Farm Business Options Webinar - Farm Diversification in Roscommon & Longford
Webinar host, Donal McCabe, Teagasc Longford facilitated this webinar on Farm Diversification, which took place on Tuesday, 12 January 2021, with guest speakers. This webinar outlined the panellists stories including free range egg production, organic farming and farm shop, and boat & bike hire.
Teagasc highlight Farm Diversification Opportunities
Farm Diversification is the establishment of a new enterprise on farm. It usually refers to a non-agricultural or novel enterprise. Many farmers and rural dwellers are interested in diversifying their farm enterprise. Teagasc has a suite of 79 Farm Diversification Factsheets and videos to help
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.
What does the Brexit deal mean for the Irish Beef Sector?
After years of uncertainty since the Brexit referendum in 2016, a deal on the future relations between the European Union and the UK has finally been sealed. On this week’s episode of the Beef Edge podcast, Kevin Hanrahan, Head of Rural Economy & Development, Teagasc, outlines what this means
Farmers are rapidly upskilling in Information Technology
Charlie Devaney Teagasc Advisor Roscommon, encourages all farmers not to be afraid of change, to embrace technology and discover the benefits of accessing information and meetings online. Farmers and advisors alike are adapting to IT which has been accelerated through the Covid-19 lock-downs.
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
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.
Farm Business Options Webinar - Farm Diversification in Cork West
Webinar hosts, Áine O'Riordan & Seamus Lordan, Teagasc Cork West facilitated this webinar, which took place on Tuesday, 22 December with guest speakers Alan & Valerie Kingston, Glenilen Farm; David & Elizabeth Ross, Top of the Rock Pod Park and walking Centre; & Johnny Lynch, Macroom Buffalo Farm.
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
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.
Farm Business Options Webinar - The Farm: feeding the mind and body
Rachel Taylor, Teagasc Kildare was joined by Stephen Morrison, So earth projects; James Fennell, Green Barn at Burtown House in Athy and Helen Mulhall, LEADER on a recent Farm Business Options webinar which took place on Tuesday, 15 December to discuss the farm: feeding the mind and body.
Farm Business Options Webinar - Diversifying the Farming Business in Leitrim
Cian Condon, Teagasc Leitrim was joined by Nuala McNulty, Tawnylust Lodge; Helen Hay, Glencar teaSHED & Cianán Redmond 12 Quail Farm on a recent Farm Business Options webinar to discuss the possibility of diversifying the farm business while considering the implications for your core farm business
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
Farm Business Options Webinar - Farm Diversification in Mayo
On the Dec. 1st, Farm Business Options Webinar, Anne O’Malley, Teagasc Mayo was joined by Catherine O’Grady-Powers, Glen Keen Farm; Joe Reilly, Glasraí Organic Farm; Patrick Kelly, The Kelly Kettle Company & Fionnán Nestor, Fáilte Ireland to investigate enterprising ventures keeping Mayo farms alive
Farm Business Options Webinar - Walking towards Wellness
Bernard Doorley, Teagasc Tullamore was joined by a panel of guests on a recent Farm Business Options webinar which took place on Tuesday, 24 November to discuss on farm diversifications with a focus on coping with the pressures of farming.
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
Food Webinar Series - Maximising value from microbiological testing and Shelf-Life studies
This Food Industry Training Webinar was hosted by Carol Griffin, Teagasc. In it Des Walsh, Teagasc spoke on Choosing the most appropriate microbiolgical tests; Good sample handing; Making use of testing data and Specialised research to support shelf-life data. A Question and Answer Session followed
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
‘Farming for a New Decade’ – New Kerry Agribusiness / Teagasc Joint programme
Kerry Agribusiness and Teagasc launched their new phase of the dairy joint programme on zoom on Tuesday, 17 November. ‘Farming for a new decade’ is the ninth chapter of the Teagasc / Kerry Agribusiness knowledge transfer programme that began in 1994.
Breeding Sport Horses
What is a sport horse? The foundation Irish sport horse breeds are the Irish draught horse and thoroughbred, with influence also from the Connemara Pony. In recent generations, there has been an infusion of continental warmbloods resulting in a considerable amount of crossbreeding with these breeds
Fresh Blueberry Production
Blueberries are one of the more unusual soft fruit crops grown in Ireland. Blueberries are perennial flowering plants, which produce berries each year. All growers must operate under the food hygiene programme of the DAFM. There are excellent opportunities for new entrants to supply the local market
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
Farm Business Options Webinar - Adding value to farm produced food
On a recent Farm Business Options webinar which took place on Tuesday, 17 November, host Barry Caslin was joined by Eddie O'Neill & Carol Griffin, Teagasc who gave an insight into the steps people should take when they are thinking of starting a food business and developing a new food product.
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
“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.
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.
Farm Business Options Webinar - Tell me everything I need to know about goats
The fifth webinar in the Farm Business Options Series took place on Tuesday, 10 November. Webinar host, Cian Condon, Teagasc Goat and Drystock Advisor was joined by Sharon Peacock, Cockerham Goat Herd , Lancaster UK and Michael Finegan, Boyne Valley Farmhouse Cheese
International Whey Conference (IWC2020) - A Better Whey of Life
The IWC is a unique forum uniting the whey business and scientific community worldwide for an interactive dialogue on the most relevant aspects of whey production, processing and applications. This year, it's online for the first time with three webinars on markets, nutrition and technology.
Teagasc National Farm Survey Sustainability Report 2019 Webinar
The Teagasc National Farm Survey Sustainability Report 2019 Webinar took place on Tuesday, 3 November 2020. It provided an overview of the latest Sustainability Assessment for Irish Agriculture, including outcomes for 2019.
Farm Business Options Webinar - Insurance around farm diversifications
The fourth webinar in the Farm Business Options Series took place on Tuesday, 3 November. Webinar host, Barry Caslin, Teagasc was joined by Stewart Gavin & Ciaran Roche, FBD Insurance and Graham Kenny, Bike Park Ireland to discuss Insurance around farm diversifications.
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.
Farm Business Options Webinar:Solar Photovoltaic (PV) – Questions for solar developers
The third webinar in the Farm Business Options Series took place on Tuesday, 27 October. Host Barry Caslin, Teagasc Energy & Rural Development Specialist was joined by James McDonnell, Teagasc Farm Management Specialist, James Staines, Principal of Staines Law and Declan McEvoy, Head of Tax, IFAC
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.
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
Lighten the Load - a campaign to reduce the incidence of Musculoskeletal Disorders ( MSDs) among Farmers in Ireland. Padraig O'Connor Teagasc milking technician gives advice and tips on smarter milking which will help reduce in particular repetitive sprain injuries.
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.
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
Farm Business Options Webinar: Steps towards an on farm diversification
The second webinar in the Farm Business Options Series took place on Tuesday, 20 October. Host Barry Caslin, Teagasc Energy & Rural Development Specialist was joined by Allen McAdam, CEO, MCA Consulting to discuss the steps towards an on farm diversification.
Farmer Focus: Tomas O’ Leary BETTER Sheep Farm Participant, Kerry
The O'Leary farm in Kerry was traditionally sucklers and sheep. They joined the Teagasc BETTER Sheep Farm Programme with the aim to increase performance and profitability of both their sheep and cattle enterprises. Today they run a mid-season ewe flock and contract rearing enterprise.
Bioeconomy Ireland Week - Thursday - Investments in the bioeconomy
The bioeconomy is a young & growing sector. While technologies have been developed that can advance it, opportunities need to be scaled up beyond the lab to demonstration & pre-commercial level. In this map we highlight Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI-JU) flagship projects across Europe.
Cattle Budgets 2020 - Too many Unknowns gives Cause for Concern
Teagasc annually produces a set of beef budgets dealing with a number of finishing scenarios. No two farms are the same in terms of input costs, management, stocking rates or fixed costs. With that in mind Aidan Murray, Beef Specialist says each individual should really do their own specific budgets
'On Feirm Ground’ launched to support farmer health and well-being
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Department of Health, the HSE, Teagasc and IT Carlow have collaborated to fund a programme of research resulting in a training programme that will see agricultural advisors engage with farmers on their health and wellbeing over the farm gate.
What’s in Budget 2021 for Dairy Farmers?
With the Government announcing a large spending package in this year’s Budget 2021, Financial Specialist Kevin Connolly joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast to discuss the agricultural measures for dairy farmers.
Farm Business Options Webinar: The Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH)
The first webinar in the Farm Business Options Series took place on Tuesday, 13 October. Host Barry Caslin, Teagasc Energy & Rural Development Specialist was joined by Ray Langton, SSRH Programme Manager, SEAI & Sean Finan, CEO, IrBEA to discuss the SSRH.
Working Towards Positive Mental Health
Over the last number of months, farming has been challenging. COVID-19 has made the normal demands of farming even more difficult which can lead to feelings of being overwhelmed. Francis Bligh & John McNamara, Teagasc Health & Safety Specialists have some advice on Positive Mental Health.
Teagasc Horticulture College -National Botanic Gardens Virtual information event
Join the Teagasc Horticulture College team - National Botanic Gardens for a virtual information event from 4 - 5pm on Wednesday 14th October. The event will give details on the range of courses available at the college and will be in the format of a live Q & A Event
Farm Business Options Webinar Series
A new weekly Teagasc webinar called ‘Farm Business Options’ will feature news, views and interviews on current topics relevant to farm business diversification in Irish Agriculture. Farm Business Options will be broadcast live from 11am to 12noon every Tuesday from October 13th 2020.
Mountbellew Agricultural College Virtual Open Day- Q & A Session
Mountbellew Agricultural College wishes to welcome you to their Virtual Open Day Live Q and A session. The session will run from 11am to 1pm on Wednesday 7th October 2020.
Dairy Farmer Profile - Dara & Charles Killeen
Dara and Charles Killeen from Eyrecourt, Co Galway, began dairy farming in 2019 with 95 in-calf heifers and have increased to 153 cows milking this year. Prior to this, Dara and his father were farming 500 ewes and 120 beef cattle. Martina Gormley & Patrick Gowing, Dairy Specialists have the details
Teagasc Food Gateways event – online/virtual event
Food Formulation for the Future – for a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food system. The Virtual event takes place online this Wednesday 30th September from 10am - 12.30pm.
Up to 50% of fatalities in agriculture involve a farm vehicle or machinery. Serena Gibbons, Teagasc Education Officer Athenry talks through some top tips to staying safe and making our farms safer when it comes to working with tractors
Best practice for health and safety on sheep farms
Farm accidents causing serious injury average 2,500 a year. These can lead to permanent disability and interfere with a person’s ability to far. Farmers also have high levels of preventable ill health. Teagasc Health & Safety staff John McNamara, Francis Bligh and Serena Gibbons give some advice
Starting a Food Business
When thinking of starting a new food business, there are many things to consider, including your market, products, premises, equipment, branding and promotion, as well as the legalities. The Teagasc Food Industry Development Department have some guidance and advice on starting a food business.
Reusing Farm Buildings
Traditional farm buildings have important potential for the diversification of the rural economy in terms of branding, amenity, environmental improvements and economically viable new uses, and create an additional source of income.
Managing your farm finances
James McDonnell a Financial Specialist in Teagasc joins Michael Hennessy on this week’s Tillage Edge podcast to discuss how best to manage your farm finances.
Bee Keeping and Honey Production
Ireland has a long history of producing quality honey and was a major exporter of comb honey up to the mid 20th century. Dónall Flanagan, Nursery Stock/Ornamentals Specialised Advisor has more information.
Production of Ice Cream
Since the turn of the century and the development of the ice cream cone, the worldwide growth in consumption has been phenomenal, with over 12 billion litres of ice cream consumed each year in the USA and China alone. The Teagasc Food Industry Development Department have more information.
Anaerobic digestion (AD) is the conversion of feedstock (any organic non-woody material) by micro-organisms in the absence of oxygen into biogas and digestate. Barry Caslin, Teagasc Rural Economy Development Programme provides more information.
Enda Keaveney - Dairy Farm Partnership
Enda from County Galway is in a dairy farm partnership in with his parents since 2015. He studied construction first and then the recession hit Ireland. They are farming 120 cows. Find out more about the Keaveney's and their experience of the New Entrant Network - Newbie.
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.
Today's Farm September - October
The September - October edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. The main focus of this edition is on getting into dairy farming. Recent entrants to dairy farming are profiled. Find out more about the Dairy Start-up Course.
Are you a new entrant to farming?
Could you be Ireland’s best new entrant farmer? This competition invites entries from people who have recently taken up farming or have diversified their farming business
Making farming easier and more enjoyable through labour efficiencies
Dairy Specialist Martina Gormley joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast. She gives insights into labour measures and efficiencies on six dairy farms across the spring and summer months of 2020.
Safety at Harvest Time
Tillage farms are busy places at present. With current challenging weather making things more difficult it is very important to maintain a focus on managing Health and Safety on the farm. Francis Bligh and John McNamara, Teagasc Health and Safety Specialists have some information and advice.
Safety with Slurry
Over the next few weeks many farmers and contractors will be busy emptying slurry. Francis Bligh & Tom Fallon, Teagasc have some advice on staying safe around slurry.
Jessy's Smart Kids August 2020
Jessy's Smart Kids is a fun easily downloadable kids farm safety newsletter. This edition of Jessy's Smart Kids includes: Harvest time; Pesticides and Crack the code.
Which Drainage system works for you?
Now that most of the silage has been made, it might be a good time to carry out some land drainage on your farm, depending on ground conditions. Shane Devaney, Beef Advisor, Teagasc Longford has some information and advice.
Impact of COVID-19 on farm incomes in 2020 now likely to be more limited
At present, fears of a sharp COVID-19 related drop in Irish farm incomes in 2020, seem to have been averted following a gradual recovery in commodity prices and the provision of additional supports to the sector, according to Mid Year Outlook for 2020 produced by Teagasc economists.
Planning for the smooth transfer of the family farm
Land in Ireland continuously passes from one generation to the next. This transfer of ownership does not always go smoothly. While there is no magic formula major pitfalls can be avoided by planning ahead and putting a succession plan in place.
Farm Safely with Tractors, Farm Vehicles and Machinery
Summer is a busy time on farms. Farmers are making the most of the long days and dry conditions to harvest grass and crops, get slurry spread and carry out work around the farmyard. Working safely must be at the core of each and every job.
Farm Safety - Working at Height on the farm
17% of farm fatalities over the last 10 years were caused by falls from heights or being struck by collapsing or falling objects. Always take time to stop and plan before starting to work at height or in an environment where it is possible to be struck by something falling from a height
Child Safety on Farms
Health and Safety Authority figures tell us that sadly 21 children lost their lives as a result of farm accidents in the past 10 years. Over 80% of childhood deaths on farms had a farm vehicle or a machine involved.
Farm Safety for Older Farmers
In 2019 twelve farmers over 65 years lost their lives due to farm accidents. This represents 66% of the total number of fatalities. Getting older impacts on a person’s ability to undertake farm related tasks. Farm safety specialists Francis Bligh and John Mc Namara have some relevant advice
Working Safely with Livestock on Farms
Working with livestock is responsible for 39 farm workplace deaths on Irish farms in the last 10 years. During this period 7 deaths were caused by an attack by a bull, 22 by cows and heifers and 5 were associated with cattle. Farm safety specialists Francis Bligh and John McNamara have some advice
BEAM Scheme Requirements - Don’t get penalised!!
Patricia Lynch, Drystock Advisor, Teagasc Westport Close to €80 million was paid to just under 33,000 Irish beef farmers in 2019 under the BEAM scheme. This aid was paid to help compensate farmers for the drop off in beef prices during the period September 2018 to May 2019.
Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP)
The ASSAP is a new government / industry collaborative initiative running from 2018 - 2021. The programme offers a free support and advisory service (20 Teagasc and 10 Dairy Co-op advisors) and participation is voluntary. Its aim is to improve water quality through working with farmers.
Virtual Beef Week - What's on - Wednesday
Virtual Beef Week - Sustainable Beef Production Day 3 of Virtual Beef Week Wednesday July 8th
The MASTER Plan
A European consortium co-ordinated by Professor Paul Cotter of Teagasc is using next-generation sequencing technologies to investigate the microbiomes of food systems and to improve our food quality, security and sustainability.
Lower production costs and exceptional aid measures led to a modest increase in average farm income in 2019
The average family farm income rose by 2% in Ireland in 2019, according to a new report by Teagasc. A combination of factors were responsible for the increase in income in 2019, which averaged €23,933.
New Teagasc Sustainability Report Launched
The newly released Teagasc National Farm Survey 2018 Sustainability Report, produced by Teagasc economists, benchmarks the sustainability of a range of farm systems in Ireland, and was published today, Tuesday, 23 June.
Bales can kill with lethal force
According to Health and Safety Authority (HAS) show falling bales account for about 5% of farm workplace deaths. There are many safety issues around working with bales.
Teagasc and Dairy Sustainability Ireland publish the Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP) interim report
Teagasc and Dairy Sustainability Ireland have published the first Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP) interim report. The report focuses on the establishment and implementation of the ASSAP in 2018 and interaction with farmers up until the 31st December 2019.
5 Minutes to get your Cash Flowing
Teagasc are highlighting the importance of Cash Flow Planning as a vital business tool that all farmers should engage in.
Farm Buildings – Busy six months ahead
The number of applications from farmers for the Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme (TAMS) was the highest to date. The scheme is operated by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine closed for applications in early June. Teagasc Buildings Specialist Tom Fallon has more information.