Bloom at Home - Summer Annuals
Louise Jones, College Lecturer, Botanic Gardens explains how summer annuals are excellent for adding colour displays around your garden in borders or containers on your patio and balconies for the summer months.
Child Safety on Farms
Most children like to be outside helping on the farm. It is important to remember that farms are not playgrounds and children must be closely supervised and only take part in age appropriate tasks.
Bloom at Home - Trailing petunia
Louise Jones, College Lecturer, Botanic Gardens outlines how trailing Petunias have beautiful colours, amazing trailing habits, and will ensure you have some truly stunning displays in your hanging baskets and containers throughout the summer.
Economic Impact of Covid 19 on Irish Agriculture Webinar
During this live interactive webinar on the possible impact of COVID-19 on farm incomes in Ireland this year speakers from Teagasc and ESRI discussed how might the emergency impact on incomes across agriculture in 2020?
Bloom at Home - Hanging Baskets
Louise Jones, College Lecturer, Botanic Gardens gives an overview of planting 14” hanging baskets
Pig Manure: A Valuable Fertiliser - Infographic
It is well known that farmers can make substantial savings in fertiliser costs by using pig manure to grow their grass and tillage crops. This infographic outlines how pig manure is counted as being a valuable fertiliser.
Bloom at Home - Garden of Hope at Bloom 2017
This time 3 years ago we were celebrating with our horticulture colleagues when our garden won gold medal & best in show in medium size category. Here’s a short time lapse of the hard work and determination that went into the Garden of Hope with Pieta House.
‘Let’s Talk Poultry’ - Teagasc and Alltech launch webinar series to tackle poultry industry issues
Ireland’s poultry industry will gain industry insights over a four-part webinar series beginning Wednesday, 3 June, at 2pm. Hosted by Teagasc, with support from animal nutrition company, Alltech; prominent topics such as avian influenza, gut health and layer management will be examined.
Questions and Answers with Organic Farmer John Hurley, Co. Roscommon
John Hurley is from Knockalaughta, Ballintubber, Co. Roscommon. He is an organic suckler cow and sheep farmer. He was due to have a farm walk on his farm. Organic Specialist Dan Clavin got an update from John.
Gut Relations: Fermented foods are tightly linked to the gut microbiome
Fermented foods can be a primary source of potentially probiotic lactic acid bacteria (LAB) for the human gut, as is shown in a new international study published in Nature Communications.
Is there an opportunity now to hire good staff?
Are you thinking of employing someone to help out on your farm? There are a number of legal requirements you should be aware of and adhere to. Five are outlined here.
Contract Heifer Rearing
Contract heifer rearing is an option worth considering for both dairy and drystock farmers offering benefits to both.
Distribution of Cultivated Peat Soils
The May map of the month looks at the distribution of cultivated peat soils. The map is presented at 1km square scale- each 1km cell is coded for the percentage of cultivated peats in the cell.
Antimicrobial use and resistance in pig production
The topical area of antimicrobial use and resistance in pig production is covered by Amy Quinn on the latest Pig Edge podcast with Teagasc PhD student Lorcan O’Neill.
Bulls are dangerous animals. They must be treated with caution and respect even when they seem to be good tempered. John McNamara and Francis Bligh, Teagasc Health & Safety Specialists explain further.
Time to Check Slats
The lifespan of slats done to grant specification is about 20 years. Intensive use of slats, slurry reaching them, stocking with bulls etc. will shorten the lifespan of the slats.
Teagasc Pig Research Facility Update - 15 May
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.
Teagasc ‘Food Industry Development’ Webinar Series
Teagasc are starting a series of food industry development webinars, commencing on Tuesday morning, the 19th May at 9.30am.
Jessy's Smart Kids - Summer 2020
Jessy's Smart Kids is a fun easily downloadable kids farm safety newsletter. Check it out here for fun tips and games on how to keep your little ones safe on the farm.
Developing Ireland’s bioeconomy
RURAL ECONOMY: Maeve Henchion tells us about the bioeconomy and the research being done in Teagasc to support its development.
The Key Findings from the 2019 Teagasc National Pig Herd Performance Report
Teagasc Specialised Pig Advisor Ger McCutcheon joins Amy Quinn on the latest episode of the Pig Edge to discuss the newly released Teagasc National Pig Herd Performance Report which outlines the key performance indicators and their trends for the 2019 year.
Pig Herd Performance 2019 Infographic
This infographic summarises some of the main results from the 2019 National Pig Herd Performance Report. A main feature of the infographic is the comparison of a number of the 2019 statistics with those of 2017 and 2018.
National Pig Herd Performance Report 201
This report details the performance of the pig farms participating in the Teagasc e-Profit Monitor (ePM) in 2019. Data is from 94 herds representing over 78,000 sows or 52% of the total Irish sow herd.
Andrew and Leonie Workman Dunany Flour Organic, Co Louth
Andrew and Leonie grow, mill, package and distribute their organic wheat, rye and spelt direct from their farm. Oats are also grown on contract for the organic porridge market.
Farming, COVID-19 and your Mental Health
Half of all people will experience a mental illness in their lifetime. Farming can be a lonely occupation. Many daily jobs are performed alone. Social isolation can have a negative effect on mental health. Social distancing due to COVID 19 will increase the risk of isolation.
Teagasc Kildalton College
A brief overview of college life and courses at Teagasc Kildalton College including Agriculture, Horticulture and Equine Studies.
Piece of Cake?
TEAGASC research aims to comprehend the influence of ingredient and process manipulations on the sensory quality of bakery products. Emer C. Garvey and Kieran Kilcawley give more information
Pig Manure: A Valuable Fertiliser
Farmers can make substantial savings in fertiliser costs by using pig manure to grow their grass and tillage crops. Pig slurry is an organic fertiliser. It has a value because of the nutrients that it can supply for crop growth
Something old, something new
Research funded by TEAGASC and SFI into grassland management histories has led to the discovery of a number of new archaeological sites
Today's Farm - May/June 2020
Today’s Farm is a bi-monthly publication which includes advice and information on the various farming enterprises.
Questions and Answers with Frank O’Brien
Frank from Ballybroder, Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath is an organic drystock and tillage farmer. A farm walk was due to take place today, Wednesday 29th April. Dan Clavin, Organic Specialist got an update from Frank on what has been happening on the farm this year.
Covid-19: Distribution of Populations with Higher Risks
RURAL ECONOMY: The April Map of the Month shows the concentration of populations that are particularly vulnerable to Covid-19 and highlights those areas that could be severely impacted by an infection if it were to spread within their populations.
Summertime brings Risk, manage Farm Safety
Provisional H.S.A. figures up to April 23rd 2020 show that 7 persons have lost their lives in farm workplace related accidents. Tractors and machinery are key
Long Term Land Leasing
FARM MANAGEMENT: Leasing land long term has many advantages for both the landowner (lessor) and active farmer (lessee) utilising the land.
The PATHSURVPIG project
PIG: Teagasc Researcher Maria Costa joins Amy Quinn on this episode of the Pig Edge to discuss the completed PATHSURVPIG project.
White Clover on Organic Farms
ORGANICS: Research has shown that in a productive sward white clover can supply 100-150Kg Nitrogen/ha/year. Find out how to get it established in pastures.
Tail Biting Risk Factors in Pigs
PIGS: Tail biting is a result of pigs experiencing stress. Stress can come from many sources. The risk factors can be different for each farm. This is why tail biting can be hard to manage.
Health & Safety
HEALTH & SAFETY: The Health and safety focus presently is to flatten the Covid 19 curve and keep farm families safe and well. This can create pressure on farms. Get advice and tips from advisor Claire Mooney.
Drones, Satellites & Farm Forecasting
RURAL ECONOMY: The Spatial Analysis unit in Teagasc use Earth Observation technology to help understand the status of Irish agriculture. Here Stuart Green tells us how they use Drones and Satellites for this Farm Forecasting.
Standard Operating Procedures
FARM MANAGEMENT: Would someone unfamiliar with your farm know what to do if you became ill with Covid-19? Standard operating procedures are written instructions used to manage variation that is introduced in production systems when different individuals perform tasks in different ways.
Some recommendations to protect the health of humans, horses and business from the effects of Covid-19
Some simple protocols to put in place for the weeks ahead which will hopefully help those managing equine enterprises to navigate this challenging period
Pregnancy scanning in sows
Farm manager Tomás Ryan gives an insight into pregnancy scanning in sows and explains about the systems used in the Pig Development Department in Moorepark.
Dealing with adverse events: Covid 19
What is the likelihood of you, or someone you are in close contact with getting Covid 19? It is important to have contingency plans in place in case you, your family or employees get sick.
Managing challenging times - Coronavirus Advice Available
FARM HEALTH & SAFETY: It is understandable that farmers would feel anxious with the coronavirus dominating our news and influencing our daily activities. It is important that farmers keep in contact with each other and in particular with elderly farmers
CAP provides important funds for Irish farms
FARM MANAGEMENT: Farmers are hugely dependent on the Basic Payment Scheme and other CAP payments for their income and to support their farm business. The BPS for 2020 is open until May 15th