Diversification of forest management systems in Ireland – using “marteloscope” sites to educate on new approaches
With a large number of private forests approaching thinning stage, there's now a greater need for owners to understand and control the thinning process, to realise the full value of their forests and promote a sustained level of timber mobilisation. Jonathan Spazzi, Teagasc Forestry Advisor outlines
Teagasc Forest Carbon Tool
Forests play a major role in the capture & removal of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Teagasc's Forest Carbon online tool is a user-friendly way for existing and potential forest owners to calculate how much carbon can be removed in woodlands and highlights the important role of harvested wood products.
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.
Norway spruce (Picea abies) – a very popular conifer in the midlands
Norway spruce is a European species native to most of central Europe but also occurs naturally as far east as Russia, south to the Pyrenees and north as far as Scandinavia. Liam Kelly, Forest Development Officer, Teagasc, Mullingar delights in outlining the benefits of his favourite conifer species
Getting farm safety culture right
In 2020 19 farm workplace deaths took place on Irish farms.This compares with an annual average of about 20 per year over the last decade. Farm workplace injuries are particularly associated with tractors and machinery, livestock, falls from heights and objects falling as John McNamara points out.
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
Seed orchards are output systems for the production of superior seed for breeding programmes and forestry establishment. While not the only means of seed production, they are probably the most widely used. Oliver Sheridan Teagasc Forestry, outlines seed orchard use in the improvement of Irish Birch
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.
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.
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.
2027 Sectoral Road Map: Forestry
A new Teagasc 2027 Sectoral Road Map for Forestry was published on Tuesday, 8 December 2020. It includes: Market and policy issues; Potential shape and size of sector in 2027; Environmental & land use implications; Technical performance; Research & technology transfer actions and Comment.
Gaining Wellness around Christmas Time
The year gone by has been like no other in terms of the challenge of keeping COVID-19 at bay. The holiday period at Christmas time presents a time to relax and gain ‘Wellness’ so ‘batteries can be recharged’ for the year ahead. John McNAmara Health & Safety Specialist has Wellness pointers for all
Keep safe during the Christmas break
Francis Bligh Teagasc Health & Safety Specialist, has some important advice for farmers in keeping safe during the Christmas break. Read about farmyard safety, creating a safe place on the farm for children, dealing with the cold weather, frozen pipes, lighting, farm animals, machinery and more here
Research into different thinning systems in Sitka and Norway spruce crops
Teagasc is conducting research on the impact of different thinning systems on the growth and development of productive Sitka and Norway spruce crops. Dr Niall Farrelly, Research Officer, Teagasc Forestry Development Department has more information on the ongoing research taking place.
Minister Hackett announces overall winner of Teagasc Forest Photo Competition
From the beautiful location of the Phoenix Park, Minister of State for Land Use and Biodiversity, Senator Pippa Hackett announced the overall winner of the Teagasc forest photo competition entitled ‘Celebrating Our Forests’. The worthy winner is Ms. Jane Walsh from Rosses Point in County Sligo.
Teagasc Research Insights Webinar - Land Use: Making the most of our land
The eighth webinar in the Teagasc Research Insights Series focused on Land Use. Making the most of our land is the second of five Land Use webinars, where Teagasc researchers give an overview of current research that explores this complex research topic.
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.
Towards integrated pest management for pine weevil in Ireland
Managing Pine Weevil Methods and Options’ is a new publication in the Teagasc Farm Forestry Series. It's a practical guide for professional foresters & forest owners on the most appropriate methods of establishing trees on a reforestation site in the context of weevil damage. Frances McHugh explains
Winner of ‘Enjoying Our Forests’ Category of Teagasc Forest Photo Competition Announced
The Teagasc Forestry Development Department announced the winner of the fourth and final category of its forest photo competition ‘Enjoying Our Forests’ on Monday 30 November. The worthy winner on this occasion is Ms. Deirdre Casolani who resides in Fermoy, Co. Cork.
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
Hardwood Focus 2020 webinar: exploring markets for small-diameter broadleaves
This webinar, part of the Hardwood Focus (HF) initiative, held last month, clearly captured the imagination of many as over 400 people participated. Steven Meyen & Jonathan Spazzi, Teagasc Forestry Development report on the webinar and the “Hardwood Focus”discussion group of Broadleaf forest owners
Winner of ‘Forest Wildlife and Plants’ Category of Teagasc Forest Photo Competition Announced
The Teagasc Forestry Development Department announced the winner of category three of its ongoing forest photo competition ‘Celebrating Our Forests’, on Friday 20 November. The worthy winner on this occasion is Mr Chris Martin who resides in Co. Cork.
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
New findings in ash dieback research by Teagasc
Ash dieback is an invasive disease that is causing great damage to ash trees in Ireland and is likely to continue doing so in the following decades. Dr Miguel Nemesio-Gorriz, Research Officer, Teagasc Forestry discusses the findings of three studies carried out by Teagasc since 2017.
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 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.
Thinking Forestry? -Taking a positive step towards sustainability with a Teagasc Forestry Phone-In Clinic.
Teagasc is holding a nationwide series of phone-in advisory clinics to help landowners who are thinking about forestry and to answer any questions. Running from 23 November to 4 December, landowners can avail of a one-to-one consultation with an experienced forestry adviser by phonecall or zoom call
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.
Winner of ‘Trees on the Farm’ Category of Teagasc Forest Photo Competition Announced
The Teagasc Forestry Development Department today announced the winner of Category 2 of its ongoing forest photo competition ‘Celebrating Our Forests’. The worthy winner is Ms Zita Power, from Wexford, currently residing in county Wicklow.
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.
Small woodlands – big benefits
The many benefits of planting trees and woodlands on farms, including those with horses, is discussed by Noel Kennedy, Forestry Development Officer and Equine Specialist Wendy Conlon. An old Chinese proverb states ‘the best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago and the second best time is now'
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
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.
Huge Response to Landscape Category of Teagasc Forest Photo Competition
The Teagasc Forestry Development Department announced the winner of the first category of its ongoing forest photo competition ‘Celebrating Our Forests’. The worthy winner of the ‘Forest Landscapes’ category is Ms Jane Walsh from Rosses Point in County Sligo.
Hardwood Focus Webinar 2020
The Hardwood Focus webinar was held by Teagasc’s Forestry Development Department in association with Limerick and Tipperary Woodland Owners (LTWO) and the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine (DAFM) on Thursday, 15 October 2020.
Alder (Alnus glutinosa) more than just a native species
Alder is a native tree and has featured quite a lot in Irish folklore and indeed in Irish place names. There is an increased awareness of the importance of growing native tree species such as alder. Oliver Sheridan, Teagasc Forestry Researcher has more information about ongoing research to date.
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 Forestry Research Update - The Potential Utilisation of Alder
Dr Ian Short, Broadleaf researcher with Teagasc has partnered with GMIT Letterfrack in researching the properties of alder thinnings. Approximately 95% of hardwoods used in the Irish furniture and woodworking industries is imported.
Exploring markets for small-diameter broadleaf trees
Broadleaf species make up almost 29% of Ireland’s forest area with most of the broadleaf farm forests planted in the last twenty years. To explore the markets for small-diameter broadleaf trees, Teagasc has organised a webinar, taking place this Thursday, 15 October at 11:30am.
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.
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.
Forestry Newsletter - October 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Forestry team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Hardwood Focus 2020; Seasonal management tips; trees on the farm and planning to plant and research update.
What is agroforestry? Agroforestry is the integration of trees with either crops or livestock on the same land. It aims to achieve additional benefits in comparison to keeping agriculture and trees separate.
Teagasc forestry photo competition – ‘Celebrating Our Forests’
‘Celebrating Our Forests' is a Teagasc Forestry Development Department photo competition running over October and November. It will highlight the many benefits of our forests. So get snapping right away to be in with a chance to win exciting prizes, with the overall winning prize valued at €1,000.
An Award Winning Approach to Farm Forestry in Donegal
Tom Houlihan, Teagasc Forestry Specialist met with Ross Buchanan, winner of the 2020 RDS/Teagasc Farm Forestry Award to get an insight into his background and his forestry enterprise.
Winner of 2020 RDS Teagasc Farm Forestry Award announced
Teagasc welcomes the announcement by the Royal Dublin Society that the winner of the 2020 RDS Teagasc Farm Forestry Award is Donegal farmer Ross Buchanan.
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.
Guidelines for the management of productive Sitka spruce crops
Many crops of Sitka spruce planted in the 1990’s on out farms are now showing exceptional growth rates, which require earlier management than crops traditionally planted on more marginal ground. Dr Niall Farrelly, Teagasc Forestry Senior Researcher gives some guidance on the management of the crops.
Woodlands for Water - Webinar
In this edition of Sustainable Agriculture Webinars, host Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd was joined by Kevin Collins, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) to discuss how we can use forests to enhance and protect water quality.
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
The Kickham Project - bringing the community together
The Kickham Tree Project brings together local heritage with biodiversity and modern cutting-edge science, all in a rural Tipperary village. Michael Somers, Teagasc Forestry Development Officer tells us more about the Project.
Let’s Work with Wood - our most versatile and renewable resource
Wood is a highly versatile, sustainable and renewable resource. Consider your home or place of work; we often take for granted the large variety of wood components within touching distance, all around us. Tom Houlihan, Teagasc Forestry Specialist tells us more.
Forest Management (FM) Certification is a means of proving that your forest is sustainably managed in accordance with strict environmental and social standards. Forestry Development officers Kevin O’Connell & John Casey have information on what is involved.
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.
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
Forestry and climate change mitigation: The role of Sitka spruce and how its continued improvement will play a key role in climate change mitigation
Sitka spruce is the predominant species used in Irish forests. The species is extremely well adapted to growing in Irish conditions, it loves the rain. Over 300,000 hectares of Sitka spruce is planted in Ireland all this biomass growing vigorously represents a significant carbon store.
An Interesting Career in Forestry
Derek Gibson works in the Forestry Development Department in Teagasc as a Forestry Technician. His overall role is to provide support to the forestry researchers on all aspects of the research work being undertaker. Here he gives more information on his interesting role.
Virtual Talking Timber
The Forestry Development Department in Teagasc hosted a very informative virtual webinar - 'Talking Timber' on Tuesday July 14th. The webinar covered all aspects of thinning conifers. Staff from Teagasc and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) gave advice and answered questions
Frost damage in older plantations
This year the mid May frosts in may have caused substantial damage to trees around the country. Both broadleaf and conifer trees have been affected. Forestry Development Officers Kevin O’Connell and John Casey have some advice on assessing the damage and options available.
Managing native woodland resources on our farms
To fully appreciate how valuable native woodlands are for our well-being and for biodiversity, take a slow walk through a mature oak and birch woodland during a full bloom of bluebells and just breathe in the fragrant air.
Teagasc launches - ‘A Forest to Suit Every Farm’ booklet
Teagasc has launched a new booklet, ‘A Forest to Suit Every Farm’, which highlights innovative approaches and experiences of forest owners across Ireland.
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.
Farm Forests – Delivering on Biodiversity and Water Quality
Farm forests are a multi-functional resource – delivering for timber production, as a land use resource and offering favourable financial returns. Forestry Specialist Tom Houlihan gives information on their contribution to biodiversity and water quality.