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.