The opening of the National Food Innovation Hub at Teagasc Moorepark
The National Food Innovation Hub at Teagasc Moorepark was officially opened by An Taoiseach Micheál Martin on Friday 17th September. It provides secure, confidential, office & lab spaces for food companies to establish a research base, collaborations and more. Watch the opening video 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.
Teagasc Director’s Remarks at Dublin Economics Workshop
The outgoing Director of Teagasc, Professor Gerry Boyle said on 24 September, that he profoundly regrets that his unscripted response to a question at a recent Dublin Economics Workshop has caused such considerable annoyance and offence to so many beef producers & advisory colleagues within Teagasc.
Microbiology for non-microbiologists- training course from Teagasc Food Industry Development
On 7th and 14th October, Teagasc will run a virtual training workshop, part-funded by the Rural Food Skillnet, that will be of interest to food businesses and producers who would like to learn more about the essentials of food microbiology, interpreting lab reports, food expiry dates and more.
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
“It’s like admitting you are a failure”: Male farmer mental health help-seeking limited by Masculinity and Identity
Irish male farmers experience some of the highest levels of adverse health outcomes relative to other occupations – particularly in relation to heart disease, cancers and mental health. Despite this, many farmers do not seek help until their illness reaches crisis point. Read a recent Irish study..
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.
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.
Setting up a Glamping Business
Glamping pods, wigwams or yurts provide what holidaymakers view as a trendy, rustic experience in an unusual or unique structure, while ensuring a comfortable, safe environment. Following a second stay-at-home summer, Barry Caslin Teagasc, Rural Economy, has advice on setting up a glamping business
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
Structured for success?
TEAGASC Researchers Tracy Bradfield Walsh PhD Scholar and Emma Dillon Senior Researcher Rural Economy & Development, together with Robert Butler and Thia Hennessy of UCC, examined the impact of land structure on the economic performance of dairy farms. Their policy recommendations are discussed here
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.
Weigh Safely for BEEP-S
Peter Mullan, Teagasc Advisor Manorhamilton, issues a BEEP -S reminder to farmers to ensure to weigh BOTH cows & calves BEFORE calves are weaned. Peter has excellent advice for keeping the handler and animal safe in the weighing process and when handling cattle in general. He refers to TAMS aid also
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.
Contract Rearing Sport Horses
Contract rearing is when an equine owner hires another farmer on contract to raise horses. Farmers typically take stock on as foals, sending them back to the original farm after a specified period. Dr Alan M. Hurley, Teagasc Grange provides some information on the contract rearing of sport horses.
Farm Forestry in Ireland
A farm forest provides many benefits, both financially and environmentally/socially. Forest options that can be incorporated on the farm include commercial conifers, broadleaves, native woodland, agroforestry and ‘forest for fibre’. Tom Houlihan, Forestry Specialist provides more information.
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.
Farm Safety Partnership launch action plan for 2021 - 2024
The Farm Safety Partnership Advisory Committee (FSPAC), an advisory committee to the Board of the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), recently published its latest Action Plan for 2021-2024, which aims to reduce the level of fatalities, serious injuries and ill health in the agriculture sector.
The area devoted to organic cereal production in Ireland is relatively small, according to Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) figures. However, there is a strong demand from other organic farmers and cereal processors for home-produced grain. Is it an option for you?
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
Goats don't like the rain!
Goats don’t like the rain. Marion Roeleveld, Killeen Farmhouse Cheese had goats out grazing, but when it rained they would run back into the shed. They were very bad grazers and very susceptible to parasites. Anne Kinsella, Teagasc Rural Economy, brings us this insight into making goat's cheese
Cleaning on pig farms
Teagasc researchers Shilpi Misra, Corina E. van Middelaar, John Upton and Keelin O’Driscoll evaluated different washing and disinfection methods on pig farms. No difference in both water use and bacterial load was found; power washing without pre-soaking or detergent was the simplest method.
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
Exotic mushrooms produced from hardwood logs can be an extra income earner on many broadleaf forests. The demand for edible wild mushrooms is rapidly increasing. Most of the exotic mushrooms on sale in restaurants and supermarkets in Ireland are imported. Michael Somers, Forestry Advisor has details
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
UCC/Teagasc Postgraduate Certificate in Dairy Technology and Innovation open for registration
The Level 9 Postgraduate Certificate in Dairy Technology and Innovation, a University College Cork and Teagasc collaboration, is open for registration for the 2021/2022 academic year. This Postgraduate Certificate is targeted at those working or hoping to work in the food, agri-food or dairy sector
Are you a successful new entrant to farming or have you diversified your farm business?
The Teagasc, NEWBIE new entrant competition for 2021 is now open for entries. The competition is open to newcomers to farming, successors and farmers who have diversified their enterprise. Find out how to enter here
Teagasc and UCC Host International Animal Welfare Science Conference
The 8th International Conference on the Assessment of Animal Welfare at Farm and Group Level (WAFL), with over 350 delegates from 32 countries attending through its virtual platform, was officially opened today by Professor Gerry Boyle, Teagasc Director and Professor John O'Halloran, UCC President
Official Launch of 'A Man with a Mission' Dr. Tom Walsh
A new book has been published which documents the life and times of one of Ireland's most distinguished agricultural scientists, Dr. Tom Walsh, the first Director of An Foras Taluntais (AFT), the predecessor of Teagasc. The official launch of the book took place virtually on Tuesday, 20 July 2021.
Work Safely with Cattle
Well designed and maintained handling facilities are essential for the safe handling of cattle and prevention of injury to handlers. Under TAMS both permanent and temporary cattle handling facilities can be applied for.
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.
Child Safety on Farms
With the on-going easing of restrictions, children may be attending summer camps & meeting friends. However, children will still be spending more time on farms during their holiday time and Jacinta O' Neill, Teagasc Advisor Westport, reminds us that the farmyard is not a playground here
Positive farm price developments signal boost to farm incomes in 2021
Improving farm output prices are likely to provide an increase in farm incomes in 2021, in spite of rising input prices, according to the Mid Year Outlook for 2021 produced by Teagasc economists.
Winner of the Teagasc / FBD Student of the Year Award Announced
The 2020 national winner of the Teagasc/FBD Student of the Year award is Deirdre McMahon, Leagh North, Kinvara, County Galway. Deirdre was also the dairy category winner. Congratulations Deirdre! Find out about all the winners and finalists here and watch back on the Awards ceremony
Male Farmer Diets associated with Poor Health
Being overweight/obese is an increasing public health issue in Ireland and internationally. An Irish study of male farmers’ diets and weight management showed that 62% of farmers were overweight/obese. The study revealed a number of other concerns regarding the poor health of male farmers.
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.
Sun Smart Tips for Dairy Farmers
Barbara McGrogan from the Irish Cancer Society joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge with tips and advice on how to be Sun Smart and protect ourselves against skin cancers.
Let's Talk Poultry Webinar: Layer Management - Back to Basics
Host Rebecca Tierney, Teagasc Poultry Advisor was joined by Robbie Hagwood, poultry consultant on a recent Let's Talk Poultry webinar which took place on Wednesday, 14 July to discuss layer management – back to basics.
The 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.
Let's Talk Equine - Producing Connemara Ponies and Irish Draughts for show success & commercial returns
Wendy Conlon, Teagasc Equine Specialist was joined by Victoria Teuton Performance Coach and Joe Burke Cloonisle Stud for the latest webinar in the Let's Talk Equine Series, which took place on Tuesday, 6th July 2021
Safety around livestock
As farm safety week draws to a close today Peter Mullan, Teagasc Advisor issues a reminder to farmers to mind your health by staying safe around livestock and gives tips on
Oak - King of the Forest
The oak has long been regarded as the King of the Forest. It's one of the most striking features in the Irish landscape. Many townlands are named after it, and also, two Irish counties, Derry and Kildare, are derived from the Gaelic word dair. Michael Somers, Forestry Advisor has an interesting read
Pig Newsletter - July 2021
The latest newsletter from the Teagasc Pig team focuses on the important topic of farm health and safety to mark Farm Safety Week 2021. The newsletter contains a number of articles on farm safety, well worth a read for all producers and staff.
Farmers Have Hearts - Your Cardiovascular Health
The theme of the final day of Farm Safety Week is Your Health. So it is timely today to look at the Farmers Have Hearts Cardiovascular Health Programme. Dr. Noel Richardson (IT Carlow) offers some good advice on diet and food nutrition to improve the health of farmers in a must-watch video here
Farmer Health and Wellbeing
John McNamara, Teagasc Farm Safety Specialist looks at stress and Well-being in this video, along with Carlow IT Staff. Springtime can be a particularly stressful time of year. It's important to manage stress. So now this summer take the opportunity to rest, recover and make some time for relaxation
Teagasc Pig Research Farm Update - 23rd July 2021
In this month’s Teagasc Pig Research Facility update Farm Manager Tomás Ryan, talks us through the unit performance year to date. With Farm Safety Week in mind, Tomas talks to us about some of the proactive health and safety activities he undertakes on farm.
Manage your Health - It's Essential for Lifestyle and to Farm Effectively
Health is essential for your lifestyle and to farm effectively. Poor health is associated with increased farm injuries and lowered farm income due to being less able to farm effectively. This is why Teagasc promotes the ‘Total Worker Health' model in its Statement of Strategy.
Keeping the elderly safe on farm
Protecting the public is today's theme in Farm Safety week so Áine Butler, Teagasc Advisor takes a look at Keeping the elderly safe on farm. Teagasc Farm Safety Specialists Francis Bligh and John Mc Namara have important safety tips also
Protecting yourself from Infectious diseases
All farm animals naturally carry a number of organisms which can be transferred to humans and cause ill health. As part of Farm Safety Week Seán Doorley, Teagasc Advisor Castlerea, highlights ways to improve good farm hygiene to try to prevent the spread of disease from animals to humans.
The Importance of a Tidy Farmyard
Having a well kept farmyard is beneficial to both work efficiency and safety. Over the past 10 years the HSA reported 29 farm deaths due to collapses and falls. The major areas associated were slips & trips, bales falling and falling from a height. Penny Gavin Teagasc Walsh Scholar has tidy tips
Safety at Silage Appeal
During the hot weather of Farm Safety Week coinciding with peak harvesting and transporting of silage on Irish farms, Brendan Garry, Teagasc Ballinrobe issues a timely safety at silage appeal. There is extra machinery on our roads and farms so extra caution is needed by all parties.
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.
Quad Safety on farm
As part of Farm Safety Week, David McLaughlin, a hill sheep farmer in Co. Donegal talks about safety when using his quad while farming. David advises to keep your eye on the ground, not on the sheep. Watch as David demonstrates in this short video
Farm Safety Tips from Beef Farmer, Tommy Holmes
As part of Farm Safety Week, beef farmer Tommy Holmes from Co. Mayo, discusses farm safety on his farm along with his Teagasc advisor Tom Kelly, Teagasc Ballina on this week’s Beef Edge podcast.
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.
Know your blind spots
Up to 50% of fatalities in agriculture involve a farm vehicle or machinery. Serena Gibbons, Education Officer, Teagasc Athenry talks about blind spots around tractors and has top tips to staying safe and making our farms safer when it comes to working with tractors
Farm Safety may not cost the earth but not doing it may cost your life
When we think of the wide range of tasks a farmer does each day it's easy to see that managing a farm and doing it safely is a challenge. Farmers must develop many skills to carry out these jobs competently. John McNamara & Francis Bligh, Teagasc Health & Safety Specialists have low cost suggestions
Farming Safely with Farm Machinery
Nearly half of farm accidents are caused by tractors, farm vehicles and machinery. Inexperienced operators, lack of concentration, human error, time pressure and unguarded parts like PTO shaft are the main causes of accidents. Teagasc Machinery Specialist, Francis Quigley has more here
Staying safe around livestock on your farm
Did you know?... Over the last 10 years 18% of fatalities on farms have been associated with livestock - cows and heifers making up 50% of this. Francis Bligh, Health and Safety Specialist with Teagasc raises awareness and has key suggestions for staying safe around livestock on your farm here
9th Farm Safety Week Encourages Farm Families to Rethink Safety
Today (Mon) marks the ninth annual Farm Safety Week in Ireland and the UK, an initiative led by the Irish Farmers Association here and by Yellow Wellies UK. The message for this year is: Rethink Safety, which aims to encourage a deeper awareness of everyday risks on farms
The potential risks on Irish dairy farms during the summer months
It’s Farm Safety Week and on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast, Francis Bligh joins Emma-Louise Coffey to discuss the potential risks on Irish dairy farms during the summer months.
Dispelling the myths around Risk Assessment
The overall theme of Farm Safety Week 2021 is 'Rethink Risk' with the aim being to reduce the number of accidents on farms and bring about a change in culture that makes unsafe practices socially unacceptable. Teagasc Health & Safety Specialist, Francis Bligh advises below
Book Launch - 'A Man with a Mission' Dr. Tom Walsh
You are cordially invited to the virtual launch of a book documenting the life and times of Ireland's most distinguished agricultural scientist, Dr Tom Walsh written by Dr Edward (Ned) Culleton formerly of AFT/Teagasc & Rosemary Buckley, Dr Walsh’s daughter. Official launch on Tuesday July 20 at 4pm
9th Infogest Webinar on Food Digestion
Watch the 9th INFOGEST webinar on Food Digestion which took place on Wednesday, 7th July. The theme of this webinar was “Lipid digestion in early life”.
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.
TAMS II Grant Aid still Open for Applications
With high beef and lamb prices this year some farmers may consider buying equipment or developing their farmyard in 2021. TAMS II is there to help. Farmers who qualify for TAMS II grant get 40% of the item cost excl. VAT (60% for young qualifying farmers). Vincent Ronayne Teagasc Advisor has details
Let's Talk Poultry Webinar - The SSRH - Planning & Implementation
Host Rebecca Tierney, Teagasc Poultry Advisor was joined by Ray Langton and Denis Neary, SEAI & Martin Dempsey, commercial broiler producer on a recent Let's Talk Poultry webinar which took place on Wednesday, 30 June to discuss the Support System for Renewable Heat (SSRH).
Why farmers should be targeting a 100kg total litter weaning weight per sow
Louise Clarke, Teagasc Pig Advisor based in Teagasc Ballyhaise, joined Amy Quinn on the latest episode of the Pig Edge podcast to discuss why farmers should be targeting a 100kg total litter weaning weight per sow.
Teagasc Student Maintenance Grants 2021/2022
The 2021/2022 Teagasc Student Maintenance Grant Scheme is now open. Teagasc student maintenance grants are paid through Teagasc and the grant scheme is managed by Teagasc. The closing date for applications is Friday 1st October, 2021. See more details on how to apply here
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 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
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.
Farm Business Options Webinar - Opportunities for cut foliage growers
On a recent episode of Farm Business Options, which took place on Tuesday, 1st June, host Barry Caslin was joined by Andy Whelton, Teagasc Cut Foliage Ornamentals Specialist and Jim Costello of Forest Produce to discuss business options around cut foliage.
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
Clean Broilers Webinar
A Clean Broilers Webinar took place on Thursday, 24th June 2021. It included presentations by Professor Declan Bolton and Genevieve Greene both Teagasc, and Food Safety Authority of Ireland and UCD speakers. The presentations and a Broiler Farm Biosecurity training video can be found here
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.
Teagasc €4m Walsh Scholarship Postgraduate Opportunities in Agri-Food Research
Teagasc has 40 exciting Walsh Scholarship opportunities for graduates who wish to pursue postgraduate study on topical agri-food issues. The scholarships, awarded in association with universities and Institutes of Technology, will provide scholars with high quality research experience and skills
Farmers encouraged to view new SunSmart video
Working outdoors for long period’s means farmers are one of the highest risk groups for skin cancer. Francis Bligh, Teagasc Health and Safety Specialist encourages farmers to watch the new SunSmart video here and has details on Healthy Ireland SunSmart steps that farmers can take to be SunSmart.
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
Microbiome Friendly Brunch
Fancy a Microbiome Friendly Brunch with Darina Allen, Ballymaloe Cookery School, & John Leech, scientist at APC Microbiome Ireland, on World Microbiome Day on June 27th? The cookery demonstration will launch at 11am on World Microbiome Day and be available on demand afterwards. Register here
Wood fibre and growing media, its production and impacts on plant performance
On a recent webinar which took place on Thursday, 17th June 2021, Dónall Flanagan, Teagasc Nursery Stock Advisor was joined by Dr Brian Jackson, North Carolina State University to discuss the different sources of wood fibre and impacts on growth of bedding, perennials and woody plants.
Using NUDGE theory to improve Farm Safety
A leading USA expert will outline the potential of Nudge theory to improve Farm Safety at a Teagasc Webinar on Thursday, 1 July at 3pm. Dr Julie Sorensen, Director, New York Centre for Agricultural Medicine & Health (NYCAMH) will provide a seminar on research that applies Nudge Theory to farm safety
Pig Newsletter - June 2021
Get the latest information and advice from the Teagasc Pig Team. In this month's edition: Field beans in growing-finishing pig diets; How much energy is required to produce a pig in Ireland?; and Keep your eye on reducing feed costs.
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
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
Online farm discussion groups help support students learning
Students of Mountbellew Agricultural College & GMIT participated in a study in Spring 2021. It examined the effectiveness of online peer-learning in supporting students in grassland management and practice change at farm level. Lecturer, Martin Mulkerrins presented the results at ESEE2021 Conference
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.
Teagasc hosting ESEE21 Conference
The 25th meeting of the European Seminar on Extension and Education (ESEE) began today, Monday, 21 June, at the Teagasc Ballyhaise Agricultural College, Cavan, Ireland. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this is a virtual 3 day event with over 300 delegates from 30 countries joining via the internet.
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.
Health for Sustainable Farming
Research by Teagasc along with National Centre for Men’s Health, IT Carlow and Waterford Institute of Technology indicates that farmers adopt health practices, as they get older. However, health issues can progress gradually, so the sooner health adoption takes place the better!
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.
Irish Wool is at a Crossroads
Irish wools have always been renowned for their unique properties allowing their use in carpet and construction materials alike. Bernie Leahy, Drystock Advisor, Teagasc Ballinasloe, welcomes the investment in a feasibility study of Irish wool production. She outlines some wool success stories here
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.
Let's Talk Equine Webinar - Advice on handling and early training of youngstock from the ground
Wendy Conlon, Teagasc Equine Specialist was joined by William Micklem, Annacrivey Stud for the latest webinar in the Let's Talk Equine Series, which took place on Tuesday, 1st June 2021.
Let's Talk Poultry Webinar - Biosecurity
In this episode of the Let's Talk Poultry Webinar Series which took place on Wenesday, 16th June, host Rebecca Tierney, Teagasc Poultry Advisor was joined by Conor Sheehy, St David’s Poultry Team to discuss biosecurity.
Pig Research Farm Update - June 2021
In this month’s update Tomás Ryan, farm manager at Moorepark Pig Research Facility talks about how the unit has been performing and updates us on some of the research projects taking place in Moorepark at the moment.
Kildalton College Open Days
Kildalton College are hosting Open Days for anyone interested in courses in Agriculture, Horticulture or Equine Studies. Monday, 21st June at 11am is when the first of four open days throughout the summer kicks off. Booking in advance is essential. Read more here on reserving your place on the tour
Avian Infectious Laryngotracheitis
Avian Infectious Laryngotracheitis is a respiratory disease of poultry. It is a highly contagious disease caused by a herpesvirus. This poster highlights some of the biosecurity measures that need to be implemented by anyone entering your poultry enterprise.
Identifying Practical ‘On Farm’ Innovations
Identifying Practical ‘On Farm’ Innovations that meet the needs of European Beef Farmers - that’s the mission of the EU funded BovINE Network. BovINE partners share updates on the latest round of Research Innovations and Good Practices under the project’s spotlight online on Tuesday 22nd June 2021
Stay safe with Cattle this summer
With cattle out grazing and breeding season at full steam on many farms it is important to keep a focus on safety with livestock. Interactions with cattle are necessary so each interaction must be planned and managed carefully to avoid risk. Francis Bligh, Teagasc Health & Safety Specialist advises
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'
‘Let’s Talk Poultry’ – Teagasc 3rd webinar series to tackle poultry industry issues
Ireland’s poultry industry will gain knowledge on topical issues over a five-part webinar series beginning Wednesday, 16 June, at 2pm. Hosted by Teagasc, prominent topics such as biosecurity, Cocci, Foot Pad Dermaititis, Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH) and layer management will be examined.
Promoting Farmers Health - Men’s Health Week (Monday 14 - Sunday 20 June)
It's time to Stay Fit for Farming! Dr John McNamara, Health and Safety Specialist, Teagasc is mindful of Men’s Health Week running from today, Monday 14th to Sunday 20th June (Father's Day). He reminds farmers that ‘Your Health is your Wealth’ and he discusses studies that looked at farmer health.
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.
Smart Spraying (Technology) - new era ahead
Crop sprayers continue to develop. The basic principal remains; a liquid solution is delivered through a precisely shaped nozzle, at a set pressure to deliver a distribution of droplets on the target plant, weed or soil. Dermot Forristal, Teagasc Researcher discusses the SMART/precision approach
Farm Business Options - Insects Spark interest in Research and Farming Projects
On a recent Farm Business Options webinar, which took place on Tuesday, 8th June, host Barry Caslin, Teagasc was joined by Carlos Álvarez García, Teagasc Research Officer, Carl Coudron, Inagro, Belgium and Lynda Bolger, Celtic Cricket Farm to discuss the rising global popularity with insect farming.
Risk Assessing Your Farm
Don't ignore safety issues on your farm! Serena Gibbons, Education Officer, Teagasc Galway/Clare issues a reminder about completing the Risk Assessment Document. She focuses on 3 main areas where the highest number of accidents and fatalities occur; namely - Tractors, Machinery and Livestock.
Tillage Establishment Systems and Grass Weed Webinar, from the South East
Tillage Establishment Systems and Grass Weed Webinar which took place on Tuesday, 8th June, as part of the Enable Conservation Tillage (ECT) project, focusing on tillage systems and grass weeds from the South East.
Woodlands in Co Cavan
There is evidence of woodland in Cavan stretching back to ancient times. Today the remains of an old forest can be seen at Corratinner Lake, near Virginia. Kevin O'Connell, Teagasc Forestry Development Officer takes us back through historical records of the woodlands of Cavan up to the present day
Pig Herd Performance 2020 Infographic
The Pig Herd Performance 2020 infographic summarises some of the main results from the 2020 National Pig Herd Performance Report. This report is a detailed analysis of the performance of pig farms participating in the Teagasc e-Profit Monitor (ePM) recording system in 2020.
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
National Pig Herd Performance Report 2020
The National Pig Herd Performance Report 2020, produced by the Teagasc Pig Development Department is the detailed analysis of the performance of the pig farms that participated in the Teagasc e-Profit Monitor (ePM) recording system in 2020.
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.
Sm@RT – precision livestock farming for sheep
Dr Tim Keady from Teagasc who is the lead researcher in Ireland for a new EU-funded project called Sm@RT joins Ciarán Lynch on this week’s OviCast to explain the project.
Silage Season Safety Check
We're now in one of the busiest times on farms as silage is being harvested. It's also one of the most high risk times due to increased movement of machinery and people on our roads and farms. Jacinta O'Neill, Teagasc Advisor, Westport, has a useful safety checklist to consider for silage season
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
Farm Business Options - BIA Innovator Campus – Transforming Food Entrepreneurship
On this Farm Business Options webinar, which was held on Tuesday, 25 May, host Barry Caslin Teagasc was joined by Elaine Donohue, BIA Innovator Campus General Manager and Colm Foley, Teagasc Food Technologist, Bia Innovator Campus CLG to discuss the facilities at the BIA Innovator Campus in Athenry
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
Research Insights Webinar - Increasing the welfare of farm animals
On a recent Teagasc Research Insights webinar held Wednesday 26th May, Paul Crossan Beef Enterprise Leader was joined by Muireann Conneely, Bernadette Earley and Laura Boyle, Teagasc Researchers, to discuss the most recent Teagasc research on improving the welfare of dairy cows, beef cattle and pigs
How grass can be made into milk and cheese
On World Milk Day Teagasc Staff; Marion Beecher, Emer Kennedy, Eimear Ferguson and Margie Egan, are together addressing the questions you have about cows. How much does a cow eat and drink in a day? How much milk does a cow produce and what is the milk used for? More questions & more answers here...
World Milk Day -Taking stock of the Irish Dairy Sector
As we mark World Milk Day, it’s a good opportunity to take stock of developments in the Irish Dairy sector, which has been in expansion mode now for more than a decade. From quotas to expansion opportunities, Trevor Donnellan, Head of Economics & Surveys, Teagasc discusses growth in milk output here
The findings from the 2020 Teagasc National Pig Herd Performance Report
Gerard McCutcheon, Specialist Pig Development Officer, Teagasc Oakpark joined Ciarán Carroll on the latest episode of the Pig Edge podcast to discuss the findings from the 2020 Teagasc National Pig Herd Performance Report.
Lavender Flower and Oil Production
Lavender farming is associated with Mediterranean climates. It is an evocative plant with immense popularity used in a wide range of cosmetics, as dried flowers or as pure oil. Lavender is an evergreen perennial. Dónall Flanagan has more information.
Production of Farmhouse Cheese
Farmhouse cheese making was a Gaelic tradition that disappeared from Ireland over the years. It was revived in the 1900s, and more specifically during the late 1970s, when a few enterprising dairy farmers commenced making farmhouse cheese. Is farmhouse cheese production an option for you?
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
Pig Newsletter May 2021
Get the latest information and advice from the Teagasc Pig Team. In this month's edition: Thinking about the future in the Teagasc Pig Research Facility; Weaning Age - not just a number and EU Regulations and What They Mean For You and Your Farm
Who wants an insect energy bar or bug burger for lunch?
Just as no-one anticipated demand for soy-based sausages and seaweed burgers, there's another future food revolution swarming to our shops. This article by Laura Healy, a PhD student at Teagasc first appeared on RTÉ Brainstorm.
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
“Oceans of Learning” with Teagasc Marine Research
To help celebrate our new partnership with the Marine Institute and the launch of this year’s “Oceans of Learning” campaign we have created some resources about seaweed and other marine research being carried out in Teagasc.
Opinions wanted from farmers and vets
Farmers and vets working in the dairy, pig, beef and sheep sectors on the island of Ireland are being asked to complete a survey to provide their views on how antibiotics are used in agriculture.
Improvements in animal health, welfare and product quality
Join Teagasc researchers on three Research Insights Webinars where they will discuss strategies to improve animal welfare, reduce the use of antibiotics and anthelmintics and improve milk quality.
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?
New EU Regulations on veterinary medicines
New Regulations on veterinary medicines and medicated feed will apply from January 2022 and will have a marked influence on antimicrobial prescribing and usage throughout Europe into the future. This infographic highlights the key points.
Talking Timber 2021 The Business of Forestry / how to sell timber
Talking Timber, the annual Teagasc timber marketing event to support forest owners in harvesting their conifer forests is in its 9th year. The main theme is “The Business of Forestry / How to Sell Timber”. This live 'Virtual Talking Timber' is on Tuesday 15 June. Liam Kelly Forestry Advisor has more
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.
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.
Farm Business Options - Farm Diversification in Germany’s Black Forest Region
Hannelore Green, an Agricultural Advisor from the Landratsamt Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald joined Barry Caslin, Teagasc on a recent Farm Business Options webinar to discuss farm diversification and tourism in Germany's Black Forest Region.
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
Farming Tips for May
Emma Sherlock, Teagasc Walsh Scholar, Clonakilty Advisory picks out a few key management actions farmers should be taking on during the month of May. These include care of the replacement heifer & breeding targets, farm safety at silage making, grass & fertiliser update and flock health
Lockdown changed Irish shopping and cooking behaviour
Are you a 'Covid coper' or a 'restless restrictor' ? Early 2020 lockdown boosted confidence in cooking and preparing healthier meals, and could offer teachable moments to promote healthier eating long term, says new research involving Teagasc' s Professor Maeve Henchion and Dr Sinead McCarthy
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
Plan a Safe Silage Season in 2021
The weather has been cold of late and that has delayed the silage season but as the season gets into ‘full swing’ attention to safety is critical at silage making. Plan a safe silage season is a key message from John McNamara and Francis Bligh, Teagasc Health & Safety Specialists here
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.
Teagasc students win awards at Irish Mass Spectrometry Society Conference
Two Teagasc Walsh Scholars won awards at the Irish Mass Spectrometry Society Conference, which was held as a virtual event on 11-12th May. Both students are members of Professor Kieran Kilcawley’s research group in the Food Quality and Sensory Science Department at Teagasc Moorepark.
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
Farm Business Options Webinar - Farm Diversification in Austria
On a recent Farm Business Options Webinar which took place on Tuesday, 4th May, Barry Caslin was joined by a local farm advisor and two diversified agri-tourism farmers to get an insight into their journey and supports available for such enterprises in Austria.
Pig Research Farm Update May 2021
Tomás Ryan, farm manager at Moorepark pig research facility, gives us an update on how the unit has been performing recently with a look at some production figures. Tomás also talks about the research work currently ongoing in Moorepark, including farrowing house projects and a new wet feed trial
Let's Talk Equine Webinar - Breeding Eventers, Mares are ‘Gold’
Wendy Conlon, Teagasc Equine Specialist was joined by Kate Jarvey, Monymusk Stud/ Attington Sport Horses and Austin O’Connor, Attington Sport Horses for the latest webinar in the Let's Talk Equine Webinar Series, which took place on Tuesday, 4th May 2021.
Weed control in container and field grown ornamental nursery stock - Webinar
On a recent webinar which took place on Wednesday, 15th April 2021, Donall Flanagan and Andy Whelton, Teagasc Horticulture Development Department were joined by David Talbot, Senior Horticulture Consultant with ADAS to discuss weed control in nursery stock production.
Dealing with Stress in Farming
Stress is normal and part and parcel of our daily lives. A certain amount of stress is a positive thing – it can help to make us more focused and more productive in our work and in caring for our families. Ciara O’Shea, Teagasc advisor Macroom, has good advice on Dealing with Stress in Farming 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.
The annual sunflower, native to North America, has a long history as a source of medicine, food, oil and dye. Andy Whelton, Teagasc Horticulture Development Unit, explores the growth of this popular annual for sale as a mono bunch cut flower or as a farm feature to a horticultural business.
New advances in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Soft Fruit Crops - Webinar
On a recent Integrated Pest Management Webinar, which took place on Tuesday, 13 April, Eamonn Kehoe, Teagasc was joined by Stuart Mills, IPM Specialist, Fargo Ltd, UK to discuss the new advances in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Soft Fruit Crops.
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.
Farm Business Options Webinar - Where are the opportunities in commercial horticulture?
Dermot Callaghan, Head of the Horticulture Development Department at Teagasc joined Barry Caslin on this episode of the Farm Business Options Series which took place on Tuesday, 20th April to discuss where are the opportunities in commercial horticulture.
Teagasc’s Vision 1 Lab wins at the Irish Laboratory Awards
The Vision 1 Laboratory, led by Professor Paul Cotter at Teagasc Moorepark, won three awards at the 2021 Irish Laboratory Awards, including Academic or Research Laboratory of the Year, Bio Science Laboratory of the Year and Food Laboratory of the Year.
Euthanasia & the Casualty Pig
On the latest Pig Edge podcast Laura Boyle joins Ciarán Carroll to discuss euthanasia & the casualty pig
Make Personal Health and Wellbeing a Priority
While, Farming as a lifestyle is mainly very positive for wellbeing, Teagasc Health & Safety Specialists, Francis Bligh & John McNamara realise that it's not always a "bed of bluebells". So today, Friday April 30, on National Workplace Wellbeing Day farmers are reminded that this day is for them too
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
Virtual International Conference on Food Digestion #VICFD2021
Teagasc’s Dr André Brodkorb and Dr Linda Giblin and the INFOGEST research network will host the Virtual International Conference on Food Digestion on the 6th - 7th of May 2021. The event will take place on 6 May, 12pm- 6pm (Dublin) and 7 May, 7.30am - 2pm (Dublin) covering 6 themes on food digestion
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
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
Offaly dairy farmers using short videos to keep in touch during Covid Lock Down
Three dairy discussion groups across south county Offaly have found a novel way of ‘virtually’ visiting each other’s farms during the current lock down restrictions. Jim Moyles, Teagasc Dairy Advisor, Tullamore explains how this came about and how it is working out for the groups he facilitates
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.
Photo Competition to Showcase Biodiversity on Equine Farms
Teagasc Equine & Countryside Management Specialists have launched a photo competition to showcase Equine Farming and Biodiversity. The competition aims to highlight some of the many examples of biodiversity evident on equine farms. The overall prize fund is valued at €500.
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
Pig Newsletter - April 2021
Get the latest information and advice from the Teagasc Pig Team. In this issue: Identification of suffering in pigs and deciding whether or not to euthanise; African swine fever; Strategies to manage body weight variation on a farrow to finish Irish pig farm and 'One Health One Welfare' Symposium
The Casualty Pig
This decision tree poster aims to prevent unnecessary suffering by providing producers with the best course of action when dealing with a casualty pig.
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.
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
Fertilising for a Crop of Quality Silage
On many farms producing average to poor quality silage is somewhat the norm. Cattle or sheep fed this silage will have reduced growth rates and below optimal levels of reproductive performance in breeding females. Austin Callaghan, Teagasc Advisor, Claremorris outlines how to improve silage quality
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.
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.
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
Let's Talk Equine Webinar - Which youngsters merit further investment?
Wendy Conlon, Teagasc Equine Specialist was joined by Andrew Hughes of Ennisnag Stud, Damien Griffen of Lissyegan Stables and Cameron Hanley, international showjumper for the latest webinar in the Let's Talk Equine Webinar Series, which took place on Tuesday 6th April 2021.
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
The breeding season has started on many farms and that brings increased risks associated with close contact with animals. HSA figures show bulls were involved in over 18% of livestock related deaths on Irish farms in 2011-2020. John McNamara & Francis Bligh, Health & Safety Specialists report here
Pig Research Farm Update April 2021
Tomás Ryan, Farm Manager in the Teagasc Pig Research Facility in Moorepark gives us an update on the research work which is happening in the unit at the moment, talks about interesting production figures in litters from a particular sow and tells us about a new liquid feed system recently installed
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.
How Does Grass Grow?
Perennial ryegrass (PRG) is the most commonly sown grass species in Ireland. As a perennial plant it's characterised by having the growing point close to the ground and it regrows after each grazing & cutting, without the need for frequent reseeding. Patricia Lynch, Teagasc Advisor Westport has more
A farming view from Poland
Tim Bergin, a Dubliner, who is farming in Poland close to the Baltic sea joins Michael Hennessy on this week’s Tillage Edge podcast to explain his experience of farming there.
Winners of the 2021 Agriculture and Horticulture Colleges Challenges Event
The National College of Amenity Horticulture are the winners of the Agricultural Colleges Challenges Event 2021. The Agricultural Colleges Challenges is a longstanding inter college, skills challenge competition, supported by Macra na Feirme, fostering keen college rivalry in it's 40 year history
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
Farm Business Options Webinar - Diversification in Donegal
On a recent Farm Business Options webinar held on Tuesday, 6th April 2021, Seamus Campbell, Teagasc Donegal was joined by Noreen & James Cunningham, Donegal Farmhouse Cheese; John Graham, Ballyholey Farm Shop and Andrew Ward, Inishowen Development Partnership to discuss diversification in Donegal
Teagasc Seed Potato Webinar
Teagasc is hosting a Seed Potato Webinar on Thursday 15th April 2021 at 6.30pm. This webinar will outline the challenges of imports and the best practices to growing more seed potatoes in Ireland. Read more for Information and Registration details
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
Research Insights Webinar - Increasing the value of beef from the dairy herd
On a recent Teagasc Research Insights webinar held Wednesday, 31 March, Donagh Berry, Teagasc Researcher & Director of VistaMilk SFI Research Centre was joined by Alan Twomey, Nicky Byrne & Padraig French to discuss breeding & management strategies to maximise the value of beef from the dairy herd
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
Farm Business Options Webinar - Driving Diversification Through Social Media
On a recent Farm Business Options webinar which took place on Tuesday, 30th March 2021, Barry Caslin was joined by Lisa Dunphy from Green Acre Marketing to discuss social media business options.
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
7th International Infogest Webinar on Food Digestion: Starch
The 7th Special INFOGEST webinar on Food Digestion, hosted by Dr Andre Brodkorb of the Teagasc Food Research Centre took place on Monday 15th March at 2PM. The theme of the webinar was “Starch: An iconoclast view on amylopectin"
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
Poultry farmer from Monaghan finalist in Newbie New Entrant competition
Patrick Greenan a new entrant poultry farmer from Co Monaghan was a finalist in a recent Newbie New Entrant competition. Three years ago having considered many options for the family farm Patrick decided to enter the Poultry industry and invested in new housing facilities on a Greenfield site.
Quins and Quads at Teagasc farms
It won't be "Lonely round the Fields of Athenry" this Spring as Teagasc Athenry celebrates the arrival of five lambs to a pedigree Belclare ewe there. Meanwhile at Clonakilty College Farm, an UnBaa-lievable set of Quad lambs were born. Read about the two marvelous mothers and their progeny here
Chocolate has a long and rich heritage and is enjoyed all year round not just at Easter. As one of the treats associated with this time of the year it is a good time to find out more about manufacturing chocolate and what support Teagasc can offer if you are considering it as an enterprise.
Beetroot Juice producer a finalist Newbie New Entrant Competition
Anne Marie Feighery from Feighery’s Farm in Kilcormac, Co. Offaly was a finalist in the 2020 NEWBIE New Entrant competition. While sourcing beetroot juice for her father Anne Marie noticed a gap in the market for an Irish produced beetroot juice and set about developing her own Beetroot Juice.
TResearch Spring 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 Spring Edition of TResearch has a special feature on grass roots - 70 years of grassland research; milk fractions for pigs; kelp; BREXIT & farm income.
Tipperary Poultry Farmer wins Newbie New Entrant Competition
Kylie Magner from Magners Farm in Moyglass, Co Tipperary has been selected as the winner of the second Newbie project new entrant competition. Kylie developed a free range poultry enterprise on the farm, initially selling eggs at local markets.
Farm Business Options - Digitalisation to transform agriculture in Ireland
On a recent Farm Business Options webinar which took place on Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, host Barry Caslin was joined by Teagasc colleagues Stuart Green & Áine Regan and Peter Mc Shane from GLAS Energy Technology, to discuss digitalisation to transform agriculture in Ireland.
Research Insights Webinar - New Reproductive Technologies to Increase the Sustainability of Milk and Beef Production
On a recent Teagasc Research Insights webinar which took place on Thursday, 18 March, panellists on this webinar discussed the development of new reproductive technologies in relation to heat detection, sexed semen, IVF and male fertility.
Cross-Fostering & the Use of Nurse Sow Strategies
On the latest episode of the Pig Edge, Ciarán Carroll was joined by Keelin O’Driscoll, Research Officer at the Teagasc Moorepark Pig Research Facility to discuss cross-fostering and the use of nurse sow strategies to rear piglets.
Equine Nutrition and Digestion
An active horse is a healthy horse. In this Farm Walk and Talk video with AgriAware, Crea English, an equine lecturer in Kildalton College talks to about the equine nutrition and the equine digestive system.
Growing guides in support of International Year of Fruits and Vegetables
The United Nations General Assembly has designated 2021 the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables (IYFV). To support and raise awareness of the value of fruits and vegetables, Teagasc horticulture Development Department are incorporating this theme into its 2021 programme of activities.
Teagasc Pig Research Farm Update - March 2021
Tomás Ryan, Farm Manager in the Teagasc Pig Research Facility in Moorepark gives us an update on what's been happening in the unit, covering the latest production figures and the ongoing research taking place in the unit.
Farmer Safety Health and Wellness Webinar Series: John McNamara
Carbery Group, Cork recently held a Webinar on Farm Safety, Health and Wellness for farmer suppliers in advance of a busy spring. The Event is shown as a series of Webinars for 3 Sundays in March. Last up is John McNamara, Teagasc Health & Safety Specialist on managing farm safety and health on farm
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
Pig Newsletter March 2021
Get the latest information and advice from the Teagasc Pig Team. In this month's edition: Optimising creep feeding; Mixed up about mixing and Rectal Prolapse – Causes and Cures
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
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
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
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
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
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
Teagasc forest establishment workshops very well received
During February and March, landowners were able to participate in three one-hour online workshops “Planting a new forest - Getting started”, organised by Teagasc’s Forestry Development Department. Close to 600 people registered for these workshops and each session had well over 300 participants
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
Farm Business Options Webinar - Agri-Tourism and Poultry in Cavan
On a recent Farm Business Options webinar which took place on Tuesday, 9th March 2021, host, Bernard Doorley, Teagasc Offaly was joined by three local farmers to discuss agri-tourism and poultry in Cavan.
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.
Saint Patrick in Ireland: Names and Places
Lá Fhéile Pádraig shona dhaoibh! For Saint Patrick’ Day we have a special map, dedicated to Ireland’s patron saint. The static map provides an overview of the townlands and settlements deriving their names from Saint Patrick, including a short summary of the mythology. Read on for more details
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
Farmer Safety Health and Wellness Webinar Series: Steve Redmond
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 from today for 3 Sundays. The first is Steve Redmond, first person to complete the ‘Seven Ocean’s Challenge
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
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
Pig Newsletter - February 2021
Get the latest information and advice from the Teagasc Pig Team. In this month's edition: alternative environmental enrichment sources; and some frequently asked questions!
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
New Head appointments in Teagasc
Congratulations to the two new Heads of Department in Teagasc, on their appointments announced recently; Valerie Farrell Head of Human Resources, and Professor David Kenny, Head of Animal and Bioscience Research and to Paul Maher as Head of International Relations and Corporate Strategy in Teagasc
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
Wood is the oldest material known to humans. Michael Somers, Forestry Advisor takes us on a journey through the heritage of wood from the 7th Century to the present day. He outlines it's varied and interesting uses which are steeped in tradition and culture.
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.
Research Insights Webinar - Achieving Sustainable Genetic Gain in Farmed Animals
The first webinar in this mini series of three, took place at 9:30am on Wednesday, 3rd March. The panellists on this webinar give an insight into the process of how genetically elite parents of the next generation are identified and selected using modern-day breeding tools.
Farm Planning – Don’t leave it to the last minute
Andy Ryder, Drystock Advisor, Teagasc Westport focuses on applications for and changes to, Herd Numbers. He identifies how this impacts on Basic Payment Scheme, ANC, GLAS and Forestry schemes. Andy emphasizes the importance of planning in advance and not leaving Herd No changes until the last minute
Let's Talk Equine Webinar - ‘No foot, no horse’ - nurturing a sound foundation is imperative
The 12th webinar in the Let's Talk Equine series took place on Tuesday, March 2nd 2021. Teagasc Equine Specialist, Wendy Conlon was joined by Andrew Mahon, Master Farrier to discuss ‘No foot, no horse’ - nurturing a sound foundation is imperative.
Equine Herpes Virus -1 (EHV-1) Outbreak
EHV is a herpes virus. EHV-1 can cause four manifestations of disease in equines, including neurological form, respiratory disease, abortion and neonatal death. Wendy Conlon, Equine Specialist advises horse owners to be vigilant, outlines bio-security actions to take and provides further information
Irish Pig Market; Riding high in Dec but shot down in May
Michael McKeon, Teagasc Pig Development Officer, Moorepark, reviews the Ups and Downs of the Irish Pig Market of 2020; a year of great promise but of modest profitability. He also discusses the volatility of the feed ingredient market here
Teagasc SRUC Digital Solutions Conference 2021
The role of digital in securing a green rural economy was the focus of a joint virtual conference, held by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and Teagasc, which took place on Tuesday, 9th February. The virtual conference was the third in a series of annual events.
Farm Business Options Webinar - Social Farming
On a recent Farm Business Options webinar which took place on Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, host Barry Caslin, Teagasc was joined by Helen Doherty, Social Farming Ireland and two social dairy farmers, to outline what anyone considering running a Social Farm enterprise needs to know.
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
North-facing slopes: Topography and the start of spring
Topography describes many aspects of the physical landscape we live in. February Map of the Month shows areas where topography has a tangible impact. Soil temperature is key to start of growth in spring. Besides latitude, exposure to sunlight is an important factor determining the start of spring.
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
Farm Business Options Webinar - Award-winning potato, cheese and pet farm enterprises in Co. Cork
On a recent Farm Business Options Webinar held Tuesday, 23 February, host Aisling Molloy, Drystock Advisor, Teagasc Kanturk was joined by Norma Dinneen, Bó Rua Farm; Ned English, Castlecor Potatoes and Teresa Leahy, Leahy’s Open Farm to discuss Award-winning potato, cheese and pet farm enterprises
Teagasc Insights Webinar Series - Advancements in animal breeding
Join Teagasc researchers on three webinars where they will discuss modern-day strategies to identifying genetically elite farm animals. The first webinar in this mini series will take place at 9:30am on Wednesday, 3rd March at 9:30am, followed by Thursday, 18th March and Wednesday, 31st March.
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.
Pig Farming Options and Opportunities for Reinvestment
Just a year ago, pig producers were experiencing a long awaited period of strong profitability on the back of the brightest outlook for the sector in decades. Emer McCrum, Pig Development Officer, Teagasc discusses the Options and Opportunities for pig producers to reinvestment in their businesses.
Smartphone use in Agriculture: What do we know?
As the use of smartphone technology is becoming increasingly popular, there is a need to consider how farmers have adapted. Ursula Kenny gives an insight into a study that was carried out which examined the factors that influence Irish farmers’ engagement with smartphone use.
Improving Litters Per Sow Per Year
Improving litters per sow per year is the topic for this month’s Pig Edge podcast and Pat Varley, Research & Development Coordinator with PIC Hermitage joined Ciaran Carroll with more details and information.
Are you interested in coming to a Teagasc College?
Interested in pursuing a career in the land and agri-food sector? Have you considered applying for a course at a Teagasc college? Teagasc colleges offer a wide array of full-time and part-time courses in agriculture, horticulture, equine, forestry and more. Sign up & Join our March Virtual Open Days
Farm Business Options Webinar - Enterprising and Sustainable Energy Communities in Louth and Kerry
On a recent Farm Business Options Webinar held on Tuesday, 16 February, host Barry Caslin, Teagasc was joined by Gerry Reaburn, Rural Community Development Specialist; Kevin O’Sullivan, Teagasc Kerry/Limerick Advisor & Deirdre de Bhailís, Dingle Hub Manager to discuss Sustainable Energy Communities
What do I need to know about my Basic Payment Application 2021?
In recent days farmers have been receiving a BPS information pack in the post containing maps and land details. On this week’s Beef Edge podcast, Teagasc Farm Management Specialist James McDonnell, joins Catherine Egan to discuss all you need to know about your basic payment application online form
Try Horticulture - Virtual Focus on courses
The Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture in the National Botanic Gardens will hold the second of a series of virtual information events on Friday 26th February at 12:30 pm for one hour.
Safety Tips when Handling Fertiliser
Fertiliser spreading season is upon us and so health and safety must always be a priority. Teagasc Health and Safety Specialist, Francis Bligh, looks at the actions that can be taken to prevent injury when handling fertiliser.
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.
Safety at calving time
As we enter a busy period on many farms with calving occurring we should always take account of safety. A quarter of Irish farm accidents and one fifth of farm deaths are livestock related. Attacks by recently calved cows are a common cause of such accidents. Enda Geoghegan, Teagasc Advisor has more
Teagasc Carrot Fly Webinar
A Vegetable Webinar focusing on Carrot Fly, hosted by the Teagasc Horticulture Development Department, took place on Tuesday, 26th January 2021. Webinar hosts Andy Whelton & Eoin Sweetman, were joined by Prof. Rosemary Collier of Warwick University and UK carrot and parsnip consultant Colin Noble
Weather and Soil crucial to making great Whisky
A new academic study has provided conclusive proof of terroir’s influence on whisky, settling decades of an industry-dividing debate for both whisky drinkers and producers alike. Terroir is the French principle that factors like soil, microclimate, and topography together can influence flavour
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
Teagasc Research Insights Webinar - Viruses
Don't miss the next Teagasc Research Insights Webinar: Viruses - The Fightback and the Future, on Wednesday 17th February at 9.30 am, when Muireann Egan Communications Officer, Teagasc Food Research Programme meets Teagasc researchers playing a key role in the fightback against Covid -19
6th Infogest Webinar on Food Digestion: In silico models of food digestion
The 6th Infogest Food Digestion Webinar, hosted by Dr Andre Brodkorb of the Teagasc Food Research Centre, took place on Wednesday, 3 February 2021. The theme of the webinar was “In silico models of digestion”
Teagasc Pig Research Farm Update - 11 February 2021
Tomás Ryan, Farm Manager in the Teagasc Pig Research Facility in Moorepark gives us an update on what's been happening in the unit so far this year and plans for the year ahead.
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
Let's Talk Equine - Movement of equines between Ireland and the UK (including as a landbridge) since Brexit
The eleventh webinar in the Let's Talk Equine series took place on Tuesday, 2nd February 2021. Teagasc Equine Specialist, Wendy Conlon was joined by a panel of speakers from the DAFM and Revenue to discuss the Ireland - UK movement requirements for equines since Brexit.
Teagasc Kildalton College - 2021 Equine Courses
"Hands on courses for hands on people" is how Rosemary Gaffney, Equine Course Director, Kildalton College describes the suite of equine courses on offer for 2021 at Teagasc Kildalton College. These programmes are practically based and industry focused. Rosemary profiles students who trained there
Digital Solutions to drive a green rural recovery
Teagasc & SRUC have long collaborated on issues of mutual interest, in a series of annual conferences aimed at identifying solutions and helping create new opportunities for our rural economies. The role of digital in securing a green rural economy is the focus of the 9th February virtual conference
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
Virtual Farmyard Tours
Due to COVID lock down restrictions,for farmers currently in the planning stages of building a new milking parlour one of the challenges is not being able to go and visit other farms. In the absence of farm visits Teagasc has started building a library of virtual farm tours on its website. See below
Farm Business Options Webinar - Irish Farmers Connecting to the Grid
On the Farm Business Options Webinar, on Tuesday 26 January, host, Barry Caslin, Energy & Rural Development Specialist, Teagasc was joined by Grainne Blount, Natural Forces; Tom Marren, Astatine and Rory Mullan, MullanGrid Consulting to discuss the options for Irish farmers connecting to the Grid
6th INFOGEST Webinar on Food Digestion
The INFOGEST webinar on Food Digestion is hosted by Dr Andre Brodkorb of the Teagasc Food Research Centre on the first Wednesday each month at 2PM. The theme of the 6th webinar on 3 February is “In silico models of digestion” from Working Group 6 of the INFOGEST network. Muireann Egan has details
Agricultural Courses-What are the options?
We are in a fortunate position that technology has allowed us to continue with courses throughout lockdowns and classroom restrictions. Students will now be considering third level course options so Serena Gibbons, Education Officer, Teagasc Galway/Clare, outlines what's available from Teagasc
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.
Teagasc Research Insights Webinar - Balancing demands from land
The final Research Insights Webinar, which took place on Wednesday, 20th January 2021, focusing on Land Use: Balancing demands from land. Teagasc economists use microeconomic data from Teagasc’s National Farm Survey to examine different aspects of the sustainability challenge and food demands
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
The Benefits of Pig Manure for Reducing Chemical Fertiliser Usage
Mark Plunkett, Teagasc’s soil and plant nutrition specialist, joins Gerard McCutcheon on this month’s Pig Edge podcast to explain how farmers using pig manure or any organic manure can reduce their chemical fertiliser usage.
Sheep Census 2020 deadline fast approaching
Friday 31st December is the 2020 sheep & goat census date. Keepers are required to record census data on their flock registers and return their census data, preferably online. Completed forms returned by post must arrive no later than 1st February 2021. Damian Costello, Sheep Specialist has details
Let's Talk Equine - Getting ready for the breeding season
Wendy Conlon, Teagasc Equine Specialist was joined by Andrea Ryan, Kilcash Equine Clinic for the latest webinar in the Let's Talk Equine Webinar Series, which took place on Tuesday 12th January 2021. Wendy and Andrea discussed getting ready for the breeding season.
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.
Pig Newsletter - January 2021
Get the latest information and advice from the Teagasc Pig Team. In this month's edition: Time to revisit your vaccination plan protocol; A focus on stock boars and Review of Strategy 2015 – 2020
5th International Infogest Webinar on Food Digestion: Digestive amylases and starch digestion
The 5th Infogest Food Digestion Webinar took place on Wednesday, 6 January 2021, organised by Dr André Brodkorb and Dr Muireann Egan, Teagasc. Dr Daniela Freitas, INRAE AgroParisTech, France and Teagasc spoke on the topic of Starch in Food: factors affecting digestion of starch in vivo and in vitro
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
Teagasc Research Insights Webinar - Understanding and mapping land use
The fourth of five Research Insights Webinars, which took place on Wednesday, 6th January 2021, focused on Land Use - Understanding and mapping land use. Teagasc researchers gave an an insight into the latest techniques being used that allow us to better understand land use in Ireland.
Consumer perception of salted butter produced from different feed systems
Prof Kieran Kilcawley, Teagasc Moorepark, led a study on salted butter produced from three different feed systems (outdoor grass, grass/clover and indoor concentrate). These were evaluated by consumers from Ireland, Germany and United States. Analysis was used to identify key aromatic differences
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.
Let's Talk Equine - Protecting herd health through biosecurity
In the seventh of the Let's Talk Equine webinar series Wendy Conlon, Teagasc Equine Specialist was joined by Alan Creighton, Head of Environment and Nutrition, Irish Equine Centre on Tuesday 1st December 2020. Wendy and Alan discussed protecting herd health through biosecurity.
Organic Dairy Farming - Batt Sheehan
Organic Dairy farmer Batt Sheehan farms in Ballynoe, Co. Cork. Batt gives an insight into organic dairy farming and outlines the main challenges he finds with organic farming.
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
Can we change our behaviour to prevent superbugs?
Antibiotic resistance makes essential antibiotics no longer effective. The invisible threat of antibiotic resistance is a health issue that urgently needs addressing by us all, from farmers to consumers as Alison Burrell & Áine Regan, Teagasc Research explained in Teagasc on RTE Brainstorm recently
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
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.
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
Teagasc Pig Research Impacts and Highlights from Strategy 2015 - 2020
This poster features some of the research impacts and highlights of the Teagasc Pig Development Department Strategy 2015 - 2020.
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.
Teagasc Pig Development Department Review of Strategy 2015 – 2020
In it's latest publication, the Pig Development Department carries out a Review of Strategy 2015 – 2020. It's vision is to increase profitability in the pig sector by producing environmentally sustainable and welfare friendly pig meat to the highest safety and quality standards.
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.
Let's Talk Poultry Webinar - Poultry Nutrition - Time to Take Stock
In this edition of Let's Talk Poultry Webinar Series which took place on Wednesday, 16 December, host Rebecca Tierney, Teagasc Poultry Advisor was joined by Michelle Burke, Senior Poultry Nutritionist, Devenish to discuss poultry nutrition - time to take stock.
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.
New Joint programme between Teagasc and North Cork Creameries
A new Joint Dairy Programme has been agreed between Teagasc, North Cork Creameries (NCC) and Milk Suppliers. The Joint Programme will focus on improving farm profitability through better grassland management, improved nutrient management planning, breeding and nutrition.
Biomass for Energy
Biomass can be defined as any material which is, or is derived directly or indirectly from, plant matter, animal matter, fungi or algae. This includes wood, straw, energy crops, sewage sludge, waste organic materials and animal litter. Barry Caslin has more information
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.
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
Have you listened to the Beef Edge Podcast?
Podcasts are free audio shows that anyone with an iPhone, Android or computer can listen to. The Beef Edge podcast is celebrating its 1st Anniversary. Presented by Teagasc Beef Specialist Catherine Egan, the podcast covers the latest news, information and advice to improve your beef farm performance
Teagasc Pig Research Farm update – 2020 Year in review
Tomás Ryan, Farm Manager at the Moorepark Pig Research Facility talks through the production figures on the farm in 2020 and tells us about some of the plans in place for 2021.
Let's Talk Poultry Webinar - The Right Tax Structures to Save you Money
In this edition of Let's Talk Poultry Webinar Series which took place on Wednesday, 2 December, host Rebecca Tierney, Teagasc Poultry Advisor was joined by Ciaran McCabe, IFAC Monaghan to discuss the right tax structures to save you money.
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: Horticulture
A new Teagasc 2027 Sectoral Road Map for Horticulture 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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: Food
A new Teagasc 2027 Sectoral Road Map for Food was published on Tuesday, 8 December 2020. It includes: Market and policy issues; Shape & size of sector at present and in 2027; Environmental & land use implications; Research & technology transfer actions; Some initiatives underway; Outcome of actions
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
What type of feed system is best for my pig farm?
This infographic takes you through the process of deciding which type of feed system is most suitable for your pig farm, and how to improve feed efficiency on your current system.
Pig Newsletter - December 2020
Get the latest information and advice from the Teagasc Pig Development Department. In this month's edition: Review of Pig Sector in 2020 and Outlook for 2021; What do EU citizens think about Agriculture and the CAP?; and the cost of Respiratory Disease.
International INFOGEST Webinar Series on Food Digestion
The INFOGEST monthly Webinar Series on Food Digestion is hosted by Dr Andre Brodkorb of the Teagasc Food Research Centre on the first Wednesday of every month at 2PM. Theme of the 5th webinar on January 6th is “Digestive Amylases & Starch Digestion”, featuring Dr Daniela Freitas, Teagasc Moorepark.
2027 Sectoral Road Map: Pigs
A new Teagasc 2027 Sectoral Road Map for Pigs 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 indicators; Research & technology transfer actions and Comment.
The Irish Pig Sector Year in Review and Outlook for 2021
For the last The Pig Edge podcast episode of the year, Ciarán Carroll, Head of Teagasc Pigs Knowledge Transfer was joined by Michael McKeon, Specialist Pig Development Officer with Teagasc, based at Moorepark, with a review of the Irish Pig Sector in 2020 and the outlook for 2021.
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
Teagasc Pig Development Department Skills Series - Artificial Insemination
The latest edition of the Teagasc Pig Development Department’s Skills Series focuses on Artificial Insemination. Watch an informational video and read a factsheet to find out more about the Artificial Insemination Procedure in pigs.
2027 Sectoral Road Map: Sheep
A new Teagasc 2027 Sectoral Road Map for Sheep 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 indicators; Research & technology transfer actions and Comment.
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
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.
Assistance provided for Teagasc Students
Teagasc has confirmed that it is to fund a Covid payment to Teagasc students and provide a Teagasc laptop loan scheme. Similar supports were introduced for third level students in other education institutions as part of a government initiative in Budget 2021, earlier this autumn
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Let's Talk Poultry Webinar - Poultry & Eggs – An underpromoted superfood
In this edition of Let's Talk Poultry Webinar Series which took place on Wednesday, 25 November, host Rebecca Tierney, Teagasc Poultry Advisor was joined by Professor Patrick Wall, University College Dublin (UCD) to discuss poultry & eggs - an underpromoted superfood.
Insects as Food
Considering increasing global population and increasing demand for proteins, the current food production system cannot be sufficient to meet this demand. And so, emerging protein sources need to be considered and evaluated. Carlos Álvarez García Food Researcher tells of the promise of edible insects
The soil microbiome and soil health
Soils are very important for all life on earth. Everyone understands that soils provide food, as plants and animals grow and develop from the nutrients they contain. However, there are some less obvious functions of soil and Aoife Duff Teagasc Soils Researcher details these here
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
A peak through the clouds: Seeing Ireland with Radar
Clouds can be a persistent problem in using satellite data in Ireland. To overcome this problem we can use RADAR satellites. RADAR can’t give us the range of information conventional satellites can but it does see through clouds. November Map of the Month shows Ireland captured through the clouds.
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
Animal Health Awareness Week for Pig Farmers
As part of Animal Health Awareness Week - a Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine (DAFM) initiative – on the latest The Pig Edge podcast, Ciarán Carroll spoke to Margaret Wilson, Senior Research Officer with DAFM at Backweston.
Teagasc Pig Development Department Skills Series - Moving Pigs
The latest edition of the Teagasc Pig Development Department’s Skills Series focuses on moving pigs. Watch an informational video and read a factsheet to find out more about moving pigs.
Tillage Update - 26th November
Favourable weather for planting in late September and the first half of October has resulted in the winter crop area returning to near normal levels. Ciaran Collins, Teagasc Tillage Specialist takes a look at Winter crop establishment and talks about Slugs, Winter Oilseed Rape and "On Feirm Ground"
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.
Teagasc Research Insights Webinar - Land Use: Demands on our Land
The seventh webinar in the Teagasc Research Insights Series focused on Land Use. Demands on our land is the first of five Land Use webinars where Teagasc researchers give an overview of current research that explores this complex research topic.
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
Teagasc Pig Research Facility Update - 20 November
In this farm update, Tomás Ryan, Farm Manager at Moorepark Pig Research Facility gives us an update on how the unit has been performing over the past three weeks, and over the year to date.
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.
Pig Newsletter - November 2020
Get the latest information and advice from the Teagasc Pig Team. In this month's edition: Relative Price of Feed Ingredients, The Economics of Early Culling, Don’t go with the Flow and Alternative Energy Sources
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.
Teagasc Research Insights Webinar - (Bio)Activity: Food Ingredients and Our Health and Fitness
The sixth webinar in the Teagasc Research Insights Series focused on (Bio)Activity: Food Ingredients and Our Health & Fitness. Teagasc Researchers gave an insight into the latest research on the bioactive components in food, novel sources of food bioactives & the effect of food on our fitness.
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.
2019 Teagasc/FBD Student of the Year Awards Ceremony
Join us online on Monday, 16 November at 7pm for an online virtual awards ceremony to announce the 2019 Teagasc/FBD Student of the Year. There are 14 finalists taking part from all over the country. Get all the details here and on Teagasc Social Media
Let's Talk Equine - Understanding current parasitism challenges and practical tips to protect herd health
In the sixth of the Let's Talk Equine webinar series Wendy Conlon, Teagasc Equine Specialist was joined by Dr. Ursula Fogarty, Irish Equine Centre and Nicola Walshe, UCD in the which focused on understanding current parasitism challenges and practical tips to protect herd health.
Maximising value from microbiological testing and shelf-life studies - Webinar
On a recent Teagasc Food Industry Development webinar which took place on Tesday, 3rd November, host Carol Griffin, Teagasc Ashtown was joined by Des Walsh and Kaye Burgess, Teagasc to discuss maximising value from microbiological testing and shelf-life studies.
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.
Education options towards a career in dairy farming
The next generation of farm owners and managers should avail of every training opportunity available to them in order to achieve the requisite knowledge, skills and experience to secure the long term future of their dairy business. EmmaLouise Coffey, Education Programme Co-ordinator has the details
A Day in the Life - Sustainable Diets
Dr. Sinéad MCCarthy Nutritionist Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown discusses the impact of the foods we produce and eat on our health and planet and suggests ways we can be more sustainable with our food choices
Teagasc Pig Development Department Skills Series - Cross Fostering Piglets
The latest edition of the Teagasc Pig Development Department’s Skills Series focuses on cross fostering piglets, how to best cross foster and what to avoid. Watch an informational video and read a factsheet to find out more about cross fostering piglets.
A Day in the Life - Sensory Analysis
A Day in the Life: Sensory Analysis - how does your food taste? As part of Science Week, Carol Griffin, Teagasc tells us what sensory science is and how useful it is. What is a taste panel? How do taste panels work? What can they tell us?
A day in the life - Food in the Future: 3D printing
For Science Week, Teagasc Walsh Scholar Ricardo Uribe Alvarez introduces his project on 3D Dairy. In Teagasc Moorepark, we’re looking at using dairy ingredients to make 3D printed dairy snacks.
A day in the life - Food Structure: What’s beneath the surface?
For Science Week, Deirdre Kennedy from the National Food Imaging Centre, Teagasc Moorepark, introduces Food Structure: What’s beneath the surface? At the National Food Imaging Centre, we study food structure using state-of-the-art microscopes, high speed cameras even virtual reality.
A Day in the Life: Land-based careers – An opportunity to grow
If you are curious about how things work, or want to learn more about yourself and the world around you, then you could be suited to a career in agriculture, horticulture, equine or forestry. James Maher, Education Resource Specialist, Teagasc Curriculum Development and Standards Unit has details
From Farm to Fork, how grass can be made into milk and cheese.
Teagasc Staff; Marion Beecher, Emer Kennedy, Eimear Ferguson and Margie Egan, are together addressing the questions you have about cows for Science Week. Why grass is green or how grass grows? Why cows can eat grass but humans cannot? How much does a cow eat and drink in a day? Find out more..
The Farm Systems and Courses on Offer at Gurteen College
Gurteen College Beef Lecturer, Peter Grogan, and Drystock Farm Manager, Gerard Carey, give an overview of Gurteen College, the farm systems operated and what it has to offer students on this week’s episode of the Beef Edge Podcast with Catherine Egan Teagasc Beef Specialist.
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.
Science Week - Careers in Horticulture
All the careers in Horticulture are tied together with a passion and love of working in the outdoor space with plants. For Science Week, John Mulhern, College Principal, Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens, outlines the many and varied careers available in Horticulture
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.
A day in the Life -The Art of Grafting
A Day in the Life: Paul Fitters, Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens, explains the art of grafting. You’ve probably heard of tree surgeons, but did you know that here in the National Botanical Gardens we even perform transplants on trees? It is called grafting.
Snail Farming – Alternative Enterprise for Farmers
HELICULTURE commonly known as Snail Farming, is the process of raising edible snails. Snail farming is a niche farming concept which has evolved here in recent years. Eddie Webb, B&T Soil & Environment Adviser has the details from Stephen Ryan's enterprise - ‘Exclusive Escargot’ in Tuam, Co. Galway
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.
Moorepark Technology Ltd.- Scaling and Innovation Supports for the Food and Drink Industry - Webinar
Carol Griffin, Teagasc Ashtown, hosted this webinar titled “Moorepark Technology Ltd.- Scaling and Innovation Supports for the Food and Drink Industry”. The webinar featured a presentation from MTL General Manager Kieran Downey, followed by a questions and answers session
Macro to Micro: Food Structure, Digestion and the Microbiome
What is your gut feeling about food? Teagasc researchers have the answers on how your food is digested and what role your gut bacteria play in maintaining your health, the digestion process and the latest research on the impact of your food choices can have on your health and lifestyle.
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'
The inclusion of Rye and Field Beans in pig diets
On the latest episode of the Pig Edge podcast Peadar Lawlor, Principal Research Officer at Moorepark Pig Research facility, discusses the inclusion of Rye and Field Beans in pig diets, with Ciarán Carroll.
Nursery Stock Meeting - Autumn Plant Health Webinar
Dónall Flanagan, Nursery Stock/ Ornamentals Specialised Advisor at Teagasc Ashtown Research Centre was joined in this Nursery Stock Meeting by Glenn Kirby - Syngenta Technical Manager, who shared his experience in key areas of IPM, application, resistance, biological products and market impacts
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
Teagasc Pig Development Department Skills Series - Handling the Sow
In this instalment of the Teagasc Pig Development Department Skills Series the focus is on handling the sow when she needs assistance while farrowing.
Prepared Consumer Food Centre
The Prepared Consumer Food Centre (PCFC) is a state of the art food research and development centre located at Teagasc Ashtown. The Centre can help food businesses to develop new products and overcome obstacles on their product development journey.
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.
The Role of Feed Ingredients in Disease Transmission - Virtual Pig Week
Dr Scott Dee, Pipestone Veterinary Services, joins us from the US for a presentation on disease the role of feed ingredients in disease transmission.
Teagasc Pig Research Facility Update - 29 October
Video in a series by the Teagasc Pig Development Department. Tomás Ryan, farm manager at Moorepark Pig Research Facility talks about the production figures being achieved on the unit at present.
Biosecurity & Energy Use followed by Farm Visit to Eugene & Ciarán Sheehan pig farm in Co. Cork - Virtual Pig Week
On day three of Virtual Pig Week, which took place on Thursday 22nd October, featured a virtual farm visit to Eugene Sheehan and his son Ciaráns progressive pig farm in Co. Cork.
Pig Newsletter - October 2020
Get the latest information and advice from the Teagasc Pig Team. In this month's edition: Are you winter ready?, Keeping the 3Ts (Teeth, Testicles and Tails) intact, and removing Zinc Oxide from Irish pig farms - First steps.
Key Husbandry Practices in Pig Production - Virtual Pig Week
The focus of day two of #VirtualPigWeek on Wednesday, 21st October 2020 was on key husbandry practices in pig production.
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
Virtual Tour of the Teagasc Moorepark Pig Research Facility - Virtual Pig Week
On day one of Virtual Pig Week, which took place on Tuesday 20th October, Tomás Ryan, Farm Manager at Teagasc Moorepark Pig Research Facility brought us on a tour of the unit. This was followed by a live panel discussion, hosted by Emer McCrum, Teagasc Pig Development Department Specialist Advisor.
Salesian Agricultural College Pallaskenry Virtual Open Day
The Salesian Agricultural College Pallaskenry is hosting a Virtual Open Day on 28th October 2020
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.
Bioeconomy Ireland Week - Friday - The Bioeconomy in Ireland so far
To finish off the Bioeconomy Ireland Week Map Series we show (1) a map Irish Enterprises in the Bioeconomy assembled as part of the All Island BIOMAP project led by the Irish Bioeconomy Foundation, and (2) a network map showing linkages between the current players in the Irish bioeconomy.
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.
Bioeconomy Ireland Week - Wednesday - Beyond economic activities
The bioeconomy is not just about production of goods but also for the provisioning of services. Some of them are not always directly obvious. The concept of Natural Capital provides a holistic view on the goods and services provided by the natural environment. Find out more in today's map.
Building Up Your Mental Resilience in These Times
In light of the Covid-19 restrictions, Dr. Noel Richardson, Director of the National Centre for Men’s Health, IT Carlow, has some tips on mental and physical well-being on this week’s episode of the Beef Edge Podcast.
Bioeconomy Ireland Week - Tuesday - Opportunities in the bioeconomy
There are many feedstocks that may be used in the bioeconomy. As part of Bioeconomy Week Ireland, in three maps we will highlight some of the resources currently used, their current production levels and what they might be used for.
Research Insights Webinar - Macro to Micro: Food Structure, Digestion and the Microbiome
Our Research Insights Webinars continue on Wednesday, October 21st at 9.30am. Join Teagasc researchers on the first of two webinars where they will be discussing the digestion process and the latest research on the impact your choice of food can have on your health and lifestyle.
'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.
Bioeconomy Ireland Week - Monday - The relevance of the bioeconomy
As part of Bioeconomy Week Ireland, in two maps we will show (a) the development of national bioeconomy strategies in Europe, & (b) employment in the bioeconomy in Ireland as a share of overall employment as one measure of its significance.
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.
Gurteen College Virtual Open Day
Come and join us to have a virtual tour of the College campus and farm on Tuesday 20th October at 7pm
How sustainable is the food we eat in Ireland?
Are you Culturally Sustainable, Nutritionally Sustainable or Unsustainable when it comes to your diet? Dr Sinéad McCarthy, Teagasc gives more information on how our food choices have the potential not only to substantially influence our health, but impact on the environment we live in.
Bioeconomy Ireland Week
Bioeconomy Ireland Week takes place from Monday, 19 to Friday 23 October. Teagasc in collaboration with Agency partners will be presenting a series of maps each day on the bioeconomy to highlight its relevance for a wide range of stakeholders across many sectors.
Teagasc Virtual Pig Week 2020
Teagasc Virtual Pig Week 2020 will run from Tuesday 20th to Friday 23rd of October. The Teagasc Pig Development Department will be bringing you the latest research and the best technical advice and information.
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.
Virtual Pig Week 2020 - Friday
The focus of Virtual Pig Week on Friday, 23 October is the role of feed ingredients in disease transmission. It also includes a webinar with Dr Scott Dee, Director of Research for Pipestone Applied Research, Minnesota USA
WEBINAR: The National Food Imaging Centre, Teagasc, Expertise & Tools for Studying Food Structure
Carol Griffin, Teagasc hosted the recent Food Industry Development webinar which focused on the “The National Food Imaging Centre, Teagasc, Expertise & Tools for Studying Food Structure”.The webinar featured presentations from Dr. Deirdre Kennedy and Dr. Laura Mascaraque, followed by a Q&A session.
Virtual Pig Week 2020 - Thursday
The focus of Virtual Pig Week on Thursday, 22 October is Biosecurity & Energy use. It includes a virtual farm visit to Eugene & Ciarán Sheehan’s progressive pig farm in Co. Cork.
WEBINAR: The Irish Coronavirus Sequencing Consortium: What We’re Doing and Why?
Teagasc hosted a webinar on Wednesday, 7th October to inform the public on the aims and activities of the Irish Coronavirus Sequencing Consortium, followed by a Q and A session with a panel of experts.
Virtual Pig Week 2020 - Wednesday
The focus of Virtual Pig Week on Wednesday, 21 October is key husbandry practices in pig production. Teagasc Pig Development Department researchers and farm staff will share some of their key husbandry practices and tips.
Virtual Pig Week 2020 - Tuesday
The focus of Virtual Pig Week on Tuesday, 20 October is a Virtual Tour of Teagasc Moorepark Pig Research Facility, led by Tomás Ryan, farm manager, where best practice and research and production can be seen from breeding to finishing.
Teagasc announce details of ‘Virtual Pig Week’
The latest research and the best technical advice and information for pig producers will be broadcast live from Teagasc Moorepark at 1.30pm each day from Tuesday 20 until Friday, 23 October. The ‘Virtual Pig Week’ is being organised by the Teagasc Pig Development Department.
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
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.
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.
Let's Talk Equine Webinar - A veterinary perspective on breeding and reproductive management
On this episode of Let's Talk Equine which took place on Tuesday, 6 October, host Wendy Conlon, Teagasc Equine Specialist is joined by Dr. John Haughey M.R.C.V.S., Carrickview Stud, Co Armagh to discuss a veterinary perspective on breeding and reproductive management.
Virtual Pig Week 2020
Starting on Tuesday 20th October and continuing until Friday 23rd October, the Teagasc Pig Development Department will be bringing you the latest research and the best technical advice and information, live at 1.30pm each day.
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
EU Pig Poster - Community Manager for Pig Farms
EU PiG Ambassador Shane McAuliffe has opened his pig farm to the public to help inform consumers about sustainable pig production. In order to maintain strict biosecurity measures, large groups can be taken to the viewing room.
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.
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.
Innovation in Agricultural Extension and Education – Looking forward
This year's conference will be online with advance registration required. It will appeal to anybody who is working in public and private agricultural advisory or education services and is an important event for those interested in improving the processes of knowledge transfer in the farming sector.
Dairy Edge Episode 141
Francis Bligh, Health and Safety Specialist at Teagasc, joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast to discuss health and safety on the farm workplace.
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.
There are many edible mushroom species that can be grown commercially, but in Ireland the white button mushroom (Agaricus bisporus) is almost exclusively grown. Production in Ireland is fairly steady at around 68,000 tonnes per year, 80% of which is exported to the UK.
The Islands of Ireland
How well do you know your islands? The September map of the month is a map of the coastal and inland islands of the island of Ireland. We've chosen to show the islands without the "mainland",an imaginary Ireland Archipelago.
National Potato Day 2020
Teagasc supports National Potato Day as the only potato breeder of new varieties in Ireland. Did you know the Potato is the world’s third most important food crop with global acreage rising faster than that of any other crop due to its high yield potential and excellent nutritional characteristics?
Teagasc Pig Development Department Skills Series - Ear Tagging
This video and factsheet in the Teagasc Pig Development Department Skills Series focus on ear tagging in pigs, an important method of identification and tool which can be used to track individuals and to improve production on farm.
The Irish Coronavirus Sequencing Consortium: What We’re Doing and Why? - Webinar
The Irish Coronavirus Sequencing Consortium is funded by Science Foundation Ireland. Teagasc are hosting a webinar on 7th October at 7PM to inform the public on the aims and activities of the consortium, including sample processing and data protection.
EU Pig Poster - Adoption of a Biosecurity Tool
EU Pig aims to raise the competitiveness of the European pig industry by linking producers and sharing best practice and innovations. EUPig Ambassador Eugene Sheehan achieved great benefits in health management through the use of the Biocheck.UGent biosecurity scoring tool.
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
SmartCow H2020 project
SmartCow is a Research Infrastructures (RIs) project which aims to integrate key European cattle research infrastructures to promote their coordinated use and development and thereby help the European cattle sector face the challenge of sustainable production.
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.
Farmers are Highly Vulnerable to COVID-19
Preventing the horrific mortality and ill health consequences of COVID-19 infection poses a huge and on-going challenge in Ireland and among the farming community over the coming months. A study by a research and knowledge transfer team from Teagasc and the National Centre for Men’s Health, Institu
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
The tillage sector and how it interacts with the pig sector
On the latest episode of the Pig Edge Podcast Michael Hennessy, Head of Crops Knowledge Transfer at Teagasc Oak Park, joins Ciarán Carroll to give an overview of the tillage sector and how it interacts with the pig sector.
Pig Newsletter - September 2020
Get the latest information and advice from the Teagasc Pig Team. In this month's edition: Rye in growing-finishing pig diets, Interpig Figures - 2019 performance, Managing supplementary milk in the farrowing room and Choosing the best pig, an introduction to selective breeding.
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.
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.
A Better Whey of Life - International Whey Conference (IWC2020)
The International Whey Conference (IWC) is a unique forum bringing together the whey business and scientific community from around the world. The conference is an opportunity for interactive dialogue on the most relevant aspects of whey production, processing and applications.
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.
Teagasc Pig Development Department Skills Series - Pig Inspection
The first in the Teagasc Pig Development Department’s Skills Series focuses on Pig Inspection, with a video providing practical advice and accompanying factsheet.
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.
EU Pig Poster - Precision Production
EU Pig aims to raise the competitiveness of the European pig industry by linking producers and sharing best practice and innovations. This poster highlights the benefits achieved by EU Pig ambassador Patrick O’Keefe by implementing a lean programme to improve work efficiency on his farm.
Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture - Update
The Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture in the National Botanic Gardens and Ashtownhas commenced the September 2020 programme in a blended format. College Principal John Mulhern gives an update
Teagasc Education Update
All Teagasc colleges and our partner private colleges will have fully reopened by mid-September. Teagasc Head of Education gives an update.
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.
An insight into The Pig Edge, Teagasc Pig Podcast
The Pig Edge, Teagasc's podcast covering the latest news, information and advice to improve your pig farm performance, has hosted some excellent guests to date covering a range of topics.
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.
EU Pig Poster - Health Management
EU Pig aims to raise the competitiveness of the European pig industry by linking producers and sharing best practice and innovations. This poster outlines the improvements achieved by EU Pig ambassador Patrick Ryan under the theme of health management.
Water Quality in Connemara - Farming in the Moycullen Gaeltacht Series
The second video in the "Farming in the Moycullen Gaeltacht" series features Ivan Kelly, Teagasc ASSAP Advisor who gives an overview of water quality in the Owenriff catchment area and a brief outline of the function of the ASSAP service to farmers.
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
Let's Talk Pigs - Supplementary milk in the farrowing room
On the final webinar in the series of fortnightly webinars aimed at Irish pig producers, host Ciaran Carroll, Head of Teagasc Pigs KT was joined by guest presenter Charlotte Lauridsen who discussed supplementary milk in the farrowing room.
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.
The worldwide demand for chocolate confectionery is continuing to increase, with the EU being the world’s largest producer and consumer.
Let's Talk Equine Webinar - Developing a breeding programme and herd
Wendy Conlon, Teagasc Equine Specialist was joined by Tom March, March Stud UK on Tuesday 1 September, for the latest webinar in the Let's Talk Equine series. Wendy and Tom discussed establishing a breeding herd, the decisions involved, and the various ups and downs.
Food Industry Development Webinar - Cleaning & Hygiene for Food SMEs
Webinar host Ciara McDonagh, Teagasc facilitated this webinar with a presentation from Eddie O’Neill, Teagasc who discussed the principles of cleaning and sanitation in the food production environment in order to comply with legal & technical standards and ensure food hazards are controlled.
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.
Teagasc Pig Skills Series
The Teagasc Pig Development Department have been working on a series of informational videos and factsheets focusing on essential skills in pig production. This promotional video gives an insight as to what to expect throughout the series.
Relative sectorial income from agriculture in Electoral Districts
The Agri-Food sector is an important sector in the Irish economy. The August Map of the Month shows ranking of the share of the income in each Electoral District (ED) attributed to Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing.
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.
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.
Key information about vaccine programmes on farm
Vaccines and vaccination programmes on farm is the topic for discussion on this week’s Pig Edge with Laura Boyd from MSD joining presenter Ciarán Carroll to discuss in detail when farms should consider vaccinating against a disease.
Pig Research Update - ZINCO
Effects of therapeutic zinc oxide (ZnO) on the microbiome, resistome & immune system of pigs & strategies to face ZnO withdrawal. This project is a collaboration between Teagasc & the School of Veterinary Medicine of the Universidad de Córdoba, Spain.
INFOGEST Webinar on Food Digestion
Teagasc researchers have been involved in a large-scale EU-funded network to improve and standardise the scientific protocol for simulating food digestion. Join them and their international counterparts on September 2nd for the 1st International INFOGEST Webinar.
Let's Talk Pigs - Antibiotic use & reduction
In the latest Let's Talk Pigs Webinar, Jens Sørensen, Danvet joined the webinar to discuss the reduction in use of Antibiotics in pigs. The webinar was also joined by Teagasc Pig Development Officer, Michael McKeon for a question and answer session.
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
Floristry is the creation and design of floral arrangements such as bouquets, centrepieces, corsages, wreaths and other products.The floristry industry is diverse, challenging and subject to frequent changes in fashion.Andy Whelton, Vegetable and Cut Foliage Specialist Advisor gives more information
Teagasc Research Insights Webinars
Beginning in August 2020 we will be running a series of webinars focused on addressing the challenges and opportunities in the agri-food sector and showcasing the latest thinking and Teagasc’s research in these areas.
The alpaca is a domesticated camelid, with an average life expectancy of approximately 25 years. They are livestock, and should be treated as such, not pets. Fact sheet produced by the Rural Economy and Development Programme, with input from Joe Phelan, K2Alpacas.
Production of Nursery Stock and Ornamental Plants
The Irish ornamental horticulture industry is professional and modern, with high-tech growing systems producing plants of the highest quality. The market is diversified into a range of specialised sub sectors. This factsheet gives information on production of nursery and ornamental plants.
Connemara Pony Update - Farming in the Moycullen Gaeltacht
The first video in the "Farming in the Moycullen Gaeltacht" series features Connemara Pony Breeder Tomás Mac Lochlainn who discusses topics such as sales, classification and also highlights the importance of DNA testing.
Pig Newsletter - August 2020
Get the latest information and advice from the Teagasc Pig team. In this month's edition: Increasing performance in the Teagasc Pig Research Facility; Maintenance on Farm; New Tools to Benchmark your Farm; Let's Talk Pigs Webinar Series and The Pig Edge Podcast.
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.
Production of Yoghurt
The production of yoghurt is a relatively simple procedure. Milk, which can be fortified with milk powder to give a thicker product, is pasteurised, cooled and inoculated with starter bacteria, which ferment the milk, causing it to clot or gel. This factsheet gives advice on yoghurt production.
Farm Fresh Turkey Production
Farm-fresh turkey production refers to the growing of turkeys in smaller units, when compared to the large-scale contract commercial year-round production.
Let's Talk Equine Webinar- Identifying prospective performance and breeding stock as foals
In the fifth of the Let's Talk Equine webinar series, host Wendy Conlon, Teagasc Equine Specialist is joined by Andrea Etter, Belmont House Stud to discuss identifying prospective performance and breeding stock as foals. Andrea's presentation is followed by a Q&A session.
How to cut energy costs on farm
On the latest episode of the Pig Edge podcast, Ciarán Carroll discusses energy use on pig farms.
Farming in the Moycullen Gaeltacht
Teagasc Galway/Clare are working with Teach na Gaeilge Moycullen to bring you the "Farming in the Moycullen Gaeltacht" video series which focuses on farming in the Moycullen Gaeltacht.
Pig Research Update - PigNoDock
Development & implementation of tail biting risk assessment tool on commercial pig farms. This project is a collaboration between Teagasc & University College of Dublin.
Let's Talk Pigs- Rearing pigs with intact tails
In the latest Let's Talk Pigs webinar, Mirjam Lechner joined the webinar to discuss rearing pigs with intact tails. The webinar was also joined by Teagasc Pig Development Officer, Michael McKeon for a question and answer session.
InstaLive with Teagasc Grass10 & PastureBase Ireland
John Douglas from Teagasc Grass10 and Micheal O'Leary from PastureBase Ireland joined us on an Instagram live on Wednesday, 5 August to answer your questions on Autumn Grazing Management.
Teagasc Pig Research Facility Update - 6 August
Video in a series by the Teagasc Pig Development Department. Tomás Ryan farm manager in the Teagasc Pig Research Facility gives us an update on what's been happening in the unit.
Free Range Egg Production
The egg production industry has increased substantially in recent years, due to our growing population and a demand for protein foods. The sector is divided into four varying intensities: enriched cages; barn; free range; and, organic.
Dry Stone Wall Building
Dry stone walls are synonymous with the Irish rural and upland landscape features. It is estimated that the Irish countryside has over 400,000km of dry stone walls, and 210,000km of stone-earthen banks. Dr Alan M.Hurley gives information on dry stone wall building
Free Range Goose Production
The rearing of geese can be a profitable enterprise on a farm. In many other areas of poultry, the use of artificial heating and lighting has led to year-round production. However, this is not the case for the production of geese. Geese are generally hatched from February to June.
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.
Health Status on Irish Pig Farms
Health Status on Irish Pig Farms - an infographic showing the prevalence of disease on Irish pig farms, and their impacts on production
Selling at a Farmers' Market
Farmers’ markets offer local growers and producers a direct route to sell their own produce to consumers. Farmers' Markets allow for direct selling, helping to forge links between local producers and consumers. Wendy Conlon, Teagasc gives advice on selling at farmers's markets and trading tips
The image of the goat has undergone a transformation in recent years. Consumer knowledge of production values has increased exponentially and has fuelled a demand for healthy, quality products, such as goats’ milk and cheeses. Cian Condon, Teagasc Goats advisor has advice on farming dairy goats
Fresh Strawberry Production
The main soft fruit crop grown in Ireland is the fresh strawberry. This is worth an estimated €47m per annum. In this factsheet, Eamonn Kehoe, Soft fruit Specialist Adviser gives advice on fresh strawberry production.
Vegetation Cover since the 1980s
Knowing the history of a piece of land can help us understand issues around greenhouse gas accounting, bio-diversity, soil health and much more. The July map of the month looks at how often fields in Ireland have been bare of vegetation, due to harvesting or re-seeding since the 1980's.
International Year of Plant Health 2020
The UN General Assembly has declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health in order to raise global awareness about how protecting plant health is vital to ending hunger, protecting the environment and boosts our economies.
The Key Strategies Required to Optimise Lactation Feed Intakes
On the latest episode of the Pig Edge, Emer McCrum, Teagasc Pig Development Officer, discusses how farmers should go about optimising lactation feed intakes.
Pig Research Update - PLFPigCarc
Precision Livestock Farming technologies & meat inspection findings to improve pig health & welfare. This project is a collaboration between Teagasc, University College Dublin & KU Leuven.
Food Industry Training Webinar- What can Sensory Science do for you?
Webinar host, Ciara McDonagh, Teagasc facilitated this Food Industry Training Webinar, which took place 14th July 2020. Ciara was joined by Carol Griffin, Teagasc who gave an introduction to Sensory Science and how food businesses can benefit from its application.
Irish Coronavirus Sequencing Consortium
The Irish Coronavirus Sequencing Consortium, led by Professor Paul Cotter at Teagasc Moorepark, aims to sequence and analyse the genetic information from the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the cause of COVID-19. The consortium received funding of €378,716 from Science Foundation Ireland.
Lets Talk Pigs - Latest advances in weaning pig nutrition
On the latest Let's Talk Pigs Webinar, host Ciaran Carroll, Head of Pigs was joined by Peadar Lawlor and Louise Clarke of Teagasc to discuss advances in weaning pig nutrition.
Let's Talk Poultry Webinar - Irish poultry industry outlook
The final webinar in the "Let's Talk Poultry" series for Irish poultry producers in collaboration with Alltech which took place on Wednesday, 15 July.
Organic Dairy Farming - The Little Milk Company
The Little Milk Company is made up of a group of 10 family run organic farms which was established in 2008. It started out as a plan to get a better return for their milk by producing a range of organic artisan products. Their story is profiled by member John Liston.
Let's Talk Equine Webinar - Breeding and producing Connemara Ponies for today’s markets
In the fourth of the equine webinar series Equine Specialist Wendy Conlon facilitates a discussion on the Breeding and production of Connemara Ponies for today’s markets.
Pig Newsletter - July 2020
Get the latest information and advice from the Teagasc Pig team. In this month's edition: Farm Safety – a constant threat; The importance of age of gilts at first service for improved sow lifetime productivity; Giltlife: A good start is half the battle!; Let’s Talk Pigs webinar series.
Let's Talk Poultry Webinar - From chicks to eggs – improving the layer cycle
The third webinar in the "Let's Talk Poultry" series for Irish poultry producers in collaboration with Alltech which took place on Wednesday, 1 July.
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
Organic Dairy Farming
Organic dairying is a small but growing sector within the dairy sector in Ireland. Latest figures from DAFM show that there are 62 organic dairy operators with an average herd size of 79 cows (2019). Dan Clavin, Teagasc Organic Specialist gives us an insight into the organic dairy sector in Ireland
Mycotoxins and their impact on pig performance
Mycotoxins and their impact on pig performance is the topic for this episode of the Pig Edge and presenter Ciaran Carroll was joined by Louise Clarke, Teagasc’s Specialised Pig Development Officer at Ballyhaise to find out more.
Teagasc Pig Research Facility Update - 16 July
Video in a series by the Teagasc Pig Development Department. Tomás Ryan farm manager in the Teagasc Pig Research Facility gives us an update on what's been happening in the unit.
Revised Teagasc Green Book published
Major and Micro Nutrient Advice for Productive Agricultural Crops
Pig Research Update - GILTLIFE (Part 2)
This project was a collaboration between Teagasc & University College Limerick. It investigated the effects of nutrition & management on gilt welfare & performance. Improving rearing conditions for replacement gilts should improve their welfare & increase their output.
Processing Fresher, Healthier, Longer-Lasting Foods
Food processing is any method used to convert fresh foods into food products. In large-scale food manufacture. Dr Elena Inguglia describes how some of our foods are currently processed, and how these processes might be improved for food to be processed freshers, healthier and longer-lasting
Nutrient Recovery Cycle - Infographic
This infographic outlines the nutrient recovery cycle which can improve the efficient use of resources in pig production. By using pig manure as a fertiliser to grow crops which will in turn be used in making pig feed, a circular economy is created.
Processing Fresher, Healthier, Longer-Lasting Foods
Food processing is any method used to convert fresh foods into food products. In large-scale food manufacture. Dr Elena Inguglia describes how some of our foods are currently processed, and how these processes might be improved for food to be processed freshers, healthier and longer-lasting
Conservation of Farmland Habitats
Conservation and protection of farmland wildlife and habitats is an important dimension of environmental sustainability. Aim to retain existing habitats, enhance degraded habitats then consider habitat creation.
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.
Paul Fitters lecturer in the Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens takes us on a walk through his wildflower meadow at two different stages in May and June 2020.
Let's Talk Equine Webinar- Breeding the next generation of broodmares
The third in the Let's Talk Equine series took place on Tuesday 30 June 2020
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.
What you need to know about African Swine Fever
On this episode of the Pig Edge, Amy Quinn speaks to Eithne White, Veterinary Inspector from the National Disease Control Centre at the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine to get an overview, update and general advice on ASF.
Virtual Beef Week - What's on - Thursday
Grass Management for Sustainable Beef Production
Virtual Beef Week - What's on - Friday
Virtual Beef Week - Day 5 - Friday July 10th
Pig Research Update - GILTLIFE (Part 1)
This project was a collaboration between Teagasc & University College Limerick. It investigated the effects of nutrition and management on gilt welfare and performance. Phoebe Hartnett, previous PhD student who worked on the GILTLIFE project tells us more.
Virtual Beef Week - What's on - Wednesday
Virtual Beef Week - Sustainable Beef Production Day 3 of Virtual Beef Week Wednesday July 8th
NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards - Hearne Family Dairy Farm
In 2019, the Hearne family was awarded the top prize in the NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards.
Control of Stomach Worms – improving sustainability
Internal parasites, in particular gut worms, are a major challenge to sheep production systems. Parasite control is largely based on suppression of the parasitic burden using anthelmintic products.
Good news for earthworm numbers in grazed pastures - the role of dung pats
Grazed grassland management regimes can have various positive and negative effects on soil fauna such as earthworms. Teagasc Johnstown Castle and UCD researchers Owen Fenton, Giulia Bondi and Olaf Schmidt tell us more.
Virtual Beef Week - What's on Tuesday
Virtual Beef Week - Dairy Calf to Beef Production Day 2 - Tuesday July 7th
Virtual Beef Week July 6th – 10th
Virtual Beef Week replaces the planned major Teagasc Beef 2020 Open Day, which was due to take place at the Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research and Innovation centre, Grange, County Meath.
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.
Gurteen College Beef Farm Update
Currently the suckler beef unit at Gurteen College has 79 sucker cows and split calving with 43 spring calving cows and 36 autumn calving cows. The unit aims to educate students on the running of a sustainable drystock business.
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.
Rain shines the light back on quality
Following recent rain grass has started to grow again in most areas. What is the best way to manage the grass growth? Grass 10 advisor John Douglas has advise on keeping the focus on quality.
Drainage Ditch Connectivity to Surface Water
Do you have a Ditch, a Gripe, a Sheough or a Marein on your farm? You must avoid contaminants such as nutrients and pesticides from entering these ditches to protect water quality in the receiving streams. Read more from researchers Karen Daly and Owen Fenton.
Slurry timing & application to protect the environment
Good management of Slurry is needed to maximise grass growth, while at the same time minimise losses to our atmosphere and water bodies. ASSAP Advisor Ivan Kelly has some useful advice.
Tillage Update June 25th
Now is a good time to walk your crops, assess some of the management decisions made and review what worked well and what you might change for next year. Tillage specialist Ciaran Collins has some advice.
Teagasc Pig Research Facility Update - 25 June
Video in a series by the Teagasc Pig Development Department. Tomas Ryan farm manager in the Teagasc Pig Research Facility gives us an update on what's been happening in the unit.
John Ryan - Teagasc/ Glanbia Future Farm Participant Update
John Ryan, participant of the Teagasc/ Glanbia Future Farm Programme farms in Boulick, Gornathoe, Co. Tipperary.
Questions and Answers with Organic Farmers Ross and Amy Jackson
Ross and Amy Jackson are farming organically in Lacka, Carrig, Co Tipperary. A farm walk was due to take place on their farm. Organic Specialist Elaine Leavy got an update from Ross and Amy.
Hot Water Heating Options for the Milking Parlour
It is projected that during 2020 Ireland will produce up to 8.8 billion litres of milk; this will require approx. 370 GWh of electricity. On farm dairy electricity related CO2 emissions may be 162,000 tonnes by the end of 2020 unless mitigation strategies are implemented.
Discover the diverse world of microbes…
Join us in celebrating World Microbiome Day 2020. The day will focus on communicating the diversity of microbes, microbiome habitats, diets to feed and fuel microbiomes and diversity among microbiome researchers.
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.
Post sowing management and grazing of a grass/clover reseeds
John Paul Murphy Farm Manager in Moorepark gives and update on the sward sown on May 1st 2020. He gives details on the management of the sward to date.
Safeguarding your soil biology
There is increasing awareness of the importance of soil biology in underpinning agriculture. The life beneath our feet is critical to the sustainability, resilience and functioning of our farming systems.
Selecting Flock Replacements
Breeding ewe replacements from within your own flock has a number of advantages including allowing you to breed the best performing ewes in the flock with a high genetic merit maternal sire. Damian Costello, Sheep Specialist, has more information.
Concentrate supplement options during a grass shortage
Many farms have been struggling with poor grass growth and quality in recent weeks. Weekend rainfall has been significant in most regions, this will help grass growth. If you are short of grass, Dairy Specialist Joe Patton has some advice.
Liming reduces greenhouse gas emissions and increases grassland productivity
Research in Johnstown Castle has shown that increasing soil pH by liming resulted in significant reduction of N2O emissions and increased grassland productivity compared to the un-limed plots under the same management and fertiliser regime. Researchers Ognjen Zurovec and Karl Richards have more info
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.
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.
‘Farmers Have Hearts’ Cardiovascular Health Programme - Major Study indicates Farmers at high risk of Cardiovascular Disease
A major study of farmer’s health is being published today, Thursday 18 June, as part of Men’s Health Week. The research found that 74% of male farmers have four, or more, risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
Tillage Update - 18th June
This weeks update has information on the likely impact of the drought. There are also updates from specialist Mark Plunkett on winter crops, spring crops, spring beans, beet and maize.
Finishing cattle at grass
During the next few months a considerable number of beef cattle will be slaughtered. If you are targeting to slaughter off grass Alan Dillon, Cattle Specialist has some useful advice.
Questions and Answers with Organic Farmer Donal Keane
Donal and Frederique Keane, Camelton Stud, Summerhill, Co Meath are organic suckler to beef and cereal farmers. A farm walk was due to take place on their farm. Organic Specialist Elaine Leavy got an update from Donal.
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.
Drought impact on Tillage farms
Teagasc estimate the output from the cereal sector in Ireland is expected to reduce by at least €100 million this year following the effects of the prolonged drought which has severely affected crops in the eastern half of the country.
Poultry Advisor: Meet our People - Rebecca Tierney
The Teagasc Poultry Advisor, Rebecca Tierney is based in the advisory office in Ballyhaise County Cavan. Rebecca is making a name for herself with the pioneering ‘Let’s Talk Poultry webinars.
Finishing lambs from grass only
One of the biggest challenges for sheep farmers is to finish lambs as quickly as possible from grass. Edward Egan, Teagasc Drystock Advisor in Meath gives some advice and information.
Using a creep gate to creep graze lambs
Creep grazing is extremely useful when grass supplies are tight & during dry spells. Hugh Rooney, Teagasc Drystock Advisor highlights the advantages of creep grazing & explains how to set up creep grazing for lambs.
Virtual Farm Walk on Award Winning Dairy Farm
The Hearne family, who farm at Ballinacurra, Rathgormack, Co. Waterford, were the 2019 National Winners of the NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards. A ‘Virtual Farm Walk’ webinar will take place on this award winning farm on Tuesday, 30 June this year.
Diagnose before you Dose
Resistance to dosing products is of increasing concern. It is therefore incumbent on farmers to ensure that they are using the right product at the right rate at the right time. Dairy specialist Stuart Childs has some useful advice.
Teagasc announce details of ‘Virtual Beef Week’
Teagasc are holding a ‘Virtual Beef Week’ from Monday 6th to Friday 10th July, to demonstrate best practice and communicate the latest research results relevant to beef farmers.‘
Enhancing soil carbon sequestration to contribute to carbon neutrality on Irish farms
Carbon stored in soils is often called soil organic carbon and it is good for soils. Carbon sequestration is the process of capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere and storing it in plant material or soil. Researchers Donal O’Brien and Gary Lanigan have more information.
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.
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.
Summer Season – Keeping up with the Grass Plant!
Maintaining adequate high quality grass mid-season is the most cost effective way of achieving good animal performance - Anne O’Malley, Drystock Advisor in Ballina has some advice.
Grass 10 Weekly Update
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: PastureBase data & Elodie Ruelle’s MoSt Grass Growth Prediction Model; Current Performance on Mike Bermingham's farm; Average Farm Cover; Upcoming Events and an Athenry Sheep Update