnectEdProgramme Manager Appointed
Sheila Quinn has been appointed as the new manager of the Teagasc ConnectEd Programme. She will lead the development and delivery of the Programme which provides training and knowledge exchange programmes to the wider agri-food sector. Read more about Sheila Quinn and Teagasc ConnectEd here
Future Beef Programme on Ken Gill’s Organic Farm
Ken Gill farms his autumn calving, suckler to beef, organic farm full-time in Clonbullogue, Co Offaly. Ken and his family hosted The Future Beef Programme farmer launch on his farm recently. Aisling Molloy, Teagasc Future Beef Programme advisor gives a full account of Ken's organic farming system
Grass10 Newsletter - 28th June 2022
Rainfall brings opportunity (growth) and challenge (grazing conditions). In this week's newsletter the Grass10 team promote the 2021 GFOY Winner Farm Walk on Friday, 8th July on Sean O'Donnell's farm in Mayo. Get details of Beef 2022 at Grange, featured farmer, clover reporter, advice and more here
Making your farming system more sustainable plus a preview of the Beef2022 Open Day
Pearse Kelly, Teagasc’s Head of Drystock is on this week’s Beef Edge podcast to discuss technologies to make your farming system sustainable, the challenges in relation to overall profitability on farms as well as a preview of the Beef2022 Open Day on July 5th in Teagasc Grange.
Concrete versus rubber covered slats
Concern for the welfare of finishing cattle, particularly in relation to housing conditions (floor type & space allocation), has been expressed at national and EU level. Teagasc Grange Researchers give insight into their research into Concrete versus rubber covered slats. Find out more at Beef 2022
NUÁIL! - Sustainable Food Research & Innovation Workshop
Teagasc, in collaboration with Munster Technological University (MTU), will be hosting an online workshop for food producers, members of the research community, policy makers and other stakeholders in the Irish agri-food sector on Thursday, June 30, 2022, from 10am - 12 noon.
Suckler calf health and welfare
Suckler calf health & welfare is one area of Grange research you can visit at Beef 2022. The survival and performance of the suckler calf depends on the development of a strong cow-calf bond, Noeleen Brereton, Mark McGee, Colin Byrne, Peter Doyle, Bernadette Earley Teagasc Grange researchers explain
Meet Michael & Alex McCarthy, Signpost dairy farmers
We are farming in a partnership milking 170 cows on a grass based system. We farm 104 hectares. A major challenge we see coming at us over the next couple of years are the environmental challenges. As Signpost farmers we want to increase biodiversity on our farm. Read our June update here
Production of beef from an all-grass forage diet
Did you know ?....Pasture-only production systems allow beef to be marketed as ‘grass-fed’, providing further high-value market opportunities for Irish beef. Edward O’Riordan, Peter Doyle, Mark McGee, Aidan Moloney & Paul Crosson, Teagasc Grange explain further. A taste of what to expect at Beef202
Successful Kildalton 50th Open Day
The Teagasc Kildalton Agriculture, Horticulture and Equine College in Piltown county Kilkenny opened its doors and its gates to thousands of visitors on Saturday, 25 June to celebrate its 50th year as an education college.
Beef 2022 is Supporting sustainable beef farming
Come along to the Beef2022 open day at Teagasc Grange on July 5th and meet Teagasc specialists, researchers and advisors who will provide you with all the latest on all things Beef. Paul Crosson, Head of Beef Enterprise and Pearse Kelly, Head of Teagasc Drystock Knowledge Transfer outline more here
Silage effluent, storing silage & water quality
Silage effluent is highly pollutant to waterbodies and must be stored and collected according to best practice. An accidental discharge can have serious effects on a rivers ecology including fish kills for long distances downstream. Kieran Kenny, Teagasc ASSAP advisor, Roscommon has practical advice
Pushing the boundaries on dairy farm performance in the BMW region
Donal Patton and Barry Reilly joined Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast to discuss building robust milk production systems in the border, midlands and western region.
Saving our soil
Teagasc is engaged in an extensive range of research including national and international collaborations. Teagasc highlights the impacts of its latest research in "Research impact highlights in 2020". Soil is one such area as Teagasc researchers Michael Gaffney and Dheeraj Rathore outline here
Using Protected Urea
Using protected urea in grassland results in lower nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions than CAN and lower ammonia losses than urea. This makes it the most sustainable fertiliser N source for meeting both greenhouse gas and ammonia loss emission commitments, as Sandra Hayes, Teagasc advisor reminds us here
Alternative fodder crops and general advice
Cattle performance replies on having high quality forages and feed on the farm going into the coming winter. With this in mind, it is worth investigating the use of alternative crops such as Kale, Rape or Redstart to bolster the high quality feed available. John Crowley, Teagasc advisor has tips
Meat Quality Village in Beef 2022
Our beef is regarded in many markets as a premium product because of our high forage diets, traceability and ever improving sustainability. Here, Aidan Murray, Teagasc Beef Specialist introduces the Meat Quality Village, which is part of the Teagasc Beef 2022 open day at Grange on July 5th.
Francis Nolan's Teagasc/Glanbia Open Source Future Farm Walk
Join us on Wednesday, 29th June at 11am on the farm of Francis Nolan, Knockalane, Muckalee, Co. Kilkenny, R93 A3W0 for a Teagasc/Glanbia Open Source Future Farm Walk. The walk topics will cover the farm, farmyard and labour - topics not to be missed. Book your ticket here
Multi species swards: grazing trial at Johnstown Castle
Despite lower fertiliser nitrogen, dairy cattle on multi-species swards performed similarly to a herd on grass-clover, a Teagasc grazing trial shows. Aidan Lawless (Johnstown Castle), Mike Dineen (Moorepark), David Wall (Johnstown Castle) and John Finn (Johnstown Castle) discuss this research here
Organic farming with Fergal Byrne
On Wednesday, 8th June 2022, Organic Sheep, Cereals and Beef Finishing farmer Fergal Byrne, Calverstown Little, Dunlavin, Co. Kildare hosted a Teagasc Organic Farm Walk. Fergal shares details about his organic farm here, which is very informative for anyone considering converting to organic farming
Meet Don Somers, Signpost farmer
Don Somers, Signpost farmer, has a lot of field operations complete for the main crops on the farm. Winter oilseed rape crops are looking very good overall with all field work complete. There is some club root present, due to growing short term brassica type cover crops in the rotation. Don has more
Minister McConalogue launches DairyBeef500 Campaign
DairyBeef500, a new programme focused on dairy beef production has been launched by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD. Dairy calf to beef demonstration farms have been selected throughout the country to illustrate key technologies. Read more details here
Safety net: food security in Ireland
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has led to a global increase in food costs, worsening food security problems in some countries, and introducing it to others. Here, Teagasc’s Head of Rural Economy Development Programme Kevin Hanrahan examines food security in Ireland, and rising food prices
Linear Biodiversity Habitats
Hedges, watercourses and field margins are important linear features that define the Irish farming landscape and provide food, shelter and movement corridors for our native wildlife. Linear Biodiversity Habitats featured in the June edition of the Teagasc Signpost e-newsletter. Find out more here
Grass10 Newsletter - 21st June 2022
A week ago marked the 200th Edition of the Grass10 newsletter. The Grass10 newsletter has evolved significantly since the 1st edition and there is nothing else like it for farmers involved in grassland management. The Grass10 team look at the 2022 Grass Growth Curve to date, and more this week
Meet the Farmer - Peadar O'Driscoll
Peadar O’Driscoll from Churchcross outside Skibbereen is a monitor farm in the Teagasc Carbery Joint Programme as well as being a SignPost farmer in the national SignPost programme. David Purcell, Teagasc Dairy Advisor, Skibbereen, West Cork, has an update from Peadar's farm
BEEF2022 Supporting Sustainable Beef Farming
Teagasc Beef 2022 open day takes place on Tuesday 5th July in Teagasc Grange Co. Meath. The theme of this year’s event is ‘Supporting Sustainable Beef Farming’. Find out from Catherine Egan, Teagasc Beef Specialist, all about what is happening on the day and why you should not miss this event
Looking back on Teagasc Sheep Open Day and Booklet 2022
The Teagasc Sheep Open Day took place on Saturday 18th June in Athenry, where the latest sheep research and advice was shared. If you missed this informative day for sheep farmers, you can look back on the videos of the four main stand presentations and download the Sheep Open Day Booklet 2022 here
Incorporating clover at Ballyhaise
In 2021 a new 5-year systems trial began looking at transitioning from high levels of Nitrogen (N) usage to low levels of imported N in Ballyhaise College. Donal Patton, Teagasc Ballyhaise gives an insight into this new research which looks at persistency of clover incorporated in grass swards
Making the Future of Beef Profitable & Sustainable
Programme manager of the Future Beef programme, Martina Harrington from Teagasc joins Deirdre and Cathal to discuss how can we produce a quality product as efficiently as possible to make beef farming more profitable while also making it more environmentally and socially sustainable?
Show Jessy your Farm Safety ideas and win!
Calling 4-12 year olds! Jessy the Sheep Dog, our Teagasc Farm Safety mascot, loves to help keep everyone safe on the farm so she wants to give 4 lucky winners a prize. Find out about the ‘Stay Safe with Jessy' art competition, how to enter and what you can win. Closing date for entries is 22 July
Growing Wild - bluebells and guelder rose
Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist takes a closer look at some of our native Irish biodiversity to look out for in the countryside. Here she shares some interesting facts of nature about bluebells and guelder rose
New Teagasc Regional Reviews Published
Teagasc has published Reviews for each of the 12 Teagasc Advisory Regions. The reviews give an overview of the range of the agricultural and farming sectors in each region. The supporting advisory activities and education courses provided by Teagasc are also highlighted and available in the reviews.
Meet Signpost and Future Beef farmer John Barry
John Barry farms with his father Jim in Newtown, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. His Teagasc Advisor is Michael Daly. John has an 80 cow suckling to store system, spring & autumn calving. He uses AI to breed replacements and quality export type weanlings but also uses a Charolais stock bull. Read more here
The Signpost Series Webinar - Measuring methane in Irish sheep systems – what is our carbon ‘hoof’ print?
On this episode of the Signpost Series held on Friday, 3rd June, Mark Gibson, Head of Teagasc Outreach & Innovation Department was joined by Drs. Fiona McGovern, Noirin McHugh & Jonathan Herron, Teagasc to discuss measuring methane in Irish sheep systems – what is our carbon ‘hoof’ print?
Successfully managing grassweeds in tillage
Grassweeds in tillage crops are becoming more common but John Mahon,Teagasc ECT advisor, is on this week’s episode of the Tillage Edge podcast and says that any grass weed population can be successfully managed
This is Beef Farming - Photo Competition
We know Irish beef farmers are passionate about what they do and we want to celebrate their hard work by giving away some prizes! Find out about the ‘This is Beef Farming’ photo competition, how you can enter and what you can win, here
Less well known native trees – adding a powerful ecological punch in our new forests
Rowan, Hazel, Holly and Hawthorn are native trees with rich ecological and cultural credentials which are adding a powerful ecological punch to the biodiversity of our new forests. Noel Kennedy, Teagasc Forestry Advisor, discusses the Native Woodland Scheme which recognises the value of these
Tillage Update - Time spent walking your fields is well worth the effort
Almost all the major agronomic actions are now completed for the season. Michael Hennessy, Head of Teagasc Crops, sees this an an opportune time for farmers to learn most about the management of crops and how the agronomic practices have worked or not worked. This is done by walking the fields
Ash propagation workshop held at Teagasc
Teagasc, in collaboration with Skogforsk, Sweden, were delighted to co-host a recent two-day workshop on methods of propagating Ash for future restoration at the Ashtown Research Centre on 14th – 15th June, 2022. The focus was on propagation of Ash plant material tolerant to the dieback disease.
Grassland - Mixing it up!
Eamonn Patten, Drystock Advisor, Teagasc Ballinrobe discusses the changing grass sward including the environmental and fertiliser-saving clovers and multi-species mixtures. He cites the benefits of mixed grazing and looks forward to the Sheep Open Day on Saturday 18th June for more information
Tillage Newsletter - June 2022
In the June Tillage newsletter get the latest advice on: Spring barley - Disease control; Winter wheat - Disease control; Spring oats; Beans; Spring wheat - PGR and disease control; New nitrates rules for harvest 2022 and Health & Safety - Keeping children safe on the farm
Grass10 200th Newsletter
The 200th edition of the Teagasc Grass10 newsletter was published yesterday, Tuesday, 14th June. The Grass10 newsletter has been published every Tuesday since 2018, using the grass measurements taken by grassland farmers around the country, and data obtained from PastureBase Ireland.
Grass10 Newsletter - 14th June 2022
Tuesday 14th June marked the 200th Edition of the Grass10 newsletter. The Grass10 newsletter has evolved significantly since the 1st edition in 2018. Watch the 200th Edition Video to get farmer reaction. This week get the regular updates, weekly checklist Featured farmer, Clover reporter & more
Beef Newsletter - June 2022
Catch up with the latest update and advice from the Teagasc Beef team in this month's Beef Newsletter which includes: Fertilising second-cut grass silage; BEEF2022; Research Update - Sward height and performance and Health & Safety - Keeping children safe on the farm
Forestry – farm planning and integrating trees on the farm
Setting clear objectives and timely planning are essential for new farm forest enterprises. A range of planting options can be considered to meet financial, social & environmental enhancement objectives. Comprehensive supports are available from Teagasc as Tom Houlihan, Forestry Specialist explains
Climate Actions for June
As we approach mid June it's time to check in with the Climate Actions for June, advised by the Teagasc Signpost team, and compare how we getting on with meeting the five actions set out for this month. The actions include; grassland fertiliser rates, grass clover swards, slurry and breeding advice
Dairy Newsletter - June 2022
In the June dairy newsletter: Get to grips with grass quality in June; Managing young calves at grass; Don’t get caught out with burn-out; CellCheck Farm Guidelines for Mastitis Control; Ballyhaise ‘22 – Futureproofing Irish dairy systems and Health & Safety - Keeping children safe on the farm
Teagasc researchers have brought easy-to-use technology into the field, by developing a successful data collection mobile app. This app is supporting a long-running project promoting the wider adoption of sustainable conservation tillage systems on Irish farms.
Environment Newsletter - June 2022
The latest edition of the Environment newsletter has information on: Dates for your diary; Biodiversity on farmland - Messages from the Teagasc biodiversity stand at Bloom; EIP update - MacGillycuddy Reeks EIP and Message from ASSAP - Controlling rushes
Heavy Soils Farm Walk - John Leahy
Attendees at this Heavy Soils Farm Walk taking place on Wednesday, 22nd June at 11am on the farm of John Leahy, Athea, Co. Limerick, V94 H7Y7 will gain an insight into the lessons learned on a commercial research farm over 10 years as part of the Heavy Soils Programme (HSP). Get more details here
The Signpost Series - The Duncannon Blue Flag Farming and Communities Scheme EIP
On this episode of The Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 27 May, Pat Murphy, Head of Environment Knowledge Transfer Department, Teagasc was joined by Eoin Kinsella, Project Manager, Duncannon EIP to discuss the Duncannon Blue Flag Farming and Communities Scheme EIP.
Teagasc research projects secure significant funding under latest announcement by DAFM
Eight different Teagasc led and collaborative projects will share in the latest round of research funding grants by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, which cover areas including the agri-sector, food safety, human nutrition, food processing and sustainable crop production systems
The importance of having a nutrient plan on your farm in 2022
Now more than ever the efficient use of all organic and chemical fertilisers is vital to supply fertiliser requirements and control costs on farm. Tom Deane, Teagasc Advisor, Enniscorthy looks at importing slurry to minimise fertiliser cost but advises on completing a Nutrient Management Plan first
BYDV - how bad is it this year?
On this week’s Tillage Edge podcast, Dr Louise McNamara, an entomologist from Teagasc, Oak Park, Carlow discussed BYDV spread and what makes this year different to other years.
Milk Quality Farm Walk with The McCarthys
A farm walk will take place on the McCarthy Family Farm, Kilmurry, Feenagh, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick on Wednesday 15th June at 1.30pm. The McCarthy Family are the 2021 National Winners of the NDC and Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards. Get more details about the walk here
The catchment scientist’s role with the Local Authority Waters Programme
Catchment scientist with the Local Authority Waters Programme, Dr Philip Murphy joins Deirdre and Cathal on the latest Environment Edge podcast to discuss his role supporting ASSAP and how his work can help towards solving our water quality issues.
Grass10 Newsletter - 7th June 2022
This week's Grass10 Newsletter includes; Grass10 featured farmer-Oisin Gallen, Co. Donegal; the clover reporter with Kevin Moran plus Grass10 weekly tips on fertiliser for 2nd cut silage; weekly grass checklist; grass growth predictions, PBI figures, an emphasis on lime & the Teagasc Sheep Open Day
Weed Control in Productive Grassland
Weed control is a key element of productive grassland and should involve the adoption of an integrated pest management plan approach where cultural control methods are considered before the use of pesticides. Eamonn Dempsey, Teagasc Advisor, Tralee has advice on how best to approach weed control
Sowing multi-species swards
If you applied for the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine Multispecies Sward Measure, you may be interested in learning a little more about how best to sow multi species swards. The Teagasc Signpost team has summed up what you need to know in a factsheet here
Minister Heydon: “Research and Innovation central to delivering on the ambition of Food Vision 2030”
Over 120 delegates from across Ireland’s agri-food sector, higher education and civil society are participating in a seminar and workshop today to explore the central role research and innovation for sustainable food systems will play in delivering on the ambition of the Food Vision 2030 strategy.
Lime – the forgotten fertiliser
Improving soil fertility, especially soil pH, leads to increased Nitrogen use efficiency and an increase the availability of soil phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) for plant uptake. James Dunne, Teagasc Dairy Specialist sums up why it is so important to apply lime and why it makes financial sense
Energy and Farm Business Show 2022
The Energy and Farm Business Show and exhibition takes place at Gurteen Agricultural College on Tuesday, 19th July 2022. This major national event was launched by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D. on the farm of Brian and Kenny McCauley, Mohill, Co. Leitrim
Organics eNewsletter - Summer 2022
The first Teagasc Organics eNewsletter was recently sent to subscribers. The newsletter will issue every quarter with the latest information and news from the Teagasc Organics Programme. Subscribe here to get it delivered directly to your inbox every quarter.
Growing Wild - whitethorn and cow parsley
Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist takes a closer look at some of our native Irish biodiversity to look out for in the countryside. Here she shares some interesting facts of nature about whitethorn, also known as hawthorn, and cow parsley
The Signpost Series Webinar - Biodiversity on farmland
On this episode of the Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 20th May, Mark Gibson, Head of Teagasc Outreach & Innovation Department was joined by Dr Catherine Keena, Countryside Management Specialist, Teagasc to discuss biodiversity on farmland
Soil and Fertiliser Advice for Equine Farms
Good grassland management is a key component of horse production, ensuring good quality grass during the grazing season, the production of quality forage to meet winter feed requirements, and healthier horses. Teagasc Specialists, Wendy Conlon, Equine and Mark Plunkett, Soil & Plant Nutrition advise
Identifying ash dieback
Ash dieback is caused by an invasive fungal pathogen; Hymenoscyphus fraxineus (formerly known as Chalara fraxinea). It arrived in Europe from Asia in the early 1990s and was first recorded in Ireland in 2012. Dheeraj Rathore, Teagasc Forestry researcher outlines common signs of possible ash dieback
Teagasc Horticulture ‘Healthy People, Healthy Planet’ exhibit at Bloom 2022
Teagasc are delighted to be exhibiting this year at Bord Bia Bloom running from June 2nd to 6th in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Teagasc has developed an exciting exhibit for Bloom to support the horticulture sector and the growers and producers who make up the sector.
Teagasc FUTURE BEEF Programme in Ballyheane Co. Mayo
Cathal Irwin is one of two Future Beef Farmers in the Mayo region. Cathal farms with his father Padraig, wife Bridgin and two children Conor and Síofra on the outskirts of Ballyheane, Co. Mayo, while also working full-time in his own business Advanced Safety in Castlebar.
Teagasc Signpost Programme Newsletter June 2022
In this month’s newsletter we present a factsheet on the establishment of multispecies swards; we profile 3 Signpost farmers; have timely climate actions for this month; some short video messages from HRH Prince Charles visit to Shane Fitzgerald's farm; The Environment Edge podcast and more
John Burke receives World Potato Congress Industry Award
John Burke has been announced as one of the winners of the World Potato Congress Industry Awards. John Burke is one of Ireland’s foremost experts in the area of potato agronomy.
A new prediction tool for Potato Blight spread
This week’s Tillage Edge podcast is joined by Dr Stephen Kildea, a researcher in Teagasc and Klara Finkele, Head of Agricultural Meteorology at Met Éireann, to discuss how the potato blight forecasting has developed over the past number of years and how it can help farmers in 2022.
Grass10 Newsletter - 31st May 2022
The Grass10 team are delighted to see Pre-Grazing Yields come down on dairy farms as farmers remove surplus grass. This week's e-newsletter has a reminder to apply lime, has details of the Teagasc Sheep Open Day in Athenry on June 18th plus the Clover Reporter, Grass10 featured farmer & Weekly tips
Feed budgeting and fertilising for second cut silage
With many crops of first cut silage taken over last weekend and further cuts expected in the latter half of this week as the weather forecast is dry, Martina Harrington, Teagasc Beef Specialist advises on fodder budgeting, fertilising for second cut silage and getting the last of the slurry out
TResearch Summer 2022
TResearch is an official science publication of Teagasc. It aims to disseminate the results of the organisation’s research to a broad audience. Picture of health - Researchers are leading work to improve the health and happiness of animals on farms, as public interest in animal welfare increases
Blowfly Control in Sheep
Flystrike is a production limiting, costly and sometimes fatal condition in sheep. When it comes to Blowfly strike the aim should really be to prevent it from happening in the first place. Michael Gottstein, Head of Sheep Knowledge Transfer, Teagasc tells us more.
Pig Newsletter - May 2022
Get the latest information and advice from the Teagasc Pig Team. In this month's edition: The National Pig Herd Performance Report 2021; Keeping Accurate Records to become a Top Producer; Improved gestation housing translates into better sow and piglet welfare; Reducing waste water on farm
Enable Conservation Tillage Project Crop Walks
Enable Conservation Tillage (ECT) Project Crop Walks will take place over the next couple of weeks on various farms across the country. The first of these is on Wednesday 1st June at 9.30 am on the farm of Gareth Culligan, Stabannon, Co. Louth. Find out more about ECT and details of the walks here
Funded Pathway to Agri-Analytics Career at DkIT
Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) have launched a new postgraduate qualification aimed at upskilling graduates for data analytics roles across the farming sector, advisory services, the Agri-Food industry and other Agri-Tech businesses.
BovINE webinar - Auto-feeding systems on beef farms
You are invited to join BovINE (Beef Innovation Network Europe) today, 30th May 2022 at 4pm (5pm CEST) for an online webinar on the topic: Auto-feeding systems on beef farms. Find out more about BovINE and register for the webinar here
Treat yourself to a wildlife pond
Ponds have been garden features for millennia. Chris Heavey, Lecturer, Teagasc College at the National Botanic Gardens gives us an overview of what is involved in creating a wildlife pond and outlines his experience of creating a pond in his garden.
The Clover Reporter with Ger Pardy
The Clover Reporter in the Grass10 enewsletter will give weekly reports and videos from farmers who have a lot of clover established on their farms. This week The Clover Reporter is Ger Pardy, a dairy farmer in Co. Offaly.
The Signpost Series - Ireland's 5th Nitrates Action Programme and beyond
On this episode of The Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 13th May, Pat Murphy, Head of Environment KT, Teagasc was joined by Ted Massey & Leanne Roache, Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine (DAFM) Nitrates Division to discuss Ireland's 5th Nitrates Action Programme and beyond.
Upcoming Organic Farm Walk - John Hurley, Co. Roscommon
On Wednesday, 1st June at 2pm, come see organic farming in practice at this Organic Suckler to Weanling and Sheep Farm Walk of John Hurley, Castle Hill House, Knockalaughta, Ballintubber, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. Find out more about the farm from John here and register for the walk
Teagasc Signpost Future Beef Farmers in Waterford
Eamon McCarthy and his son Donnchadh operate a bull beef finishing system, farming near Glendine, Youghal, Co. Waterford. Part of the farm is in a Special Area of Conservation (SAC). They have a suckling to beef enterprise also. Catriona Foley and Aisling Molloy, Teagasc tell us more
Newford Notes - Week of 16th May 2022
Breeding season began on Wednesday the 20th of April and 100% AI is being used on the farm again in 2022. Michael Fagan Technician at Newford Suckler Demonstration Farm, Athenry outlines breeding details for the farm. He discusses some recent cattle weighings and reseeding with a multispecies mix
Grass10 Newsletter - 24th May 2022
The Grass10 e-Newsletter features; Grass10 featured farmer Sean O'Donnell, Co. Mayo, the clover reporter with Ger Pardy, Co. Offaly; a look back on the Getting to Grips with the Summer Wedge webinar plus Grass10 weekly tips and checklist; grass growth predictions, and more here
Organic Farming: the biggest changes and lessons learned
Teagasc Organic Specialist Elaine Leavy joins Catherine Egan with an update on the recent organic scheme, how red clover and multispecies is managed on organic farms and the upcoming organic walks.
New Teagasc study finds no impact of inhibitors on the soil microbiome
New research from Teagasc Johnstown Castle has demonstrated that there was no impact of urease inhibitor N-(n-butyl) thiophosphoric triamide (NBPT), incorporated into protected urea fertiliser, on the structure and abundance of soil bacterial and fungal communities after 5 years repeated application
Teagasc Beef2022 Open Day Supporting Sustainable Beef Farming
The official launch of the Teagasc Beef2022 Open Day, themed Supporting Sustainable Beef Farming and planned for Tuesday, 5th July, took place at the Teagasc, Animal & Grassland, Research and Innovation Centre, Grange, Co. Meath, today Monday, 23 May. The Beef2022 Open Day is supported by FBD Trust
Pushing milk solids per ha from grazed grass at Shinagh Farm
Dairy advisor, John McNamara, and Shinagh dairy manager, Kevin Ahern, join Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast to discuss the system of pushing milk solids per hectare from grazed grass and low levels of supplementary feeds.
The Jackson Organic Farm
In 2015 Ross and Amy Jackson began conversion to organic farming and now farm a cereal enterprise of malting barley and oats, and a sheep enterprise. In April they held an organic farm walk on their farm at Lacka, Carrig, Co.Tipperary. We catch up with them here to find out about their organic farm
Tillage Biodiversity Photo Competition Winners
Congratulations to Christopher Bourke, Kanturk, Co. Cork, the Teagasc & Tillage Industry Ireland ‘Tillage & Biodiversity Photo Competition’ winner. His photo showing an ‘Orange Tip Butterfly & friend on a charlock plant’ was described by the judges as exceptional, with excellent clarity and lighting
Climate Actions for May
As we progress through the latter half of May it's time to check to see if we are meeting our Signpost climate action targets for May; Using protected urea, grazing at 8-10cm, targeting a late May silage cut, manage silage effluent, right clover incorporation conditions, applying sulphur to cereals
The Signpost Series Webinar - The added value of using high merit beef sires on the dairy herd
On this episode of The Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 6th May, Andy Boland, Teagasc Environment Specialist was joined by Dr. Nicky Byrne, Teagasc to discuss the added value of using high merit beef sires on the dairy herd.
How farmers can help bees on World Bee Day
It's #WorldBeeDay. Bees need food all year round, requiring a diversity of flowering plants in the landscape. Farmers can help bees by allowing space for wildflowers to grow and flower within hedgerows and field margins, around farmyards, along farm roadways and in field corners. Learn more here
Additives reducing methane emissions
The ‘METH-ABATE’ project aims to identify additives from a range of sources in order to reduce methane emissions. Emily Roskam and Sinéad Waters, Teagasc Grange Researchers enlighten us. Sinead Waters also presented on the role of feed additives in reducing methane emissions in a Signpost video here
Ireland to host European Dairy Farmers Congress in June
The 30th European Dairy Farmers Conference,will take place from 28-30th June in the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork. The theme of the conference is ‘Sustainable Dairying – The Irish Story’. Over 350 delegates from more than 28 countries are expected to attend the three day event. Read more here
A Preview of the World Potato Congress in Ireland
Ireland will host the World Potato Congress on May 30th to June 2nd in the RDS, Dublin and this week’s Tillage Edge podcast previews the event with Liam Glennon of the Irish Potato Federation and Denis Griffin from Teagasc who are the main drivers in organising the congress.
Spring Malting Barley - May update
Spring malting barley crops are performing very well on farm. Favourable weather conditions in both rainfall levels and temperatures since sowing have meant that many crops are on track to reach their full yield potential. Eoin Lyons Teagasc/Boortmalt Joint Programme Advisor updates us here
Bats and their habitats
It's National Biodiversity Week and Bat Walks are among events planned around the country. Bats and their Habitats is one of a Countryside Management series of leaflets published by Teagasc. Here we share some of the interesting facts about Bats like: Bats only have a single baby, once a year
Photo Competition - Biodiversity on Equine Farms
The Teagasc Equine Specialists and Countryside Management Specialist are delighted to launch the second edition of a photo competition showcasing ‘Equine Farming and Biodiversity’ aimed at highlighting some of the many examples of biodiversity evident on equine farms around the country.
Kildalton 50th Anniversary Open Day launched
Kildalton College in South Kilkenny will hold a major open day on Saturday, 25th of June this year kindly supported by FBD. Martin Heydon TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine recently launched the open day in Kildalton and reviewed the plans for the event.
Water quality, the EPA and the tools to make improvements
Catchment scientist, Eva Mockler joins Deirdre and Cathal on the latest Environment Edge podcast to chat about water quality and the tools the EPA Catchment Science & Management Unit are developing to help us make improvements.
Growing Wild - dandelion and greater stitchwort
Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist takes a closer look at some of our native Irish biodiversity to look out for in the countryside. Here she shares some interesting facts of nature about Dandelion and Greater Stitchwort
Meet the farmer - Prionnsias & Máire Creedon Future Beef/SignPost
Proinnsias farms with his wife Máire and sons Ciarán, Aodhán and Diarmuid in Clondrohid, Macroom, Co. Cork. They are farming 33.31Ha of variable land with a good bit of rough grazing ground. Here their advisor Anthony Dineen who is in the Teagasc Office Macroom gives some information on their farm
Fertiliser Spreader – Basic Setup and Calibration Factsheet
Teagasc recently published a compendium of 20 factsheets providing the latest technical advice on soils, nutrients and fertiliser. The fifteenth of these is about the Fertiliser Spreader – Basic Setup and Calibration and can be read here. All 20 will be published here on Teagasc Daily
How to reduce Nitrogen losses at farm level?
Diffuse nitrogen (N) loss is a key pressure on water quality. Losses typically occur in ‘light’ free draining soils, which water can easily permeate through. Teagasc Advisor Mary Roache has advice on ways to minimise N leaching on your farm and Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE)
The Signpost Series Webinar - The role of genetics in helping address GHG challenges in agriculture
On this episode of The Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 29 April, Pat Murphy, Head of Environment Knowledge Transfer Department, Teagasc was joined by Andrew Cromie, Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) to discuss the role of genetics in helping address GHG challenges in agriculture.
PDD Recently Published paper on Chronic Stress in Sows
The Pig Development Dept introduces it's recently published paper, a literature review on the risk factors for chronic stress in group-housed gestating sows, and the associated prenatal stress consequences for piglets, from Martyna Ewa Lagoda, Joanna Marchewka, Keelin O'Driscoll & Laura Ann Boyle
Forest recreation walks - don't miss out
The Teagasc and DAFM series of nationwide walks on Forest recreation continue up to May 20. Each walk is in the evening and will commence at 7pm. You can register for one of the four remaining walks in Laois, Roscommon, Sligo and Tipperary and get further details of each walk here
Today's Farm - May/June 2022
The May/June edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. The main focus of this edition is on Teagasc Grange research and previews the BEEF2022 Open Day. It also has articles on the upcoming Sheep Open Day; heart health; butterflies and moths; fodder budgets; silage walls and more.
Investigating the role of red clover on beef farms
The inclusion of red clover into silage swards has great potential and can contribute to future proofing beef systems by enhancing N balance and ultimately economic and environmental efficiency. Nicky Byrne, Donall Fahy, Peter Doyle and Paul Crosson, Teagasc Grange discuss their red clover research
Grass10 Newsletter - 10th May 2022
In this week's newsletter get the regular Grass10 weekly tips, grass growth figures plus details of upcoming webinar on the grass wedge using PastureBase Ireland. Brian McCarthy, Teagasc Clonakility is The Clover Reporter and this week's Grass10 featured farmer is Aidan Maguire, 2021 Drystock GFOTY
May update from three Future Beef Farmers
Aisling Molloy, Teagasc Future Beef Programme Advisor, has a Future Beef Programme update on the breeding season from the farm of James Skehan, Co. Clare, on grass growth from the farm of William Kingston, Co. Cork and on animal health from organic farmer Kay O'Sullivan, Co. Cork
Teagasc Athenry sheep open day
Teagasc Athenry Sheep open day, takes place in Athenry on June 18 at 10am. Phil Creighton Sheep Enterprise Leader, Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research and Innovation Programme outlines what to expect on the day.
Signpost - Meet the farmer John Joe Fitzgerald
John Joe is a hill sheep farmer based west of Dingle and farms with his wife Karen and their five children Shannon, Aoife, Colm, Aodhán and Tadhg. The farm consists of improved ‘’green’’ ground and a share of open commonage on Mount Brandon and a share of enclosed section. Find out more here
Let's Talk Dairy - Reduced Crude Protein Diets Requirement Under Derogation
On this episode of Let's Talk Dairy, which took place on Thursday, 28th April, Stuarts Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist discusses the reduced Crude Protein diets requirement under Derogation.
Helping farmers reduce energy use
Teagasc is engaged in an extensive range of research including national and international collaborations. Teagasc highlights the impacts of its latest research in "Research impact highlights in 2020". Dairy - reducing energy use is one such area as John Upton, Teagasc Researcher, Moorepark outlines
Red Clover for silage swards
Red clover has the potential to fix between 150-200 Kg N/ha per year from the atmosphere in well managed silage swards. Nicky Byrne, Research Officer in Teagasc Grange highlights the progress of a red clover/ perennial ryegrass silage sward at Grange in this video
Reducing the Environmental Impact of Land Drainage
Appropriately designed and constructed land drainage will lead to improved nutrient uptake by the plant. Ivan Kelly, ASSAP Advisor, Teagasc Athenry, discuss the risks associated with land drainage and the options for reducing the impacts of draining here.
Organic Farm Walk - Andrew and Leonie Workman, Dunany Organic Flour
On Wednesday 11th May at 12pm Andrew and Leonie Workman of Dunany Flour Organic in Drogheda, Co Louth will host an Organic Farm Walk. Here Elaine Leavy Teagasc Organic Specialist & John Brophy Business & Technology Advisor give some information on their farm enterprises
Jim McCarthy in Romania on spring crop conditions and Ukrainian harvests
Irish farmer in Romania, Jim McCarthy, re-joins Michael Hennessy on the Tillage Edge podcast this week to discuss the continued effects of the Ukrainian conflict on the local people in Romania and also on his farm business there.
Teagasc Signpost Programme Newsletter May 2022
In this month’s newsletter, we publish a factsheet on practical steps to reduce chemical N use on farms as well as an article on useful tips for managing silage effluent. We have the profiles of 3 Signpost farmers, our monthly climate actions, key messages from the Teagasc clover walks and more
Teagasc response to a call for a complete ban on burning in the uplands
Catherine Keena, Countryside Management Specialist, Teagasc said that fire has a traditional and important role in the management of upland areas and that there is a need to bring these upland areas into active management, while balancing the agricultural objectives & habitat management sustainably
Grass10 Newsletter - 3rd May 2022
In this week's newsletter the Grass10 team return to farmer Lawrence Sexton in The Clover Reporter section as well as this week's Grass10 featured farmer Philip & John Tyndall. View some Grass10 weekly tips, grass growth figures and upcoming webinar on the grass wedge using PastureBase Ireland
British Ecological Society announces journal prize winners
The British Ecological Society (BES) has announced the winners of its journal prizes for research published in 2021. The prizes are awarded for the best paper by an early career researcher in seven of the BES journals. This year The Harper Prize was awarded to Dina in ‘T Zandt, hosted at Teagasc
Forest Recreation Walks in May 2022
Teagasc and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) will run a nationwide series of walks between 9 and 20 May focusing on forest recreation. These walks will celebrate private forests where the owner has developed a recreational element to his or her forest. Register here
How Sea Solutions is helping to solve the problem of methane
One third of Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture with methane being one of the biggest challenges. Dr Maria Hayes, Teagasc joins Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn on The Environment Edge podcast to explain how Sea Solutions is helping to solve the problem.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Providing our partners with affordable sustainable food
On this episode of The Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 22 April, Pat Murphy, Head of Environment Knowledge Transfer Department, Teagasc was joined by Emer Fardy & Sean Leahy, Hilton Foods to discuss providing our partners with affordable sustainable food.
Pine Weevil Conference
Teagasc in association with Maynooth University and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) are organising a free, one-day conference on 4 May 2022 focusing on integrated pest management for pine weevil in Ireland.
Growing Wild - willow, primrose and lady's smock
Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist takes a closer look at some of our native Irish biodiversity to look out for in the countryside. Here she shares some interesting facts of nature about willow, primroses and Lady's smock or cuckoo flower
Reducing the cost of growing grass
In this article Dr. Peter Lawrence Teagasc drystock advisor Co. Wicklow, has advice for reducing the cost of growing grass. His tips include using paddocks, soil testing and drawing up a fertiliser plan based on the reports and incorporating white clover into grass swards
The Signpost Series Webinar - Danone Sustainability Story
On this episode of The Signpost Series which took place on Thursday, 14th April, Andy Boland, Teagasc Environment Specialist was joined by Elaine Crosse and Mark Stafford, Danone to give an overview of Danone's Sustainability Journey.
Save the dates – Teagasc Open Days 2022
Teagasc has a busy summer offering of events and open days. Open Days planned for 2022 include Beef 2022 in Grange, Sheep Open Day in Athenry, and Kildalton 50th anniversary celebration. More information on these and other events below.
Dairying and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)
AMR is a new challenge to the farming community and a risk to public health. Don Crowley, Teagasc Dairy advisor discusses antimicrobial resistance, how it develops and the importance of milk recording in the absence of preventative antimicrobials, on the dairy farm
Pig Newsletter - April 2022
Get the latest information and advice from the Teagasc Pig Team. In this month's edition: Dealing with Stress, New Nitrate Regulations and BSAS 2022 Industry Prize Winners Feature.
Perfecting potato disease predictions
Teagasc highlights the impacts of its latest research in "Research impact highlights in 2020". Research into potato blight undertaken by Steven Kildea and Mladen Čučak qualified as one of the highlights. Teagasc is engaged in an extensive range of research of national and international collaboration
Tillage Update 28th April 2022
Ciaran Collins, Teagasc Tillage Specialist reports on the progress of tillage crops this week. He notes that BYDV is a concern for some winter barley growers in parts of the south. All crops are progressing well otherwise with low disease levels and Ciaran provides advice for managing this
Your chance to become a BETTER Sheep Farmer
Are you interested in using the latest technology to develop your sheep enterprise for a sustainable future in collaboration with Teagasc? If your answer is ‘Yes’ then this may be the opportunity you need. Teagasc is seeking farmers interested in taking part in the BETTER Farm Sheep Programme
The Cullinane Monitor Farm in West Cork
John and Veronica Cullinane are dairy farming with their three children; Eoin, Aoife and Laura in Ballineen. Co Cork. They milk 140 cows on a milking platform of 53 hectares and farm outside blocks for replacement heifers and silage. Aoife Healy, Teagasc Dairy advisor discusses their April tasks
Grass10 Newsletter - 26th April 2022
In this week's Grass10 e-newsletter; PastureBase Ireland growth figures, Grass10 Weekly Tips, Grass growth and soil temperature predictions, Grass10 Farmer David Gannon, Red clover for silage swards and Aidan Maguire, Drystock GFOTY on measuring grass. Sign up for the weekly e-newsletter here
Should you consider clover in 2022?
Vincent Ronayne, Teagasc Advisor Ballinrobe, notes that Clover offers an alternative to expensive artificial fertilisers and helps towards Environmental Sustainability. Incorporating clover in grassland swards can to reduce costs, improve profitability and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Donal Kavanagh Teagasc/Glanbia Signpost Future Farm Walk
The Signpost Programme, led by Teagasc, ran a farm walk recently in conjunction with programme partner Glanbia Ireland, on the dairy farm of Donal Kavanagh, Carrigeen, Baltinglass. Catch up on the farm details, breeding plans and herd health of the farm here in this article and series of videos
The Signpost Series - Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Cattle & Pig Manure
On this episode of the Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 8th April, Mark Gibson, Head of Teagasc Outreach & Innovation Department was joined by Dr. Stephen Nolan, PIGergy Project & Mr. Shaun Connolly, GEBTech Project to discuss Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Cattle & Pig Manure.
Future Beef Grass Update with Aonghusa Fahy
Mícheál Kelly, Teagasc Drystock advisor, Athenry, is on the farm of Aonghusa Fahy, Future Beef Programme participant in Tullira, Ardrahan, Co. Galway to discuss his current grassland management in a video here. Catch up on his breeding plans too in the latest BeefEdge podcast.
Teagasc /FBD Student of the Year Awards 2021
Dave Moloney from County Cork is the 2021 Teagasc/FBD Student of the Year. The awards were presented by Charlie McConalogue TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine in Dublin today Thursday, 21 April 2022.
Save Slurry for Silage Fields
Christy Watson, Teagasc drystock advisor, Co. Kildare, has good advice here in this article and video on recycling slurry from the farm back onto the silage fields in planning for next winter's fodder. Slurry can provide much of the Phosphorus and Potassium requirements for silage and reduce costs
Grass10 Drystock Grassland Farmer of the Year, Aidan Maguire
Aidan Maguire from Co.Meath, is this year’s Grass10 Drystock Grassland Farmer of the Year winner and he joins Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge podcast with an update on his grassland management over the coming weeks and his plan for silage 2022.
Olivia Hynes Signpost Update - March
Olivia Hynes is a Future Beef farmer in Jamestown, Four Roads, Co. Roscommon participating in the Signpost programme. We get the March update on how she is progressing with growing grass and closing for silage, calving, grass demand, slurry and grass utilisation on the farm.
Why now is the time for clover
With weather starting to pick up, getting clover into our grassland swards is a priority for many farmers. Mike Egan, Teagasc grassland research officer in Moorepark joins Deirdre and Cathal on the latest episode of the Environment Edge podcast to tell them ‘how and why now is the time for clover’
Tillage and Biodiversity Photo Competition
Teagasc and Tillage Industry Ireland have launched a photo competition to highlight the contribution of the Irish tillage sector to biodiversity in our countryside. Biodiversity has always been important but its importance is increasingly being recognised.
Direct Selling of Organic Produce - Webinar
Recently Joe Kelleher, Teagasc Organic Specialist hosted the sixth in a series of Organic Webinars exploring the direct selling of organic produce. Joe was joined by Barry Caslin, Rural Development Specialist, Teagasc; Ollie & Esther O’Brien, Cúlbhac Farm and Clive Bright, Rare Ruminare
Health and Safety Newsletter - April 2022
This edition of the Health and Safety Newsletter has advice on keeping safe around animals. Being aware of an animal’s personal space and temperament, having good handling facilities and taking the correct precautions can all help to reduce the number accidents associated with livestock.
Teagasc/SCSI Agricultural Land Market Review and Outlook Report 2022
In this major new survey, chartered surveyors, auctioneers & valuers, operating in the agricultural & rental markets say sales activity was boosted by the exit from COVID restrictions. They predict prices will continue to rise, underpinned by strong demand & a continuing low supply of land for sale
Environment Newsletter - April 2022
The latest edition of the Environment newsletter has information on: Dates for your diary; Wild bird cover - sowing and management; Message from ASSAP - Time to check silage storage; and details on the new training scheme - Agri-Environment Training Scheme (AETS).
SmartCow Project linking European Research Infrastructures successfully
The SmartCow final conference took place on Wednesday, 6 April in Brussels, with the findings from the SmartCow consortium during the past four years presented.
Growing Organics Online Event
A ‘Growing Organics’ online event took place on 1 April, which was organised by Teagasc as part of the LIFT H2020 project and in association with the RDS Climate Smart Agriculture series. Watch a recording of the event below
Sustainability Training Programme for Farmers and Co-operatives wins Top Accolade at National Training Awards
A ‘game changing’ new programme addressing the training and development needs of co-operatives and their farmer members and producers, as they work to reduce their carbon footprint, has won the prestigious Pearse Walsh Award.
Longer days, more work, greater danger
Spring is here, and with it peak workload. Reduce your risk of injury or even death with some simple precautions. Francis Bligh and John McNamara Teagasc Health and Safety specialists have suggestions for keeping safe at calving time, when handling slurry and around machinery here
The Signpost Series Webinar - Understanding and supporting social sustainability of farmers & Preventing Injury and Ill Health in Agriculture
On this episode of The Signpost Series held on Friday 1 April, Pat Murphy, Head of Environment KT Dept, Teagasc was joined by Teagasc staff David Meredith, Research Officer, & Francis Bligh, Health & Safety Specialist, to discuss Understanding and supporting social sustainability of farmers and more
Is your Sprayer test due?
The sprayer on a typical 100ha tillage farm will apply in excess of €25,000 of PPP’s in a season and so a properly functioning sprayer is vital. Sprayer testing is now a fundamental activity on any tillage farm. Ciaran Collins, Teagasc Tillage Specialist discusses testing, buffer zones & spray drift
Managing Roadside Trees
The Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine has published guidance on managing roadside trees. Written by a panel of experts convened by the Tree Council, it presents a simple six-step process for landowners to follow. Co-author Eileen Woodbyrne summarises the advice and guidance in the booklet
Fertilising for First Cut Grass Silage Factsheet
Teagasc recently published a compendium of 20 factsheets providing the latest technical advice on soils, nutrients and fertiliser. The tenth of these is about Fertilising for First Cut Grass Silage and can be read here. All 20 will be published here on Teagasc Daily
LIME – The Cheapest Fertiliser in 2022
Lime application was, and is always the starting point of good soil nutrient management. Austin Callaghan, Drystock Advisor, Teagasc Claremorris, describes it as the engine oil of our soils. With the great hike in fertiliser prices Austin has advice on making the best of lime this year
Beef Strategies for 2022
This year has seen price inflation particularly on key inputs such as fertiliser, feed and projected contractor costs. This creates another challenging year for beef farmers who have shown significant resilience to date. Colm Kelly, Drystock Adviser, Teagasc Ballinasloe suggests ways to manage this
Forest fires – what we can do
Steven Meyen, Teagasc Forestry Development Officer has good practical advice on what forest owners and visitors to forests can do, to prevent forest fires and to minimise the threat to their forests from wildfires during the current high risk season.
Teagasc Signpost Programme Newsletter April 2022
In this month’s newsletter the climate action focus is on securing silage stocks for next winter in the context of high fertiliser prices. The newsletter outlines a blueprint for incorporating clover successfully into a grassland sward. Check out the Signpost farmers featured, soil health and more
Climate Actions for March/April
Get advice from the Signpost Team summarised in Climate Actions for Grassland Farmers for March/April. There is a focus on winter feed budgeting and how to calculate your silage requirement. Get food and fodder security information for drystock and dairy farmers.
Securing Winter Fodder Reserves – A priority for the Future Beef participants
Gabriel Trayers, Future Beef Programme advisor discusses Securing Winter Fodder Reserves – A priority for the Future Beef participants here. It is vital that all farmers plan to make top quality silage, which is what Shane Keaveny Future Beef participant in Co Roscommon is aiming for
Grass10 Newsletter - 5th April 2022
This week's Grass10 newsletter has the Teagasc Clover Farm Walks upfront. Book your spot here. Get predicted growth & soil temperatures, the Grass10 weekly checklist, walk your farm every 5 days - one of the Grass10 weekly tips, featured farmer Oisin Gill, The Clover Reporter with Jim White and more
Red Clover Silage Measure
The Red Clover Silage Measure (RCSM) aims to encourage farmers to sow red clover silage swards. A payment will be made to participating Co-op/Agri-retailers to assist farmers with the cost of buying red clover silage sward seed mixtures. This will help with the establishment of these swards
Extension announced to Multi Species Swards Measure applications
The Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine has announced a short extension to the closing date for its Multi Species Swards Measure (MMS). The Measure, aiming to encourage farmers to sow multi-species swards, will now close at midnight on 14 April, the same day as the Red Clover Silage Measure
Clover usage reducing Nitrogen surplus on Grassland farms
A series of 12 Clover farm walks organized by Teagasc across the country commenced today, Tuesday, 5 April. The farm walks will highlight the beneficial role that white clover is playing on grazing farms.
The establishment and management of white clover through over-sowing
Dairy farmer, Jim White, and grassland researcher, Mike Egan, join Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s episode of The Dairy Edge podcast to discuss the establishment and management of white clover through over-sowing.
New €1 million Project aims to develop Low Carbon Roadmap for Ireland’s Bioeconomy
A new collaborative project aimed at developing a low carbon roadmap for Ireland’s bioeconomy, will be led by Munster Technological University (MTU) with Teagasc, NUI Galway and the Central Statistics Office of Ireland.
The Signpost Series - 100th Webinar Episode
On this episode of the Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 25th March, Mark Gibson, Head of Teagasc Outreach & Innovation Department was joined by Professor Gary Lanigan, Teagasc to discuss Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Mitigation and the Role of Sequestration and Rewetting.
The Clover Reporter: Kevin Moran
The Grass10 team return to Kevin Moran for The Clover Reporter this week. These farmers have a lot of clover established on their farms and are continuing to establish more clover into their grass-clover swards for animal performance and nitrogen reduction gains. Get Kevin's top tip for April
Multi Species Sward Measure Closes on 4th April
The Multi Species Sward Measure aims to encourage farmers to sow multi-species swards (MSS). Under this measure a payment will be made to participating Co-op/Agri-retailers to help farmers with the cost of buying multispecies sward seed mixtures. Closing date has been extended to Thursday 14th April
Caution urged due to Orange Fire Warning
Teagasc is urging landowners and all involved in outdoor activity to exercise extreme caution and to heed the high level warning for fires in place this week. The current weather patterns have resulted in a high fire risk in all areas where hazardous fuels such as dead grasses, heather & gorse exist
Farming for soil health: assessing the impact of agricultural practice on soil biodiversity and functioning
Soils are home to a staggering abundance and diversity of living organisms that are integral to the health and productivity of our farming systems. Dr Fiona Brennan, Teagasc Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford aims to assess the impact of management options on soil biodiversity in Irish grasslands
Analyses of the organic value chain in Ireland
Dan Clavin & Dr Yan Jin, Teagasc led this research in which a value chain mapping approach was undertaken using organic administrative data to understand the structure of the organic value chain, examining the distribution of organic farms in relation to their production systems
The Signpost Series Webinar - An overview of the Micro-generation Support Scheme
On this episode of The Signpost Series on Wednesday, 16 March, Mark Gibson, Head of Teagasc Outreach & Innovation Department was joined by Rory Somers, Policy Lead on Micro-generation at the Dept. of the Environment, Climate & Communications to give an overview of the Micro-generation Support Scheme
Teagasc Clover Farm Walks
The sharp increase in fertilizer prices since late 2021, has put a renewed focus on the ability of white clover to fix atmospheric Nitrogen for grazing swards on farms. A series of 12 Teagasc farm walks commencing on April 5th, will highlight the beneficial role of white clover on farms
Reducing the Risks of Slurry Application
Maximising the fertiliser benefits from slurry is critical in 2022. Farmers are aware of this valuable resource and how it can help reduce their overall fertiliser bill through early spring application. However, best practice and regulation must be followed says Kieran Kenny ASSAP Advisor, Castlerea
Sustainability remains high on European beef farmers’ agendas
Fairer prices, alternative feedstuffs, animal health checks prior to purchase, training for handlers to reduce stress and improve meat quality plus biodiversity are under the spotlight for 2022.
Conditions come right for grazing in Limerick
Ciaran Bartley operates a calf-to-beef system, consisting of mainly Holstein Friesian steers, just outside Boher, Co. Limerick. He discusses early turnout to grass on his farm and utilising protected urea in this video. Find out more about the farm from Seán Cummins, Teagasc GreenAcres Advisor
Teagasc Ballyhaise Students Graduate
Awards and certificates were presented to over 300 Level 6 graduates of Teagasc Ballyhaise College by Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD on Thursday, 24 March. This event has graduates over two years from 2020 & 2021 having been postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions
Let's Talk Dairy - When to start the second round in 2022
On this episode of Let's Talk Dairy, which took place on Thursday, 24 March, host Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist, discusses when to start the second round of grazing in 2022.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Meeting our Sustainability targets in agriculture: The Agri biomethane opportunity
On this episode of The Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 11 March, Mark Gibson, Head of Teagasc Outreach & Innovation Department was joined by David Hagan, Devenish & Russell Smyth, KPMG to discuss meeting our sustainability targets in agriculture: The Agri biomethane opportunity.
Is Clover an option for my farm?
On this week’s episode of the Beef Edge podcast Teagasc researcher Deirdre Hennessy discusses all you need to know about clover swards. With the price of chemical fertiliser this spring Deirdre highlights that clover most definitely has a role on all grass based systems. Learn more about clover
The Signpost Series - Fertiliser Programmes to save money and emissions on Dairy and Drystock farms
On this episode of The Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 4 March, Mark Gibson, Head of Teagasc Outreach & Innovation Department was joined by Dr Seamus Kearney, Signpost Programme, Teagasc to give an overview of fertiliser programmes to save money and emissions on Dairy and Drystock farms.
Royal Visit to Signpost Farm
Shane and John Fitzgerald, who farm near Portlaw in county Waterford, hosted a visit by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales on Thursday, 24 March 2022.
Precise Application of Fertilisers - Webinar
On Monday, 21 March at 11am a webinar took place with a number of experts who discussed the key steps from calibration to fertiliser quality so you can achieve an accurate fertiliser spread in 2022.
Fertiliser on Sheep Farms Factsheet
Teagasc recently published a compendium of 20 factsheets providing the latest technical advice on soils, nutrients and fertiliser. The nineth of these is about Fertiliser on Sheep Farms and can be read here. All 20 will be published here on Teagasc Daily
Protected Urea on the Kildalton College Farm
In Kildalton College, protected urea has been used on the college farm for the past 3 years with no urea or straight CAN being used. It is delivering yield, lower costs and is reducing GHG and ammonia emissions. Find out more in this video from Jamie Cahill, Lecturer at Kildalton College
Applying slurries to growing crops - a Cork farmer’s experience
Tom Barry, a Cork farmer near Mallow, chats to Michael Hennessy on this week’s Tillage Edge podcast about applying pig slurry to growing winter crops.
Farmers urged to grow more cereals and fertilize for first cut silage
The announcement by Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD, of a new targeted intervention package for the tillage sector and a multi-species sward initiative, worth over €12 million, was welcomed by the Chair of the National Fodder & Food Security Committee, Mike Magan.
Raising awareness of data on the farm
The AgriDISCRETE project is raising farmers’ awareness of data by co-designing communication materials that explain what data on the farm is and how it’s shared. Researchers Claire Brown and Áine Regan, Agrifood Business and Spatial Analysis, Teagasc, Athenry provide more insight here
What are the Future Beef Farmers doing on their farms this month?
The Future Beef Programme is a network of 22 demonstration farms mainly operating suckler beef systems, some with lowland sheep enterprises and two organic farms. For the month of March each farm is completing a number of different tasks on their farm. Aisling Molloy, Future Beef Advisor has more
Is clover an option for your farm?
Teagasc researcher, Deirdre Hennessy, joins Catherine Egan on this week’s episode of the Beef Edge podcast to discuss what you need to know about clover swards.
Get Your 2022 Basic Payment Form Completed Correctly!
Most farmers will have received their 2022 Basic Payment application and maps in the post. This form is the application for many schemes so it important that you are prepared before meeting with your advisor to make your application. Patricia Lynch, Drystock Advisor, Teagasc Westport has good advice
Improving Water Quality on World Water Day
On World Water Day 2022, Improving water quality and supporting the production of high-quality food are what Teagasc are targeting through various water quality initiatives that we are involved in. Learn about the work of Teagasc ACP and ASSAP staff including groundwater sampling here
Meet the dairy farmer embracing and still profiting from the challenges of sustainability
Former Overall and Sustainable Farming Grassland Farmer of the Year, Bryan Daniels, who is producing up to 17 tonnes of grass dry matter per hectare, joins Cathal Somers & Deirdre Glynn on the latest #theenvironmentedge podcast to discuss how this can be achieved and his farm sustainability plan
Commissioner Mairead McGuinness visits Signpost Farm
EU Commissioner Mairead McGuinness, recently visited Signpost farmer, Alan Clarke at Kilinkere, County Cavan. Commissioner McGuinness had the opportunity to see first-hand the work that farmers are doing to reduce gaseous emissions and be more environmentally sustainable.
Get your slurry analysed for nutrient content
Knowing the quality of your slurry can help make decisions on application, ensuring its use is optimised and not wasted. Using a Hydrometer is a low cost way to get the true value of your slurry on your farm. The Teagasc Signpost team outline the procedure involved in taking a slurry sample here
The Signpost Series - On-farm actions to improve water quality in the Mulkear Catchment
On this episode of The Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 25 February, Pat Murphy, Head of Environment Knowledge Transfer Department, Teagasc was joined by Carol Quish, Project Manager, Mulkear EIP to discuss on-farm actions to improve water quality in the Mulkear Catchment.
Forest Establishment Walks 2022
Teagasc in association with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) have organised thirteen “Forest Establishment Walks 2022" nationwide from 21 March to 1 April focusing on forest establishment and the management of young forests. Each walk will commence at 2pm.
Tillage Newsletter - March 2022
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Crops team in this month's tillage newsletter. It includes: Winter cereals advice on fertiliser application of barley, wheat and oats; as well as Spring crops; Sprayer testing and Health & Safety - Tractor/machine overturning dangers
St Patrick was Ireland's first environmentalist, say scientists
As Ireland and various parts of the world prepare to go green to celebrate St Patrick’s Day on March 17th, leading agri-food scientists have credited Ireland’s patron saint with being one of the world’s first environmentalists
Feirmeoireacht I gCiarraí
I rith Seactain na Gaeilge seo tá Teagasc Daily ag foilsiú ailt as gaeilge ó foireann Teagasc. Tá an dara ailt seo scríofa ag David Trant, comhairleoir, Teagasc Co. Ciarraí faoi Feirmeoireacht I gCiarraí. Bain taitneamh as agus Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhaoibh ón Ríocht
Grass10 Newsletter - 15th March 2022
The Grass10 Newsletter features; a research farm update from Ballyhaise; Grass10 featured farmer, the clover reporter with Ger Pardy, Co. Offaly plus Grass10 weekly tips and checklist; grass growth predictions, link to beginner PastureBase training, early spring grazing video and more here
Beef Newsletter - March 2022
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Beef team in this month's newsletter. It includes: The cash challenge for 2022; Green Acres; Research Update - Breeding low methane-emitting cattle; and Health & Safety - Tractor/machine overturning dangers
Kildalton 50 - A Celebration of 50 years in Land Based Education
For over 50 years, Kildalton College in South Kilkenny has forged a path for students of agriculture, horticulture and equitation. To celebrate this milestone, the Teagasc Kildalton College will open its doors on Saturday, 25th of June this year, from 11am to 4pm
Precise Application of Fertilisers Webinar
Ensure accurate fertiliser spreading to maximise the return from expensive fertilisers in 2022. Join Teagasc on Monday, 21 March at 11am for a webinar with experts who will discuss the key steps from calibration to fertiliser quality so you can achieve an accurate fertiliser spread in 2022
Sheep Newsletter - March 2022
Get the latest information & advice from Teagasc Sheep in this month's newsletter. It includes: grassland; Buyer beware – flock biosecurity; Investigate problems; Getting off to the best start – colostrum; hygiene; BETTER Farm and Research updates on scanning; Reducing problem ewes and OviCast
Organic Webinar - Galway Clare - Is organic farming an option for your farm?
On Wednesday 16th March at 2pm the Galway/Clare Region will have a webinar on Organic Farming and the new Organic Farming Scheme 2022. Titled: Is Organic farming an Option for Your farm? and hosted by Glen Corbett, Advisor, Teagasc Tuam it will contain a strong horticultural focus, not to be missed
Today's Farm - March/April 2022
The March/April edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. It includes articles on genetics,Commercial Beef value, fertilising for grass silage, basic payment, controlling chickweed in cereals, health & safety, forestry diversification, dahlias and meet Teagasc Director Frank O'Mara
Hedging Your Bets!
Bernie Leahy, B&T Drystock Adviser, Teagasc, Galway/Clare discusses the legacy of a hedge here as she makes connections with Cheltenham, and the numerous benefits of a hedge. She also reminds farmers of REAP planting date commitments this March.
Waste not, want not
Food waste is a big problem contributing to declining resources and climate change. To try to curb this, researchers from Teagasc and National University of Ireland, Galway are providing insights into food waste behaviour.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Nutrient tips to save money and reduce emissions on your farm
On this episode of The Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 18 February, Mark Gibson, Head of Teagasc Outreach & Innovation Department was joined by Dr Patrick Forrestal, Teagasc Researcher to give some nutrient tips to save money and reduce emissions on your farm.
Palace NeighbourWood Park – connecting a community with their environment
A new NeighbourWood in Roscommon exemplifies a local community’s determination to reconnect with nature. Noel Kennedy, Forestry Development Officer describes the genesis of the project and how it is working out.
Nitrogen for Dairy Farms Factsheet
Teagasc recently published a compendium of 20 factsheets providing the latest technical advice on soils, nutrients and fertiliser. The eighth of these is about Nitrogen for Dairy Farms and can be read here. All 20 will be published here on Teagasc Daily
Grass10 Newsletter - 8th March 2022
The Grass10 Newsletter features 2 chances at beginner PastureBase training; a research farm update from Curtin's farm, Cork; Cathal Irwin, Mayo on the BeefEdge podcast; early spring grazing with Jason Coulter in Sligo; plus Grass10 weekly tips and checklist; grass growth predictions and more here
‘Tommy the Vet’ on the impact the current changes in the antibiotic regulations are having on farms
With changes in the regulations surrounding antibiotics introduced since 28th January, Tommy Heffernan aka ‘Tommy the Vet’ is on this week’s Beef Edge podcast with tips and advice.
Optimising Production While Reducing Costs and Emissions in Claremorris
Jarlath Ruane farms in conjunction with his father Austin in Corbally outside Claremorris. They run a dairy calf to beef system alongside a flock of lowland sheep. Jarlath is part of the Teagasc Signpost Programme under the Dairy Beef 500 banner. Cathal Conaty, Advisor, Teagasc Claremorris has more
The Organic Farming Scheme
Joe Kelleher, Teagasc Organic Farming specialist joins Deirdre Glynn & Cathal Somers on the latest Environment Edge podcast to discuss The Organic Farming Scheme
High Fertiliser Prices, Where to now?
At this stage we are all aware fertiliser prices, in particular nitrogen, has increased dramatically in the last 6 months. So, what's the advice to overcome this dramatic change? Austin Callaghan, Drystock Advisor, Teagasc Claremorris has advice on when to spread, take stock of slurry, lime and more
The Clover Reporter with Laurence Sexton
The Grass10 team continue the weekly new section of the newsletter, The Clover Reporter. This week it's the turn of dairy farmer, Laurence Sexton. These farms are continuing to establish more clover into their grass-clover swards for animal performance and nitrogen reduction gains.
TResearch Spring 2022
TResearch is an official science publication of Teagasc. It aims to disseminate the results of the organisation’s research to a broad audience. Put to good use - Researchers are using innovative processes and consumer insights to help combat food waste
The Signpost Series Webinar - Ammonia emissions, impacts & solutions
On this episode of The Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 11 February, Pat Murphy, Head of Environment Knowledge Transfer Department, Teagasc was joined by Dr Dominika Krol, Teagasc & Dr David Kelleghan, UCD to discuss ammonia emissions, impacts & solutions.
Could Organic Farming work on your Farm?
As CAP 2023 approaches there is going to be an increased emphasis on environmental schemes and carbon friendly farming. Organic farming is of particular interest. Eanna Loughrey, Education Officer, Teagasc Ballinrobe has information about The Organic farming scheme and webinar details here
Meet Future Beef Farmer Sam Pierce
Sam Pierce farms 70 spring calving suckler cows and 130 mid-season ewes in south Co. Wexford. He also has a small tillage enterprise of 24 acres of winter and spring barley with all the straw and grain kept for use on farm. Sam joined the Future Beef programme in 2021
Hedge Cutting Season now Closed
The hedge cutting season is over. Today, Tuesday, 1 March is the first day of the bird nesting season, hedges must not be cut. Catherine Keena, Countryside Management Specialist points out that the absence of hedge cutting from March to September allows birds to nest safely and without disturbance.
The Right Course Of Action
Combining cutting-edge modern developments with traditional practical skills, Teagasc offers a unique, hands-on learning experience – with an exciting selection of courses. Head of Education Dr Anne-Marie Butler gives more information.
Teagasc Signpost Programme Newsletter February 2022
In this month’s newsletter; Teagasc compendium of 20 factsheets providing the latest technical advice on soils, nutrients and fertiliser; useful tips on managing fertiliser inputs on tillage farms; insight from a signpost farmer; the slurry calibration tool; research update and more
White Clover Factsheet
Teagasc recently published a compendium of 20 factsheets providing the latest technical advice on soils, nutrients and fertiliser. The sixth of these is about White Clover and can be read here. All 20 will be published here on Teagasc Daily
The Signpost Series Webinar - Carbon footprint of dairy farms along the Atlantic coast of Europe
On this episode of The Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 4 February, Mark Gibson, Head of Teagasc Outreach & Innovation Department was joined by Marion Sorley, Teagasc to discuss the carbon footprint of dairy farms along the Atlantic coast of Europe.
Ballyhaise Agricultural College and DkIT – Science led Agricultural Education
Teagasc Ballyhaise College and DkIT have been working collaboratively in the development and delivery of level 6, 7 and 8 Agriculture programmes for over 20 years. DkIT and Ballyhaise now co-deliver the 4-year BSc (Hons) in Sustainable Agriculture and more recently the BSc in Agriculture.
Liming could be your cheapest option to grow grass this year
Shane Devaney, Drystock Advisor, Teagasc Longford says he has written a few articles on the importance of lime over the last number of years but this year it was never more important. This year liming your farm will be the cheapest source to grow grass.
Measuring greenhouse gas fluxes in the agricultural catchments
Under the Climate Act 2021, Ireland must cut its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 51% by 2030 with a 22-30% reduction required from the agricultural sector. Macdara O’Neill, Gaseous Emissions Researcher, Agricultural Catchments Programme, measures greenhouse gas fluxes in the agricultural catchments
Incorporating white clover and protected urea into intensive grazing systems
The Clonakilty Agricultural College experiment from 2019-2021 investigated how reducing N fertiliser application levels on grass-only and grass-clover swards effected grass and milk production. Brian McCarthy, Research Officer and Áine Murray, Walsh Scholar, Teagasc Moorepark have more details
Talking about sustainable farm management: improving communication – have your say!
Lisa Marijke van der Berg is carrying out an online survey to analyse communication with dairy farmers about sustainable land management practices, as part of a M.Sc. Research project with Teagasc and Wageningen University (WUR). Take the online survey here
Optimal soil phosphorus reduces fertiliser derived N2O emissions
A new scientific paper from Teagasc has shown that getting soil phosphorus (P) levels right through a fertiliser programme can significantly reduce emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O), a potent greenhouse gas.
Water Quality Modelling in the Agricultural Catchments Programme
Daniel Hawtree, Catchment Science Modeller, Agricultural Catchments Programme discusses hydrologic models as tools for water quality management. This model work is currently focused on County Wexford
Detangling sediment dynamics in rivers
Naomi Lumsden, Research Officer, Environment Soils and Land Use Dept., Teagasc Johnstown Castle investigated how two differently managed, but physically adjacent, catchments in Wexford, namely Castledockrell and Ballycanew, responded to heavy rainfall events. She explains the findings here
Nutrient Management Planning Online - another string to your bow
One technology, which can have a positive effect on the double edged sword of rising fertiliser prices and agricultural sustainability, is the Teagasc Nutrient Management Planning NMP online tool. Dr Michele McCormack, Economist, Agricultural Catchments Programme discusses farmer uptake of NMP
Protected Urea Factsheet
Teagasc recently published a compendium of 20 factsheets providing the latest technical advice on soils, nutrients and fertiliser. The fifth of these is about Protected Urea and can be read here. All 20 will be published here on Teagasc Daily
Nutrient Management on farms in the Agricultural Catchments Programme
The level of nutrients in soil, their availability for crop growth plus when and where they are lost from soil to water are all key parts of work in the Agricultural Catchments Programme (ACP). Edward Burgess, Agricultural Catchment Specialist explains soil fertility and the need to lime
Water quality in agricultural river catchments
Per-Erik Mellander, Catchment Scientist, Teagasc, explains how the Agricultural Catchments Programme (ACP) provides science to support the national targets of improving the quality of our waters agricultural landscapes and lists key findings of environmental studies in six ca 10km2 size catchments
What’s the “Water Quality” like here?
I have been working in the Agricultural Catchments Programme (ACP) for 13 years now, and probably the most common question I get asked is “What is the water quality like in the catchments?” writes Edward Burgess, Agricultural Catchment Specialist, Teagasc. He answers that question here
Nitrogen loss from agriculture
Eddie Burgess, Agricultural Catchments Specialist with the Teagasc Agricultural Catchments Programme joins Cathal and Deirdre on the latest Environment Edge podcast to discuss nitrogen loss from agriculture and the programme’s Working Together for Water Quality week.
The Clover Reporter with Kevin Moran
The Grass10 team would like to introduce you to a new section of the newsletter, The Clover Reporter. This section will give weekly reports and videos from farmers who have a lot of clover established on their farms. This week Kevin Moran, Dairy farmer in Galway talks about clover on his farm
Environment Newsletter - February 2022
The latest edition of the Environment newsletter has information on: Dates for your diary; Messages from Signpost - Fertiliser part of the climate solution and ASSAP - Plan slurry application carefully; EIP Update - Lessons from SUAS: people working together; and the new farm hedge competition.
Working together for Water Quality
‘Working together for Water Quality’ is the theme for the Teagasc Agricultural Catchments Week 2022 which runs from next Monday, 21 February to Friday, 25 February. An overview of Agricultural Catchments Programme, water quality research and more published via the Teagasc website and social media
Heat Pumps in Agriculture - Workshop
Teagasc and Geological Survey of Ireland will run a half day workshop on Tuesday, 22nd February from 10am - 1pm on AgroFossilFree (AFF) heat pump technologies and their relevance to the agricultural sector at Teagasc Ashtown Food Research Centre, Ashtown, Dublin 15, D15 DY05. Booking is essential
Grass10 Newsletter - 15th February 2022
In this week's newsletter the Grass10 team introduce another farmer in The Clover Reporter section as well as this week's Grass10 featured farmer. View some Grass10 weekly tips, a research update from Athenry, grass growth figures and watch a video mapping your farm using PastureBase Ireland.
The Wexford farmer who plans to use less nitrogen in 2022
This week’s Tillage Edge podcast continues the series looking at farmers who are working closely with Teagasc in the Signpost Farms programme and other initiatives. Don Somers, a farmer in Wexford, and his advisor John Pettit, joined Michael Hennessy to discuss Don’s farm practice.
Excitement as students return to Agri Aware Farm Walk & Talk
Farm Walk and Talk is an interactive series of events for second-level, agricultural science students throughout early March on ten research farms and agricultural colleges across the country. See dates and events below to sign up for these first come first served events
Organic Manure Factsheet
Teagasc recently published a compendium of 20 factsheets providing the latest technical advice on soils, nutrients and fertiliser. The third of these is about Organic manure and can be read here. All 20 will be published here on Teagasc Daily
Funding Call Now Open to Support European Farm Advisors to Embrace Digital Tools and Technologies
The FAIRshare (Farm Advisory Digital Innovation Tools Realised and Shared) project launched in November 2018 and it aims to enable a more digitally active farm and farm advisory community.
Newford Notes - Week of 7th February 2022
Calving activity is in full swing at the moment on Newford Farm with over a third of cows calved by 8th February. Michael Fagan, Technician at the Suckler Demo Farm, Athenry details the sires used and shows a selection of the calves. The yearling heifers are at grass. See how they're doing and more
Roses, not just for Valentine's Day
Well today it’s all about Roses also known as the queen of flowers. But do you know the meaning behind the colour of a Rose? On Valentine's day Margie Phillips, Technician, Teagasc, College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens tells us many interesting facts about this romantic flower
The Clover Reporter with Brian McCarthy
The Grass10 team would like to introduce you to a new section of the Grass10 newsletter, The Clover Reporter. This section will give weekly reports and videos from farmers who have a lot of clover established on their farms. Brian McCarthy is this week's Clover Reporter
Advice on Liming Factsheet
Teagasc recently published a compendium of 20 factsheets providing the latest technical advice on soils, nutrients and fertiliser. The second of these is about Liming and can be read here. All 20 will be published here on Teagasc Daily
Trees: From Seed to Sawdust
"Trees: From Seed to Sawdust" is a series of 20 radio documentaries broadcast on KCLR 96FM, every Monday at 5.30 pm until the 7th March 2022. Each week the series covers a topic based on trees and their role and uses in the Irish landscape. Michael Somers, Teagasc Forestry advisor explains more
Teagasc celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science
There is a diversity of careers available to women in science at Teagasc. Friday, 11th February, is International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Teagasc takes the opportunity to stand for women and girls in science and break the stereotypes that hold them back. Meet Teagasc Women in Science here
Malting barley in 2022 – your questions answered by experts
This week’s Tillage Edge podcast revisits the questions and answers from the Malting Barley Webinar which was held on February 10th. A panel of experts from Teagasc, Boortmalt and Teagasc, as well as farmers, answered questions that were asked by attendee farmers during the webinar.
Tillage Update - 10th February 2022
In this week's Tillage Update Shay Phelan, Teagasc Crops Specialist has fertiliser advice for 2022 plus the latest on winter oilseed rape, Green Area Index (GAI) and using the GAI app, winter crop walks information and details of the recent Malting Barley webinar, all here on Teagasc Daily.
The Microgeneration Support Scheme - Webinar
To find out what The Micro-generation Support Scheme (MSS) will mean for agriculture, join Barry Caslin, Teagasc and Rory Somers, Assistant Principal, Electricity Policy, Dept of Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC) and Policy lead for Micro-generation on Monday 14th February online.
Organic Farming Scheme opens
The Organic Farming Scheme (OFS) opened today (February 9th) for new applicants into the scheme. The scheme will financially reward farmers who commit to farming their land organically. Joe Kelleher, Teagasc Organic Specialist has information about the new scheme here in this article and podcast
Grass10 Newsletter - 8th February 2022
In this week's newsletter the Grass10 team introduce another farmer in the new section, The Clover Reporter, with farmer weekly reports and videos. See Paudie O'Brien's spur-roadway video. Also How to grass budget, map your farm with PastureBase, get Grass10 tips, grass growth figures and more
Should you consider converting to organic farming?
As the new Organic Farming Scheme opens today on the 9th February, organic specialist Joe Kelleher gives tips and considerations for conversion to organic farming on this week’s Beef Edge podcast
Opportunities in Organic Farming
Teagasc has organised a series of information events for farmers who are considering joining the new Organic Farming Scheme, which was opened by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine on Wednesday, 9 February. Find out more about all of these events here
Maximizing the Use of Slurry and a Plan for Fertiliser this spring
Aonghusa Fahy from Ardrahan Co. Galway is a Participant in the Teagasc Future Beef Programme. He discusses his fertiliser plans for 2022. As a young farmer, developing his farm, cutting back on stock is not an option to save costs for Aonghusa. Instead he will maximise slurry and protected urea
Soil Sampling and Analysis Factsheet
Teagasc recently published a compendium of 20 factsheets providing the latest technical advice on soils, nutrients and fertiliser. The first of these is about Soil Sampling and Analysis and can be read here. All 20 will be published here on Teagasc Daily
How nematodes can help reduce pesticide use
Winner of the Teagasc award at the BT Young Scientist competition 2022, Johannah Pigott and her teacher Joanne Corkery from Colaiste Treasa, Kanturk, Co. Cork, join Deirdre and Cathal on the latest episode of the Environment Edge to discuss How nematodes can help reduce pesticide use
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar - Spring N - when should you spread?
On this episode of Let's Talk Dairy, which took place on Thursday, 27th January 2022, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist discusses when you should spread chemical Nitrogen - specifically Urea - this Spring.
Sustainable Efficient Production and Quality Assurance
Anne O’Malley, Farm Food Business and Drystock Advisor, Teagasc Ballina discusses the various quality assurance schemes operated by Bord Bia for the farming sector, the Teagasc input and she explains the Farm sustainability feedback report and farm carbon footprints here
Protected urea is Agricultures Answer to the Electric Car
Protected urea and electric cars have a lot in common. Both are beneficial to the environment by reducing their carbon footprint. Seamus Kearney Teagasc Signpost Programme explains that Protected urea is more cost effective than its previous form and 75% less GHG emissions than CAN. Find out more
Future Beef Programme in Clare
The Teagasc Future Beef Programme is focusing on reducing inputs and costs of production while increasing the performance of every animal on the farm. Thomas Gleeson, Teagasc advisor introduces James Skehan from Ballynevin, who is Clare's Future Beef farmer
Improving Biodiversity on Your Farm - Planting a hedge
February is a key month to get planting native trees and hedging on your farm. Always plant native trees and hedging on the farm as they have a much higher biodiversity value. That means they provide a higher habitat value for our natural flora and fauna says Mark O’Sullivan, Clonakilty advisor
The Signpost Series Webinar - Valuing Natural Capital for the future
On this episode of The Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 28 January, Pat Murphy, Head of Environment Knowledge Transfer Department, Teagasc was joined by Professor Jane Stout, School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin to discuss Valuing Natural Capital for the future.
Why pig manure is a valuable fertiliser option
With fertiliser prices reaching record highs, on this month's episode of the Pig Edge, you'll hear an interview that Catherine Egan from the Beef Edge podcast did recently with Teagasc pig development officer, Gerard McCutcheon, and Teagasc specialist, Mark Plunkett.
New Appointment to Teagasc Authority
Donald Scully has been appointed to the Teagasc Authority for a five-year term by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD. Donald Scully is a member of the ICMSA executive committee and is a dairy farmer from Cherryhill House, Ballyhyland, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.
Tillage Update - 3rd February 2022
One of the key elements of the sustainable use directive (SUD) is that sprayers must be tested and certified. A properly functioning sprayer is essential to get the best response from plant protection products (PPP’s) and to protect the environment. Ciaran Collins, Crops Specialist has more advice
Teagasc Virtual Tillage Conference 2022
The 2022 National Tillage Conference took place virtually, split over two days. The first session took place on Thursday, 13 January and the second took place on Thursday, 27 January. Catch up with both days here in this double webinar on Teagasc Daily
Opportunities for Organic Horticultural Growers - Webinar
Recently, Joe Kelleher & Elaine Leavy, Teagasc Organic Specialists hosted the fourth in a series of Autumn Organic Webinars. They were joined by Eoin Sweetman, Teagasc; Padraig Fahy, Beechlawn Organics and Gillian Westbrook, IOA to explore the opportunities available to organic horticultural growers
Teagasc Future Beef Programme in Leitrim
The Future Beef Programme is a new Teagasc Beef Demonstration programme consisting of 24 Suckler and Beef finishing farmers around the country. Here we meet Oliver O'Hara, Leitrim's Future Beef farmer farming full-time with help from his children Shane & Karen near Leckaun, Co. Leitrim
Grass10 Newsletter - 1st February 2022
In this week's newsletter the Grass10 team introduce you to a new section, The Clover Reporter, with weekly reports and videos from farmers with a lot of clover established on their farms. Also map your farm with PastureBase, grow grass with less chemical N, grass budgeting and the regular items
Using pig manure as a cheaper fertiliser alternative
With the high price of fertiliser this Spring, Gerard McCutcheon, Teagasc Pig Development Officer and Mark Plunkett, Teagasc Specialist are on this week’s episode of the Beef Edge podcast with an insight into using pig manure as a cheap alternative and the do's and don’ts around importing slurry.
Teagasc celebrates World Wetlands Day 2022
The Irish Ramsar Wetlands Committee invites you to celebrate World Wetlands day on the 2nd February. Mary Roache, Teagasc ASSAP Advisor & Teagasc representative on The Irish Ramsar Wetlands Committee, reminds us that that farmers play a key role in the conservation and “wise use of wetlands”
Somatic Cell Count (SCC) management in early lactation
Early identification of Somatic Cell Count (SCC) issues is important to being in control of SCC through lactation and especially as we head into the new era of selective dry cow therapy later this year. Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist explains how the California Mastitis Test (CMT) can help
CAP23 Tillage Webinar
We hope you are enjoying the series of Teagasc Crop Webinars 2022. You are invited to the latest Teagasc Crops Webinar CAP23 on this Thursday February 3rd at 11.30am. The webinar will focus on the new CAP proposals and how tillage farmers will be affected by these changes from 2023. Register here
Virtual Sheep Conference 2022 - Session 2
On Thursday 27 January, Dr. Philip Creighton, Teagasc Sheep Enterprise Leader, chaired this interesting discussion on ‘Reducing lamb mortality and new veterinary medicine regulations for 2022’. You can access the webinar and conference publication here
Three Reasons to use Protected Urea in 2022
Protected urea grows more grass in the long term. This is just one of three reasons why farmers should use Protected Urea in 2022. Mark Plunkett, Patrick Forrestal and Siobhán Kavanagh, Teagasc detail these and how to use it while Patrick Forrestal has tips on using protected urea in a video also
Streamlining the spring workload in dairying
Monitor farmers are critical to demonstrate good farming practice to other dairy farmers in the region. Here Mark Treacy, features a profile of one monitor farm: The Buttimer family, who are dairy farming in Ballineen, Co. Cork. Mark outlines how labour is efficiently planned for the calving period
Teagasc FUTURE BEEF Programme in Mayo
The Future Beef Programme is a new Teagasc Beef Demonstration programme consisting of 24 Suckler and Beef finishing farmers around the country. Alan Nolan, Drystock Advisor, Teagasc Ballinrobe introduces the father and son team of Michael and Niall Biggins who are Mayo's Future Beef farmers
Growing Grass Using Less Nitrogen Fertiliser - Webinar
On Thursday, 20 January, John Douglas & Joseph Dunphy from Teagasc Grass10 and Micheal O'Leary from PastureBase Ireland were joined by Kerry dairy farmer and 2020 Young Grassland Farmer of the Year David O'Leary to discuss growing grass using less Nitrogen fertiliser.
Teagasc Future Beef Programme in East Cork
The aim of the Teagasc Future Beef programme is to demonstrate to beef farmers how they can produce a quality product as efficiently as possible while also making it more environmentally sustainable. Aisling Molloy, Future Beef Advisor introduces the three East Cork demonstration farms here
The Signpost Series Webinar - Managing Red Clover on Dairy Farms
On this episode of The Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 21 January, Mark Gibson, Head of Teagasc Outreach & Innovation Department was joined by Dr James Humphreys, Teagasc Solohead Farm to discuss Managing Red Clover on Dairy Farms.
The many benefits of our forests
Ciara, Teagasc's virtual forestry adviser highlights in this video some of the many and wide-ranging economic, environmental and social benefits our forests provide for us every day of our lives.
Using pig slurry to save money makes more sense than ever
Pig slurry is now worth €48 per 1000 gallons. This double its normal value because fertiliser prices have never been so expensive. Using pig slurry can save you money - now more than ever before! Amy Quinn, Teagasc Pig Development Department has guidance for farmers importing pig slurry here
Virtual Sheep Conference 2022 - Session 1
On Tuesday, 25th January, Fiona McGovern, Teagasc researcher based in Athenry chaired the first session of the Teagasc Virtual Sheep Conference 2022 which addressed ‘Reducing input costs while maximising productivity and Outlook for 2022’. You can access the webinar and conference publication here
Utilisation of Nutrients Webinar
On this webinar on Thursday 20 January, Shay Phelan, Teagasc Crops Specialist was joined by James McDonnell, Farm Management Specialist; Liam Phelan, AIB; John Carroll, Glanbia; Don Somers, Signpost Programme tillage farmer and his Advisor John Pettit; and Dr Pete Berry, Head of Crop Physiology ADAS
Teagasc Soils, Nutrients and Fertiliser Campaign launched by Minister McConalogue
The Teagasc Soils, Nutrients and Fertiliser Campaign 2022 has been launched by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD. This Teagasc initiative is in response to the unprecedented fertiliser prices, and potential supply availability concerns arising in Spring 2022
Grass10 Newsletter - 25th January 2022
In this week's update from the Grass10 team get current grass growth details and predicted grass growth from Elodie Ruelle’s MoSt grass growth model, plus Grass10 Weekly Tips, Paul Kinsella, featured farmer PastureBase Review 2021 for Beef & Sheep, grow grass with less chemical N and grass budgeting
The performance of Newford farm in 2021 and top tips at calving
As calving season approaches on the Newford farm, Farm technician Michael Fagan gives an insight into the preparation in advance of calving and a review of performance of the herd in Athenry where there are 76 cows and 17 heifers due to calve from the start of February for 10 weeks.
GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme 2022 is open
On Friday, 21st January, the 2022 GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme opened for online applications. The scheme is open to GLAS farmers for the conservation of traditional farm outbuildings. It will close on 22nd February 2022. Find out more about what's involved here
Opportunities for Organic Horticultural Growers
On Wednesday, 26 January at 7.30pm, join us online for a webinar which will explore the opportunities available to organic horticultural growers.
Pig Newsletter January 2022
Welcome to the January edition of our monthly newsletter. In this month's edition: Quality Control of feed ingredients and Using pig slurry to save money makes more sense than ever
Ed Curtin, Future Beef farmer in Cork
Ed Curtin is a new Future Beef farmer, based in Meelin, Co Cork. Ed farms a suckler-to-weanling and dairy calf-to-store/calf-to-beef enterprise in partnership with his mother Breda. Martina Harrington, Future Beef Programme Manager has more on Ed's farm here; the achievements and the challenges
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar - Buffer Zones in Agriculture
On this episode of Let's Talk Dairy, which took place on Thursday, 13 January 2022, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist discusses buffer zones in agriculture
A successful Registered Farm Partnership in south Tipperary
Keeping the February 11 deadline in mind, Gordon Peppard Teagasc Collaborative Farming Specialist, meets organic farmers Pat and Angela Mulrooney embarking on a successful Registered Farm Partnership (RFP) with their son Mark, in south Tipperary
Using modern technology to unearth a medieval town
New technologies have allowed researchers to retrace Newtown in Co. Kilkenny without having to take a spade to the site. This article by Daniel O’Mahony, Teagasc Walsh Scholar & Jesko Zimmermann, Teagasc Cartographer first appeared on RTÉ Brainstorm recently
Teagasc Future Beef Programme in Galway
Teagasc's Future Beef programme, launched December 2021, aims to demonstrate to beef farmers how they can produce a quality product as efficiently, profitable and environmentally sustainable as possible. Mícheál Kelly, Teagasc Advisor, Athenry introduces Galway's Future Beef Farmer, Aonghusa Fahy
Nutrition of field and container grown nursery stock webinar
Dónall Flanagan, Teagasc Nursery Stock Advisor hosted a webinar on Wednesday, 12 January 2022 which focused on nutrition of field and container grown nursery stock. Dónall was joined by Erwin Weening, DCM Fertilisers and Sean Whitworth, Fargro.
Plan spring fertiliser applications for tillage crops
Considering the cost of nitrogen in 2022, it’s a good year for farmers to look at ways to reduce nitrogen use on farm. There are a number of ways to reduce nitrogen use including; growing your own nitrogen (using legume crops), reduce nitrogen inputs and more options as discussed here
Big future for Future Beef
Future Beef is the new Teagasc suckler beef demonstration farm programme. It consists of a network of 24 demonstration farms positioned right across the island supported by three experienced advisors. Martina Harrington Future Beef Programme Manager, tells us more in detail
The Signpost Series Webinar - Future Upland Management - Lessons from SUAS
On this episode of The Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 14 January, Pat Murphy, Head of Environment Knowledge Transfer Department, Teagasc was joined by Declan Byrne, SUAS Project Manager to discuss Future Upland Management - Lessons from SUAS.
Which type of Nitrogen delivers most for grass?
If your local merchant offered “buy eight tonnes, get one tonne free”, how would you respond? I suspect most farmers would go for it, especially given the current high fertiliser prices. Yet this is exactly the benefit that protected urea offers in comparison to straight urea. Read more here
Teagasc & NUI Galway partner new BSc Agricultural Science degree in the West
2021 saw the launch of a brand new BSc in Agricultural Science at the National University of Ireland Galway with a strong focus on Sustainable Agriculture. Teagasc and NUI Galway have announced a partnership to deliver on the huge demand for an Agricultural Degree programme in the West of Ireland.
Grass10 Newsletter - 18th January 2022
In this week's update from the Grass10 team get current grass growth details and predicted grass growth from Elodie Ruelle’s MoSt grass growth model, plus Grass10 Weekly Tips. See when to apply early Nitrogen, using a grass budget to plan 1st rotation, using slurry to grow grass in 2022 and more
The importance of taking a proper soil sample
Your soil sample forms the basis of your decisions on where to apply slurry, FYM, lime and chemical forms of Phosphorous and Potassium on the farm. Martina Harrington, Teagasc Beef Specialist advises on how to take a representative soil sample and outlines the benefits of getting it right
Growing Grass Using Less Nitrogen Fertiliser
This Thursday at 7pm join John Douglas and Joseph Dunphy, Teagasc Grass10 and Micheal O'Leary from PastureBase Ireland online, for advice on Getting the best response from what fertiliser you apply. David O'Leary, 2020 Young Grassland Farmer of the Year will talk about his system. Register here
Teagasc Signpost Programme Newsletter January 2022
In this month’s newsletter, Minister McConalogue explains the Climate Action Plan and what it means for Agriculture. We have our monthly climate actions, a video with timely advice for spring nutrient management for 2022 and an article on laying new hedges. We also provide 2 decision support tools
Mental health on farm - the most important part of sustainability
Dr John McNamara, Teagasc H&S specialist chats to Deirdre Glynn and Cathal Somers on the latest episode of the Environment Edge about Teagasc’s role in promoting farmer mental health and wellbeing, what to look out for and how we all can help.
Strategies to cope with rising fertiliser prices
Given the significant rise in fertiliser prices, Signpost programme advisor Seamus Kearney joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast to discuss how to minimise the requirement for chemical N in the first round through strategic use of slurry.
Getting the Best out of your Slurry - Webinar
The webinar 'Getting the Best out of your Slurry' was held on Wednesday 12th January. Francis Quigley, Machinery Specialist and Mark Plunkett, Soil and Plant Nutrition Specialist, Teagasc looked at LESS spreading, nutrient value of slurry, testing and more with guest speakers. Watch it back here
Signpost Tillage farmer: Tom Tierney
Tom Tierney is a tillage farmer in Prosperous in County Kildare. Tom uses a no-till establishment system in conjunction with cover crops to improve soil health. He is a participant in GLAS and in the Kildare Pollinator project to try to reduce his impact on the environment and improve biodiversity
The Signpost Series Webinar - Ecosystems services on CAFRE's Upland Farm
On this episode of The Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 7 January 2022, Mark Gibson, Head of Teagasc Outreach & Innovation Department was joined by Byran Irvine, CAFRE, Greenmount College to discuss ecosystems services on CAFRE's Upland Farm.
Plan your spring fertiliser applications
There are three areas of focus planning for 2022 which require careful planning: limiting the increase in expenditure in fertiliser, growing sufficient grass to feed animals and protecting the soil fertility on the farm for the future. Find out how and avoid waste with the advice outlined here.
Working Safely with Slurry
With slurry season commencing in many parts of the country this week it is once again important to think about the dangers associated with handling slurry and to plan this work with safety in mind. John McNamara and Francis Bligh Teagasc Health and Safety Specialists advice caution with safety tips
Cork Student wins Teagasc award at BTYSTE 2022 – Potential of nematodes to replace pesticides
Johannah Pigott, a Transition Year student from Colaiste Treasa, Kanturk, Co. Cork, is the winner of the Teagasc award at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2022 (BTYSTE). Johannah’s project looked at the potential of nematodes to replace chemical pesticides.
Can we assume all fires are bad? Not necessarily so..
Fire has been used for centuries to effect desired changes in vegetation conditions; enabling rapid removal of unwanted, dead or less productive vegetation from land, and creating favourable conditions for new growth. John Casey & Catríona Foley, Teagasc discuss prescribed or controlled burning
Today's Farm - January/February 2022
The January/February edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. The main focus of this edition is weighing up your fertiliser options. It also has articles on the Future Beef Programme; forming a Registered Farm Partnership; and market gardening.
Teagasc at BTYSTE: Soil microbiology
Soils are so much more than meets the eye. Soils are home to a staggering abundance and diversity of living organisms, most of which we cannot see with the naked eye. Teagasc researchers Aoife Duff and Catriona Boyle tell us more as part of BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE).
Grass10 Newsletter - 11th January 2022
Happy New Year to all our readers from the Grass10 team. In the first newsletter of 2022 get current grass growth details and predicted grass growth from Elodie Ruelle’s MoSt grass growth model, plus Grass10 Weekly Tips. See soil sampling advice, research update and upcoming webinar details all here
Virtual Tillage Conference 2022
The 2022 National Tillage Conference will take place virtually, split over two days. The first session will take place on Thursday, 13 January and the second session will take place on Thursday, 27 January, both at 11.30 am. Register to attend here.
Teagasc at BTYSTE: In the clover
Teagasc is at the virtual BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) 2022. Teagasc Researchers Catriona Boyle and Deirdre Hennessy bring us this article on Clover research in Teagasc as part of the event this week. Find out about the Teagasc prize awarded and visit the Teagasc stand here
Getting the Best Out of Slurry
Maximise the opportunity to reduce chemical fertiliser inputs in the year ahead. If you'd like to find out more you won't want to miss the Teagasc Getting the Best Out of Slurry Webinar on Wednesday, 12th January 2022 at 11am with Francis Quigley and Mark Plunkett. Register here
The Signpost Series Webinar - Perspectives of Farm Sustainability
On this episode of The Signpost Series on Friday, 17 December, Mark Gibson, Head of Teagasc Outreach & Innovation Department was joined by Charlie McConalogue TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Professor Frank O'Mara, Teagasc Director to discuss perspectives of farm sustainability
Teagasc Green Acres Newsletter Issue 9
The Teagasc Green Acres Calf to Beef Programme e-Newsletter, this January, focuses on preparing for the arrival of calves on farm with a farmer update from Jarlath Ruane, Claremorris, Co. Mayo. It includes key management tips, advice on calf rearing, vaccination of dairy-beef calves and calf housing
Ask for your Nutrient Management Plan
NMP online produces a fertiliser plan for your farm including a liming plan, where to apply your slurry/FYM and what fields to target with specific fertiliser based on soil test results. Teagasc environment specialists Padraig Foley and Tim Hyde give more information.
Capturing More N from Cattle Slurry
With fertilizer prices at all-time highs cattle slurry will be a key resource on farm to reduce the impact of high N, P & K prices. Mark Plunkett, Teagasc, Johnstown Castle, Co Wexford and Francis Quigley, Machinery Specialist, Kildalton College explain how to achieve this
Fertiliser options in 2022
With fertiliser prices having gone through the roof, how can we become more efficient in 2022 in order to maintain grass production? Mark Plunkett, Teagasc Crop & Nutrient Management Specialist, joins Deirdre Glynn and Cathal Somers on the latest Environment Edge podcast to discuss the options.
The Signpost Series Webinar - The value of native provenance trees and hedging stock
On this episode of The Signpost Series held as part of Hedgerow Week, Pat Murphy and Catherine Keena, Teagasc were joined by Joe Gowran, Woodlands of Ireland and Maria Cullen, Society of Irish Plant Pathologists (SIPP) to discuss the value of native provenance trees and hedging stock
TResearch Autumn/Winter 2021
TResearch is an official science publication of Teagasc. It aims to disseminate the results of the organisation’s research to a broad audience. The Autumn/Winter 2021 issue of TResearch magazine brings a new look. We’ve put the people who carry out our cutting-edge research front and centre.
Tillage Farms are low GHG emitters but targeting nitrogen can reduce emissions further
The biggest contributor to Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions on tillage farms is nitrogen use. Michael Hennessy, Head of Crop Knowledge Transfer Department, Teagasc looks at some of the figures involved in reducing nitrogen rates on farms.
Unearthing a medieval town
For the final Map of the Month of the year 2021, we take a closer look the abandoned town of Newtown near Jerpoint Abbey, Co. Kilkenny, which according to local legend is the resting place of St. Nicholas. This map by Daniel O'Mahony, Walsh Scholar looks at how technology revolutionised archaeology.
Don Somers Teagasc Signpost tillage farmer
Don Somers is one of the Teagasc Signpost tillage farmers and is based in Co. Wexford. Don grows a mixture of winter and spring cereals as well as winter oilseed rape and spring beans. Find out more about Don's farming practices in a short video here
Saoirse wins International Award for her Teagasc multi-species sward research
This year’s Brian Chambers International Award for Early Career Researchers was won by Dr Saoirse Cummins, a researcher at Teagasc’s Environment Research Centre at Johnstown Castle, for showing that multi-species mixtures enhance grassland sustainability
Forestry winter management tasks
Winter tends to be a bit more quiet on the farm. It is a great time to get jobs done in your forest. So, dependent on the age of your forest, here are some suggestions to work off all those Christmas puddings! Steven Meyen, Teagasc Forestry Development Department goes through the checklist
The Future for Ireland’s Energy Supply
Teagasc Energy and Rural Development Specialist, Barry Caslin, joins Deirdre Glynn and Cathal Somers on the latest Environment Edge podcast to discuss the possibility of energy shortages in the future, price hikes and what the agricultural industry can do to help solve the problem.
Let's Talk Dairy - Knowing your Carbon Footprint
On this episode of Let's Talk Dairy which took place on Thursday, 2 December, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist was joined by Siobhán Kavanagh, Signpost Programme Communications and Engagement Specialist to discuss the Bord Bia report and knowing your carbon footprint.
Meeting December Climate Actions
In December Climate Actions: Order protected urea for 2022 - how to value it versus other N, Organise soil sampling, Weigh finishing animals in winter to ensure they are on target for slaughter next Spring, Identify suitable heifers for breeding at 15 months and importing organic manure for tillage
Reducing Phosphorus Loss to Water
There has been at lot of focus on Nitrogen in media coverage in recent times, but it is another nutrient, Phosphorus, that in causing issues in many watercourses draining heavy soils. Ivan Kelly, Teagasc ASSAP Advisor provides some advice on reducing Phosphorous loss to water.
The benefits of soil sampling to farmers
It is crucial that farmers take soil samples and analyse the findings to save money in 2022. Brendan Garry and John Noonan, Teagasc Mayo provide some advice and Edward Gibbons, local farmer discusses the benefits he has seen on his farm by taking soil samples over the years.
How to reduce chemical fertiliser N in 2022
Getting more from every kilo of nitrogen (N) in 2022 is the new challenge as fertiliser N prices reach record highs and legislative N limits tighten in a quest to improve water quality and reduce the impacts of agricultural emissions on climate change. Mark Plunkett, Teagasc Specialist has advice
Pig slurry on tillage ground
The Teagasc Pig Development Department bring us this video which features Gerard McCutcheon, Pig Advisor and Martin Doran, Tillage Farmer and demonstrates the use and value of pig manure as fertiliser on Martin's farm.
Safeguard your payments against Cross Compliance Penalties
Under cross-compliance, the beneficiary of direct payments is required to meet specified minimum criteria in the maintenance of their yard and the storage of organic manures to avoid sanctions being applied to their area-based payments. Noel Bardon, Walsh Scholar, Teagasc Westport has some advice.
Environment Newsletter - December 2021
The latest edition of the Environment newsletter has information on: Think before you plant!; Planting a new hedge; and a message from Signpost Programme - How big is your carbon footprint?.
Teagasc Pathway to Reducing GHG Emissions
The Climate Action Plan of 4th November clarified sectoral emission reduction targets for agriculture and land-use. Tom O’Dwyer, Head of Signpost Programme focuses on the steps needed for agriculture to deliver on its targets. Teagasc Director, Frank O'Mara outlined these at the Beef Conference also
Farmer Tom Tierney explains his direct drill system
Tom Tierney, a farmer in North Kildare, who converted to a direct drill system six years ago and Ivan Whitten, his Teagasc Advisor, join Michael Hennessy on this week’s episode of The Tillage Edge podcast to discuss Tom’s farming system and how sustainability is at the core of all his decisions.
Dairy Newsletter - December 2021
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Dairy team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Profit Monitor revision, Planning fertiliser requirements for 2022, Research Update - METH-ABATE and Breeding targets for winter milk herds
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar - Organic Dairying
On this episode of Let's Talk Dairy which took place on Thursday, 25 November, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist was joined by Joe Kelleher, Teagasc Organic Specialist to discuss organic dairying.
Organic farming: an option now?
For those considering the change to organic farming there are many factors to take into account. Martina Donnelly, Teagasc B&T Drystock Advisor, discusses these factors, including fertiliser, meal and sprays, here.
Minister Hackett Welcomes Research Funding on Peat Alternatives in Horticulture
Minister of State at Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine with special responsibility for Horticulture, Senator Pippa Hackett, has welcomed the announcement of €1.69 million in funding for research into peat alternatives for Horticulture arising from the DAFM's Competitive Research Call 2021
Opportunities for Growth in 2022 with PastureBase Ireland - Webinar
On Thursday, 2 December, John Douglas and Joseph Dunphy, Teagasc Grass10 and Micheal O'Leary from PastureBase Ireland were joined by dairy farmer John Phelan to discuss the opportunities for growth in 2022 with PastureBase Ireland.
National Dairy Conference Questions Answered: Profitability of later born calves
Today's question, the last in the series of unanswered questions from the Virtual Dairy Conference is on whether later born calves (April- May) leave a profit for the beef farmer? All this week and last, Teagasc Dairy Specialists answered these. Nicky Byrne, Teagasc Grange answers this one here
The Signpost Series Webinar - What are the implications of net zero for UK agriculture?
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 26 November, Pat Murphy, Head of Environment Knowledge Transfer Department, Teagasc was joined by guest speaker Dr Bob Rees, SRUC Scotland to discuss what are the implications of net zero for UK agriculture?.
Teagasc Green Acres Newsletter Issue 8
This latest issue of the Teagasc Green Acres Calf to Beef Programme e-Newsletter, this December, has a farmer update from Ciaran Bartley, Boher, Co. Limerick, key management tips, details of silage quality on Green Acres farms and information on Space requirements for weanlings. Read it here
National Beef Conference 2021
Due to COVID-19, this year's National Beef Conference was delivered as two webinars, on Monday, 6th December and Wednesday, 8th December. The conference consisted of the latest beef research and the best technical advice for beef farmers. Access both of the webinars here
National Dairy Conference Questions Answered: Spring Nitrogen recommendations
Teagasc Dairy Specialists and farmer speakers answer questions from the National Dairy Conference, which were unanswered on the day, due to the volume of questions asked, here on Teagasc Daily this week. Today's question is on Spring Nitrogen recommendations answered by Michael O’Donovan, Moorepark
National Dairy Conference Questions Answered: Oversowing Clover
In a follow up from yesterday’s questions about the Clover seeding rate, this question is further answered today with regard to clover oversowing methods. Teagasc Dairy Specialists and farmer speakers answer questions like this from the National Dairy Conference here on Teagasc Daily this week
Recap on November Climate Actions
With the first week of December under our belt it's time to recap on Climate actions for November and see if we have measured up. This week is Hedgerow week - did you order your trees and hedging? It's a good time to soil sample, test silage and review liver fluke control if not already done.
Fertiliser Prices – Aiming to minimize impact of price inflation
With nitrogen prices having trebled in the last number of months and phosphorus and potassium prices rising also, drystock farmers are rightly concerned as to how this will affect their business in terms of cashflow and profitability in 2022. Alan Dillon, Beef Specialist discusses options here
The state of Ireland’s hedgerows
Catherine Keena Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist covers The state of Ireland’s hedgerows, as talked about in the Teagasc Hedgerow Week Panel Discussion on Monday's webinar. Watch back on the webinar here and tune in all this week to Hedgerow Week events
National Dairy Conference Questions Answered: Clover seeding rate
Establishing clover in existing swards was a hot topic at the dairy conference. Questions like the following were asked: What amount of clover seed should be in a mix for mid season reseed? Teagasc Dairy Specialists and farmer speakers answer questions like this here on Teagasc Daily this week
A day in the life: Diane Purcell-Meyerink, Teagasc Researcher
Diane Purcell-Meyerink began working at the Teagasc Food Centre, in July 2021. A Day in the Life... tells more about her well-traveled career path, taking her onto the NASA Ames base in California, to her current work in Teagasc on seaweeds and her Marie Cuire fellowship project ALGIPRO.
Higher farm output prices in 2021, but rising costs a concern for 2022
A new report, by economists at Teagasc, estimates that average family farm income (FFI) in Ireland has increased by 20 per cent in 2021. Overall, price inflation for farm inputs has been more than offset by higher prices for most farm outputs leaving average family farm income for some farm systems
Advice for Farmers facing Storm Barra
Met Eireann have issued a Status Red, Orange and Yellow - Wind warning for Ireland. Storms are becoming a more frequent occurance in Ireland bringing a mixture of wind, rain and sometimes snow. Teagasc has advice here for farmers facing the current Storm Barra this Tuesday and Wednesday
Teagasc Future Beef Programme - Sustainable Cattle Production
The Teagasc Future Beef Programme - Sustainable Cattle Production, was launched by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD on the farm of Oliver O’Hara, near Manorhamilton in County Leitrim today, Monday, 6 December.
National Dairy Conference Questions Answered: Using a team of bulls
Teagasc Dairy Specialists continue this week to answer the unanswered questions from the Virtual Dairy Conference on the Dairy Daily. Today's unanswered question is on using a balanced team of bulls when breeding for replacement heifers.
How to find out what your farm emissions are and go about reducing them
Siobhan Kavanagh, Teagasc Communications Specialist with the Signpost Farm programme and Mick Houlihan, Agri Sustainability Manager with Bord Bia, join Deirdre Glynn and Cathal Somers on the latest Environment Edge podcast to discuss our carbon footprint and how we can reduce farm emissions.
On The Signpost Series, on Friday, 3 December, Mark Gibson, was joined by Pippa Hackett, Minister of State, DAFM and Professor Frank O'Mara, Teagasc Director to officially launch Hedgerow Week 2021. Catherine Keena, Countryside Management Specialist discusses planting hedges here and in the webinar
The Signpost Series - Managing the Risk of Phosphorus Loss from Slurry Application in Northern Ireland
On this episode of The Signpost Series, held on Friday, 19 November, Mark Gibson, Head of Teagasc Outreach & Innovation Department was joined by guest speakers Drs Donnacha Doody and Russell Adams, AFBI to discuss managing the risk of Phosphorus loss from slurry application in Northern Ireland
Proposed Suckler Carbon Efficiency Programme
The details of the new proposed suckler cow scheme which will be opening in 2023 have recently been published in the Draft CAP Strategic Plan 2023-2027. Matt O’Sullivan Teagasc Advisor, Killarney outlines the proposed programme here
Cop26 and Climate Change - Focus for Farmers
COP 26 took place in Glasgow recently. COP - Conference of Parties comprises the governments signed up to the UN Framework Convention of Climate Change (UNFCCC). Participating countries are tasked with their own emission reduction targets to implement. Drystock Advisor John Galvin gives some insight
Are you considering converting to Organic Farming? - Webinar
On Wednesday, 24 November, Joe Kelleher and Elaine Leavy, Teagasc Organic Specialists hosted the third in a series of Autumn Organic Webinars which gave an insight into converting to organic farming. They were also joined by two farmers who recently converted to organic farming.
Teagasc Hedgerow Week 2021 Launched
Understanding hedges better is the theme for the Teagasc Hedgerow Week 2021 which takes place from 3 – 10 December. Pippa Hackett, Minister of State, DAFM launched the hedgerow week programme of online events this morning on the Signpost webinar
National Dairy Conference Questions Answered: Are you considering red clover?
All this week Teagasc Specialists answer the unanswered questions from the Virtual Dairy Conference on the Dairy Daily. Today's question - Are you considering red clover (as well as white clover) for silage or grazing ground? is answered by the dairy farmer speakers, Kevin Moran and Ger Pardy
Promising results from Ireland’s first large scale measurement of methane emissions in beef cattle
Novel research led by Teagasc, in collaboration with colleagues at University College Dublin (UCD) and the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF), are making strides towards identifying, and ultimately, breeding for low methane emitting beef cattle to improve environmental sustainability in cattle
National Dairy Conference Questions Answered: Slurry additives benefits
All this week Teagasc Specialists answer the unanswered questions from the Virtual Dairy Conference on the Dairy Daily. Today's question is about Slurry additives and whether they are beneficial at making slurry agitation easier and at increasing nutrient supply to grassland.
Newford Notes - Week of 22nd November 2021
Michael Fagan, Teagasc Technician of the Newford Suckler Demonstration Farm in Athenry reports on the recent slaughter performance of the beef heifers and bullocks an compares the figures from 2015 to date. The weanlings are housed and he has a video on the drafting of the beef bullocks for 2021
Teagasc appoint new Director of Research
Teagasc has appointed Professor Pat Dillon as Director of Research. The Teagasc Authority approved the appointment at its meeting on Wednesday, 1 December 2021. Professor Dillon will take up this new role straight away.
National Dairy Conference Questions Answered: potential of multi-species swards
On the day at the Virtual Dairy Conference Teagasc Specialists were not in a position to answer all questions asked due to the sheer volume of questions. All this week they attempt to answer some of those questions on the Dairy Daily. Today's question is about the potential of multi-species swards
Grass10 Newsletter - 30th November 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team: Weekly PastureBase data & MoSt Grass Growth Prediction Model; GET YOUR CLOSING AFC COMPLETE THIS WEEK, see PastureBase Scorecard, key points from the Dairy Conference, details of upcoming webinar, Beef Edge Podcast and Athenry Research Update
GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme Farmer Focus – Bernard Bugler
Bernard Bugler is a GLAS 3 Participant from Co. Clare who availed of the Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme for repairs to an old stone Building situated in the farmyard. The building was thought to be over 150 years old. Martina Enright, Teagasc Ennis Advisor has details of what was involved
What maps tell us about how we live, work and travel
Complex patterns in geographic data and maps can tell us much about our lives today and in the future. This article "What maps tell us about how we live, work and travel" by Jesko Zimmermann, David Meredith and Rob O'Hara, Teagasc, first appeared on RTÉ Brainstorm.
Teagasc NFS 2020 Sustainability Report Launch
On Tuesday 30th November at 10 am Teagasc will launch it's NFS 2020 Sustainability Report online. The 2020 report uses the Teagasc National Farm Survey (NFS) to track the performance of dairy, cattle, sheep and tillage farms in improving their economic, environmental and social sustainability.
The Irish Coronavirus Sequencing Consortium November 2021
The Irish Coronavirus Sequencing Consortium, funded by Science Foundation Ireland is led by Professor Paul Cotter, Teagasc Moorepark. The aim of the project is to sequence or “read” the genetic information of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Teagasc researchers explain more in this video
Value of Pig Manure
In this infographic the Teagasc Pig Development Department have highlighted how farmers can make substantial savings by using pig manure to grow their grass and tillage crops based on current fertilizer prices.
Reducing energy costs on dairy farms
John Upton Teagasc, Animal & Grassland Research & Innovation Centre, Moorepark, advises calculating the energy costs of your farm in cents per litre of milk produced, as a useful exercise to benchmark efficiencies against national averages and other farmers. He discuses the role of solar panels
The Signpost Series Webinar - Farm Specific Mitigation Strategies and Practical Actions to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions on Irish Farms
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 12 November, Pat Murphy, Head of Environment KT, Teagasc was joined by Dr. Seamus Kearney, Signpost Programme and Jonathan Herron, Teagasc Moorepark to discuss Practical Actions to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and more
The effect of sward type & nitrogen fertiliser application rate on milk & herbage production
There is renewed interest in the use of white clover in grazing systems due to its ability to biologically fix nitrogen (N). Brian McCarthy, Áine Murray and Fergal Coughlan, Teagasc, look into the effect of sward type and nitrogen fertiliser application rate on milk and herbage production.
Making better grazing management decisions in 2022 – the PastureBase Ireland story
Enhanced grazing management has the potential to yield further improvements in milk production efficiency and nutrient use efficiency. The level of grassland measurement within PastureBase Ireland has grown substantially in recent years. Michael O’Donovan and Micheal O’Leary, Teagasc, examine this.
Economic and environmental performance of Irish dairy herds - what are the measures of success?
As with all industries and sectors of society, agriculture is being increasingly challenged to play its part in improving climate and environmental sustainability. Joe Patton, looks at the economic & environmental performance on Irish dairy herds as part of the Teagasc Virtual Dairy Conference 2021
Trying to make sense of the Climate Action Plan
The Climate Action Plan is aiming to reduce our total national emissions by 51% by 2030. Each sector of the economy has been allocated a budget. Enda O’Hart, Drystock Adviser, Teagasc Castlerea discusses two of the recently published sectoral budgets under the Climate Action Plan, impacting farmers
Earlier Finishing in Practice
Climate commitments through the Climate Action Plan are set to have a fundamental policy impact on beef production over the coming decades. Colm Kelly, Drystock Advisor, Teagasc Ballinasloe answers common questions about finishing cattle earlier and the challenges he has encountered.
Is organic dairy farming for you?
Organic specialist Joe Kelleher joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s episode of The Dairy Edge podcast to discuss organic dairy and consider whether it has a role within the context of Irish milk production systems.
The Future Beef Programme in Co Roscommon
The aim of the Future Beef programme is to demonstrate to beef farmers how they can produce a quality product as efficiently as possible to make beef farming more profitable while also making it more environmentally sustainable. Brian Daly, Advisor, Roscommon introduces two future beef farmers
The Signpost Series - Assessing Biodiversity Management Practices on Intensively managed farmland
On this episode of The Signpost Series, held on Friday, 5 November, Mark Gibson, Head of Teagasc Outreach & Innovation Department was joined by Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist to discuss assessing Biodiversity Management Practices on intensively managed farmland
John Barry Signpost beef farmer on reducing emissions
This month we meet farmers that are engaging with their carbon footprint figure. Michael Daly, Teagasc Drystock Advisor, joins suckler farmer John Barry in Co. Tipperary, to analyse the results of his audit report from Bord Bia and suitable actions he can take to reduce emissions.
Alex McCarthy Signpost dairy farmer on reducing emissions
This month we meet farmers that are engaging with their carbon footprint figure. Tom O'Connor, Teagasc Dairy Advisor, joins dairy farmer Alex McCarthy in Co. Limerick, to analyse the results of his recent Bord Bia audit and suitable actions he can take to reduce emissions.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Soil Fertility Trends in the Agricultural Catchments Programme
On this episode of The Signpost Series, held on Friday, 29 October, Mark Gibson, Head of Teagasc Outreach & Innovation Department was joined by guest speaker Edward Burgess, Agricultural Catchments Programme, Teagasc to discuss soil fertility trends in the Agricultural Catchments Programme
Are you considering converting to Organic Farming?
The Teagasc Organic Specialists are hosting a series of Autumn organic webinars covering various technical aspects of organic farming. The third webinar in the series, on Wednesday, 24 November at 7:30pm focuses on considering converting to Organic Farming. Two farmers talk about their experiences
Cover crops update from Signpost Tillage Farmer Vincent Macken
See this video update on cover crops from Co. Meath Signpost Tillage Farmer, Vincent Macken. Vincent uses cover crops of Phacelia, Tillage Radish and Mustard mainly as a soil conditioner prior to sowing winter and spring crops, as Shane Kennedy, Teagasc advisor outlines.
Animal Health and Antimicrobial Resistance Awareness Week
The use of antimicrobials in the agriculture sector is coming under increasing scrutiny in light of the very real public health threat of antimicrobial resistance. The 2021 DAFM Animal Health Awareness Week will take place in conjunction with World Antimicrobial Awareness Week from Nov 18th to 24th
The Signpost Series - Biorefinery Glas and the potential of the bioeconomy to transform grassland agriculture in Ireland
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 22 October, Mark Gibson, Teagasc was joined by James Gaffey, MTU; Johan Sanders, Grassa; and Bridget Lynch, Teagasc to discuss Biorefinery Glas and the potential of the bioeconomy to transform grassland agriculture in Ireland.
Official Opening Ceremony for Johnstown Castle Estate, Museum & Gardens, Wexford
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D., was joined by some descendants of former staff of the Johnstown Castle Estate from 100 years ago, in celebrating the official opening of the majestic Johnstown Castle Estate, Museum & Gardens in County Wexford last week.
Seaweed supplementation to reduce methane emissions in ruminants
Researchers at Teagasc are investigating whether the addition of native seaweeds and seaweed extracts to the ruminant diet can reduce methane emissions. Dr Maria Hayes explains more to presenter Jonathan McCrea on “10 Things to Know About…Seaweed”, airing tonight on RTÉ One Television at 8:30pm.
The dangers of antimicrobial resistance in animal health
With global temperatures on the rise, this week’s Environment Edge podcast asks how will this affect exotic and endemic disease in Ireland?
New National Agricultural Sustainability Research and Innovation Centre announced
A new National Agricultural Sustainability Research & Innovation Centre (NASRIC) is to be established at Teagasc Johnstown Castle. Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD has announced that DAFM is providing Teagasc with the required funding (€9m)
Forests helping to re-connect with nature
Now more than ever, individuals and society are questioning “the meaning of life” and seeking answers. A new native woodland in Roscommon offers a re-connection with nature. Noel Kennedy, Teagasc Forestry Advisor takes us to Seán Butler's recent plantation at Hillside Holistic Farm
Timoleague Catchment Research entering a new phase
The Agricultural Catchments Programme (ACP) has been conducting research and farm advice, recording water quality, quality and weather data in Timoleague, West-Cork since 2009. As Timoleague Catchment Research is entering a new phase, Oisín Coakley, ACP Advisor brings us an update
Trails and Tales - Jenkinstown Wood
On Saturday 14th November at 8am join Teagasc Forestry Advisor Michael Somers for an interesting walk through the forest at Jenkinstown Wood. Find out about the wonders of the woodlands and benefits of forestry to our lives. It's an early start to end Science Week. Check out free registration here
Creating Our Future
I’m sure you have seen or heard ads for the Creating Our Future initiative, which is a campaign being run by the government of Ireland to find out from the public what they think we should be doing scientific research on in the future.
Today's Farm - November/December 2021
The November/December edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. There is a focus on business, production, environment and countryside issues. Organic farming is highlighted. Reducing the risk of TB, winter milk diets and lowering emissions are among the topics covered.
Advisors appointed to Teagasc Future Beef Programme
The team of Advisors to lead the new Future Beef Programme - Sustainable Cattle Production, have been appointed by Teagasc. The Programme Manager is Cattle Specialist Martina Harrington, and she is joined by Future Beef Advisors Gabriel Trayers and Aisling Molloy.
Introducing the National Dairy Conference 2021
The National Dairy Conference is at Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork and at Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone on Tuesday 23rd & Wednesday 24th November respectively. Focusing on environmentally sustainable dairying, Specialist, George Ramsbottom, introduces farmer speakers Kevin Moran, Galway & Ger Pardy, Offaly
Generating bioplastics using haemoglobin from blood
On “10 Things to Know About … Blood”, airing tonight, Monday, 8 November, on RTÉ One Television at 8:30pm, presenter Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin will meet Teagasc Researchers, Dr Anne Maria Mullen and Dr Carlos Alvarez, who have developed a method to generate bioplastics using haemoglobin from blood.
Are improved environmental efficiencies compatible with farm profit?
Joe Patton, Teagasc’s Head of Dairy KT, joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s episode of The Dairy Edge, to consider whether improving environmental efficiencies on Irish dairy farms is compatible with profitability.
Agriculture Climate Targets Challenging but Achievable
Teagasc is committed to continue its research and advisory programme supporting farmers to meet the reduction targets for greenhouse gas emissions set in the Government’s Climate Action Plan.
Making the most of what you have!
Here Bernie Leahy, Drystock Advisor, Teagasc Galway considers The Parable of the Talents in the Bible, and likens it to Teagasc initiatives such as Signpost Programme and Farm Diversification which encourage farmers to be efficient, not wasteful, changing practices for the sake of the environment
Teagasc Signpost Programme Newsletter November 2021
This months newsletter provides a guide to the actions beef farmers can take to reduce emissions on their farm, including 2 Signpost Farmers, Alex McCarthy (Dairy) & John Barry (Beef), outlining their carbon footprint; A guide & link to the Dairy Energy Decision Support Tool; research update & more
Focus on ewe body condition score sees lamb numbers up in West Cork
Denis O’Riordan, a BETTER Sheep farmer, farms approximately 280 hectares (690 acres) of hill & lowland in West Cork, with his wife Esther, daughters Abbie, Roísín & Órlaith, and his uncle, Donie O’Connor. Michael Gottstein, Teagasc Head of Sheep KT outlines the benefits of the 2021 farm practices
Winner of ‘Our forests in autumn' Category of Teagasc Forest Photo Competition Announced
The Teagasc Forestry Development Department today, Friday, 5 November 2021, announced the prize winners in category 1 of its ongoing forest photo competition ‘Celebrating Our Forests and Wood Use’.
Science Week 2021 - Trails and Tales
On Sunday 7th November at 8 am join Teagasc Forestry Advisor, Michael Somers, for an interesting walk in the forest. Find out about the wonders of the woodlands & benefits of forestry in our lives. It's an early start to Science Week but you get to enjoy the perks! Check out free registration here.
Tillage Newsletter - November 2021
In the November Tillage newsletter get the latest on winter cereals, BYDV, Weed control, slugs, winter oilseed rape, The Signpost Programme and IPMWorks.
Options for Organic Tillage Growers - Webinar
On Wednesday, 27th October, Elaine Leavy and Joe Kelleher, Teagasc Organic Specialists hosted the second in a series of Autumn Organic Webinars which focused on options for organic tillage growers.
Signpost Programme Farm Walk: Patrick & Paula O’Hanlon, Kerry
Patrick & Paula O’Hanlon's farm in Tarbert, is one of five farms in Co. Kerry partaking in the Teagasc Signpost Programme. A farm walk was held recently on their farm. Méabh Dore, Teagasc Dairy advisor recounts the most notable changes on the farm and the biggest learning outcomes from the day here
GLAS Funding allows Restoration of Clare Farm Outbuildings
Co. Clare suckler farmer Denis Clair, a GLAS participant was eligible to apply to the Heritage Council for the DAFM-funded Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme, to restore & repair a number of historic outbuildings on his farm as Michael Dillon, Teagasc Advisor Kilrush and Helen Devitt outline
Antimicrobial resistance to feature on ‘10 Things to Know About’ TV Programme
The TV programme, ‘10 Things to Know About … Outdoor Living’, which will broadcast tonight at 8.30PM on RTÉ One will address the topic of Antimicrobial resistance. Teagasc Food Safety researcher, Dr Kaye Burgess will discuss the AREST project - focused on antimicrobial resistance and the environment
Minister of State, Pippa Hackett, on the challenges that lie ahead for farming
On the latest episode of The Environment Edge podcast, Pippa Hackett, Minister of State for Agriculture with responsibility for Land Use and Biodiversity joins Deirdre Glynn and Cathal Somers to discuss the challenges ahead for farming and how we can meet them head on.
Science Week 2021 - The Festival of Farming and Food
We invite you to join us for an unmissable series of virtual and in-person events for Science Week 2021, which takes place from 7 November to 14 November, as part of ‘The Festival of Farming and Food’, run by Teagasc.
Halloween - What do you know?
With Halloween upon us, Teagasc Daily asks the question: What do you know about pumpkins, bats and turnips? On Oíche Shamhna (Halloween night) long before pumpkin carving, the humble turnip was traditionally carved out. And hear what Éanna Ní Lamhna has to say on bats on the Environment Edge podcast
Delivering on sustainability
As part of Moorepark 21 Teagasc researchers and specialists prepared detailed papers on the theme Irish Dairying - Delivering Sustainably. Researcher Laurence Shalloo's paper was 'Delivering on sustainability' . Read a summary of the paper below.
Organic Dairy Farm Open Day on the banks of the River Barrow
Joe & Alicia Whitty have been farming organically for 14 years now, but the biggest change to their farming system came in 2015 when they converted their mixed beef/pigs and tillage operation to organic dairying. The Whitty family hold an organic farm walk on Wednesday November 3rd at 11am.
Grass10 Newsletter - 27th October 2021
In the latest Grass10 newsletter PastureBase Ireland data for the week for both Dairy & Beef and Sheep farms, plus Elodie Ruelle’s MoSt Grass Growth Prediction Model. Picking your paddocks to graze in the final grazing rotation and farmer updates.
Teagasc hosts NEFERTITI cross visit
NEFERTITI is an EU Horizon 2020 project aiming to network European demonstration farms to enhance cross fertilisation and innovation uptake through demonstration and peer to peer learning. Twenty six farmers, advisors and researchers from six NEFERTITI partner countries visited Ireland recently.
Best practice for sheep dipping
Kevin O’Sullivan, Teagasc ASSAP Advisor highlights the key areas to pay attention to when using sheep dip. He also takes us through the correct procedure for disposal of spent sheep dip in order to ensure our watercourses are protected.
Are your Climate Actions for October on track?
Are your Climate Actions for October on track? If not you can act now to apply lime, start closing paddocks, check out your carbon footprint for your farm, check your soil maps and apply K to low index soils or start taking soil samples and manage your hedges to allow some thorn saplings to grow.
Gurteen College Open Day
Gurteen College is hosting an open day for prospective applicants to its course offerings on Wednesday, 27th October from 10:30am - 12:30pm. Advanced booking is essential to attend in person. Find out more here.
Options for Organic Tillage Growers
The second in a series of Autumn organic webinars, hosted by the Teagasc Organic Specialists, takes place on Wednesday, 27 October at 7:30pm and focuses on Options for Organic Tillage Growers. Register here
Do you know the carbon footprint for your farm? - Webinar
An interactive informative online webinar to guide you through using the carbon footprint figure to make decisions on reducing emissions on your farm. The webinar was held by Seamus Kearney, Teagasc Signpost, Dr. Eleanor Murphy, Bord Bia and Jack Kearney, Signpost Farmer.
Avail of TAMS - deadline approaching
The next tranche of the Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme (TAMS) closes on November 5th. There is a 40% grant available to all farmers with a herd number and 60% available to qualified Young Farmers under 40 years of age. Conor Dobson, Teagasc Advisor Longford outlines the benefits to you
The Signpost Series - Implications of climate neutrality for agriculture, land use & forestry in Ireland
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 8 October, Mark Gibson, Head of Teagasc Outreach & Innovation Department was joined by Dr. David Styles, University of Limerick to discuss the implications of climate neutrality for agriculture, land use & forestry in Ireland.
Delivering a Sustainable Beef Sector
BovINE network spans across 9 EU States. BovINE links farmers, advisors, researchers, & other relevant stakeholders to stimulate exchange of knowledge & ideas to address solutions to the challenges faced by the sector. The 2021 network meeting theme is Delivering a Sustainable Beef Sector.
Forests and farming – working together to protect water quality
Trees and forests offer an array of positive environmental functions. Protecting water quality is one of the most important and one that can hugely benefit farming. Noel Kennedy, Forestry Development Officer discusses how farming and forestry can benefit and improve water quality.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Farm Zero C Overview
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 15 October, Mark Gibson, Head of Teagasc Outreach & Innovation Department was joined by Gavin Hunt, Farm Zero C Project Manager, BiOrbic & Cian White, Trinity College Dublin to get an overview of the Farm Zero C project.
Cathal Moran's Teagasc/Glanbia Open Source Future Farm Walk
A farm walk with Cathal Moran, farmer participant in the Teagasc Glanbia Future Farm Programme took place on Friday, 1 October on his farm in Skeoughvasteen, Co. Kilkenny. See first-hand in a series of 8 mini-video clips how the day went and download the event proceeding here
Managing BYDV Risk
Planting a mix of crops, having a range of sowing dates and applying fungicides to control disease are all examples of how tillage farmers can manage risk to their income. This autumn has demonstrated how people view risk. Ciaran Collins, Teagasc Crops Specialist has advice on BYDV risk management
Dr Anne-Marie Butler is the New Head of Teagasc Education
Dr Anne-Marie Butler commenced her role as Head of Teagasc Education programme this week. Dr Butler will lead the Teagasc education programme, delivered through the agriculture & horticulture colleges, Teagasc education centres, and in collaboration with the Universities & Institutes of Technology
Calculating the Carbon Footprint of your Farm
The Environment is at the forefront of all our decisions now as we actively make positive moves to lowering Greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). We know Greenhouse gases have a negative impact on our planet. Serena Gibbons, Education Officer Teagasc Athenry looks at how the carbon footprint is calculated
Bioeconomy Week Ireland 2021
As part of Bioeconomy Ireland Week 2021 (18th to 22nd October) Teagasc, in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM), Munster Technological University, UCD, Trinity College Dublin, and the Irish Bioeconomy Foundation will present a series of maps on the bioeconomy
Grass10 Newsletter - 19th October 2021
In the latest Grass10 newsletter Dairy farmers Ed & Catriona McHugh update us on their grazing situation this autumn and we get Key takeaways from last week’s beef and sheep webinar with Trevor Boland and Tomás O’Leary. The GFOY Competition deadline has been extended. We have farmer updates and more
Nutrient Loss & the Closed Period for Spreading Manure
The regulated closed period for spreading organic manures is often a source of frustration and annoyance for farmers. This is not surprising given the cost of manure storage and variation in Irish weather. Edward Burgess, Teagasc explains the research supporting the closed period restrictions
Éanna Ní Lamhna on bats and how farmers can improve their habitats
With Halloween fast approaching, one of Ireland’s most recognisable voices Éanna Ní Lamhna joins Deirdre Glynn and Cathal Somers on the latest Environment Edge podcast to discuss all things bats.
Let's Talk Dairy - System drift in dairy farming in Ireland
On this episode of Let's Talk Dairy which took place on Thursday, 7th October, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist was joined by Joe Patton, Head of Dairy Knowledge Transfer, Teagasc to discuss the concept & risk of system drift in dairy farming in Ireland and how people can find it.
Soaring Fertiliser Costs proving Importance of Soil Fertility
Fuel shortages, spiraling costs, lack of labour and talks of power outages are among the topics that are covered when talking to farmers in the last few weeks. Keith Fahy, Teagasc Athenry advisor recommends soil sampling to identify lime deficiency and correcting this to reduce fertiliser bills
John Ryan's Teagasc/Glanbia Open Source Future Farm Walk
A farm walk with John Ryan, farmer participant in the Teagasc Glanbia Future Farm Programme took place on Friday, 8 October on his farm in Gortnahoe, Co. Tipperary. John and his father Tom are farming 70 Ha near Gortnahoe, Co.Tipperary. In 2019, they milked 138 cows. Read more on the farm walk here
Building a Farm Roadway
A well-designed, carefully built and properly maintained farm roadway system has many benefits, including, less lameness, faster and easier stock movement, less roadway maintenance, more efficient paddock access and more as Tom Fallon, Farm Buildings & Infrastructure Specialist outlines here.
Delivering Sustainability in Dairying at Moorepark 2021
In September, Teagasc Dairy Research in Moorepark, opened the farm gates to host an outdoor open day on Dairy Farming. Tom Murphy, Dairy Advisor, Teagasc Athenry reports on this year’s event themed “Delivering Sustainability,” emphasising the direction of the “tides of change” for our Dairy Industry
How I cut my hedges - Tony Mullins
Enhancing the biodiversity on your farms starts with the correct management of hedgerows. It’s a good time of the year to have a chat with your contractor before he / she starts cutting, providing the contractor with clear guidelines. This video provides more information on improving hedgerows
Grass10 Newsletter - 12th October 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: Weekly PastureBase data; grazing tips; farmer & GFOTY updates; Teagasc Athenry Sheep Autumn Closing Guidelines; Upcoming Beef & Sheep Webinar this Thursday and 2021 Grassland Farmer of the Year competition
Teagasc Signpost Programme Newsletter October 2021
This months Signpost newsletter has a particular focus on where a farmer can access the carbon footprint for their farm. We feature some highlights of Moorepark Open Day. Catherine Keena provides a video and short note on hedgerow management. See Farmer profiles, monthly climate actions and updates
Teagasc and Dairy Sustainability Ireland publish ASSAP interim report
The second Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP) interim report was published recently. The ASSAP programme is a key part of a wider government and community effort to improve water quality in 190 selected priority areas for action (PAA’s) around the country.
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar - Proposed nitrate excretion bands for dairy cows
On this episode of Let's Talk Dairy which took place on Thursday, 30th September, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist discussed the proposed nitrate excretion bands for dairy cows and the implications that they may have for farmers.
Launch of Irish Soil Moisture Monitoring Network (ISMON)
A new Irish Soil Moisture Monitoring Network (ISMON) is being established. The announcement was made by AgMet, the Joint Working Group on Applied Agricultural Meteorology.
The Signpost Series - 'What's the Story with our Bogs?' and the European Carbon Farming Initiative
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 1 October, Pat Murphy, Head of Environment Knowledge Transfer Department, Teagasc was joined by Dr Douglas McMillan, Chair of the Green Restoration Ireland (GRI) Cooperative to discuss what’s the story with our Bogs?
Environment Newsletter - October 2021
The latest edition of the Environment newsletter has information on: Key management dates; Shop windows; Have that conversation; Know your derogation commitments; and EIP Update - Comeragh upland communities.
Sustainable energy solutions in horticulture using solar PV and Heat Recovery - Webinar
Donal Gernon and Dónall Flanagan, Teagasc Horticulture Development Department hosted a webinar on Tuesday, 28 September which focused on sustainable energy solutions in horticulture using solar PV and Heat Recovery. They were joined by Local Power and European Industrial Chillers representatives
How to improve the biodiversity value of your forest - Part 2
In the second of a two-part series of articles, Steven Meyen, Teagasc Forestry Development Officer talks about how to improve the biodiversity value of your forest. He advises on tree species, open spaces, underutilised areas and interconnectivity between habitats here.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Agroforestry - multiple benefits for Irish agriculture
On this episode of The Signpost Series, held on Friday, 24th September, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd Manager was joined by Dr Ian Short, Forestry Research Officer, Teagasc; Professor Jim McAdam, Queens University Belfast; and Mr Eugene Curran, Forestry Inspector, DAFM to discuss Agroforestry
Teagasc launches Forestry Photo Competition
To help mark today as SPAR National Tree Day, the Teagasc Forestry Development Department, in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, is delighted to launch a forest photo competition running over October and November 2021.
How big is your carbon footprint?
Regardless of your enterprise mix, carbon footprint is becoming a key indicator of farm efficiency. In this article first published in Today's Farm Siobhán Kavanagh & Gráinne Hurley, Teagasc and Eleanor Murphy, Bord Bia explain what climate change is about and discuss the carbon footprint of farms
Grass10 Newsletter - 5th October 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: Weekly PastureBase data; grazing tips; farm & research updates; Upcoming Beef & Sheep Webinar: Taking control of grass supply on beef and sheep farms and 2021 Grassland Farmer of the Year competition launched
Highlights from the Signpost programme village at the Moorepark Open Day
The latest Environment Edge podcast went to the Moorpark open day recently where Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn spoke to farmers, researchers, students and advisors in the Signpost programme village.
Teagasc Green Acres Programme returns to live action
The first on-farm live open day of the Teagasc Green Acres Calf to Beef Programme took place on September 29 on the farm of JP Hammersley in Lattin, Co. Tipperary. Alan Dillon and Seán Cummins, Teagasc Green Acres report here on the detail of the day's success.
Irvine Allen - Teagasc Green Acres Farm Walk
Irvine Allen is a participant in the second phase of the Teagasc Green Acres Calf to Beef Programme and runs a dairy calf-to-beef operation on his 58ha farm in Co. Westmeath. Irvine will host a farm walk on 5th October at 2pm and invites you to come see the improvements he has made in the enterprise
External parasite control in hill sheep
In this video Michael Gottstein, Head of Sheep Knowledge Transfer Programme with Teagasc discusses with Teagasc BETTER Sheep and Signpost farmer John Joe Fitzgerald about the importance of dipping sheep for the control of external parasites.
Ireland’s oldest agri college
Based 50km from Galway city, Mountbellew Agri College was Ireland’s first agricultural college having been established in 1904. Irish Tractor & Agri spoke with principal Dr Edna Curley recently to learn more about the courses on offer and how the college was faring in these unprecedented times
Grassland Farmer of the Year Competition 2021
The Grassland Farmer of the Year competition 2021 is open for entries having been officially launched by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD. It recognises and acknowledges those farmers who are achieving high levels of grass utilisation in a sustainable manner.
Commuting before the pandemic
As some of us return to the work and college after 18 months of working from home, the September Map of the Month looks at pre-pandemic commuting patterns – highlighting how important regional towns are. It is interesting to think how the next survey of commuting will differ.
Professor Frank O’Mara takes over as Teagasc Director
Professor Frank O’Mara commenced his new role as Director of Teagasc today, Friday, 1 October. The appointment was made by the Teagasc Authority in July with the consent of the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD.
Did you fulfill your September Climate Actions?
Did you fulfill your September Climate Actions this month? If not there is still time for taking action to book a milk recording, spread lime on low pH soils, Apply potassium to low K Index soils, weigh replacement heifers, implement dosing & vaccination of young stock while focusing on grazing
Grass10 Newsletter - 28th September 2021
Get the latest from the Grass10 team including; PastureBase data; Grass Growth Prediction; update on Dairy Calf to Beef Systems trial in Grange; Grass10 Grazing tips; link for Thursday's webinar; Picking paddocks to graze in final rotation & farmer updates: David Brady, Cavan and Aidan Murphy Cork
Teagasc advisors first in Europe to achieve new European Certificate
Two Teagasc advisors are the first in Europe to be awarded the European CECRA certificate. Marie Flynn, Dairy Advisor based in Moorepark advisory office and Cian Condon, Drystock & Goat advisor based in Teagasc Manorhamilton were presented with their certificates by Teagasc KT Director Dr Stan Lalor
Cathal Moran's Teagasc/Glanbia Open Source Future Farm Walk
Join us on Friday, 1 October at 11am on the farm of Cathal Moran, Skeoughvasteen, Co. Kilkenny, R95 NY89 for a Teagasc/Glanbia Open Source Future Farm Walk. Pre-registration is essential as numbers are limited. Book your ticket here
Comeragh Hill Sheep Farmers secures Biodiversity Funding
The Teagasc Comeragh Hill Sheep Discussion Group was awarded €118,720 for a one-year project. The group comprises 14 farmer members whose sheep graze over 4,000 hectares of the Comeragh mountains. The award was made in June by DAFM using the EIP model; it's focus is on promoting biodiversity
Apply now for Pilot Soil Sampling Programme
Today, Monday 27th September sees the opening of a pilot Soil Sampling and Analysis Programme. This is a farm level soil sampling & analysis initiative which will provide farmers and their advisors with comprehensive details about the soil health and condition on their farms. Read how to apply here
Creating an amenity hedge near a rural house
Paddy Smith, Lecturer, Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens, has advice here on creating an amenity hedge near a rural house as bareroot season approaches and hedgerow planting takes place.
The role of multi species swards on Irish organic farms - Webinar
On Wednesday, 22nd September, Joe Kelleher and Elaine Leavy, Teagasc Organic Specialists were joined by Thomas Moloney, DLF and Kevin O’Hanlon, Organic dairy farmer for the first in a series of Autumn Organic Webinars which focused on the role of multi species swards on Irish organic farms.
What is sustainable beef production? Are grass-based systems sustainable?
What is sustainable beef production? Are grass-based systems sustainable? These questions will be addressed during a webinar on Monday, 27th September 2021 at 12:30pm via zoom, involving speakers from research, advisory services and farming across Europe; hosted by the pan-European BovINE network
The Signpost Series Webinar - The Pearl Mussel Project EIP
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 17th September, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd Manager was joined by Dr Patrick Crushell, Project Manager, The Pearl Mussel Project EIP to discuss the Pearl Mussel Project EIP.
What’s on our Nature table? A lesson in integrating biodiversity
Integrating biodiversity into every landscape type is important for many reasons; creating & protecting habitats, supporting pollinator efforts, capturing carbon, and so on. Frances McHugh, Forestry Adviser, reminisces about the primary school ‘Nature Table’ & discusses improving local biodiversity.
Minister Heydon views sustainability research in Teagasc Johnstown Castle
Environmental sustainability is now central to all agricultural production in Ireland. Never before has there been more ask for technologies and tools for agriculture to meet the environmental challenges. These societal challenges are at the heart of research in Teagasc Johnstown Castle
The dark mysteries of the soil beneath our feet
Soil is a complex matrix and its chemical composition often depends on the location in the landscape, the parent material underneath, and the influence of the management above. This article by Senior Research Officer, Dr Karen Daly, Teagasc Johnstown Castle first appeared on RTÉ Brainstorm last week
National Crops Forum - Part Two
The annual National Crops Forum took place virtually this year due to Covid19 Restrictions. Part Two of the forum took place on Thursday, 16th September and focused on Carbon Farming & Nitrate Leaching.
Teagasc Green Acres Farm Walk - JP Hammersley
JP Hammersley, farmer participant of the Teagasc Green Acres Calf to Beef Programme will host a farm walk on his farm in Lattin, Co. Tipperary on Wednesday, 29 September at 3:30pm. The event will be attended by Teagasc Beef Specialists, Signpost programme personnel and Teagasc Tipperary advisors
Grass10 Newsletter - 21st September 2021
Get the latest from the Grass10 team including; PastureBase data & Elodie Ruelle’s MoSt Grass Growth Prediction Model; Grass10 Grazing tips; Take home messages from the Grazing Plot Demonstration at Moorepark21, details on upcoming events and dairy farmer, Paudie O’Brien's current grass update
Organic Farming – how and why Ireland needs to catch up
On this episode of the Environment Edge podcast, Elaine Leavy, Teagasc Organic specialist, joins Deirdre Glynn and Cathal Somers to discuss the opportunities available in organic farming and the steps to conversion.
Autumn Organic Webinars: The role of multi species swards
The Teagasc Organic Specialists are hosting a series of Autumn organic webinars covering various technical aspects of organic farming. The first of these webinars takes place on Wednesday 22nd September at 7.30pm, focusing on the role of multi species swards on Irish organic farms. Register here
Sustainability Discussion at Teagasc Moorepark
An industry forum on the challenges and opportunities facing the Irish dairy industry took place at the Teagasc dairy event in Moorepark. The forum was broadcast live on Wednesday evening and a recording of the discussion and debate is now published on the Teagasc YouTube channel. View it here
The Signpost Series - Combining catchment science & agricultural advice to improve local water quality
On this episode of The Signpost Series, held on Friday, 10th September, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd Manager was joined by Cathal Somers, Teagasc ASSAP Advisor and Philip Murphy, LAWPRO Catchment Scientist to discuss combining catchment science & agricultural advice to improve local water quality.
The Future of Farming starts now – Farmers can do their bit to slow Climate Change
Climate change is an issue that demands immediate attention. Glen Corbett, Teagasc B&T Drystock Adviser, discusses the Signpost Programme; reducing greenhouse gas & ammonia emissions; protected urea; grazing management; and other actions farmers can take to help slow down climate change.
Let's Talk Poultry Webinar - Balcas Energy Solution for Heating Poultry Houses
Host Rebecca Tierney, Teagasc Poultry Advisor was joined by Colm Hatton, Paula Keelagher and Gerard Owens, Balcas Energy on a recent Let's Talk Poultry webinar which took place on Wednesday, 8th September to discuss Balcas Energy Solution for Heating Poultry Houses.
Organic dairy production
There is currently strong market demand for organic milk. Joe Kelleher and Elaine Leavy, Teagasc Specialists, discuss how organic dairy production can be profitable. They suggest that good clover sward content and soil fertility are key to maintaining a higher stocking rate.
Moorepark21 - Watch it back online
If you couldn't attend the Teagasc Dairy Open Day, Moorepark21, you can view the welcome board and the four main boards here on Teagasc Daily
Teagasc Research on methane emissions in grazing dairy systems
Farmers visiting the Teagasc Dairy Open Day in Moorepark will see the latest work being carried out in Teagasc on ways to reduce methane emissions. Teagasc Researchers Ben Lahart, Katie Starsmore, Jonathan Herron, Frank Buckley & Laurence Shalloo outline how the GreenFeed units work.
Winners announced of Teagasc Dairy Photo competition
An exciting photo competition was run in the lead up to the 2021 Teagasc Moorepark Open Day, inviting entrants to upload a photo illustrating what they love about Irish dairying in order to show the many reasons why dairy farming is an attractive career.
How will the new Nitrates policy impact your farm business?
On Day 2 of Moorepark Open Day, Jack Nolan, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine joins Emma-Louise Coffey on the Dairy Edge to explain the measures proposed for the new Nitrates Derogation and challenges for farmers and industry as to how they can minimise negative environmental impacts
Grass10 Newsletter - 14th September 2021
Get the latest from the Grass10 team including; PastureBase data & Elodie Ruelle’s MoSt Grass Growth Prediction Model; Grass10 Grazing tips; building soil Potassium (K) with Mark Plunkett, Teagasc Johnstown Castle, David O Leary's upcoming GFOY farm walk, farmer updates- David Gannon & JP Hammersley
Beef management tips for the next 6-8 weeks
Teagasc Green Acres programme manager Alan Dillon joins Catherine Egan on this week’s episode of the Beef Edge podcast with an update on the dairy calf to beef programme as well as practical beef management tips for the coming weeks.
Reducing chemical nitrogen use on dairy farms
Dairy farmers visiting the Teagasc Dairy Open Day, yesterday and today in Moorepark, with the final day on Thursday 16th September, will hear from Teagasc researchers and advisers about the Five key practices which can be used to reduce N fertiliser use on all farms
Increasing biodiversity on intensive farms
Wildlife habitats such as hedgerows, field margins, ponds, wetlands, and woodlands, commonly occur on Irish farms. The retention of existing habitats is vitally important, as they typically deliver greater ecological benefits compared with newly created habitats.
Gentle Reminders for the Diary
In order to stay on schedule it is important to plan ahead, particularly if you are participating in the BEEP-S scheme. Mícheál Kelly, B&T Drystock Adviser, Teagasc Galway/Clare, outlines the important dates you need to remember for the coming months.
Today's Farm - September/October 2021
The September/October edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. The main focus of this edition is on Teagasc Moorepark research. It also has articles on autumn weed control in cereals; succession planning; finishing cattle earlier; Connemara/ Mayo Blackface sheep; and more.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Ireland's Nitrates Review
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 3rd September, Pat Murphy Head of Environment Knowledge Transfer was joined by Jack Nolan, Senior Inspector, DAFM, to discuss Ireland's Draft Nitrate Action Programme and the 2nd stage consultation.
Small woodlands on dairy and drystock farms: Have your say on trees
Forests account for 12% of land area in Ireland. The government target is that forests will make up 18% of the land area by 2046. Rachel Irwin, Teagasc Walsh Scholar is surveying farmers to analyse their perceptions of, attitudes towards, and willingness to plant, trees on farms. Have your say here
The Sustainable Beef and Lamb Assurance Scheme audit – everything you need to know
With over 34,000 audits taking place on Irish Beef & Sheep farms each year, Emma O’Gorman, Quality Assurance and Origin Green co-ordinator at Bord Bia joins Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge podcast to bust some myths around the audit.
Safe Slurry Handling
In the next few weeks the last of the slurry for this year will be spread on farms by many farmers and contractors before the October 15th deadline. Francis Bligh & Tom Fallon, Teagasc have important advice on staying safe around slurry, in particular when agitating slurry and emptying slurry tanks
Registration opens for Teagasc Moorepark Dairy Open Day
Registration has opened for farmers to attend the Teagasc Moorepark Dairy Event, which will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 14th, 15th & 16th September 2021. The Open Day will be repeated over the 3 days, so farmers can select which day they wish to attend. More details here
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar - Fertiliser and closing off strategy
On this episode of Let's Talk Dairy, which took place on Thursday, 2nd September, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist discusses late season fertiliser N and planning for spring grazing.
What is soil health and is it part of the solution to many of the challenges ahead in agriculture?
On the latest episode of The Environment Edge podcast, Dr Fiona Brennan Soil & Environmental Microbiology researcher with Teagasc based in Johnstown Castle tells us all about soil health.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Traditional Farm Buildings
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 20th August, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd Manager was joined by Anna Meenan, The Heritage Council to discuss traditional farm buildings.
Rathcroghan EIP - Engaging farmers in European Innovation Partnerships
European Innovation Partnerships (EIPs) are testing new forms of knowledge exchange and innovative learning. Luke Clogher, Teagasc and Monica Gorman, UCD, consider Farming Rathcroghan Project EIP-Agri, that aims to enhance farming, archaeology and agri-tourism in a unique archaeological landscape
The Signpost Series Webinar - Archaeology and Farming
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 13th August, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd Manager was joined by Hugh Carey, Archaeologist, National Monuments Service, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage to discuss archaeology and farming.
Teagasc Signpost Programme Newsletter September 2021
This month’s Signpost newsletter features a guide to actions that dairy farmers can take to reduce emissions. We have the usual climate actions for the month as well as a timely video on lime application. We profile 3 Signpost farms – James Skehan (beef) Sean Collery (dairy) & Don Somers (tillage)
The Signpost Series Webinar - Refining fertiliser recommendations for extensively managed grassland
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 27th August, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd Manager was joined by Suzanne Higgins, Soil Scientist, AFBI to discuss refining fertiliser recommendations for extensively managed grassland.
Developing Rural Ireland - A History of the Irish Agricultural Advisory Services
A new book that documents the history of the Irish agricultural advisory services and its role in developing rural Ireland, was launched at a virtual event at Teagasc, Oak Park, Carlow, yesterday, Wednesday 1 September.
Hedgerow Cutting Season Begins
Hedges can be cut from 1 September until the end of February. The Wildlife Act, 1976 (2000) prohibits hedge cutting during the bird nesting season. Here Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist and Anthony Dineen, Teagasc Advisor simplify the rules and regulations around Hedges.
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar - Managing Hedgerows
In this episode of Let's Talk Dairy, which took place on Thursday, 19th August, host Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist was joined by Aoife Leader, Teagasc to discuss managing hedgerows.
Rural housing density in Ireland - Map of the Month
The August Map of the Month, created by Researchers David Meredith, Rob O’Hara and Jesko Zimmermann looks at the density of rural dwellings in Ireland. It clearly shows the impact of the road network, proximity to towns and cities, and general topography on residential housing density.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Managing Nutrient Runoff from Farmyards
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 6th August, Pat Murphy, Head of Teagasc Environment KT Programme was joined by Sara Vero, Assistant Lecturer, Agricultural Science, Waterford Institute of Technology to discuss managing nutrient runoff from farmyards.
The Signpost Series Webinar - The Hen Harrier Project
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 30th July, Pat Murphy, Head of Teagasc Environment KT Programme was joined by Fergal Monaghan, Project Manager for the Hen Harrier Programme to discuss the Hen Harrier Project.
Time for Spreading Lime
The benefits of correcting a lime deficiency are numerous. Lime can be safely spread any time of the year but planning and a more proactive approach to lime application would help increase application rates. John McCarthy, Teagasc/Dairygold Joint Programme Advisor has some advice on spreading lime.
Developing Rural Ireland - A History of the Irish Agricultural Advisory Services
On Wednesday September 1st the Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD will launch a new book documenting the history of the agricultural advisory services in Ireland. Join online for the launch and to hear from the author Mícheál Ó Fathartaigh
Cross Compliance Nitrates – Keeping up to date
Every year a number of farmers as part of their cross compliance inspection are required to submit nitrate records. Eamonn Dempsey, Teagasc Advisor, Tralee, gives information here on the nitrate inspection process, breaches of nitrate regulations, and the relevant deadlines for farmers.
Pollution Prevention on Farm Roadways
A well designed and well maintained farm roadway has many benefits which must include pollution control. Farm roadways are widely acknowledged as a significant run off pathway. Eamonn Dempsey, Teagasc Advisor, Tralee, has advice here on roadway layout to avoid run off to watercourses
Endangered Corncrake making a welcome return
Corncrake numbers have declined in recent times, however they have increased again in 2021. Joanne Masterson, B&T Drystock Advisor at Teagasc Galway/Clare, discusses corncrake friendly mowing and the Corncrake LIFE Project Scheme. She also sheds light on the future of this bird species.
Research Insights Webinar - Increasing energy use efficiency on Irish farms
On a recent Teagasc Research Insights webinar Pat Dillon, Head of Animal and Grassland Research and Innovation, was joined by John Upton, Researcher; Ger McCutcheon, Pig Development and Barry Caslin, Energy & Rural Development Specialist to discuss increasing energy use efficiency on Irish farms
Appreciating The Heritage of Hedges
Hedges give character to farms, townlands, parishes and counties, making them distinct from other areas. Hedges evoke history and folklore. On National Heritage Week, Catherine Keena & Michael Somers remind us of the Kickham Tree Project in Tipperary, which preserves the legacy of Charles Kickham
Teagasc celebrates National Heritage Week
National Heritage Week takes place from 14th - 22nd August. Teagasc is marking the week by dedicating 2 Signpost Series webinars to the topics: Archaeology & Farming and Traditional Farm Buildings. Read more here on how to access these webinars and to find out more about Teagasc Heritage resources
Multi-species swards grow more forage with less fertiliser, even under drought conditions
Six-species swards outperformed perennial ryegrass monocultures and were considerably more resistant to drought. New research from Teagasc, Johnstown Castle and Trinity College Dublin shows that multi-species mixtures out-yielded perennial ryegrass which received double the amount of fertiliser
Devenish Teagasc partnership to help agri industry meet climate challenge
Ireland’s food and farming sector will have a significant competitive advantage in the global market place by creating one of the world’s most sustainable food systems through a unique collaboration between animal nutrition company, Devenish, and agriculture and food development authority, Teagasc
Why farmers should plant more trees and the schemes available
On the latest episode of The Environment Edge podcast, forestry inspector in the environment section of the Department of Agriculture, Ken Bucke, joins Deirdre Glynn and Cathal Somers to discuss why farmers should consider planting more trees and what schemes are available.
Increasing soil pH reduces fertiliser derived N2O emissions
A new scientific paper from Teagasc has shown that getting soil pH right through a liming programme can significantly reduce emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O), a potent greenhouse gas. The Teagasc Signpost Programme brings this important fact to our attention here
The Signpost Series Webinar - Update on ASSAP and Water Quality restoration
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 16th July, Pat Murphy, Head of Teagasc Environment KT Programme was joined by Noel Meehan, ASSAP Manager, Teagasc and Joe Crockett, Dairy Sustainability Ireland to give an update on ASSAP and Water Quality restoration.
How to improve the biodiversity value of your forest - Part 1
In the first of a two-part series of articles, Steven Meyen, Teagasc Forestry Development Officer talks about how to improve the biodiversity value of your forest. He advises on how to keep browsing animals out, create/leave deadwood and more.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Recent policy developments for managing grazing livestock in New Zealand
On this episode of The Signpost Series, held on Friday 23rd July, Pat Murphy, Head of Teagasc Environment KT Programme was joined by Ross Monaghan, Ag Research, New Zealand to discuss recent policy developments for managing grazing livestock in New Zealand – to lessen farming impact on water quality
Signpost Programme: Show your Stripes Day
Climate scientists, meteorologists, and citizens united on the 21 June — the summer solstice or Show Your Stripes Day — to raise awareness around the climate crisis. The graphic shown here - Warming Stripes for Ireland from 1901-2020 - featured in the August Signpost Programme newsletter.
Planting Cover Crops
Richie Hackett, a researcher in Teagasc, Oak Park, Carlow, has been working with cover crops for over 10 years and joined Michael Hennessy on this week’s Tillage Edge podcast to go through some of his findings - especially the advantages of planting cover crops early.
How does your suckler cow measure up?
With greater emphasis on livestock efficiency and it's impact on climate change, Aidan Murray, Teagasc Beef Specialist takes an interesting look at the effects of calving date on subsequent cow and calf performance and profitability, reinforcing the early-calving cow and compact calving benefits
Building Autumn Grass
In a recent edition of the Let's Talk Dairy Series, Stuart Childs interviewed John Douglas, Teagasc Grass10 Advisor, about setting up the farm for Autumn grass. Extra grazing days in the autumn are achieved by building grass cover during August. See the environmental benefits and get key tips here
Sustainable Cattle Production Systems Showcased
The British Ambassador to Ireland, Paul Johnston joined the IFA President Tim Cullinan for a visit to the Teagasc Animal and Grassland, Research and Innovation centre, Grange, County Meath yesterday, Tuesday, 10 August to see the latest Teagasc research into sustainable pasture-based beef production
Signpost Programme Steering Group Meet
The first meeting of the Signpost Programme Steering Group was held on Wednesday 28 July, in Teagasc Oak Park. The Signpost Programme is a collaborative programme to lead climate action by Irish farmers and their transition towards more sustainable farming systems. Read on for more
Best practice on spent sheep dip and footbath solutions
The practice of sheep dipping either during summer or winter or both is an important annual practice on sheep farms throughout the country. Mary Roache, Teagasc ASSAP advisor lists best practice sheep dipping guidelines here with the protection of water in mind.
Signpost Programme Farmer: Joe Carroll
Meet Joe Carroll, one of our Signpost Programme Farmers. Joe milks 84 dairy cow herd on a 25.5 hectare milking block in Ballyheigue, Co. Kerry. Joe is also a member of the Kerry Agribusiness Joint Programme.
Signpost Programme Farmer: Tomás O'Leary
Meet Tomás O'Leary, one of our Signpost Programme Farmers. Tomás farms with his wife Eileen and children Míchéal, Yvonne and Sinead in Killarney, Co. Kerry. Tomás operates a sheep enterprise alongside a contract rearing dairy heifer enterprise.
High Genetic Merit Belclare Sires Having the Desired Effect
Francis Gonley and his family run an all sheep farm on the outskirts of Sligo town. The farm is part of the Teagasc BETTER Farm Sheep Programme. Damian Costello, Teagasc Sheep Specialist, reports the latest on sheep performance and farm plan progress.
Research Insights Webinar - Reducing methane emissions from ruminants
On a recent Teagasc Research Insights webinar which took place on Wednesday, 14th July, David Kenny, Teagasc Head of Animal & Bioscience Department was joined by Donagh Berry, Sinead Waters and Ben Lahart to discuss reducing methane emissions from ruminants.
Signpost Programme Update
Our demonstration farmers are currently engaging with the National Farm Survey (NFS) recorders. This month's research update is on the importance of getting soil pH right. Take a look at the warming stripes for Ireland from 1901 to 2020
Environment Newsletter - August 2021
The latest edition of the Environment newsletter has information on: Low-input grassland; Message from Signpost - Why do farmers need to engage with climate action?; and Message from ASSAP - Tillage cover/catch crops can help water quality
Teagasc Moorepark ‘21 Dairy Open Day
Teagasc Moorepark Open Day will take place on Tuesday, 14th, Wednesday, 15th and Thursday, 16th September 2021, for the Irish dairy industry. The Open Day will be repeated over the three days to ensure compliance with government Covid-19 guidelines.
Grass10 Newsletter - 3rd August 2021
Get the latest from the Grass10 team; PastureBase Ireland data for the week for Dairy, Beef + Sheep farms; Neill Boland's grass situation; Grass10 Grazing Tips; Changing Focus to Autumn Grazing; David O’Leary's grazing update; Register for a webinar on Building Grass for an Extended Grazing Season.
Five reasons for farmers to engage with climate actions
Climate change is perhaps the greatest environmental challenge facing the world right now. Climate change is already happening with increasing temperatures, changing rainfall patterns and rising sea levels. Irish Agriculture contributes to 35% of the greenhouse gases produced in Ireland.
Climate Actions for August
August is a good month to sort out deficits in grazing infrastructure to optimise days at grass, if your capital expenditure budgets allow. Helpful solutions include spur roadways, multiple access points to paddocks and back fencing. Get the current advice from the Signpost Programme for August here
What the Carbon Removal amendment means for Irish agriculture
On the latest episode of the Environment Edge podcast, Fine Gael TD for Carlow/Kilkenny John Paul Phelan joins Deirdre Glynn & Cathal Somers to discuss the new Carbon removal amendment to the Climate Action & Low Carbon Development bill.
Why farm soils cause greenhouse gas emissions - and how to fix it
Hands up who is interested in soil? Anyone? Anyone at all? Tumbleweeds might roll past unless you are addressing a room full of avid gardeners and land managers. This article by Rosie O'Neill, Teagasc Walsh Scholar first appeared on RTÉ Brainstorm.
Soil Sealing in Ireland
The July Map of the Month looks at the important issue of soil sealing in Ireland. Soil sealing is where the ground is covered with an artificial impervious layer - such as concrete. The map was produced as part of the new Terrain-AI project.
Reseeding: The final piece of the jigsaw in Co. Carlow
Shane Cranny operates a calf to beef system in Myshall, Co. Carlow, where 70 autumn-born Holstein calves are purchased annually. Here Seán Cummins, Teagasc Green Acres Advisor shares some insight into Shane's farm and we get in-depth reseeding information from Shane himself in a short video
Soil health physical examination
TEAGASC researchers at Johnstown Castle and Oak Park, along with collaborators from UCD, have developed soil physical health tools to use at field or national monitoring network scales. Research Officers Owen Fenton, Dermot Forristal & Giulia Bondi bring us fascinating insight into Soil Health here
Signpost Farmers: Tim Leader & Aidan Maguire
Meet two of our Signpost Farmers - Tim Leader and Aidan Maguire. Tim Leader farms a Dairy, Dairy Replacements and Calf to Store/Beef enterprise in Kilcorney, Rathcoole, Co Cork while Aidan Maguire farms a calf to beef enterprise in Antylstown, Navan, Co. Meath. Read all about the farmers here
Nitrogen Loss to Water in Agricultural Catchments
Every four years the Nitrates Directive is reviewed and changes are made to the regulations. 2021 is such a year. In Teagasc, the Agricultural Catchments Programme (ACP) studies water quality in 6 contrasting catchments across the country. Edward Burgess ACP, discusses some ACP study results here
Fertiliser advice under prolonged dry soil conditions
Over the last 6 to 7 weeks soil moisture deficits (SMD) have continued to increase due to low rainfall in many parts of the country. At SMD above 50 mm growth becomes restricted. Mark Plunkett, Teagasc Soil & Plant Nutrition Specialist discusses Fertiliser N Application decisions in dry conditions
Grass10 Newsletter - 27th July 2021
Get the latest from the Grass10 team; PastureBase Ireland data for the week for Dairy, Beef + Sheep farms; Ed Payne's grass situation; Grass10 Grazing Tips; Caroline Walsh's grazing update; Aidan Lawless, Johnstown Castle on grass/clover & multispecies trials and the team want your feedback here
This is Dairying - Photo Competition
We know Irish dairy farmers are passionate about what they do and we want to celebrate their hard work by giving away some prizes. There's €500 for the winner plus runner up prizes. All you have to do is show us what you love about Irish dairying by submitting a photograph. You can enter here
TResearch Summer 2021
TResearch is an official science publication of Teagasc. It aims to disseminate the results of the organisation’s research to a broad audience. The Summer Edition of TResearch has a special feature on the living soil; Invisible lines; Circular protein; and Competitive without quotas.
Sustainable soil management to unleash soil biodiversity potential and increase environmental, economic and social wellbeing
In June 2021, the Horizon 2020 project, SOILGUARD, held its inaugural meeting online, kicking off its project activities. Twenty-five trans-disciplinar project partners from 17 countries came together to share the project goals, expectations and results to be achieved during the next 4 years.
Taking Care in the Countryside
Irish farmers work very hard each day, managing their animals & crops. This is done while also maintaining habitats, protecting watercourses & supporting their communities. Teagasc Health & Safety Specialists John McNamara & Francis Bligh have advice for farmers on how to keep the countryside safe.
Winners Announced from the ‘Farm Safely with Jessy’ Competition
Teagasc have announced the winners of their ‘Farm Safely with Jessy’ competition, which took place as part of #FarmSafetyWeek. The competition received hundreds of entries from children across the country and there were five winners chosen along with three runners up.
Status Orange: High Forest Fire Risk Warning
Teagasc is urging all involved in outdoor activity to exercise extreme caution and to heed the high level warning for fires in place for the coming week. In current dry weather and high temperature, a high fire risk is deemed to exist in all areas where dead grass, heather and gorse exist
Cover crops: do the benefits outweigh the cost?
Teagasc Soil & Plant Nutrition specialist Mark Plunkett joins Deirdre Glynn and Cathal Somers on the latest episode of the Environment Edge to talk about cover crops.
On-farm Steps to Benefit the Environment
Climate change and the Environment are real and urgent topics which will be with us for a long time to come. In this short video Peter Comer, Mayo ASSAP Advisor looks at a few of the "heavy hitters" that farmers can adopt right now which will have a significant positive impact on the environment
The Signpost Series Webinar - Commercial dairy farming without fertilizer N
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 25th June, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd and Pat Murphy, Head of Teagasc Environment KT Programme were joined by Dr James Humphreys, Teagasc Moorepark to discuss commercial dairy farming without fertilizer N.
Managing Oversown Clover
Over-sown clover needs careful management this time of the year to ensure good establishment and persistency. Watch as Mike Egan, Teagasc researcher at Moorepark has good practical advice in this Teagasc Signpost video, on grazing and fertiliser management of over-sown clover in the grass sward
The Signpost Series Webinar- Farmer Focus: "Protecting dung beetles while managing parasites, a positive feedback loop."
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 9th July, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd Manager and Pat Murphy, Head of Teagasc Environment KT Programme were joined by Bruce Thompson, dairy farmer to discuss "Protecting dung beetles while managing parasites, a positive feedback
REAP Margins fencing date approaches
Aoife Leader, Teagasc Walsh Scholar, highlights how farmers can maintain and enhance field margins for farmland biodiversity bearing in mind that farmers availing of the REAP scheme may choose to fence these margins from livestock. For REAP this fencing must be in place by 15th July 2021. See more
A day in the life of a young dairy farmer - Cian Jobe
On Thursday 8th July, Cian Jobe hosted an Instagram takeover on the Teagasc account to give insight into a day in the life of a young dairy farmer. Cian gave an overview of his story, his educational background and how he got into dairy farming. Watch as Cian takes you through his daily farm tasks
Breaking the Pathway of Phosphorus and Sediment entering Waterways
When farmers are applying fertilisers, cultivating, grazing or draining land close to watercourses, careful, site specific land management can minimise the risk of Phosphorus and sediment loss and help improve water quality. Ivan Kelly, ASSAP Advisor, Teagasc Galway/Clare has good advice here
Peter Doyle is Walsh Scholar of the Year 2021
Peter Doyle is the Teagasc Walsh Scholar Gold Medal winner for 2021. Peter was awarded the medal by Professor Frank O’Mara, Director of Research at Teagasc, at a special online ceremony which took place on Friday, 9th July, hosted by broadcaster Jonathan McCrea.
Can the Irish Agri sector achieve emission reduction targets?
Tom O’Dwyer and Siobhán Kavanagh join Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast to consider whether the agri sector can achieve emission reduction targets.
Climate Actions for July
For the latest current and up to date farm advice from the Signpost Programme and for details of the Climate Actions that you should adopt for the month of July on your farm see here
Managing existing clover swards
Best practice grazing management is similar for grass-white clover swards and grass-only swards. Deirdre Hennessy, Teagasc Researcher talks here in a short video about Managing existing clover swards, mid-season fertiliser requirements, preventing bloat and more
The Signpost Series Webinar- High Nature Value Farmland in Ireland
On this episode of The Signpost Series on 2nd July, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd and Padraig Foley, Teagasc were joined by Dr James Moran, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) to discuss High Nature Value Farmland in Ireland.
If you go down the woods today...…you shouldn’t see deer every time
The continuous deer population growth that has occurred in Ireland in the last 20 years has led to a situation where deer numbers may now be 200,000+ approximately. John Casey, Forestry Development Officer, Mallow takes a look at the impact of deer on forestry and at the SMARTDEER project and more
Today's Farm - July/August 2021
The July/August edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. The main focus of this edition is on how beetles help battle AMR. It also has articles on when you should end the dairy breeding season; fight against blight; flower power of low-input grassland; Health & Safety, and more.
Teagasc Signpost Programme Newsletter July 2021
This issue of the Teagasc Signpost e-newsletter features timely climate actions for July as well as a glossary of commonly used climate change terms. We meet Signpost Farmers Aidan Maguire and Tim Leader. Get useful tips on managing clover swards, minimising nitrates loss to water & research updates
Teagasc Oak Park Crop Trials Event 2021
The Teagasc Crop Trials Event took place in Oak Park, Carlow, across two days on Wednesday, 30th June and Thursday, 1st July 2021. You can download the publication and watch back the live event which took place on Wednesday evening with Andy Doyle, Tillage Editor of the Irish Farmers Journal here
Teagasc Appointment: Jane Kavanagh, Head of Research Development and Walsh Scholarships
Jane Kavanagh has been appointed as Head of Research Development and Walsh Scholarships in Teagasc. In this role, Jane will provide strategic leadership at a senior level in the operation and development of the Teagasc research programme, and ensure Teagasc has effective systems and processes
BETTER Sheep Farming signposts the way in Kerry
Tomas O’ Leary's 40 hectare farm in Kerry is part of the Teagasc BETTER Farm Sheep Programme. Currently Protected Urea is applied every 3 weeks and lamb performance is up almost 10%. Michael Gottstein, Head of Sheep, Teagasc, has the latest from the mid-season ewe flock & contract rearing enterprise
June - Red sky at night, shepherd's delight: Weather and agriculture
Continuing the theme from last month, the June map takes a look historical weather data, for rainfall and temperatures. Generally Ireland's climate is mild with relatively little year to year variation. Extreme winters and summers are exceptional. Irelands “Emerald Isle” synonym is well-deserved.
Record 3 (Movement of Slurry/FYM ) goes online
Farmers exceeding a stocking rate of 170kgs of organic N (Nitrogen from livestock), who do not avail of a Nitrates Derogation must export slurry / FYM off the farm to avoid penalties and notify DAFM. Séamus Nolan, Dairy Advisor Teagasc Castlerea explains that this Record 3 process is now online only
The Starrett Family Dairy Farm
In 2020, the Starrett family was awarded the top prize in the NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards. On Tuesday 29th June last, Richard and Wendy Starrett hosted this year’s National Milk Quality Farm Walk as a webinar and social media takeover. You can watch it all back here.
Tommy the Vet on water quality - the sometimes forgotten nutrient
Kerry man Tommy Heffernan, also known as Tommy the Vet, is a veterinary consultant based in Wicklow and he joins Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn on the latest episode of the Environment Edge podcast to talk about water quality, the sometimes forgotten nutrient.
DkIT and Teagasc launch new part-time Agriculture qualifications
Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) are delighted to announce the launch of a suite of part-time programmes in Agriculture, in association with Teagasc Agricultural College at Ballyhaise, which will commence in September 2021. More details here
ASSAP Service: A typical Farm Assessment
The ASSAP (Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory programme) is a free advisory service aimed at improving water quality. There are 10 PAA’s (Prioritized areas for action) in West Cork. Lane Giles, ASSAP Advisor, Clonakilty explains what the service provides for the farmer in West Cork
Delivery of Public Good Farm Practice through CAP
Cross Compliance rules were first introduced in 2000 and revised in 2015. The aim is implement public good practices on farm to protect human, animal, plant and environmental health. Anne O’Malley, Farm Food Business and Drystock Advisor, Teagasc Ballina explains Statutory Management Requirements
Chorca Dhuibhne 2030: building sustainability on the ground
The Dingle peninsula, in the Southwest of Ireland, has become an important focus for innovative projects involving diverse AKIS (Agriculture Knowledge Innovation System) actors. At the recent ESEE Conference, a new docufilm was launched showcasing Corca Dhuibhne’s ambitious vision for 2030. See here
The Signpost Series Webinar - The All Ireland Pollinator Plan
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 18th June, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd and Pat Murphy, Head of Teagasc Environment KT Programme were joined by Dr Úna FitzPatrick, National Biodiversity Data Centre to discuss the All Ireland Pollinator Plan.
Show Jessy your Farm Safety ideas and win!
Calling 7-12 year olds! Jessy the Sheep Dog, our Teagasc Farm Safety mascot, loves to help keep everyone safe on the farm and to celebrate the end of school term she wants to give 5 lucky winners a €50 Smyths Toys voucher. Closing date for entries is 14 July. Get more details here on how to apply
Signpost Series Webinar - A farmer's perspective on Biodiversity, Emissions and Water Quality
On this episode of The Signpost Series, held Friday, 11th June, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd and Pat Murphy, Head of Teagasc Environment KT Programme were joined by Thomas Duffy, dairy farmer & past President of Macra Na Feirme for a farmer's perspective on Biodiversity, Emissions & Water Quality
Best Practice when using Pesticides
It is important that all users take care and follow best practice procedure when using pesticides. Deirdre Glynn, ASSAP Advisor and Mark Trimble, Tillage Advisor, Kilkenny discuss safe storage and handling of chemicals, good sprayer maintenance and best practice when using pesticides on farm.
National Milk Quality Virtual Farm Walk on Starrett Farm
The Starrett family farm hosts a webinar and social media takeover on Tuesday 29th June at 11am. The Starretts were overall winners of the 2020 NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards. A Fact sheet on the farm is outlined here along with registration details for the event. You won't want to miss this!
Horizon 2020 Fairshare Project
Teresa Hooks project manager of the Horizon 2020 fair share project aims to support advisors to use the digital tools in order to encourage a more sustainable agriculture. Horizon 2020 (H2020) is a €7 million EU funded project. Teresa explains some of the challenges experienced by advisors & farmers
Fertiliser Guidelines for 2nd Cut Silage
Second cut silage is planned on many farms to replenish silage reserves for the coming winter. This crop tends to be lower yielding compared to first cut silage. Mark Plunkett, Teagasc Soil & Plant Nutrition and John Conroy, Teagasc Westport outline fertiliser guidelines for making 2nd cut silage
Signpost Series Webinar - Renewable gas and the Mitchelstown Central Grid Injection facility
On this episode of The Signpost Series, held on Friday, 28th May, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd and Pat Murphy, Head of Teagasc Environment KT Programme were joined by Niamh Gillen & Ian Kilgallon of Gas Networks Ireland to discuss renewable gas and the Mitchelstown Central Grid Injection facility
Teagasc Opening Statement on Organic Farming to the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture Food and the Marine - June 22 2021
Today, Tuesday June 22, Teagasc Director, Professor Gerry Boyle and Mary Ryan, Teagasc Researcher gave a briefing on Organic Farming to the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The full statement includes publications, on-line, advisory, education & research support for organics
Apply for Teagasc full-time Level 5 Agricultural courses now
The deadline for submitting applications for Teagasc college Level 5 full-time agricultural courses is Wednesday, 30 June 2021. Interested applicants are advised to submit their applications immediately.
The Future of Farm Tech – from AI to alternative fuel and autonomous machinery
On the latest episode of the Environment Edge podcast, Gary Abbott machinery correspondent with the Irish Farmers Journal joins Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn to talk about agricultural technology of the future and what we can look forward to.
The Signpost Series - Farmland Birds and the Birds of Conservation Concern in Ireland
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 4th June, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd was joined by Dr. Anita Donaghy and Oonagh Duggan from Birdwatch Ireland to discuss the declining bird population in our country.
Teagasc Signpost Programme Newsletter June 2021
Welcome to the first e-newsletter for the Signpost Programme. The Signpost e-newsletter will be published monthly. It will provide you with news from the Signpost Programme, technical articles, policy and research updates as well as profiling Signpost Farmers from across the country.
Machinery Co-operatives in Ireland
Ireland’s first farm machinery sharing co-operative was formed by members of Kilnamartyra dairy discussion group in West Cork. The machinery co-op provides a sound business structure for the sharing of machinery between farmers and can be applicable to farmers in any enterprise, especially tillage
Teagasc announce Winners of ‘Equine Farming and Biodiversity’ Photo Competition
The winners of the ‘Equine Farming and Biodiversity’ photo competition were announced by Teagasc on Tuesday, 15 June 2021. The overall winner is Roseann O’Neill from Kenmare, County Kerry. Her winning image captures her ‘Class 1 Kerry Bog Pony mare taken through the window of an old cow house'
The practical steps to overcoming issues on farms with heavier soils
Teagasc researcher Pat Tuohy joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge to give an insight into the key issues that arise on farms with heavier soils and practical steps to overcome these issues.
Teagasc Supports Men’s Health Week
Teagasc, through its research, advisory, education, training, and media programmes, supports Men’s Health Week. Men's Health Week usually commences on the Monday prior to Father's Day and finishes on Father's Day itself. This year, it will run from Monday, 14th until Sunday, 20th June.
Signpost Series Webinar - Celebrating our biodiversity and motivating farmers to address the climate & biodiversity emergency
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 21st May, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd is joined by Dr. Brendan Dunford, Manager of The Burren Programme to discuss celebrating our biodiversity and motivating farmers to address the climate and biodiversity emergency.
Environment Newsletter - June 2021
This month's Teagasc Environment newsletter has information and advice on: REAP the benefits; Measures to reduce nutrient and sediment run-off to waters from January 1, 2021; and Message from ASSAP - Protect our bathing waters.
Agriculture is facing a momentous decision on carbon budgets
Over the next few months a decision on the future of Irish agriculture will be taken that may prove to be as momentous as the 1984 introduction of milk quota or our 1973 entry to the EU. Professor Gerry Boyle, Director of Teagasc refers to the publication of sectoral carbon budgets from 2021 onwards
Grass weeds in non-plough systems
This week’s Tillage Edge discusses how grassweed control has become more important on all tillage farms and especially on non-plough based systems.
Grass10 Newsletter - 8th June 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter. Includes another week of high growth rates expected, fertilising for 2nd cut silage, incorporating clover, Grass10 grazing tips, grass situation in south Galway & grazing update from suckler GFOTY Thomas Hogan, Tipperary
May - Radar blocking topography: What Shannon cannot see
The May Map of the month shows how topography can block weather radar beams, potentially compromising the quality of monitoring. The exaggerated relief used in the map shows well how hills can impact the visibility of weather radar, especially when they are close to the emitter.
Multi Species Swards – a farmer’s perspective
Kevin O’Hanlon farm manager on a busy dairy farm in county Wexford joins to Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn on the latest episode of the Environment Edge podcast to discuss his experience with multi species swards.
Enable Conservation Tillage ECT Webinars
The Enable Conservation Tillage (ECT) project is running a series of webinars from Tuesday 8th June at 11.30am, to focus on tillage systems and grass weeds on farms across Ireland, converting to non-plough based systems and also how these farmers deal with grass weed challenges. Register here
Jessy's Smart Kids - Summer 2021
Jessy's Smart Kids is a fun easily downloadable kids farm safety newsletter. This edition of Jessy's Smart Kids includes: Farm Family Safety; Blind Spots; First Aid Kit and Farmer Wellbeing.
Water Protection measures since 1st January 2021 – do they affect my farm?
Many farmers have asked about water protection measures that have been in place since the start of 2021 and if these apply to their farms. These measures were introduced to reduce nutrient and sediment run-off to waters to improve water quality. Tim Hyde, Environment Specialist has the answers here
Ger McSweeney - Innovative Farm Programme
Aisling Molloy, Teagasc Advisor, Kanturk and Suckler to beef farmer Ger McSweeney outline how he is improving the technical efficiencies on his farm resulting in reduced Carbon footprint for every Kg of beef he produces. He is achieving this through the Innovative Farm Programme: Life Beef Carbon
Farming with Nature
John Oates is farming just north of Sligo Town. Whitethorn hedgerows provide field boundaries and shelter and shade for livestock. Environment and Technology Advisor Peter Mullan gives more information on how John is farming with the natural environment
Getting the Spread Right
Fertiliser is one of the most expensive inputs on the farm so you need to ensure that it is applied correctly, not only for your wallet but also for the environment. Here, Francis Quigley Teagasc Farm Machinery Specialist, talks about safety, checking the spreader, machine settings and calibration
Get the Facts on Applying Lime
Isn't it about time you applied lime? Don't rely on hearsay - stick to the facts. Mark Plunkett, Teagasc Johnstown Castle highlights 10 facts every farmer should know about applying lime. When is the ideal time to apply lime? What about lime and slurry? Can I apply lime and urea? Get answers here
Teagasc plans for new Apprenticeships
On Tuesday 25th May Teagasc gave a briefing note on it's Education and Training for the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Teagasc, as primary provider of accredited further education and training (FET) for the agricultural sector, details new apprenticeship pathway plans here
Increasing the productivity of a grass based, mid-season lambing system
Shane Moore, BETTER Farm sheep participant has been developing the farm infrastructure in recent years to allow him to increase output from his flock while controlling costs and improving profitability. Join our Let’s Talk Sheep webinar series this Thursday evening at 8pm and hear all. Register here
Sustainable Grassland Management Course
Research shows that good grassland management and grazing high quality grass substantially reduces the emissions of gasses: methane, nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide and ammonia. Tom Murphy, Dairy Advisor, Teagasc Athenry discusses the mandatory Grassland Management Course for derogation farmers here
Clonakilty Agricultural College May Dairy Update
James Daunt, Dairy teacher at Clonakilty Agricultural College provides a May update on Dairying at the College. He talks about nearing the end of the 2021 breeding season, current milk results, grassland management and looking forward to cutting silage, in a short video here
Greenhouse Gases – Innovative Farm Programme
The Innovative Farm Programme project aims to promote innovative livestock farming systems and associated practices to ensure the technical, economic, environmental and social sustainability of beef farms. Graham Waters, Naas Advisor and Ricky Milligan discuss the benefits of it on Ricky' s farm
Doing less boosts biodiversity
Paul Fitters, Lecturer in the Teagasc College at the National Botanic Gardens discusses "Rewilding" at the Knepp Estate in the UK. Improving biodiversity opened up new diversification opportunities. He has suggestions for how we can all do our bit for biodiversity and rewild a little in our gardens
Agriculture and Water
Paula Browne, ASSAP Adviser, Teagasc Clare looks at ways to minimise losses of nutrients, sediment and pesticides to water from farming. A number of key considerations should be central to minimising any pollution potential to our watercourses and these are outlined here.
Teagasc appoint Dr David Wall as Enterprise leader at Johnstown Castle
Dr David Wall has been appointed as the new enterprise leader at the Teagasc campus in Johnstown Castle. The enterprise leader role is to lead the management of the farms and estate in Teagasc Environment Research Centre to deliver the research programme, as part of the team led by Dr Karl Richards
Managing Margins with Nature in Mind
Thinking "outside the field" and managing the margins with nature in mind can contribute to the improvement of biodiversity on Irish farms. Aoife Leader, Teagasc Walsh Scholar, highlights some key actions that farmers can take to retain, maintain and enhance field margins for farmland biodiversity
Grass10 Newsletter - 25th May 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: PastureBase data for the week for dairy, beef & sheep farms; updates on Grassland Farmer of the Year sheep and heavy soils farms; difficult grazing conditions & grass/clover trial update from Teagasc Clonakilty
Slurry Storage, Have you enough?
The impact of dairy farming systems on the environment is of critical importance in gaining access to premium dairy markets that will return a good milk price to the farmer. Tom Curran, Regional Manager, Cork West and Tim Hyde, Environment Specialist, Teagasc discuss slurry storage as a key factor
Teagasc appoints new Organic Specialist
Teagasc has appointed Joe Kelleher as Organic Farming Specialist and he commences the new role today, Monday, 24 May 2021. He previously worked as a dairy advisor in the Limerick/Kerry advisory region. He joins Elaine Leavy as part of the national organic farming team in Teagasc
Results of Teagasc Protected Urea trial finds no residues
A new scientific paper was published in the past week with results from a trial on using protected Urea on the Teagasc farm at its Environment research centre, Johnstown castle. Irish farmers are being encouraged to switch from using CAN fertiliser to protected Urea, as part of reducing emissions
Lowering the Carbon Footprint of Milk Production at Solohead Research Farm
Following rapid expansion there is an immense challenge to lower the environmental impact of dairy farming. At Solohead Research Farm we have designed and tested systems for lowering the carbon and ammonia footprints of milk production. James Humphreys, Researcher has details in a short video here
Farmers are part of the solution - Biodiversity Day 2021
Saturday May 22nd 2021 is International Biodiversity Day. The theme for this year is: 'We're part of the solution'. We’re all part of nature, so we must be part of the solution for biodiversity loss and climate change. What actions can farmers take?
Teagasc Appoint new Biodiversity Researcher
Teagasc has announced the appointment of Dr Stephanie Maher as a new permanent biodiversity researcher based in the Teagasc Environment Research Centre, Johnstown Castle, County Wexford.
"Bee kind" farming
Today is #WorldBeeDay and Teagasc encourages farmers to adopt "Bee kind" farming, to look at ways of improving habitats and enhance biodiversity to support wild bees on Irish farmland. In Ireland there are 77 solitary bee species, 21 bumble bee species and 1 honey bee species.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Water Quality: the challenge of understanding and valuing it
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 14th May, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd is joined by Bernie O’Flaherty, Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO) to discuss water quality: the challenge of understanding and valuing it.
BDGP, BEAM, BEEP-S Update
Aidan Murray, Teagasc Beef Specialist joins Catherine Egan on this week’s episode of the Beef Edge podcast to give an update on the various beef schemes.
3rd European Beef Carbon Farmers’ Network - Webinar
The 3rd European farmers’ network webinar took place on Tuesday, 4th May 2021. Innovative grass-based Irish beef producers gave an insight into how they're improving beef carbon footprint.
Launch of The Signpost Programme
The Signpost Programme was launched on Tuesday, 18 May. Hosted by RTÉ’s Ear to the Ground presenter Helen Carroll, the online webinar demonstrated how the new Teagasc led collaborative programme will support Irish farmers in reducing emissions from agriculture. Catch up on all the highlights here
The Signpost Series Webinar - Agri-food Strategy 2030 - The Environmental Ambition
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 7th May, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd is joined by Tom Arnold, Chair of the 2030 Agri Food Strategy Committee to discuss the 2030 Agri Food Strategy: The Environmental Ambition.
Meet the Teagasc Signpost Team
The new Signpost Programme – Farmers for Climate Action, will be launched tomorrow Tuesday, 18 May. Today we meet the Signpost Programme team who will work with farmers, and the partner organisations to prompt climate action by all Irish farmers.
How to harvest quality silage
With the silage season upon us, on the latest episode of the Environment Edge, Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn chat to Teagasc dairy advisor in Kilkenny Pat Moylan about the cold dry spring and tips on how to harvest quality silage.
The Teagasc Signpost Programme Launch
The official launch of The Teagasc Signpost Programme, a collaborative programme to lead climate action by Irish farmers and their transition towards more sustainable farming systems.
Research Insights Webinar - Role of grass breeding & evaluation to increase the sustainability of pasture-based systems
On a recent Teagasc Research Insights webinar held Wednesday 12th May, Michael O'Donovan, Head of Grassland Science, was joined by Patrick Conaghan, Stephen Byrne & Tomas Tubritt, Teagasc Researchers to discuss the role of grass breeding & evaluation to increase sustainability of pasture systems
No Dig Gardening Event
This No Dig Gardening webinar event was held on Thursday 5th May at 7pm with John Mulhern, College principal of Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens and colleagues James Brady and Deirdre Walsh. Guest Speaker, Charles Dowding has a strong passion for 'no dig gardening
Ireland's Trees: our heritage 10,000 years in the making
Teagasc's virtual forestry adviser, Ciara, tells the story of forests in Ireland – from the last Ice Age to the present day. A heritage, 10,000 years in the making…She describes the climate affect of forestry development, the decline in forestry as agriculture developed and population grew.
Beware of wild flower mixes as you might get more than you paid for
The highly invasive Blackgrass weed was found in a commercial wildflower mixture that was grown in an experimental plot in Carlow. If this weed is widespread in mixtures which were planted on farms, schools, gardens, and amenity areas across the country it poses a huge risk of contamination to crops
Slurry storage capacity and TAMS
Tom Fallon, Teagasc Farm Buildings & Infrastructure Specialist has tips for applying for TAMS grant aid for slurry storage here. He advises when building new facilities to look beyond meeting the minimum storage requirements as many farms require extra storage. He features a TAMS grant farm example
The Benefits of Using Low Emission Slurry Spreading on Drystock Farms this Summer
Low Emissions Slurry Spreading technology (LESS) has become a common sight on Galway farms in recent years. Umbilical pipes, dribble bars, trailing shoes and injection systems are replacing the traditional splash plate. Bryan Donnelly, Advisor Teagasc Galway highlights the benefits of LESS
Farmyards and Water Quality
Farmyards can impact on water quality where wastes & effluents gain access to water directly, as point source pollution or indirectly, by diffuse pollution. With good farmyard management & design these impacts to water, where they occur, can be eliminated as Kevin O’Sullivan ASSAP Advisor outlines
New Anaerobic Digestion (AD) project commences
Teagasc recently held the first online meeting of the technical working group for a new Anaerobic Digestion (AD) project called FLEET. Teagasc economist Dr Fiona Thorne is the principal investigator on the FLEET project, supported by the SEAI Research and development fund. Read more here
The Signpost Series - Water quality – national problems, local solutions
On the latest episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 30th April, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd is joined by Jenny Deakin, EPA to discuss water quality – national problems, local solutions.
REAP - The Facts
Teagasc has produced a Factsheet and a video on the new Results-Based Environment-Agri Pilot Project (REAP). Find out more here and listen to what Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist has to say about REAP. Expressions of Interest must be lodged with DAFM by Monday May 10th
An Update on REAP
Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist Catherine Keena joins Catherine Egan on this week’s episode of The Beef Edge podcast with an update on the new Results-Based Environment-Agri Pilot Programme, also known as REAP.
3rd European Beef Carbon Farmers’ Network
The 3rd European farmers’ network webinar takes place today at 5pm. In this webinar hear from innovative grass-based Irish beef producers about how they're improving beef carbon footprint. LIFE BEEF CARBON is an initiative combating climate impact of beef production in Ireland, France, Italy & Spain
The Signpost Series - The BRIDE Project
On the latest episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 23rd April, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd is joined by Donal Sheehan, Manager of the BRIDE Project to give an overview of the Project, results-based payments and how farmers can be rewarded for environmental improvement.
Best Practice for Pesticides & Alternative Methods for Weed Control
Kieran Kenny, Teagasc ASSAP advisor and member of the National Pesticide & Drinking Water Action Group joins Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn on the latest episode of the Environment Edge podcast.
The Additive Trials Reporting an 80% Reduction in Methane Emissions
Katie Starsmore and Ben Lahart join Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast to give an insight into the Green Feed trial that is investigating feed additives that have the potential to reduce methane emissions from grass fed dairy cows.
Today's Farm - May/June 2021
The May/June edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. The main focus of this edition is on slurry storage, covering topics such as storage and usage; completing a storage assessment; & storage capacity and TAMS. It also has articles on blackgrass; contract rearing & more.
Clonakilty Agricultural College April Dairy Update
James Daunt, Dairy teacher at Clonakilty Agricultural College provides an April update on Dairying at the College. He talks about the 2021 breeding season, current milk results, grassland management, fertiliser and clover over-sowing, in a short video here
Can you REAP the rewards?
The deadline for farmers to apply for the Results-Based Environment-Agri Pilot Project (REAP), a new Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) Pilot programme, is fast approaching. Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist urges eligible farmers to apply before May 10th
FitForests –Ensuring correct tree species choice to address climate change uncertainties
Niall Farrelly, Senior Forestry Research Officer Teagasc, discusses over 100 years of research from Avondale Forest Park, Co. Wicklow and how this leads on to new forestry research called FitForests which will assess the suitability of different tree species to adapt to climate change.
The Signpost Series - Context, Measurement & mitigation of methane emissions in Irish dairy systems
On this episode of The Signpost Series webinar, which took place on Friday, 16th April, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd is joined by guest speakers Laurence Shalloo, Ben Lahart & Katie Starsmore, Teagasc to discuss context, measurement & mitigation of methane emissions in Irish dairy systems.
Caroline Walsh Virtual Farm Walk
On April 21st, Caroline Walsh, overall and dairy category winner of the 2020 Grassland Farmer of the Year Competition hosted a virtual event from her farm through the medium of video, social media and live webinar
April - Wildfires in Ireland
The April Map of the month shows the number of current active wildfires (as of the 25th) detected by NASA Fire detection service. There are a surprising number across the country. Each month the Teagasc spatial analysis unit use data from a number of sources and share it as a map to assist farming
Are you Sun Smart? Webinar
A webinar to raise awareness about the risks of skin cancer and UV exposure in the farming community was held on Wednesday, 21st April. HSE and the Irish Cancer Society Representatives advised what you can do to protect yourself against the risks of skin cancer and UV exposure on your farm
Major Focus on Clover establishment and Management in 2021
A clover booklet ‘Management and establishment of grass-white clover swards’ for 2021 is being launched by Teagasc today, Monday, 26 April. Agriculture in Ireland is under ever increasing pressure to reduce nitrogen fertiliser use, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase nitrogen use efficiency
The Importance of Wetlands
A combination of geology and abundant rain has endowed Ireland with an extraordinary array of wetlands covering some 20% of the country. While most wetlands occur naturally they may also be artificially created. Mary Roache Mayo ASSAP Advisor has examples of a variety of wetlands that occur on farms
Thinking of becoming an Organic Farmer?
With the reopening of the Organic Farming Scheme in March many farmers are wondering is organics an option for them. As the scheme closes on Friday 30th April 2021 the window of time to make the decision to join and complete the necessary paperwork is tight. Enda O’Hart, Teagasc Advisor has advice
Research Insights Webinar - New insights into feeding dairy cows at pasture
On a recent Teagasc Research Insights webinar which took place on Wednesday, 14th April, Michael O'Donovan, Head of Grassland Science, Teagasc was joined by Michael Dineen, Research Officer to discuss new insights to feeding dairy cows at pasture.
Farm Business Options Webinar - Organic Farming – Steps to Conversion and Opportunities
On this episode of the Farm Business Options Webinar series which took place on Tuesday, 13th April, Barry Caslin was joined by Elaine Leavy, Teagasc Organic Specialist and Clive Bright, Organic grass only farmer, Sligo to discuss organic farming - steps to conversion and opportunities.
Tree and hedge management in Ballyhaise College
Steven Meyen, Forestry Development Officer, Teagasc talks from experience about how trees can add so much to farm hedges. Benefits include shelter, biodiversity, improvement in microclimate, carbon sequestration and landscape value. We also get a glimpse of tree and hedge management at Ballyhaise
The Signpost Series Webinar - Climate Mitigation Options through Afforestation
In this episode of The Signpost Series webinars, held Friday, 9th April, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd is joined by guest speakers Tom Houlihan, Teagasc Forestry Specialist & Dr. Kevin Black, Forestry, Environmental Research & Services (FERS) to discuss Climate Mitigation Options via Afforestation
Teagasc marks Earth Day 2021
Teagasc marks Earth Day today. We reflect on ways in which we contribute to improving the Earth through our integrated research, advisory and training services to the agriculture & food industry and rural communities. Learn more here about Teagasc & the Environment, and A day in the life of research
8th INFOGEST Webinar on Food Digestion
The 8th INFOGEST webinar on food digestion, co-hosted by Dr Andre Brodkorb of the Teagasc Food Research Centre and others, took place on Wednesday, 7th April at 2PM. The theme of this webinar was “in vitro Digestion Models” from Working Group 1 of the INFOGEST network.
Grass10 Newsletter - 20th April 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: Weekly PastureBase data; grazing updates from various GFOTY winners; Starting 2nd rotation Sheep Update - Philip Creighton, Teagasc, Athenry PLUS Caroline Walsh Overall GFOTY 2020 social media takeover and more
Quality vs Quantity - how do I maximise silage yield per hectare?
Teagasc Drystock advisor Joe Hand joins Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge podcast to discuss how to maximise silage yield this year on your farm.
Caroline Walsh Grassland Farmer of the Year - Social Media Takeover & Live Interview
Join Caroline Walsh, 2020 Grassland Farmer of the Year, on the Teagasc social media accounts as she takes us through "A day in the life...." on her dairy farm in Ballinascarthy, Co. Cork
Submit Your 2021 Basic Payment Application On-Time
The most important task for farmers in any year is to complete their Basic Payment application online. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that the 2021 Basic Payment application and associated forms are completed on time by Monday 17th May. Brian Hughes, Teagasc Claremorris has more advice
The Signpost Series Webinar - Multi-species Swards
In this episode of The Signpost Series webinar, which took place on Thursday, 1st April, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd is joined by guest speakers Dr. Helen Sheridan and Prof. Tommy Boland, UCD to discuss multi-species swards - sward and animal performance under reduced nitrogen fertiliser inputs.
Farmland Birds and the role of farmers in their survival
Niall Hatch from Bird Watch Ireland joins Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn on the latest episode of the Environment Edge podcast to talk about farmland birds and the important role of farmers in helping to improve habitats.
Tips and advice on best practice for reseeding
Tomás Tubritt joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge with tips and advice on best practice for reseeding.
The future is kelp!
Did you know the word ‘kelp’ originally described the burnt ash of brown seaweed? Maria Hayes Research Officer, Teagasc Food Research Centre, together with Cawthron Institute Researchers, New Zealand, are looking at bio-product isolation from native Irish and New Zealand macro-algal species here.
Integrated Pest Management - Aphid pest control Webinar
On a recent Integrated Pest Management Webinar, which took place on Wednesday, 7th April 2021, Donall Flanagan, Teagasc Horticulture Development Department was joined by David Davidson, Technical Consultant with Koppert to discuss aphid pest control.
Are you Sun Smart? Webinar
A webinar to raise awareness about the risks of skin cancer and UV exposure in the farming community. Join Teagasc on Wednesday, 21 April from 11.30am -1pm along with the HSE & the Irish Cancer Society who will advise what you can do to protect yourself against the risks of skin cancer & UV exposure
70 years of grassland research in Ireland
TEAGASC grassland research has enabled the transformation of Irish agriculture since the 1950s. The importance of grassland to Irish Agriculture is indicated by over 70% of agricultural output (monetary terms) coming from grassland as cattle, milk, & sheep products, Teagasc researchers reminisce
Steps to Take when Considering Converting to Organic Farming
The Organic Farming Scheme is open. Elaine Leavy, Teagasc Organic Specialist gave a presentation recently at the IFA Information Meeting on the Organic Farming Scheme which was held virtually on Thursday, 4th March 2021. Elaine's presentation and Teagasc guide to organic conversion can be found here
The Forestry Sector in Ireland: some facts and figures
Teagasc welcomes Ciara! Teagasc's new virtual forestry adviser Ciara, provides some basic facts and figures on the forestry sector in Ireland. She discusses forest cover, ownership, species composition, carbon sequestration, wood utilisation, age distribution, wood processing, exports and employment
Status Orange, High Forest Fire Risk Warning
Teagasc urges all involved in outdoor activity to exercise extreme caution, and heed the high level warning for fires which is in place this week. The current high pressure dominated weather patterns has resulted in a high fire risk in all areas where fuel such as dead grasses, heather & gorse exist
Hitting Grazing Targets in 2021 with PastureBase Ireland Webinar
Are you looking to make better grazing decisions on your farm in April? On this webinar which took place on Wednesday, 7th April, John Douglas & Joseph Dunphy, Teagasc Grass10 and Micheal O'Leary, PastureBase Ireland go through how you can use PastureBase Ireland to plan your spring grazing.
Grass10 Newsletter - 13th April 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: Weekly PastureBase data; Seamus Sweeney, Wexford on 2nd rotation; Caroline Walsh 2020 GFOTY social media takeover; Grazing Updates from Thomas Hogan, GFOTY Cattle-Suckling, & Grange dairy-beef research herd
Protecting the Connemara/Mayo Blackface Breed for Future generations
Father & son partnership MartinJoe & Martin Kerrigan are hill farmers in Glentrague, Clonbur Co. Galway - a valley situated in ‘Joyce Country’ overlooking the scenic Lough Mask. Martin is involved in developing the Connemara/Mayo Blackface sheep, as Joanne Masterson, Teagasc Advisor, outlines here
Integrated Pest Management Webinar - traps and pheromones for thrips and pest control
On a recent Integrated Pest Management Webinar, which took place on Tuesday, 30th March, Donall Flanagan and Eamonn Kehoe, Teagasc Horticulture Development Department were joined by Dr Clare Sampson, Technical Director with Russel IPM to focus on traps and pheromones for thrips and pest control.
Teagasc Virtual College Open Days 2021
During March, Teagasc courses were promoted through virtual open days at it's four agricultural and horticultural colleges and two of the private colleges. One open day remains to be held at Salesian Agricultural College on 15th April. Now is your chance to catch up with any you may have missed here
What is a GPS Fertiliser Spreader?
With the grant on GPS fertiliser spreaders now available to all TAMS applicants there is a lot of interest from farmers in making an investment in the new equipment. Francis Quigley, Teagasc Farm Machinery Specialist explains that a GPS controlled spreader is more than just a guidance system
Target to make 75% DMD Silage this summer
Shane Devaney, Beef Advisor, Teagasc Longford, sets a target for all farmers to make 75% DMD Silage this summer. He has advice for those farming on heavy soils and he lists the benefits of making good quality silage here.
Environment Newsletter - April 2021
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Environment team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Dates for your diary; Mandatory derogation requirements from January 1, 2021; and Message from ASSAP: Is your silage storage fit for purpose?.
Climate mitigation options through Afforestation – The Forest Carbon Tool
The establishment of new forests has a highly significant role to play in addressing our climate challenges and ensuring we can build a significant future carbon sink by mid-century. Teagasc Forestry Specialist Tom Houlihan discusses this and the development and use of the Forest Carbon Tool
The Signpost Series Webinar - Working with farmers to improve water quality
In this episode of The Signpost Series webinar, held as part of Water Quality Week, on Friday, 26 March, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd is joined by Noel Meehan, ASSAP Programme Manager and Edward Burgess, ACP Specialist Advisor, Teagasc to discuss working with farmers to improve water quality
Let’s Talk Dairy Bonus Episode: ASSAP and Farmers Impact on Water Quality
In this Let's Talk Dairy Bonus podcast episode, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist, is joined by Noel Meehan and Eimear Connery about the on-farm assessment carried out by ASSAP advisors to assess farmers’ impact on water quality.
Grass10 Newsletter - 6th April 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: Weekly PastureBase data; Niall Callanan (dairy) & Aidan Maguire (beef) discuss grazing plans; Grazing tips to hold Average Farm Cover in this colder week; A video explaining “Band Method” grass measuring & more
The 3 'T's to making Good Quality Silage
Austin Flavin Teagasc Advisor, meets beef farmer, Billy Glasheen who farms in Passage East in Co. Waterford as he plans to follow the 3 'T's which are key to making best Quality Silage. Test the slurry, test the soil and test the silage.
It’s getting hot in here
Keith Lambkin, senior climatologist with Met Eireann joins Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn on the latest episode of the Environment Edge podcast to discuss global warming.
Have multi species swards a role on Irish farms?
Multi species swards have the ability to grow 11Ton of dry matter with no chemical nitrogen, but have they a role on Irish farms? Joe Kelleher, Teagasc Advisor, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick addresses this question here and discusses what is known so far about Multi species swards
The Signpost Series - Multi-species mixtures
On a recent episode of the Signpost Series webinar, which took place on Friday, 19th March, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd was joined by John Finn, Teagasc to discuss multi-species mixtures increase yields and resilience to drought, with lower nitrogen inputs.
The Signpost Series - The impact of pesticides on water quality
In this episode of The Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 12th March, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd Programme Manager is joined by John Keogh, Chief Executive of the Animal and Plant Health Association (APHA) to discuss the impact of pesticides on water quality.
Farm Business Options Webinar - Farm Diversification in Co. Laois
On a recent Farm Business Options webinar which took place on Tuesday, 16th March 2021, host Peter Doolan, Teagasc Laois was joined by three local farmers to discuss farm diversification into soft food produce, angling and organic dairying in Co. Laois. A Q&A session also took place
ASSAP Factsheets on Farming for Water Quality
The Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP) have produced a series of five factsheets to help farmers maintain and improve the quality of water bodies in Ireland. They provide practical tips for farmers to implement which will benefit watercourses on their farms.
Planning a Successful Breeding Season with Francis Nolan
On Thursday, 25 March a Breeding Webinar took place with Teagasc/Glanbia Future Farmer Francis Nolan, Co. Kilkenny. Francis was joined by Richie O'Brien & George Ramsbottom, Teagasc and Joris Somers, Glanbia to discuss the steps Francis is taking to plan for a successful breeding season on his farm
ASSAP As Gaeilge
Ar mhaithe le sláinte an phobail i gcoitinne, is den riachtanas é, go bhfuil ard-chaighdéan uisce againn. Chun é seo a chinntiú, tá feirmeoirí fud fad na tíre, i gcomhairle le ASSAP, ag comhoibriú chun an t-uisce agus an timpeallacht a chaomhnú.
Silage Storage & Water Quality
Silage effluent is a highly polluting liquid and can cause fish kills in watercourses/rivers and contaminate wells if not collected, stored and land spread properly. It is important to examine and repair silage pits and collection channels when pits are empty to ensure safe storage.
Farmer testimonial on the ASSAP service
John Landers has a dairy farm beside the Comeragh Mountains in County Waterford. The river Colligan runs through John's land, it is one of 190 priority areas for action (PAA’s) where water quality needs some improvement.
Managing Farm Yards to Reduce Soiled Water Losses
Soiled water is defined in the Nitrates Directive as water from concentrated areas, hard standing areas, holding areas for livestock and other farmyard areas where the water is contaminated by livestock faeces/ urine, silage effluent, chemical fertilisers, dairy or vegetable washings. Read more here
The RESONATE Project: Investigating the Resilience of European Forests
Forests form a central plank of Europe’s new “Green Deal” policy. Now as more will be demanded from our forests, how will they cope in a changing climate? A new Horizon 2020 research project called “RESONATE” will help answer this. Jonathan Spazzi, Forestry Advisor, enlightens us here
Housing of Livestock
Livestock housed over the winter period need facilities that are fit for purpose and have adequate storage capacity for the statutory number of weeks. Claire Mooney, Teagasc ASSAP Advisor, has some important guidelines here on the management of winter housing to prevent nutrient losses
Wetlands and Water
A combination of geology and abundant rain has endowed Ireland with an extraordinary array of wetlands covering some 20% of the country. Functional wetlands are among our most productive environments providing a vast array of eco-system services. ASSAP advisor Mary Roache has more information
Water Quality and the Freshwater Pearl Mussel
The freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera) is a large filter-feeding bivalve. European freshwater pearl mussel populations have declined by 90 % over the past century. Mary McAndrew, Catchment Officer Pearl Mussel Project gives information on this long lived creature.
The importance of trees in Ireland
Ireland's waterways evolved in tandem with our native woodlands. Of the 16,000 townlands in Ireland 14,000 have names related to trees, forests and water. Farm forests are known to reduce the leaching of nutrients from agricultural soils
Best practice on spent sheep dip and footbath solutions
The practice of sheep dipping in summer or winter or both, is an important annual practice on sheep farms. Sheep dips, such as Organophosphates and Pryrethroids, are extremely effective but must be safely disposed of afterwards to protect aquatic life, as Shaun Roarty, ASSAP Advisor, Donegal advises
MCPA and rushes
In 2020 MCPA commonly used to control rushes was responsible for 46 out of 91 detected pesticide breeches. MCPA is water soluble, it does not bind to soil particles and therefore more prone to leaching and run-off to nearby waterbodies. Mary Roache, ASSAP Advisor Mayo, talks about Rush Spraying here
Best Practice use of pesticides
Monitoring of drinking water in Ireland continues to detect exceedances above the standard for certain herbicides. The chemicals causing greatest problems are MCPA (Agritox, Mortone, etc) and 2,4-D (Bandock EW, Mortox 50 etc). They are highly soluble in water. Kieran Kenny ASSAP Advisor has more
Is Organic tillage for you?
The latest Organic Farm Scheme is open to tillage farmers against the backdrop of an EU target to have 25% of all land in organic production by 2030. On this week’s episode of the Tillage Edge podcast, Elaine Leavy, Organic Specialist in Teagasc, joined Michael Hennessy to discuss organic tillage
Tillage Update 25th March 2021
In the weeks and months ahead cereal and other crops will receive the most of their N, P, K & S requirements to build and develop grain yield potential. This Water Quality week Teagasc advises efficient use of applied nutrients to reduce loss to the environment. Mark Plunkett talks about the 4 Rs
Pesticides and losses to water
What happens to pesticides after application? TEAGASC researchers have monitored the concentrations of commonly used herbicides in two agricultural river catchments as a part of the EU Horizon 2020-funded WaterProtect. Per-Erik Mellander, Catchment Scientist, has details of this on-going monitoring
Riparian buffer zones are patches of land adjacent to rivers, streams and drains, removed from intensive production. When designed correctly, they play a significant role in the reduction of diffuse inputs from agriculture entering our waterbodies.
The Caha Project
The Caha Project is a project where nine farmers have come together to protect a section of their local river. This length of river is particularity important as it has been identified as having a High Status Objective and is a Priority Area for Action under the Water Frameworks Directive
Drainage Maintenance to protect Water Quality
Ireland lies in a temperate zone where the main role of drainage is the removal of excess water in the root zone of crops from surplus rainfall, improving land trafficability and increasing productivity. Meabh O'Hagan, ASSAP Advisor and Niall McLoughlin, Lakeland Dairies has some advice.
Phosphorus Use on Peat Soils
A recent analysis conducted by the Teagasc Rural Economy and Development programme indicates that approximately 6% of the country (420,000 Ha) is made up of cultivated peats across a wide range of farming intensities. Fiona Doolan, ASSAP Advisor Kildare/Laois, discusses Phosphorus Use on Peat Soils
Managing farm roads to protect water quality
Farm roadways are an essential piece of infrastructure on most livestock farms and in particular dairy farms. Under new Nitrates rules there shall be no direct runoff of soiled water from farm roadways to waters from 1st January 2021. Padraig Fitzgerald, Teagasc Advisor lists the key points involved
What is a Riparian Margin & what can it do for Water Quality?
A Riparian Margin is the land that runs alongside our rivers and streams. Here, Fiona Doolan, Teagasc ASSAP Advisor, Co. Laois, talks about a variety of riparian margins. She explains the benefits of a riparian margin on water quality and the role it plays in protecting rivers and streams
Managing Soil Phosphorous for Water Quality
Phosphorus is an essential nutrient particularly when it comes to crop establishment. Eddie Burgess, Catchment Specialist with the Teagasc Agricultural Catchments Programme speaks more about managing soil phosphorus for water quality.
What impact can weed control & drainage work have on water quality?
Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advice Programme advisors Mary Roache & Meabh O’Hagan join Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge podcast as part of Water Quality Week to highlight correct weed control management & tips on carrying out drainage work to reduce impact on water quality.
ASSAP - Working with farmers to improve water quality
The Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme - ASSAP is in existence since 2018. Advisors are working with farmers in Priority areas for action (PAA) across the country to improve water quality. ASSAP advisors Deirdre Glynn and Cathal Somers give information about the programme
Catch Crops for Water Quality
There are multiple benefits to using catch or cover crops in a tillage system. In terms of water quality it is the ability of catch crops to reduce nitrate (NO3-N) leaching that makes it a valuable tool for all tillage farmers.
Why LESS is more
Slurry application on Irish farms was often seen as a chore, done to relieve pressure on slurry storage systems in late winter / early spring, traditionally spread by splashplate. Today this is changing fast with the use of low emission slurry spreaders (LESS), as Eamonn Lynch Dairy Advisor,explains
Clover - Why Now?
Ever thought of increasing the diversity in your swards? This can be simply and profitably done across the whole farm over 3 years adding to the health of the soil, animals and consumers as well as reducing losses to water and emissions to the atmosphere. Lane Giles, ASSAP Advisor tells us more.
Why You Should Use Protected Urea
Protected urea allows farmers to spread urea based nitrogen during the growing season without the worry of nitrogen (N) being lost from the field through ammonia emissions. It also reduces greenhouse gas emissions and nitrate leaching when compared to CAN Cathal Somers gives more information
Nitrogen Use Efficiency = Cleaner Water
Deirdre Glynn, Teagasc ASSAP Advisor and Dr. David Wall, Teagasc Researcher both define Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE) here. They discuss losses of Nitrogen and how we can avoid this going forward through soil testing, nutrient planning, responsible fertiliser and slurry spreading and more
How Nitrate leaching occurs
Nitrate leaching can occur during times of heavy or prolonged rainfall. Free draining soils are particularly susceptible to nitrate loss as it's very mobile in soil and readily leaches groundwater. The highest risk is in winter and early spring, as Prof Owen Fenton, Teagasc Researcher explains
ASSAP- Farming for Water Quality
ASSAP – Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advice Programme works with farmers in a free and confidential advisory service to help improve water quality. Priority areas for action (PAA) are being targeted across the country to improve water quality.
Farming for Water Quality in a Priority Area for Action - Farmer Testimonial
The Glenaboy river in county Waterford is currently at Moderate ecological status. The river catchment is in a Priority Area for Action (PAA) for the Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP). Find out how farmers and ASSAP advisors work together to improve water quality
Water Quality in your area & accessing catchments.ie
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) operate a number of water quality monitoring programmes to assess the condition of waters in Ireland. The outcome these monitoring programmes is available to see on the EPA interactive map.The map can be accessed on the website catchments.ie
Water Quality Indicators - Chemical Sampling
It is important to understand what causes damage to our waters and work together to protect them. As part of Water Quality Week and World Water Day today, LAWPRO Scientists demonstrate here what the chemical indicators of water quality are and how this sampling is carried out
Using kick sampling to determine the quality of water in a river?
Macro-invertebrates are small aquatic animals such as insect larva, snails, worms, beetles etc and are excellent indicators of water quality. Where rivers are unpolluted these are in abundance. Scientists examine these macroinvertebrates by kick sampling, as LAWPRO catchment scientists demonstrate
Why is water quality important?
We need safe and secure waters to supply agriculture, industry and our drinking water needs. It is important that we understand what causes damage to our waters and work together to protect them. As part of Water Quality Week and World Water Day today, LAWPRO Scientist Ruth Hennessy has more here
The past, present & future of water quality in Ireland
In this bonus episode of the Environment Edge podcast, Jenny Deakin EPA catchment unit manager joins Teagasc’s Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn to discuss the past, present & future of water quality in Ireland and how climate change will challenge us all.
EU's green deal - Essential role of legumes
This webinar is a Legume innovation and networking workshop which is hosted by Mark Gibson and brought to you by Teagasc. The legumes innovation workshop aims to identify transition paths enabling home grown legumes in a more sustainable food and feed value chain.
Farmer Safety Health and Wellness Webinar Series: Rena Buckley
Carbery Group, Cork recently held a Webinar on Farm Safety, Health and Wellness for farmer suppliers in advance of a busy spring. The Event will now be shown as a series of Webinars for 3 Sundays. The second is Rena Buckley, giving pointers on Gaining Health through, Exercise and Diet
Water Quality Week
Teagasc Water Quality Week runs next week Monday, 22nd March to Friday, 26th March. Water quality week is organised in collaboration with the dairy processing co-ops and the Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO). Noel Meehan, Programme Manager ASSAP has details of the plans for the week here
Teagasc Daily – One year on
Today is the 1st Anniversary of the introduction of Teagasc Daily, a new digital communication channel providing information to Teagasc audiences. It was set up in response to the first Covid related lockdown last March, as a digital tool to maintain knowledge transfer to Teagasc audiences.
Using LESS Gives More from Slurry
Cattle slurry is a valuable source of N, P & K produced on farm. Nitrogen (N) in cattle slurry is in a similar ammonia form to N in urea & is easily lost to the atmosphere. Teagasc Advisor Mark O'Sullivan has valuable information on the benefit of using trailing hose or trailing shoe to apply slurry
GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme Farmer Focus - John & Margaret Murphy
John & Margaret Murphy, Co. Cork are GLAS participants who availed of the Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme for repairs to an old stone outbuilding on the farm. Eimear Connery, Teagasc Advisor has more details. For the past four days Teagasc Daily focused on Co Cork participants of this scheme
GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme Farmer Focus - Tom O'Neill
Tom O'Neill, Co. Cork is a GLAS participant who availed of the Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme for repairs to an old 1740s tower building. Eimear Connery, Teagasc Advisor has more details. For one more day, of a four day focus, Teagasc Daily will focus on Co Cork participants of this scheme
The Signpost Series - Farm sustainability approach at Carbery Group
On a recent episode of the Signpost Series webinar, which took place on Friday, 5th March, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd is joined by Enda Buckley, Director of Sustainability & Aoife Feeney, Farm Sustainability Manager at Carbery Ireland to discuss the farm sustainability approach at Carbery Group.
Sustainable Soil Health Management in Vegetable Production Webinar
The third webinar in the Teagasc Vegetable Series took place on Wednesday, 3rd March 2021. This webinar focused on the specific challenges for field vegetable production on soil health. Event hosts were Eoin Sweetman and Andy Whelton, Teagasc Horticulture Development Department
GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme Farmer Focus - Kevin Wood
Kevin Wood, Co. Cork is a GLAS participant who availed of the Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme for repairs mainly to a lofted grain store dating back to 1888. Eimear Connery, Teagasc Advisor has more details. For two more days Teagasc Daily will focus on Co Cork participants of this scheme
New farm forests are backing biodiversity
Ireland’s new forests are working to reverse the decline in our national biodiversity and strengthen environmental sustainability. Teagasc Forestry advisor, Noel Kennedy, explains how biodiversity protection and enhancement are at the heart of today’s young forests.
GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme Farmer Focus - Siobhan Madden
Siobhan Madden, Co. Cork is a GLAS 3 participant who availed of the Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme for repairs to adjoining 200 year old buildings. Enda Maloney, Teagasc Advisor has more details. For the next three days Teagasc Daily will focus on Co Cork participants of this scheme
Increasing fertiliser precision
Testing soil fertility (pH, phosphate, potassium, etc.) is one of the most important jobs a farmer can do on the farm. On this week’s Tillage Edge podcast, Conor O’Callaghan, from Teagasc, Dublin and Martin Ennis, a farmer from north county Dublin, join Michael Hennessy to discuss this topic.
The Signpost Series - Impact of climate change on smallholder food production in the tropics
In this episode of The Signpost Series, Mark Gibson is joined by Paul Wagstaff, Senior Agricultural Advisor with Self Help Africa who speaks about the impact of climate change on smallholder food production in the tropics and the interventions that can be used to reduce the impacts of climate change
Timoleague Agricultural Catchment Programme Update
Teagasc’s Agricultural Catchments Programme has been monitoring water quality in 6 locations across Ireland to investigate the impact of agriculture on water quality in these catchments. Oisín Coakley, ACP Advisor, provides an update on the 8km square Timoleague catchment here
Today's Farm - March/April 2021
The March/April edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. One of the main articles in this edition is a Q& A with the new Teagasc Head of Knowledge Transfer, Stan Lalor. It also has articles on fertiliser, Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), how birds use hedges, and more.
Water trough Location and Water Quality
Correct Water trough location is vital to ensure livestock have good access to plenty of drinking water while also ensuring there is no negative impact on water quality. Fiona Doolan, Teagasc ASSAP Advisor, Co. Laois discusses correct siting of water troughs on farm to meet these requirements
Signpost Series Webinar - The Signpost Farm Programme: Teagasc campaign for climate action
On a recent episode of The Signpost Series webinars, which took place on Friday, 19 February, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd was joined by Dr Tom O’Dwyer, Head of the Teagasc Signpost Programme to discuss The Signpost Programme - Leading climate action by Irish farmers.
Grass10 Newsletter - 3rd March 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team including: PastureBase data for the week & Elodie Ruelle’s MoSt Grass Growth Prediction Model; A return to dry and settled conditions; Grazing and Fertiliser advice for March; William Burchill update; Grazing Management Tips on Irish Sheep farms
The Role of Legumes in Reducing Fertilizer N Usage Webinar
Legumes can replace fertilizer N on grassland and arable farms, lowering greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions and improving water quality. The third Legume Innovation and Networking Workshop takes place online as an interactive webinar on Wednesday 3rd March at 9.30am. Register here
The Importance of Hedgerows
The Environment Edge is Teagasc’s environment podcast focusing on challenges and opportunities in agriculture. In this episode, Dr Catherine Kenna, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist, joins presenters Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn to discuss the importance of hedgerows as wildlife corridors
Additional resources to meet demand for Green Cert Courses | Teagasc Virtual College Open Days
Teagasc welcomes the recent announcement by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D., giving approval for the recruitment of 20 fixed term education staff to meet exceptional demand for Teagasc Green Cert courses.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Protected Urea: A Research Update
On the latest episode of The Signpost Series webinars, which took place on Friday, 12 February, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd was joined by guest speaker Patrick Forrestal, Teagasc Johnstown Castle to discuss Protected Urea: A Research Update.
CatchmentCare & Teagasc Sheep Dipping Demonstration
Teagasc Donegal is part of a very important educational tool for sheep farmers and Agricultural Advisers in every county in Ireland. It's the first video where a best practice approach to plunge sheep dipping, and the correct disposal for the spent dip afterwards, has been demonstrated and explained
New water protection measures
Under the Nitrates Action Plan and since 1st January 2021 further measures for the protection of water are required. Here, Eamonn Grace, ASSAP Advisor, discusses two important measures worth noting; Exclusion of bovines from watercourses and Location of water troughs away from watercourses
Nitrogen Use Efficiency
The Environment Edge is Teagasc’s environment podcast focusing on challenges and opportunities in agriculture. In the first episode of The EnvironmentEdge, presenters Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn speak to Dr. David Wall, Teagasc researcher in Johnstown Castle on improving nitrogen use efficiency
Could you grow 14Ton of grass with 200 units of Nitrogen?
The European Green Deal calls for EU farmers to reduce their chemical Nitrogen inputs by 20% by 2030. Nationally the Ag Climatise document re-iterates this target but also sets an interim target of a 15% reduction by 2025. Joe Kelleher, Dairy Advisor Teagasc, Newcastle West looks at achieving this
Research Insights Webinar - Viruses - The Fightback and the Future
On a recent Research Insights webinar which took place on Wednesday, 17 February, Muireann Egan - Communications Officer, Teagasc Food Research Programme was joined by Teagasc Researchers Fiona Crispie, John Kenny and Olivia McAuliffe to learn more about viruses…the good and the bad.
Let it Bee Project- A community approach to tackling pesticide issues in Newport
In order to pollinate crops and wild plants we need an abundance and diversity of wild pollinators and honeybees. Looking for a solution to the many pesticide exceedances in the Newport river catchment, the “Let It Bee” project begins. Mary Roache, Teagasc ASSAP Advisor, Westport has details
The Signpost Series - Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Emissions – New Zealand’s story
Recently on the Signpost Series Mark Gibson was joined by Dr Sinead Leahy, Deputy Director and Senior Science Advisor with New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGRC) to discuss how the farming community in New Zealand are responding to challenges presented by climate change
Ten Points on Good Farm Soil Practice – ‘LESS’ IS MORE VALUE
Soil sampling is the starting point of good farm soil practice. It leads on to correct N,P,K and lime applications, slurry efficiency and managing peat soils and GHGs. Anne O'Malley, Teagasc Advisor, Mayo outlines Ten Points on Good Farm Soil Practice and emphasizes that ‘LESS’ IS MORE VALUE!
Teagasc Mayo Webinar - Farming for a Sustainable Future
Teagasc Mayo is hosting a series of online events consisting of relevant and practical advice for farmers in the Region. This first webinar, on Wednesday 17 February at 8pm, moderated by Brendan Garry, Teagasc will focus on farming for a sustainable future. More details here on speakers and topics
Environment Newsletter - February 2021
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Environment team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Dates for your diary; Think before you plant a new hedge; Message from ASSAP - Don’t lose any fertiliser you spread; & Message from Signpost Programme - Now is the time for climate action.
Although Spring is here we are still experiencing wintry weather with snow and hazardous conditions forecast for the coming days. It is with this in mind that Teagasc advises farmers to be 'winter-ready' and provides some useful tips for farming during severe weather conditions and advance planning
The Signpost Series - Reduction of Methane gas emissions in agriculture
Recently on a Signpost Series webinar from 29 January, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd and Pat Murphy, Head of Environment KT, Teagasc were joined by Sinéad Waters, Principal Research Officer, Animal & Bio-science Research Department Teagasc, to discuss reducing methane emissions from agriculture
New Regulations on Farm Roadways & Waters
Mark Treacy, Teagasc Dairy Advisor, Clonakilty advises on the New Regulations on Farm Roadways & Waters which have come into effect since 1st January 2021. The new measures aim to further reduce Irish farming’s environmental footprint, with particular regard to water, climate and air quality
The development of soil mapping in Ireland
Soils are the interface between geology and the living world. In Ireland, a number of significant soil mapping campaigns have been undertaken since the late 1950s. The January Map of the Month looks at the more well known and widely used soil maps and data products produced for Ireland so far.
What is sustainable in the ordinary farmer’s language? Our key marketing organisations such as Bord Bia use it as a primary selling point for Irish produce. Bernie Leahy, Drystock Adviser, Teagasc, Galway defines Sustainability, has sustainable ideas and reminds us that we have only one planet
Increasing soil pH reduces fertiliser derived N2O emissions
A new scientific paper from Teagasc shows that getting soil pH right through liming can significantly reduce emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O), a potent greenhouse gas. The AGEE published paper is from researchers at the Teagasc Environment, Soils and Land-Use Department in Johnstown Castle.
The Signpost Series webinar – Organic Farming – Steps to on farm conversion and opportunities
On the latest episode of The Signpost Series webinars, on Friday, 22 January, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd and Pat Murphy, Head of Teagasc Environment KT were joined by Elaine Leavy, Organic Specialist, Teagasc to discuss the steps to on farm conversion and opportunities of Organic Farming
Teagasc re-introduce COVID-19 telephone helpline for farmers
Teagasc have confirmed today Friday, 29 January that the telephone helpline to assist with queries in relation to COVID-19 issues is re-opening for all farmers. The helpline 076 1113533 is open to all farmers Monday to Friday.
There’s no vaccine for climate change
Climate change is a major global risk which requires our attention, if it is not to cause great havoc. Feeding the world while taking climate action will require an industry-wide effort involving farmers, industry stakeholders, Government and consumers, writes Tom O’Dwyer, Head of Signpost Programme
Teagasc Online Slurry Spreader Calibration Calculator
Many farmers will use Low Emission Slurry Spreading (LESS) methods such as a dribble bar, for the first time in place of the traditional splash plate. When using a new application method it's important to apply the slurry accurately as Francis Quigley, Teagasc Farm Machinery Specialist explains
Consider planting a hedge this Spring
Ever thought of planting a new hedge using native species of hedgerow to help improve biodiversity on farm? Planting can be done up to end of February while plants are dormant, to allow settling in time before growth starts. John Crowley, Beef & Sheep advisor Teagasc Clonakilty, has planting advice
Farming for Water Quality
The prohibited period when slurry, FYM and fertiliser spreading is not allowed to be spread will come to an end after the 31st January for all farms. Zone C: Donegal, Leitrim, Cavan & Monaghan, have the longest closed period. Ivan Kelly, ASSAP Advisor, Teagasc, Galway/Clare talks on water quality
AgClimatise - A roadmap to Climate Neutrality for Irish Agriculture
On the latest episode of The Signpost Series webinars, which took place on Friday, 15 January, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd was joined by guest speaker Dale Crammond, Climate Change and Bioenergy Policy Division, Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine (DAFM) to discuss AgClimatise
NFGWS Drinking Water Source Protection Pilot Project
This Signpost Series Webinar, which took place on 8th January focused on National Federation of Group Water Schemes (NFGWS) Drinking Water Source Protection Pilot Project - Phase 2. The webinar, moderated by Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd, featured guest speakers Patrick McCabe and Sean Corrigan
Grass10 Newsletter - 19th January 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Winner Caroline Walsh, and all the other category winners; details of upcoming webinar on "Getting Familiar with PastureBase Ireland" and catch up on January's "Win-win" webinar
Today's Farm - January/February 2021
The January/February edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. The main focus of this edition is on grass, covering topics such as getting ready for grass; Newford Herd makes gains on grass; why paddocks = profit and more.
Graham Swanton - Finalist Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020
Graham Swanton is a finalist in the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Competition. Graham is farm manager at Miletree Farm outside Clonmel and milks 510 cows. Graham's farm grew 17T DM/Ha in 2020. Tune in to the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday next, January 19th at 2pm to find out who will be the winner!
The importance of taking a proper soil sample
The principle of soil analysis is to determine the average nutrient status of an area and to show the available nutrients in the soil. Once known you can then apply nutrients to bring your soils to optimum fertility. Martina Harrington, Teagasc Beef Specialist advises on proper soil sampling below
Preventing Deaths with Slurry
The Slurry Spreading season commences in many parts of the Country after the 12th January. With 10% of deaths being slurry-related in the 10 year period to 2020, John McNamara and Francis Bligh, Teagasc Health and Safety Specialists discuss the dangers and prevention of deaths with slurry
Hemp for a Sustainable Future – Teagasc award at BTYSTE 2021 announced
Cian Walsh, a transition year student at St. Brogan's College, Kilbrogan, Bandon, Co. Cork, is the winner of the Teagasc award at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2021 (BTYSTE). Cian’s project looked at the social, economic and environmental benefits and drawbacks of growing hemp
TResearch Winter 2020
TResearch is an official science publication of Teagasc. It aims to disseminate the results of the organisation’s research to a broad audience. The Winter edition of TResearch has a special feature on Walsh Scholars 2020; Potato Blight; Acoustic sensors for monitoring dairy processes and more.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Emerging trends in EU policy
On this episode of The Signpost Series Webinar which took place on Friday, 18 December, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd and Pat Murphy, Head of Environment KT, Teagasc were joined by Alan Matthews, Trinity College Dublin to discuss emerging trends in EU policy - CAP, Green Deal, Farm to Fork.
5 Steps to taking a soil sample
Here in just five easy steps Edward Egan & Tara Heaney, Teagasc Meath Advisors, take us through the process of taking a soil sample correctly in order to get a reliable soil result.
A slurry 'no-brainer' for farmers
Emer Keane, Walsh Scholar, Teagasc, Castlerea, discusses the environmental topics of Low Emission Slurry Spreading and Greenhouse gases. She advises on availing of the TAMS 2 grant aid opportunity which exists to subsidise investment in LESS and reminds us of the TAMS 2 closing date of 15th January
Teagasc at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE 2021)
Visit the Teagasc virtual stand in the ‘World of Science and Technology’ at BTYSTE 2021, taking place each day from 6th - 8th January at 9 am - 5.30pm. Find out more about the Teagasc prize that is awarded each year to an agricultural or food related project.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Measuring and Mapping Hedges
On this episode of The Signpost Series Webinar which took place on Friday, 11 December, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd and Pat Murphy, Head of Environment KT, Teagasc were joined by Stuart Green, Teagasc Research Officer to discuss measuring and mapping hedges.
Dairy Farm Energy
Farm businesses are under increasing pressure to become more energy efficient. Milk cooling, water heating & vacuum pumps account for the biggest proportion of energy use on dairy farms. It is these areas that offer scope for the greatest savings. John Upton & Barry Caslin have more information
Aim for Zero Farm Accidents in 2021
Aim for Zero farm accidents every day in 2021. An accident causes tragedy and leads to tragedy, pain and suffering, and possibly lifelong disability. It is in everyone’s best interests to put time and effort into preventing accidents.This is the message from John McNamara Health & Safety Specialist
Throwback to Virtual Beef Week 2020
In this special Christmas review of the Teagasc Virtual Beef Week 2020, you can now catch up on all of the highlights of the 5 days in July. It covers the latest research and advice on suckler beef, dairy calf to beef, sustainable beef production, grassland management and the beef sector challenges.
Outlook 2021 Conference (Webinar)
Outlook 2021 Conference took place virtually this year on Tuesday, 1st December. This webinar included details on farm financials across all the major farming systems in Ireland, including output and input prices and agricultural income.
Throwback to Virtual Sheep Week 2020
In this special Christmas review of the Teagasc Virtual Sheep Week 2020, you can now catch up on all of the highlights of the 5 days in September. It covers the latest research and advice on grassland management, Genetics and breeding, Hill sheep & Store lambs, Flock health, Policy and Environment
New Nitrogen report published at Teagasc Virtual Dairy Conference
A new report: ‘Review of the Influence of Nitrogen Application Rate, Soil Type and Agroclimate Location on Grass Production, Feed Budget, Nitrogen Use Efficiency and Farm Profitability’ was published by Teagasc at this year’s Teagasc Virtual Dairy Conference in November. See it here again below
Teagasc Research Insights Webinar - Land use and environment - getting the balance right
The ninth webinar in the Teagasc Research Insights Series focused on Land use and environment - getting the balance right, where Teagasc researchers gave an overview of how land use interacts with the delivery of vital ecosystem services.
Why Nutrient Management Planning Is So Important For Farmers
In week 6, the final of the Teagasc Waterford/Kilkenny Sustainability Series, Deirdre Glynn, ASSAP advisor advises on implementing a Nutrient Management Plan which can optimise economic return from nutrients used to produce a crop, while reducing the negative impact of nutrients on the environment
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar - Ag-Climatise report and ammonia emissions
On the December episode of the Let's Talk Dairy webinar, Stuart Childs outlines some findings from the Ag-Climatise report and some possible resolutions which can be achieved around ammonia emissions that we have to try to achieve in the coming years.
Teagasc announce winners of Hedge Cutting Competition
As part of Hedgerow Week 2020, which took place between 7 - 12 December, the joint winners of the Teagasc Hedge Cutting Competition for 2019 were announced. They are Liam Herlihy, Kingsland, Bruree, Co Limerick and Tony Mullins, Ballybeg, Mitchelstown, County Cork.
2027 Sectoral Road Map: Agriculture & the Environment
A new Teagasc 2027 Sectoral Road Map for Agriculture and The Environment was published on Tuesday, 8 December 2020. It includes: Introduction; Actions and 2027 Targets for: Gaseous Emissions, Nutrient Efficiency, Water Quality, Biodiversity and the Soil
Environment Newsletter - December 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Environment team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Hedges – rules and regulations; Know your derogation commitments & Message from ASSAP - How hedges protect water quality.
Why LESS is more
In week 5 of Teagasc Waterford/ Kilkenny Sustainability Series, Eamonn Lynch, Dairy Advisor outlines the benefits of using Low Emission Slurry Spreader (LESS) techniques on your farm. You can make better use of your slurry, reduce your chemical usage & improve the environment all in one application.
Aurivo Teagasc Joint programme 2021-2023
The Aurivo/Teagasc joint programme was launched this week by Raymond Barlow Chairman of Aurivo Co-op and Tom Kellegher, Teagasc Regional Advisory Manager. The Joint Programme aims to improve farm profitability and environmental practices while ensuring that dairy farming is socially sustainable.
10 Things to Know About … Viruses
While Irish Scientists are key in the fight against coronavirus, there's a more abundant type of virus which can be used beneficially in food and medicine. Meet Teagasc researchers tackling the good & bad of viruses on 10 Things to Know About..Viruses, tonight (Mon 14th Dec) on RTÉ One at 8.30PM
Coppicing in Clonalkilty College
In Clonalikty Agricultural College, a new mostly whitethorn hedge was planted ten years ago typical of many hedges on farms through the country. It established well with few losses and no gaps. Somewhat thin and empty at the base, coppicing was decided on as Catherine Keena & Keith Kennedy explain
How to Coppice a Hedge
An escaped hedge is where individual trees or shrubs have grown up become mature trees with single stems & lots of gaps in between. This hedge is not stockproof it can be rejuvenated by either coppicing or laying. Catherine Keena Teagasc & Eoin Donnelly, Hedge Laying Association tell us how
How to lay a hedge
Hedge laying is a technique for the rejuvenation of hedges. The ideal hedge for rejuvenation is one that has grown up, has got thin at the base but there is still at least one multi-stem every half metre. Catherine Keena Teagasc and Eoin Donnelly, Hedge Laying Association of Ireland give information
Hedges for Rejuvenation
On the subject of hedgerow rejuvenation the most important question is which hedge do you choose to rejuvenate. There are three broad categories of hedges in Ireland; Hedges with a dense base, Relict Hedges and Escaped hedges as Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist describes
Second Pruning of a new hedge
Catherine Keena, Teagasc takes us through the steps of how to successfully complete the Second pruning of a new hedge.This ensures dense growth from the base of the hedge, resulting in the best stockproof hedge. With a new hedge, it is not a race to the top, but rather letting it inch its way up
New hedges on tillage farms
A new hedge, 1.2 km in length, was planted on the Teagasc Crops Research Farm in Oak Park last spring in March 2020. Catherine Keena, John Hogan and Michael Hennessy outline the steps taken to plant and establish new hedges in Oak Park which can be replicated on tillage farms around the country
New Hedges in Teagasc Moorepark
On Curtins Research Farm Moorepark, 1km of new native hedges was planted over the past year with a further 1km planned over the next few months. In all, the Teagasc Moorepark farms have planted over 5 km of hedges recently. Catherine Keena, Teagasc & Caroline O’Sullivan, Farm Manager tell us more.
New hedge on a dairy farm
Planting new hedges ties in very well with what is expected of dairy farmers in relation to environmental and profitable sustainable farming. Profitable dairying can work very well, hand in hand in fact with hedges.Catherine Keena, Teagasc Specialist and Tom Murphy, Dairy advisor
How to plant a hedge
Catherine Keena, Teagasc advises on best practice for achieving a stockproof hedge including tips for preventing root dry-out, successful establishment and weed control. A step by step demonstration of the process of planting a new hedge on the farm of Henry Walsh, can be seen in the video below
Hedge Management on Derogation Farms
This year in 2020, for the first time, farmers on Derogation farms, who are availing of the Nitrates Derogation have committed to undertake a Biodiversity Option relating to hedge management. Catherine Keena, Teagasc & Francis Collier, Farm Manager Teagasc Grange look at what the two options involve
Hedge cutting advice
Our hedges are like our shop window - to have our farm aesthetically pleasing is important The consumer is looking for biodiversity and sustainability. Tony thinks that’s the way we’ll have to manage our hedges in future. Catherine Keena, Francis Quigley & Padraig McCormack Teagasc give advice
Why You Should Use Protected Urea
In week 4 of the Teagasc Waterford/Kilkenny Sustainability Series Cathal Somers, Teagasc ASSAP Advisor, has information on Why You Should Use Protected Urea fertiliser on the farm; the environmental and economic benefits and a farmer speaks of his experience of using protected urea
A farmer experience - cutting his own hedges
Tony Mullins farming with his wife Noelle on dairy farm in Ballybeg, Mitchelstown in Co Cork, has always had a keen interest in managing own hedges. He met with Catherine Keena and Francis Quigley, Teagasc to discuss his hedge management practices and how he has changed hedge cutting height
We need to talk about hedge cutting
We need to get farmers and hedge cutting contractors talking about best practice hedge management. Farmers and contractors need to have a conversation in order to change the perception of a well-kept hedge. Francis Quigley Teagasc Specialist has some advice
Kildalton College Hedgerow Management
In 2019, Kildalton College planted in excess of 400m of new native hedges and it is planned to plant similar amounts over the next five years. Catherine Keena, Countryside Management Specialist, Francis Quigley Machinery Specialist and Tim Ashmore, Principal Kildalton College give the details
Hedge cutting – a contractor’s perspective
Hedge cutting contractor Liam Herlihy, Co Limerick has changed his hedge cutting practice from cutting the hedges as a flat to an ‘A roof’ as Liam calls it, while still cutting the growing point of the hedge. Catherine Keena and Francis Quigley Teagasc discuss the benefits of sloping the hedge sides
Hedges - Rules and Regulations
The immense value of hedges on Irish farmland to biodiversity, carbon and landscape is increasingly being recognised in legislation and cross compliance. Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist and Anthony Dineen, Teagasc Advisor simplify the rules and regulations around Hedges.
Hedges - A farmer's perspective
Catherine Keena, Richard O’Brien, Teagasc and Aoife Leader, Walsh Scholar discuss mapping biodiversity on Donal Kavanagh's farm. Donal, a dairy farmer, is one of 11 Future Farmers in the Teagasc / Glanbia knowledge transfer programme, promoting sustainable practices on farm to improve biodiversity
How hedges protect water quality
Hedges help protect water quality by acting as barriers to overland flow of water which can contain nutrients and sediment that we don’t want to end up in watercourses. A hedged landscape helps regulate water flow and is good for water quality. Catherine Keena Teagasc & Cathal Somers ASSAP*
Hedges and Carbon
Catherine Keena, Countryside Management Specialist and Lilian O’Sullivan, Research Officer, Environment Soils and Land Use, Teagasc, discuss the role of hedgerows in relation to carbon storage and sequestration. They also have information on the Teagasc Farm Carbon research project.
Food from hedges
Fresh, organic & seasonal fruit, berries, nuts, leaves & flowers bursting with their own unique flavours. Nature needs no marketing budget to promote its producel. Get more information from Catherine Keena Teagasc Paul Flynn, Tannery Restaurant, Dungarvan & Rosemarie Cusack Cookery Demonstrator
Birds and Bats in Kildalton College
Recent surveys in Kildalton College recorded 45 different species of birds and 7 of the 9 species of resident bats, present on the college farm, indicating a rich habitat biodiversity. Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist and Tim Ashmore, Principal, Kildalton College have more
Our Hedgerow Flora
There are approximately one hundred plant species associated with our native Irish hedges, each one with its own story to tell. Our Hedgerow Flora is discussed by Catherine Keena Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist and John Feehan, retired lecturer in Faculty of Agriculture, UCD
How bees use hedges
In Ireland there are 77 solitary bee species, 21 bumble bee species and one honey bee species. One third of our bee species are under threat of extinction. Hedges provide food and nest sites for bees. Catherine Keena, Teagasc and Stephanie Maher, Trinity College Dublin give more information
How bats use hedges
‘As blind as bat’ is one of many myths about bats. Bats are nocturnal mammals with good eyesight. In the hours of darkness they rely on echo location (sonar) to hunt and orientate themselves. Catherine Keena, Teagasc and Tina Aughney Bat Conservation Ireland have more information
How birds use hedges
Of the 110 species regularly recorded in the Countryside Bird Survey in Ireland during the breeding season, 55 use hedges. Of these, 35 bird species nest in hedges. How birds use hedges is discussed here by Catherine Keena Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist and Niall Hatch BirdWatch Ireland
Heritage of Hedges
Hedges give character to farms, townlands, parishes and counties, making them distinct from other areas. Hedges evoke history and folklore. One project that links the past with the present to preserve such heritage is the Kickham Tree Project in Tipperary. Catherine Keena & Michael Somers tell more
Hedges on sheep farms
Native Irish hedges or ditches are wonderful for biodiversity, farmers are encouraged to plant more. Where do hedges fit in on sheep farms? Especially on farms with lots of dry stone walls which themselves are fantastic for biodiversity. Find out more from Catherine Keena & Noel Claffey
Trees and Hedges in Ballyhaise College
Teagasc Ballyhaise Agriculture College is an Ulster plantation estate dating back to the 1600’s with beautiful trees and woodland. Demonstration of skills in hedgerow management & new hedgerow establishment shows students how to incorporate such skills into their own farms Teagasc staff have details
Mapping Irish hedgerows
Hedgerows are the most common habitat on lowland farms in Ireland - a characteristic feature of the Irish countryside. Teagasc use earth observation technologies to map the Irish agri-environment. One of the main targets over the years has been hedgerows. Catherine Keena and Stuart Green explain
History of Irish Hedges
The current generation of Irish farmers have planted circa 10,000 kms of new hedges - the most significant planting in almost 200 years. Catherine Keena Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist and John Feehan, retired lecturer Faculty of Agriculture, UCD share with us the History of Irish Hedges
The Signpost Series - proactively improving human and environmental health through good science
In this edition of the Signpost Series Webinars which took place on Friday, 27 November, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd was joined by Dr. John Gilliland, Director of Agriculture & Sustainability, Devenish to discuss how to proactively improving human and environmental health through good science
Management of Vegetation on High Nature Value Farmland in Connemara
The beautiful Connemara landscape is the product of the interaction between landscape, farming & the natural environment. Farming has played a crucial role and so Teagasc Athenry is organising a Webinar on Upland grazing and control of vegetation to assist farmers as Marion Fox, Advisor outlines.
Soil Health Series: Multi-functionality and Management
In the final part of a four part series on soil health researcher Lilian O’ Sullivan takes a look at some principle soil profile development processes in Irish soils that drive some of the characteristics and present an integrated approach for soil management.
Soil Health Series: The living soil - the engine of soil processes
Our soils are teeming with life. This life underpins the majority of processes within soil and is critical for delivering a whole range of vital ecosystem functions. Researcher Fiona Brennan, Johnstown Castle, talks about the organisms living within soil and how we assess soil biological health.
Soil Health Series: Soil Chemical Quality Indicators
Soil health emphasises the soil biological community as a key driver of soils capacity to deliver multiple functions. Researcher Karen Daly tells us about chemical indicators that can be used to assess the health of our soils.
Soil Health Series: Soil Physical Quality Indicators
Soil health is described as the continued capacity of soil to function as a vital living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals & humans. Researchers investigated different types of soil physical indicators. Teagasc Researchers Owen Fenton, Dermot Forristal & Giulia Bondi give more information.
Arable Cropping - Do organic and recycled nutrient sources stack up?
The importance of crop quality as well as yield and economics has resulted in arable farmers becoming leaders in tailoring nutrient amount and timing to precisely meet crop requirements. Patrick Forrestal, S.M. Ashekuzzaman & Mark Plunkett, Teagasc Johnstown Castle have more information.
World Soil Day
World Soil Day is marked on 5 December each year as a means to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and to promote sustainable soil management. Find out more about World Soil Day and the work being carried out within the Soil Programme in Teagasc.
New rules for farm roadways in 2021
New requirements on farmers to prevent direct runoff of soiled water from farm roadways from 1st January 2021 are published. Cathal Somers, Teagasc ASSAP Advisor has more information as part of the Teagasc Waterford/Kilkenny Sustainability Series.
Seaweeds for foods and feeds
Seaweeds grow in all of the Earth’s coastal climatic zones and have numerous colours, shapes and uses. Although consumed widely in Japan as an important dietary source of fibre and vitamins; in the Western hemisphere, they are overlooked as a nutrition source. Maria Hayes, Food Researcher explains
The FarmDemo Training Kit has been updated
A unique collaboration between three European H2020 projects, AgriDemo-F2F, PLAID and NEFERTITI, resulted in the development of the FarmDemo Training kit for the organization of farm demonstration events. John Moriarty Advisor on the NEFERTITI and NEWBIE EU H2020 projects has the information
Sustainable Beef Farming in Europe – Policy and Practice
Beef industry stakeholders all over Europe are invited to attend the first trans-national meeting of BovINE – the first and only EU-funded Beef Innovation Network – to focus on improving sustainability across the sector. BovINE’s online meeting takes place on Tuesday 1st December
2020 Virtual Dairy Conference - Overall Summary
On Tuesday 24th & Wednesday 25th November, the Teagasc 2020 Virtual Dairy Conference took place. This was in the form of a webinar each morning at 10am followed by “The Dairy Edge Podcast” live at 7pm each evening. Access all the latest dairy research and best technical advice from both days here
A Waterford Farmer testimonial on the ASSAP service
In this week two of the Sustainability Series, Cathal Somers reports on the Agricultural Sustainability Support & Advisory Programme (ASSAP), working in Priority areas for action across the country to improve water quality. We learn about the focus of a Waterford dairy farmer and about Kick Sampling
Creating & Shaping the development of Irelands Bioeconomy - The Signpost Series Webinar
In this edition of the Signpost Series Webinars which took place on Friday, 20 November, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd was joined by Patrick Barrett from Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine who spoke about the development of Ireland's Bioeconomy.
Dara Killeen - Virtual Dairy Conference 2020
Dara Killeen from East Galway is a new entrant to dairy farming in 2019. Dara discusses the importance of stock and grass productivity to his system. Dara outlines the investment during the conversion including stock, grazing infrastructure and maximising the use of existing sheds and facilities.
Grassland Farmer of the Year 2018 - John MacNamara - Virtual Dairy Conference 2020
John MacNamara won the 2018 Overall & Dairy Grassland Farmer of the Year. Here he discusses the benefits of Pasture Base for his farm as well as the improvements he has made on farm since he took over the farm from his father
Improving Nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) will save you money
So what exactly is NUE? NUE is a calculation, explains William Burchill, Teagasc that measures how efficiently nitrogen in slurry, feed & fertiliser converts to milk and meat. Nitrogen Use Efficiency will leave more money in your pocket as well as all of the environmental benefits that go with it.
Reducing chemical N fertiliser usage - Jack Nolan - Virtual Dairy Conference
Can you reduce Nitrogen fertiliser use in 2021 by a half bag of Urea or 1 bag of CAN? This is the challenge being put to farmers by Jack Nolan, Senior Inspector Department of Agriculture Food & the Marine (DAFM) Water Quality and Biodiversity department.
Make a small change that will make a BIG difference
Climate change and its associated policies has seen increasing pressure on agriculture worldwide to reduce its Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.The same is true in Ireland. Agriculture is classed as a significant contributor to GHG emissions in Ireland. Áine Murray, Teagasc PhD student has a solution
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar: GHG Emissions
In this episode of Let's Talk Dairy Webinar which took place on 12 November, host Stuart Childs talks to Laurence Shalloo, Katie Starsmore and Ben Lahart who are working on greenhouse gas emissions at Teagasc Moorepark. Also available as a bonus podcast below
Transferring the Family Farm Online Event
Transferring the family farm is a business transaction with complex issues to address. An online seminar on farm succession with Teagasc Farm Management Specialists was held to help farm families with this process. It covered all aspects that need to be considered when writing a succession plan
The Signpost Series Webinar - MCPA herbicide: new insights from catchment scale research in the North-West
In this edition of the Signpost Series Webinars, which took place on Friday, 13 November, Philip Jordan, Ulster University, joined host Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd to focus on the MCPA herbicide: new insights from catchment scale research in the North-West.
What is a Riparian Margin and what can it do for Water Quality?
A Riparian Margin is the land that runs alongside our rivers and streams. These margins can vary in width and type but in simple terms they are basically the corridors that are adjacent to our water bodies. Fiona Doolan, Teagasc ASSAP Advisor, Laois has more information.
ASSAP - Working with farmers to improve water quality
A couple of years into the Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP), working in Priority areas for action across the country to improve water quality, Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn, Teagasc Advisors outline the programme details
The Signpost Series - The Economics of catchment management, linking science and farmer behaviour in the ACP
In this edition of the Signpost Series Webinars which took place on Friday, 6 November, Michele McCormack, Agricultural Catchments Programme, Teagasc, joined host Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd to focus on the economics of catchment management, linking science and farmer behaviour in the ACP.
Teagasc/FBD Student of the Year Awards 2019 - We have a winner!
Enda Farrell of Co. Longford, is the 2019 Teagasc/FBD Student of the Year. The announcement was made at an online virtual awards ceremony on Monday. The Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD, congratulated Enda Farrell and all finalists, wishing them well in their careers
The Signpost Series - The Agricultural Catchments Programme assessment of the Nitrates Derogation
In this edition of The Signpost Series Webinar which took place on Friday, 23 October, Edward Burgess, Agricultural Catchments Programme (ACP), Teagasc gave an insight into the Agricultural Catchments Programme assessment of the Nitrates Derogation.
“Beeing” In the Moment!
“It’s an ill wind that blows no good”. Climate change is increasing its negative impact on farm environments with the recent Storm Ellen in August creating havoc with many mature deciduous trees bowled over in East Galway farmlands. Bernie Leahy, Advisor elaborates on her Irish Native Black Bee find
The Embrace Farm Accident Support Network and how it can help
From 2010 - 2019, 214 farmers lost their lives through a farming accident. On this week’s episode of the Beef Edge Podcast, founding member of Embrace FARM (Farm Accident Support Network) Norma Rohan outlines the services it offers.
Teagasc Research Insights Webinars - Making the most of our land
Land is the basis for human life on the planet. Land use is a complex interdisciplinary science. Join Teagasc researchers on five webinars where they will give an overview of current research that explores this complex research topic.
Transferring the Family Farm Online Event
Join us on Tuesday, 17 November at 7:30pm for a short seminar on farm succession, led by Teagasc Farm Management Specialists followed by an opportunity to submit your questions to them privately and have them answered on a one to one basis.
Today's Farm - October/November 2020
The November/December edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. The main focus of this edition is on the environment, covering topics such as the Teagasc Biodiversity Management Practice Index (BMPI); How to reduce energy consumption on your dairy farm; farm roadways and more.
Increasing grass yield by draining land in the right areas and right way
The decision to drain a particular field or area of the farm will incur substantial capital investment. It should, therefore, be based on the potential return on the investment. What are the benefits of improved drainage to a grassland farmer? Tom Coll, Teagasc Drystock Advisor has the answers
Tillage Edge - Episode 30
Catherine Keena, Environmental Specialist in Teagasc joins Michael Hennessy on the latest Tillage Edge podcast to talk about hedges on tillage farms and how best to manage them.
A Day in the Life - Have you sequestered your carbon yet?
A Day in the Life: James Rambaud, a Research Technician at Teagasc Environment Research Centre, Johnstown Castle gives us an insight into carbon sequestration.
A Day in the Life - We are all fed from soil
A Day in the Life: Guylain Grange, a Teagasc Walsh Scholar PhD candidate at Teagasc Environment Research Centre, Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford, talks about how plant biodiversity can help improve our soils.
Festival of Farming and Food – SFI Science Week at Teagasc 2020
Join Teagasc for a series of exciting virtual events for Science Week (November 8-15) as part of ‘The Festival of Farming and Food – SFI Science Week at Teagasc’. The theme for Science Week 2020 is ‘Choosing our Future’; focusing on how science can improve our lives in the future and in the present.
The Signpost Series - Animal breeding a cumulative & permanent strategy to environmental stewardship
In this episode of The Signpost Series of Sustainable Agricultural Webinars, Donagh Berry, Centre Director of VistaMilk, Teagasc speaks about using animal breeding as a cumulative and permanent strategy to environmental stewardship
Webinars for Farmers Sligo Leitrim Donegal
Starting tonight and running over the following 6 Tuesdays, Teagasc Advisers in Sligo, Letrim and Donegal are hosting a series of one-hour zoom webinars for farmers on a range of relevant topics. Facilitated by Cian Condon, Advisor, the webinars and access details are outlined below
Teagasc National Farm Survey Sustainability Report - 2019 Webinar
Sustainability is at the core of Agricultural Policy both in Ireland and in the European Union. Join Teagasc researchers to learn about the Economic, Environmental and Social Sustainability of Irish Agriculture, including outcomes for 2019.
Reducing nutrient losses and fertiliser use
TEAGASC researchers have spent many years looking at alternative nutrient sources to reduce chemical fertiliser demand on farms. Researchers David Wall and Patrick Forrestal give information on this research and what it could mean for farmers.
On the path to biodiversity recovery
The EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 has proposed a number of challenging targets that will inform policy, practice and research for the coming decades. Researchers John Finn and Daire Ó hUallacháin go through some that are relevant to agriculture
EU Green Deal for a climate- neutral Europe
The EU Green Deal is the big initiative of the recently installed EU Commission. Led by Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen it has the overall aim of making Europe a climate-neutral continent by 2050. Articles on the main aspects of the Green Deal will be published here on Teagasc Daily.
Improving water quality in tillage areas with ASSAP
Decreased water quality issues are widespread across Ireland regardless of area or farming system in that area and ASSAP, the Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advice Programme, is tasked with working with farmers to help improve water quality.
Preventing Musculoskeletal Disorders ( MSDs) among Farmers in Ireland - Webinar
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a serious cause for concern for farmers. Research found that 57% of farmers lost full time workdays, with over 22% losing 15 days or more. Join the webinar on Thursday, 29th October to get advice and information on prevention of MSDs
The Signpost Series: What impacts the quality of water in Agricultural Catchments Programme [ACP]?
In this edition of Sustainable Agriculture Webinars, host Pat Murphy, Head of Environment KT, Teagasc was joined by Per-Erik Mellander, Chief Scientist, Agricultural Catchments Programme, Teagasc to discuss what impacts the quality of water in Agricultural Catchments Programme [ACP]?
Working Towards Positive Mental Health
Over the last number of months, farming has been challenging. COVID-19 has made the normal demands of farming even more difficult which can lead to feelings of being overwhelmed. Francis Bligh & John McNamara, Teagasc Health & Safety Specialists have some advice on Positive Mental Health.
How tillage crops can influence the biodiversity on an agricultural landscape
Dr. Daire O’Huallachain, an agro-ecologist in Teagasc, joined Michael Hennessy on this week’s episode of The Tillage Edge Podcast to discuss biodiversity on the agricultural landscape.
New Ammonia MACC – outlook to 2030 - Webinar
The fourth webinar in the Teagasc Research Insights Series focused on the new Teagasc ammonia marginal abatement cost curve. Teagasc Director Professor Gerry Boyle and researchers on this webinar gave an insight into the analysis and cost effective pathways to meet future ammonia emission targets.
Making Sense of Senescence
Why do leaves turn colour in Autumn? John Casey, Teagasc forester, explains what Senescence means and how leaf and fruit fall in autumn is important to all, whether in the garden or in the wild.
Environment Newsletter - October 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Environment team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Dates for your diary; hedge cutting – for hedges fit for birds and bees; message from ASSAP - Autumn management of nutrients; EIP Update - MacGillycuddy Reeks EIP in action.
The Signpost Series- Semi-natural grasslands in Ireland
In this edition of Sustainable Agriculture Webinars, host Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd was joined by Maria Long, Grassland Ecologist, National Parks and Wildlife Service to discuss semi-natural grasslands in Ireland - precious resources under threat followed by a questions and answers session.
Fitzgerald Family Farm Virtual Farm Walk - Work-life balance & Water quality
On Thursday October 1st the Fitzgerald family from Portlaw in County Waterford opened the gates of their farm for a virtual farm walk. The theme for the day was reducing the carbon footprint of milk production systems. Here we focus on work -life balance and water quality on the farm
Farming Innovation and Sustainability on the Inishowen Peninsula
Henry O’Donnell project manager of the Inishowen Upland European Innovation Partnership joins Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge podcast to give an overview of the project and explains how it aims to improve the economic sustainability of farming High Nature Value (HNV) land in Inishowen.
Fitzgerald Family Farm Virtual Farm Walk - Energy & Biodiversity
On Thursday October 1st the Fitzgerald family from Portlaw in County Waterford opened the gates of their farm for a virtual farm walk. The theme for the day was reducing the carbon footprint of milk production systems. Here we focus on the Energy Efficiency and Biodiversity themes from the day.
How Soil Organic Carbon Cycling works in Irish Soils - Webinar
The third webinar in the Teagasc Research Insights Series focused on how soil organic carbon cycling works in Irish soils. Teagasc Researchers give an insight into their research and an overview of organic carbon cycling in Irish soils and its contribution to mitigating climate change.
Research Insights Webinar - Teagasc ammonia marginal abatement cost curve – outlook to 2030
Our Research Insights Webinars continue on Wednesday, October 7th. The fourth webinar in the Series will discuss the new Teagasc ammonia marginal abatement cost curve – outlook to 2030.
Getting Hedgerows Fit for Birds and Bees
Mary Roache, ASSAP Advisor, Teagasc Westport asks What is in a hedge? And she looks for the answers in getting hedgerows fit for bids and bees. Mary shares some key points for keeping a hedge in good shape, lists the benefits and the hedgerow management options open to derogation farmers this year
The Signpost Series - Natural Capital on Irish Farmland
In this edition of Sustainable Agriculture Webinars, host Pat Murphy, Head of Environment KT, Teagasc was joined by Jane Stout, Trinity College Dublin to discuss Natural Capital on Irish Farmland.
The Signpost Series - Biodiversity on farmland: current status, policy impacts, farm-scale responses
In this edition of Sustainable Agriculture Webinars, host Pat Murphy, Head of Environment KT, Teagasc was joined by John Finn and Daire OHuallachain, Teagasc to discuss biodiversity on farmland: current status, policy impacts, farm-scale responses.
Finding farming in our placenames
Mapping historic land use is challenging where spatially explicit data are limited. Here, Jesko Zimmermann of the Department of Agrifood Business and Spatial Analysis talks about a short project in which he and colleague Rob O’Hara use old Irish townland names to map historic agricultural practices
Teagasc outlines steps to reduce Ammonia Emissions
A new marginal abatement cost curve (MACC) for ammonia emissions has been published by Teagasc.
Taking soil samples correctly
As we are heading into the major soil sampling season it's important that soil samples are taken correctly, e.g. to the correct soil sampling depth of 10cm & a representative soil sample each time. Mark Plunkett, Teagasc Soil & Plant Nutrition Specialist outlines what's required for perfect results.
Reducing the carbon footprint of milk production: Virtual Farm Walk and Webinar from Portlaw, Co Waterford.
Shane Fitzgerald, who farms 92 hectares with his father near Portlaw, County Waterford, will host this virtual event, supported by Teagasc, Glanbia Ireland, the European Milk Forum and the National Dairy Council. He will highlight how they are reducing the carbon footprint of their milk production
Blackstairs Farming Futures (BFF)
The Blackstairs Farming Futures (BFF) is an upland European Innovation Partnership project. The Operational Group includes members from Teagasc, GMIT and NPWS. Catherine Keena, Teagasc Owen Carton, Tomas McCarthy, Thomas Gorman & Martin Shannon, BFF provide more information.
MacGillycuddy Reeks European Innovation Partnership Project
The MacGillycuddy Reeks European Innovation Partnership Project is an upland European Innovation Partnership project funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Catherine Keena, Teagasc; Mary Toomey & Patricia Deane, Macgillycuddy Reeks EIP provide more information.
Inishowen Upland Farmers Project
The objective of the Inishowen Upland Farmers project is to have a whole farm approach to landscape management and develop innovative measures to increase farm profitability. Teagasc environment specilaist Catherine Keena and Henry O'Donnell of the Inishowen Upland Farmers Project give information.
North Connemara Locally Led Agri-Environment Scheme (NCLLAES)
The North Connemara Locally Led Agri-Environment Scheme (NCLLAES) is an upland European Innovation Partnership project funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Catherine Keena, Teagasc; Joe Mannion & Cathy Connelly, NCLLAES, Forum Connemara have more information.
SUAS (Sustainable Uplands Agri-Environment Scheme)
SUAS (Sustainable Uplands Agri-Environment Scheme) is an upland European Innovation Partnership (EIP) project funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Catherine Keena, Teagasc; Declan Byrne, SUAS Project; Monica Gorman and Helen Sheridan, UCD provide more information.
Sustainable upland management
Catherine Keena,Teagasc and Jim Kinsella, UCD discuss farming in upland areas, the challenges, the policies impacting on upland farming, and the sustainable management of uplands to achieve ‘Favourable Conservation Status’.
Emissions on sheep farms – greenhouse gases and ammonia
Dominika Krol and Aude Mancia, Teagasc Research staff, look at the main emissions, including nitrous oxide, from sheep production. They discuss their promising initial results, as well as ways to further reduce these emissions.
Measuring methane from sheep systems
To date methane emissions have never been measured from Irish sheep production systems. Teagasc and UCD researchers together aim to develop methods of measuring methane production from sheep and to investigate if sheep can be bred to produce lower methane emissions.
How Soil Organic Carbon Cycling works in Irish Soils?
Our Research Insights Webinars continue on Wednesday September 23rd. The third in the series will focus on - How Soil Organic Carbon Cycling works in Irish Soils? Join our researchers to find out more and gain a better understanding of organic carbon cycling in Irish soils.
The Signpost Series - Biodiversity - Supporting Pollinators through Agri Environmental Interventions
In this edition of Sustainable Agriculture Webinars, host Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd was joined by Lorna Cole, SRUC to discuss supporting pollinators through Agri Environmental interventions.
Why we need healthy soils - webinar
Teagasc researchers on this webinar gave an insight into their research, the health of Irish soils and what we need to do to make them healthier.
Virtual Sheep Week 2020 - Tuesday
The focus of Virtual Sheep Week on Tuesday, 22 September is Genetics and Breeding. The webinar will focus on increasing productivity and efficiency through breeding and genetics. Follow Tuesday's activities by staying tuned to our social media channels
The Signpost Series - Biodiversity - Nature of Irish Hedgerows
In this edition of Sustainable Agriculture Webinars, host Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd was joined by Catherine Keena, Countryside Management Specialist, Teagasc to discuss the nature of Irish hedgerows.
Time to think about wildlife on farms
Enda O'Hart, Drystock Advisor in Teagasc Castlerea outlines why he believes that now is the time to think about creating space for wildlife on farms. He looks at how farming has affected biodiversity and ways farmers might improve it going forward
Virtual Sheep Week 2020 - Monday
The focus of Virtual Sheep Week on Monday, 21 September is Grassland Management. The webinar will focus on current grassland research for sheep and grazing management strategies that can be applied at farm level. Follow Monday's activities by staying tuned to our social media channels.
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.
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