Good work organisation can reduce farm work hours
Bernadette O’Brien, Conor Hogan and Marion Beecher discuss how good work organisation can reduce farm work hours
Happy staff, happy horses
Good staff management is key on farm enterprises. Seán Keane, Equine specialist, Teagasc Rural Economy Development Programme tells us more.
Enhancing women's role in rural life, agriculture and rural affairs
The FLIARA Project aims to enhance women's role in rural life, agriculture and rural affairs.
Winner of Teagasc Special Award at BTYSTE 2023: A sweeter way to treat equine parasites
Transition year students Aine Shortall and Kate Whyte from Moate Community School, County Westmeath, are the winners of the Teagasc award at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) 2023.
Wild potato genes: the future of late blight control
Researchers are studying the genes of wild potato species in the hopes of finding a novel approach to mitigating crop losses caused by the persistent late blight disease.
Let's Talk Equine - The story of CSF James Kann Cruz from breeder to international success
On this episode of Let's Talk Equine which took place on Tuesday, 8 November, Wendy Conlon, Teagasc Equine Specialist was joined by Shane Connolly of Connolly Stud Farm, Francis Connors (Ballylawn Stud), and Shane Sweetnam (Sweet Oak Farm).
Getting to know Philip Creighton
Research Officer Philip Creighton currently leads the Sheep Grassland Systems research programme at Teagasc Athenry. Here, he explains the influence his sheep farming background had on him and what he enjoys most about grassland research.
European project to enhance women’s role in rural life launched at University of Galway
University of Galway is to lead a new research project running across 10 countries in Europe focusing on enhancing the role of women in agriculture, rural life and affairs.
Functional food from waste
Teagasc scientists are using leftovers from plant-processing to generate functional food ingredients.
Turning the tide on antibiotic resistance: how seaweed can help us fight superbugs of the future
Foods like seaweeds have been used as natural medicines for thousands of years, and Teagasc is exploring the potential of seaweed to kill bacteria that can live in our food or infect our hospitals.
Soils: a diversity of colours and functions
Would you be able to distinguish a soil from a rock? Could you name where a soil comes from by only looking at its colour? Can you list the ingredients for a good, healthy soil? And now that you mention it, what are soils made of?
Environmental benefits of key ACRES measures
Agri-Climate Rural Environment Scheme (ACRES) is Ireland's new agri-environment scheme under Ireland's CAP Strategic Plan and administered by the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine.
Teagasc at the 2023 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition
We invite you to visit the Teagasc stand at the 2023 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE).
Minister Harris announces €53.3 million for 33 awards through the SFI Research Infrastructure Programme
On December 29 2022, Minister Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, TD, announced a €53.3 million investment in 33 research infrastructure projects through the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Research Infrastructure Fund.
Food Science student who found his passion in A2 milk controversy receives internationally recognised awards
Teagasc and Victoria University third-year doctoral student Davor Daniloski won the prestigious International Dairy Federation oral presentation Award for 2022. Mr. Daniloski was presented with the award at the 7th Symposium on Science and Technology of Fermented Milk.
Organics Newsletter - Winter 2022
Welcome to the Winter edition of our Teagasc Organics eNewsletter where you will receive the latest information and news from the Teagasc Organics Programme. Subscribe here to get it delivered directly to your inbox every quarter.
Farm Workshop Safety publication welcomed by Minister Martin Heydon TD
The Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with special responsibility for Farm Safety, Martin Heydon T.D., has welcomed the recent re - publication of the Teagasc booklet ‘Farm Workshop Safety – Key Management Practices’ on a visit to Teagasc‘s Kildalton College.
Fatal Farm Accident Occurrence in 2022
John McNamara, Health and Safety Specialist, Teagasc, has urged all farmers to review farm safety practices on their farms this January, to ensure a safe working environment for farm families in 2023.
Seaweed TV show featuring Teagasc researchers wins award
The TV episode '10 Things to Know About … Seaweed', won the visual category at the Guild of Agricultural Journalists awards
Health and Safety Newsletter - December 2022
Get the latest news and advice form the Teagasc team.
Gaining Wellness around Christmas Time
John McNamara Health & Safety Specialist has Wellness pointers for all.
Organic on-farm Multi Species Sward Trial
Teagasc have teamed up with seed company, DLF and organic dairy farmers, Pat & Mark Mulrooney from Kilsheelan, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary to investigate the on farm performance of Multi Species Swards, especially in periods of drought.
Burren Farmers win Newbie New Entrant Competition 2022
Burren Beef and Farm Experiences, a business established by Bronagh and Cathal O’Rourke, located in the Burren, Co. Clare have been selected as the winners of the 2022 Newbie new entrant competition.
A Holly Jolly Christmas
As Christmas fast approaches many of us will “deck the halls with boughs of holly”. The glossy green foliage and scarlet red berries are synonymous with the festive season. In a Christmas message from the Staff of Teagasc Advisory Waterford/Kilkenny, Aoife Leader, Walsh Scholar, praises the Holly
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.
Be Winter Ready
Serena Gibbons, Education Officer, Teagasc Galway/Clare, reminds us that it is important to continue to keep safety high on the priority list as the farmyard is a hazardous place.
Reduced Age at Finishing Improves Emissions Performance at Newford Farm
Newford farm is achieving carbon footprint 14% lower than the national average
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
Review of Occupational Safety and Health in Agriculture discussed at European Parliament Agriculture Committee
A major review of the Future of Agriculture and its impact on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) in the EU was recently discussed at the European Parliament Agriculture Committee.
Energy and Farm Business Show set for 20th July 2023
The 2023 Energy and Farm Business Show will take place at Gurteen College, County Tipperary on Thursday, the 20th of July 2023.
Minister Heydon announces investment in equine skills simulators
Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with special responsibility for Farm Safety, Martin Heydon T.D. has announced investment in three equestrian training simulators at Teagasc Kildalton College at Piltown, County Kilkenny.
Let's Talk Equine - Optimising foal survival, and minimising vet bills!
On this episode of Let's Talk Equine which took place on Tuesday, 6 December, Wendy Conlon, Teagasc Equine Specialist was joined by vet Siobhán McAuliffe, to discuss optimising foal health and minimising veterinary bills.
Ministers McConalogue and Heydon announce over €3.6 million for climate-related research in a joint collaboration with New Zealand
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue T.D., and Minister of State with special responsibility for research and innovation Martin Heydon T.D., announced awards of over €3.6M for Irish researchers in four climate and agriculture research projects
Teagasc to lead largest EU Farm Safety Project ever funded
The European Union (EU) has awarded a group led by Teagasc €5 million in funding to develop and test farm safety solutions. The landmark SafeHabitus project was launched on Thursday, 15 December 2022 in Teagasc Ashtown by Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture Martin Heydon T.D.
Majority of Farmers to experience relatively small changes in Income due to Pillar I CAP Reform
A new report, by economists at Teagasc, examines the economic implications of Pillar I CAP reform implementation, which is due to start in January 2023.
Outlook 2023 - Economic Prospects for Agriculture
This publication from the Teagasc Agricultural Economics and Farm Surveys Department takes a look at the 2023 prospects for agriculture for 2023 covering Dairy, Cattle, Sheep, Tillage, Pigs, Forestry and Sustainability
Another year of high Agriculture Production Costs expected in 2023
A new report, by economists at Teagasc, provides the latest estimates of average incomes for various farm types in 2022 and looks ahead to future prospects by forecasting farm incomes in 2023.
One-stop shop: introducing Teagasc’s Bioprocess Innovation Suite
Following years of planning, Teagasc Moorepark is set to launch its new Bioprocess Innovation Suite – a one-stop shop for bioprocess development, optimisation and scale-up. Leading the project is Principal Research Officer at Teagasc Food Research Centre Olivia McAuliffe.
Opportunity at Teagasc - Animal Nutritionist
An exciting opportunity is available at Teagasc for an Animal Nutritionist to actively lead and support the development of a Teagasc ruminant nutrition advisory programme that will improve competitiveness, profitability and environmental efficiency on dairy and dry stock farms.
New Advisory Manager Appointed in Teagasc West Cork
Dr Grainne Hurley has been appointed as Teagasc Regional Advisory Manager in the West Cork Region. The appointment was approved at the Teagasc Authority meeting on Wednesday, 7 December 2022.
Teagasc Climate Action Strategy Launch
On Thursday December 1st Teagasc launched their Climate Action Strategy 2022 - 2030. Charlie McConalogue TD, Minister for Agriculture. Food and the Marine gave the opening address.
How we unearthed a medieval town in Co Kilkenny
Little trace of the medieval market town of Newtown is left to the naked eye. Only scattered ruins located within the green fields beside Jerpoint Abbey, Co. Kilkenny, provide a hint nowadays of what once has been.
Map of the Month December 2022 - The shape of the land
Following a break for a number of months our 'Map of the Month' is back. This month our cartographer Dr Jesko Zimmermann shows the different landforms as described by the Geological Survey of Ireland's Physiographic Units, and how the land left it's mark in our cultural memory.
10 Things to Know About … Circular Economy
Ireland exports over a third of its municipal waste for recycling. However, once it leaves our shores, we do not know where it ends up and have no control over whether it is even recycled.
Knowledge Transfer Ireland announce winners of Impact Awards
Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI), the Irish body that helps connect businesses of all sizes to publicly funded research opportunities, has announced the winners of its 9th annual Impact Awards
Algae: a natural source of pain relief
Molecules within algae are being used to develop functional foods and medication to relieve pain and inflammation.
Growing Wild - Rose Hips and Flowering Ivy
Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist takes a closer look at some of our native Irish biodiversity to look out for in the countryside.
Teagasc Climate Action Strategy - The Road Map for Agriculture
Ireland has set out its commitment to reduce overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 51% by 2030 and achieve climate neutrality by 2050.
Teagasc Climate Action Strategy - The Urgent Actions
The climate challenge requires a whole of sector co-ordinated response to move the industry forward. Teagasc, through its MACC curve, has set out how the agriculture and food system can evolve over the short and medium term to meet its climate obligations.
What is your next Project?
Bernie Leahy, B&T Drystock Adviser, Teagasc Galway/Clare, tells us that everybody should have a project.
Virtual National Centre for Agri-food Climate Research and Innovation
Teagasc is establishing a new virtual National Centre for Agri-Food Climate Research and Innovation to co-ordinate climate research and innovation and to accelerate efforts to bring “almost ready” and “early stage” technologies to deployment stage.
Teagasc Climate Action Strategy - Sustainability Digital Platform
Supported by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), Teagasc in co-operation with the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) and Bord Bia is building a new digital platform to facilitate a robust whole farm sustainability assessment and “counting” of carbon emissions and removals
Teagasc Climate Action Strategy - Signpost Advisory Programme
The Signpost Advisory Programme is a new service which Teagasc aims to make available to all farmers, to allow them to know their current emissions and sequestration, to make a plan to improve, help them with the implementation of the plan, and track progress.
Launch of the Teagasc Climate Action Strategy
The Teagasc Climate Action Strategy 2022-2030 – ‘Supporting Farmers for Climate Action’ has been launched today, Thursday, 1 December by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD.
Teagasc shortlisted for Knowledge Transfer Ireland Impact Awards
A joint application by Teagasc, Independent Milk Laboratories (IML), FBA Laboratories, and Kerry Group (Agribusiness) has been shortlisted in the prestigious Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI) Impact Awards.
Biodiversity continues to be encouraged on Newford Farm
Newford Farm is working to enhance the level of biodiversity on the farm. The farm has been selected as a demonstration farm as part of the Teagasc Signpost Programme.
10 Things to Know About … Hemp
There has been a very rich history of hemp research within Teagasc. Teagasc was preceded by an organisation called An Foras Taluntais, which was formed in the late 1950s. From very early on in the history of this organisation researchers were interested in the potential of hemp.
Measuring the value of plants with DNA
Teagasc researchers are using DNA technologies to improve the efficiency of plant selection and deliver highly digestible cultivars.
Watch: Managing farm safety and health video series launched
Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with responsibility for Farm Safety, Martin Heydon TD launched videos covering a range of farm safety and health hazards on farms.
Today's Farm - November/December 2022
The November/December 2022 edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online.
57% of Farmers found to engage in Unsafe Farming Practices
Fifty seven percent of farmers engage in unsafe farming practices according to research completed by Teagasc researchers. When asked to respond to a number of common farm work scenarios, most farmers stated that they were more likely to engage in unsafe practices.
Catherine Stanton named as number one female scientist in Ireland
Catherine is a Senior Principal Research Officer in Teagasc Food Biosciences department. Her research focuses on Nutritional aspects of dairy foods, functional foods, Probiotics and Infant gut microbiota. She was recently named as the number one female scientist in Ireland.
TResearch Winter 2022
TResearch is an official science publication of Teagasc. It aims to disseminate the results of the organisation’s research to a broad audience. In this edition we look at how our researchers are using novel technologies to enhance the health and wellness benefits of foods.
Growing Wild - Yarrow and Herb Robert
Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist takes a closer look at some of our native Irish biodiversity to look out for in the countryside.
How to make milk “plastic”
Have you ever wondered why milk is white or how cheese is made?
60 Minute Science Event on Food Sustainability
At this event, which took place on Tuesday, 15 November, as part of Science Week, host Jonathan McCrea was joined by Teagasc speakers who addressed questions of food sustainability, safety and environmental effects. There was five-minute talks, each followed by time for audience questions.
Women in STEM Webinar - How can your career help the planet?
This Women in STEM webinar hosted by broadcaster Jonathan McCrea took place on Wednesday, 16th November, as part of the Festival of Farming and Food for Science Week.
A day in the life of a Walsh Scholar with Elena Hayes
Elena Hayes is a Teagasc Walsh Scholar based in Moorepark in the Food Chemistry & Technology Department, she is currently in the second year of her PhD. Her research focuses on using spectroscopy and chemometrics to predict milk processing traits such as heat stability and rennet coagulation time.
A day in the life of a Walsh Scholar with Ali Sultan Khan
Ali is from Islamabad, Pakistan, where he completed a Bachelor of Science with agronomy majors at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Ali started a PhD at Teagasc Johnstown Castle Environment Research Centre.
A day in the life of a Walsh Scholar with Kieran Harrahill
Kieran Harrrahill began his PhD after graduating from a Masters’ Programme. He completed an undergraduate degree in Arts (Geography and Politics) in UCD in 2017 before completing an MSc in Environmental Policy in UCD in 2018.
Teagasc unveil winners of Research and Innovation photo competition 2022
An image titled “Bio-Control” was officially announced as the overall winner of Teagasc’s Vision of Research and Innovation photography competition at an event in Oak Park House, Carlow on Monday, 14 November.
A day in the life of a Walsh Scholar with Rumia Basu
Rumia studied Chemistry at the University of Delhi, India, before completing a master’s degree in Geoinformatics at TERI University, New Delhi, India. After this, she joined the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) as a researcher. She joined the Walsh Scholarship Programme in 2020.
10 Things to Know About… Insects
As the global population rises, questions are being asked as to how we can continue to feed the planet with more sustainable food products and behaviours. Could the answer be the humble insect?
One minute with Joy Clarke - Biological control of mushroom disease
Joy Clarke, a Walsh Scholar PhD student at Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown, discusses alternatives to chemical fungicides for controlling mushroom diseases. To hear the full story, come along to our 60 Minute Science event on 15th November.
One minute with Eoghan Corbett - Can Horticulture Be Any Greener?
Dr Eoghan Corbett, a horticulture researcher at Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown, discusses alternatives to peat for growing fruit and vegetables. To hear the full story, come along to our 60 Minute Science event on 15th November.
One minute with Sinead McCarthy - What have Meat Loaf and the food pyramid got in common?
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. To hear the full story, come along to our 60 Minute Science event on 15th November.
Teagasc Signpost Programme Newsletter November 2022
In this month’s newsletter, Tom O’Dwyer, Head of the Signpost Programme, presents the Signpost Sustainability Results 2021, the baseline year. We have our usual climate actions as well as an article from Karl Richards explaining carbon sequestration.
One minute with Eduarda Neves - Insects as protein for our future generations
Eduarda Neves, a researcher at Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown, discusses the use of insects as an alternative protein source. To hear the full story, come along to our 60 Minute Science event on 15th November.
Teagasc Ballyhaise Students Graduate
Awards and certificates were presented by Minister for Rural and Community Development and Social Protection, Heather Humphreys TD to over 80 Level 6 graduates of Teagasc Ballyhaise College, County Cavan.
One minute with Carlos Alvarez - Two birds with one stone: blood-based films, from environmental concern to sustainable solution
Carlos Álvarez-García, a researcher at Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown, discusses how to address two important environmental issues at once. To hear the full story, come along to our 60 Minute Science event on 15th November.
One minute with Elena Alexa - Ensuring food safety in the face of climate change
Dr. Elena-Alexandra Alexa, a post-doctoral researcher at Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown, discusses the effect of climate change on food safety. To hear the full story, come along to our 60 Minute Science event on 15th November.
60 Minute Science - Food Sustainability
Join us for 60 Minute Science on Tuesday, November 15, to learn how the foods we produce and eat contribute to our health and impact the environment. This event is part of Science Week 2022 The Festival of Farming and Food which takes place 13 - 20 November.
Boyne Valley Co Op bursary for students in Teagasc Ballyhaise Agricultural College
Minister for Rural and Community Development and for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys TD launched a bursary for students attending Level 5 and Level 6 in Teagasc Ballyhaise Agricultural College, at the recent Presentation of Certificates event held in Cavan.
One minute with Diane Purcell Meyerink - Seaweed for Life
Dr. Diane Purcell Meyerink, a Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellow based at Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown, discusses how seaweeds can provide an alternative source of protein. To hear the full story, come along to our 60 Minute Science event on 15th November.
Women in STEM - How can your career help the planet?
A webinar focusing on Women in STEM and how the work they do benefits the environment will take place on Wednesday, November 16, as part of Science Week 2022 The Festival of Farming and Food, running 13 - 20 November.
Science Week 2022 - The Festival of Farming and Food Events
The Festival of Farming and Food is an educational, inspiring and fun week, packed full of amazing science activities, experiences, talks and exhibitions, for children and grown-ups alike. Running from November 13-20.
Research Impact Highlights 2021 - Environment
Teagasc Research Impact Highlights in 2021, a supplement of TResearch magazine, was recently released. Here we look at some of the research highlights in the area of environment.
Growing Wild - Elderberries and Blackberries
Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist takes a closer look at some of our native Irish biodiversity to look out for in the countryside.
Farm Safety BeSafe Conference
A conference on Be Safe, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) funded Farm Safety Behavioural Change project, will take place on Wednesday 23rd November from 10am to 1pm at the Teagasc Research and Innovation Centre, Ashtown, Dublin 15.
Research Impact Highlights 2021 - Food
Teagasc Research Impact Highlights in 2021, a supplement of TResearch magazine, was recently released. Here we look at some of the research highlights in the area of food.
Research Impact Highlights 2021 - General
Teagasc Research Impact Highlights in 2021, a supplement of TResearch magazine, was recently released.
Research impact highlights 2021 - Dairy
Teagasc Research Impact Highlights in 2021, a supplement of TResearch magazine, was recently released. Here we look at some of the research highlights in the area of dairy.
Science Week 2022 -The Festival of Farming and Food launches
Teagasc invites you to join us for an unmissable series of virtual and in-person events for Science Week 2022 as part of ‘The Festival of Farming and Food’.
Teagasc Research Impact Highlights in 2021
In any given year, the impact of Teagasc research is a combination of the continuing impact of past research and the new impact of recent research. This publication highlights some of these new impacts achieved in 2021.
The partners of the European Gender-SMART project share their good practices on gender equality
On October 19 2022, the nine european partners of the Gender-SMART project took stock of 4 years of cooperation and shared their experiences and good practices to promote gender equality in the field of agricultural and life sciences.
Healthy Workplaces Lighten the Load
This week, 24th to 28th of October, is European Week for Safety and Health at Work.
10 years of Food Works Programme
Food Works is an accelerator programme for high potential, innovative Irish food and drink start-ups. This year marks 10 years of the Food Works programme - Ireland’s leading accelerator programme for early-stage food and drink companies.
Celebrating Ancient Traditions in the Burren
Aoife Ford, B&T Drystock Adviser, writes; As the winter weather has taken hold and the evenings begin to draw in, many farmers have started to think about housing cattle for the winter. Silage pits and bales are being opened as livestock begin to move indoors.
Let's Talk Equine Webinar - The reality of trading horses for a living
On this episode of Let's Talk Equine, which took place on Tuesday, 4th October, Wendy Conlon, Teagasc Equine Specialist was joined by Barry O’Connor International Agent and Coach to discuss the reality of trading horses for a living.
Growing wild - Haws and Spindle
Launch of new Sustainable Fertiliser training course for agri-professionals
Teagasc, in collaboration with the ICOS Skillnet and the fertiliser industry, has developed a 20 hour blended training course in Sustainable Fertiliser for professionals involved in the sale, purchasing and advice relating to fertilisers.
Meet the scholars
The Teagasc Walsh Scholarships Programme offers fantastic opportunities for postgraduate students wishing to pursue a PhD. For a better insight into what it is like to do a PhD, we spoke to several Walsh Scholars to hear their experiences and what they have learned.
Launch of the Teagasc Sustainability Report 2021 Webinar on Monday 17 October
The Teagasc Rural Economy programme will publish the annual Teagasc Sustainability Report for 2021, which is based on data collected from farmers through the National Farm Survey.
Teagasc Signpost Sustainability Week Commences
The Teagasc Signpost Sustainability Week kicks off today, Friday, 14th October with a webinar broadcast outlining the first steps for farmers to take to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions on Irish farms.
Potential Fertiliser Availability Issues in 2023 Highlighted
A sub-group of the National Fodder and Food Security Committee was convened on Wednesday 12th October to provide a forum to discuss potential challenges around the fertiliser supply chain facing into the peak season of fertiliser demand on farms in the coming spring.
Signpost Photo Competition
We are inviting you to submit photos, capturing the actions that you are taking to reduce emissions on your farms.
Signpost Series Webinar: ACRES - an overview for farmers
On this episode of the Signpost Series, Mark Gibson, Head of Teagasc Outreach & Innovation Department, Teagasc was joined by John Muldowney, Pat Morrisson & Mark Crosbie, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) to discuss the Agri-Climate Rural Environment Scheme (ACRES)
Signpost Sustainability Week 2022
Signpost Sustainability Week 2022 takes place from Friday, 14 October - Friday, 21 October 2022. This week will focus on 'Farming for a Better Future' with a series of public in person and virtual events.
Growing wild - Guelder Rose and Sloes
Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist takes a closer look at some of our native Irish biodiversity to look out for in the countryside. This week Catherine writes about Guelder Rose and Sloes, and how to spot them.
Teagasc Signpost Programme Newsletter October 2022
In this month’s newsletter we get an update on soil analysis results for 2021 with advice from leading experts on the data. We have farmer profiles for Eamon & Donnchadh McCarthy, suckler beef farmers from Co Waterford and Raymond Goggin, dairy farmer from Co. Cork.
Expert Animal Health Speakers visit Agricultural Colleges
Animal Health and Welfare has long been an important part of the Teagasc student curriculum. This October, Teagasc and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine are conducting a tour of colleges with expert speakers
Short Equine Courses
Teagasc offers short courses in Equine Breeding/Reproduction and Equine Herd Health for those who are new to breeding or want to improve their knowledge.
John & Brendan Walsh - About The Farm
John and Brendan Walsh & family were the 2021 Clover & Sustainability winners in the Grassland Farmer of the Year Competition. They farm in Ballylooby, Co. Tipperary, milking 153 cows along with replacements & beef animals.
Dairy Calf to Beef Course
Teagasc will be commencing a new advanced dairy calf to beef course for new and existing dairy calf to beef farmers who wish to upskill and learn what it takes to run an economically and environmentally sustainable dairy calf to beef system.
Below ground: soil life in a changing climate
Below ground: soil life in a changing climate, Art-science exhibition at the Irish Agricultural Museum, Johnstown Castle
Teagasc Annual Report and 2021 Financial Statements
“We had a blend of remote working and staff attending at their place of work, and using both, allowed us to deliver a full research, advisory and education programme during 2021”, according to Professor Frank O Mara, Teagasc Director.
Impact of price inflation on agricultural incomes now becoming clearer
A new report, by economists at Teagasc, provides an update on the forecast average margins and incomes that will be achieved across the agricultural sector in Ireland in 2022.
Grassland Farmer of the Year - Shane Moore
Shane Moore is a participant in the Teagasc Signpost Programme and last year was a finalist in the Drystock category of the Grassland Farmer of the Year competition.
Everything you need to know about installing solar panels on your farm
Barry Caslin, Teagasc Energy & Rural Development Specialist, answers all your questions about solar panels: where do you put them, what type do your get, can you get a grant, are they tax-deductible, do you need planning permission, how do you export to the grid?
Meet the Farmer - Brian Keane
Brian Keane farms 96 hectares in conjunction with his father John, Uncle Aidan, brother Eoin and fiancé Blathnáid. The farm is situated in Davidstown near Enniscorthy,Co. Wexford and is a sheep, cattle and tillage farm with approximately five hectares of commercial forestry.
Meet the Farmer - John O'Donoghue
John and Annette are farming beside the Bandon River in Ballinadee with their family Paddy, Ciara, Aine and Jack.
Successful National Organic Beef Open Day
Over twelve hundred farmers attended the National Organic Beef Open Day on the farm of John Purcell, Ross, Golden, Cashel, Co Tipperary earlier this week. The open day was jointly organised by Teagasc, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Bord Bia and provided the farmers attending
Teagasc Sustainability Week 2022
The Teagasc Signpost Sustainability Week will take place from 14 - 21 October. The theme of Sustainability Week 2022 is 'Farming for a Better Future', when a series of public in person and virtual events will take place.
Grassland Farmer of the Year - John & Brendan Walsh
John and Brendan Walsh & family were the 2021 Clover & Sustainability winners in the Grassland Farmer of the Year Competition. They farm in Ballylooby, Co. Tipperary, milking 153 cows. The Walshes, are hosting a farm walk on their farm on Tuesday October 4th and everyone is welcome.
Teagasc targeting a September 2023 start for a range of Land-based Apprenticeship Programmes
At the National Ploughing Championships last week the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris welcomed the impending change in legislation that will allow apprenticeships in an area of agriculture, horticulture, or fishing.
CellCheck On-Farm Events
Animal Health Ireland in partnership with Teagasc and in conjunction with the dairy processors and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine are running a series of on-farm events in October.
Improving biodiversity on your farm
Eamonn Dempsey, Teagasc Advisor, tells you how you can improve biodiversity on your farm.
Teagasc College Open Days 2022
Teagasc are holding series of events for prospective applicants to its full-time Level 5 agriculture, horticulture, equine and forestry courses. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the courses available and be given a guided tour of the facilities.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Organic Farming
On this episode of the Signpost Webinar Series, which took place on Friday, 9 September, Mark Gibson, Head of Teagasc Outreach & Innovation Department was joined by Jack Nolan, Senior Inspector, Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine to discuss organic farming.
Is Organics for you?
The targets set out in the Programme for Government is for farming 330,000 ha organically. With the next tranche of the organic scheme expected to open in early October many farmers are questioning if an organics system is for them?
Organic Beef Open Day on John Purcell’s Farm
Teagasc, Bord Bia and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine - DAFM are jointly organising a National Organic Beef Open Day on the farm of John Purcell, Cashel, Co Tipperary on Wednesday next, 28th September 2022.
Novel forest tree breeding for tolerance to abiotic and biotic stress
Tree breeding is important to develop genetically improved genotypes for forestation through repeated cycles of selection, breeding and genetic testing. Dheeraj Rathore, Teagasc Research Officer, tells us about novel forest tree breeding for tolerance to abiotic and biotic stress.
Understanding pasture contamination and its implications for management
Michael Gottstein, Teagasc Sheep Specialist, explains the importance of management in dealing with pasture contamination.
The Dairy Edge Podcast goes from Strength to Strength
Since Teagasc launched The Dairy Edge Podcast in January 2018, Ireland’s first dairy-focused podcast has gone from strength to strength and in July 2022 reached the very significant milestone of half a million listens.
The Dairy Edge Reaches Half a Million Listens – highlights from some of its most popular episodes
Since The Dairy Edge launched in January 2018 as Ireland’s first dairy-focused podcast, there have been 245 episodes released weekly as well as additional bonus content from the Let’s Talk Dairy webinars presented by Stuart Childs.
The Financial Risks for the Year Ahead
The Crops Forum was held recently with an excellent line up and a very interesting discussion from a panel of experts across the country. And on this week’s episode of the Tillage Edge podcast, you’ll hear from moderator Andy Doyle discussing the financial risks of the year ahead with guests.
Multiple Benefits of Trees on the Farm
Tom Houlihan, Teagasc Forestry Specialist, tells us how farm forests can provide many benefits
Using genetics to reduce methane output from cattle systems
Stuart Kirwan, David Kenny and Sinead Waters, Teagasc Grange, take us through the genetic selection of low methane emitting animals which has long been advocated as mitigation strategy for the ruminant livestock industry.
FEARGA Red Clover wins Sustainable Agriculture Award
FEARGA Red Clover has won the 2022 Sustainable Agriculture Award at the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Arena hosted at this years World Ploughing Championships, in Ratheniska, County Laois.
Upcoming Open Days and farm machinery simulators for Teagasc Colleges
Teagasc Education is delighted to work with Minister of State with responsibility for Farm Safety at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Martin Heydon, T.D., and the provision of funding to Teagasc for the procurement of farm machinery simulators for use in our agricultural colleges.
Reducing fertiliser N use to reduce GHG emissions and save costs
Mark Plunkett and Tom O’Dwyer tell us how Teagasc can help you to identify opportunities to reduce GHG emissions on your farm.
Minister Heydon launches investment in Farm Machinery Simulators
At the National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska today, Minister of State with responsibility for Farm Safety at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Martin Heydon T.D, launched the investment of €1.2m in 18 farm machinery simulators for use in Teagasc agricultural colleges.
Do you know your legal obligations as an employer?
Martina Gormley, Teagasc Dairy Specialist, talks us through some of the important obligations you may have as an employer.
How farmers can be ready for the changes to Ireland’s Nitrates Action Programme
Deirdre and Cathal are joined by Teagasc Crop and Nutrient Management Specialist, Mark Plunkett, to discuss how farmers can be ready for the change to Ireland’s Nitrates Action Programme.
A Taste For Success - Food Works Celebrates 10 years
Ireland’s leading food and drink accelerator helps raise over €6.5m in funding for early-stage companies in last 10 years. Food Works launches recruitment drive for 2023 and calls for ambitious start-ups to apply.
How satellite images from space are used to monitor our soil
Rumia Basu, PhD student at Teagasc, tells us about the connection between soil, rain and the climate is especially important for a grass-based economy like Ireland's
Take-home messages from recent events
Teagasc researchers attend many events throughout the year where they share the findings from their research. Here, we highlight some key pieces of information from recent events. This article featured in the TResearch Autumn 2022 Magazine
Signpost Series Webinar - Hedgerows and Hedgerow Networks Biodiversity
On this episode of the Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 2 September, Pat Murphy, Head of Environment KT, Teagasc was joined by Dr. Françoise Burel, CNRS, Université de Rennes to discuss Hedgerows and Hedgerow Networks Biodiversity.
How Low Can You Go – With Your Fertiliser Bill?
Joanne Masterson, Drystock Advisor, Teagasc Athenry, tells us how farmers have reduced their nitrogen use in 2022 due to high fertiliser prices. Can you retain that saving in your pocket and your emissions reduction through 2023 and beyond?
Minister Simon Harris announces the winner of the Food Challenge
The Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation, and Science on Wednesday, 14 September, announced the winner of the Food Challenge as part of the SFI Future Innovator Prize programme and awarded €2m in funding to the Leaf No Waste team.
MOOCFORCHANGE- Massive open online course for forest change
Dr Ian Short and Jonathan Spazzi, Teagasc Forestry Development Department, recently took part in a MOOCFORCHANGE project meeting in Belgium, they tell us about Continuous cover forestry (CCF), which is a forest management approach suitable to both conifers and broadleaves.
OrganicBeef22 Open Day with John Purcell
In this clip, meet our Teagasc organic specialists Elaine Leavy, Joe Kelleher and Martin Bourke who outline to us what you can expect to see at the upcoming OrganicBeef22 Open Day on the farm of John Purcell in Cashel, Co. Tipperary on Wednesday, 28 September 2022.
Launch of Co-designed Tools to support Farm Animal Surveillance, Welfare and Biosecurity
A range of farm animal surveillance, welfare and biosecurity tools were launched at a webinar on Wednesday, 14 September, as part of a research project funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
Your Renewable Energy Options Explained
Teagasc Energy & Rural Development Specialist, Barry Caslin, is on this week’s Beef Edge podcast to discuss what renewable energy options are available for beef farmers.
Are you Ireland’s best new entrant farm business?
The Newbie network addresses the challenge of enabling new entrants to successfully establish sustainable farm businesses in Europe.
New Teagasc Mayo Green-Cert Courses Autumn 2022
Teagasc Mayo delivers a range of courses catering for both existing farmers and young people planning to farm in the future. Courses on Farm Safety, Grassland management, Nutrient Management Planning, Phosphorus build-up & more recently AETS are delivered from the four Teagasc offices in the county
Gearing up for another year in Kildalton Agricultural College
With another college year starting off, Emma Tobin from Kildalton Agricultural College joins Ciarán Lynch on this week’s OviCast to highlight the different full time and part time courses that are available.
Farm Carbon - Hedgerow Management for Carbon & Biodiversity
Lilian O’Sullivan, Gary Lanigan, Daire Ó hUallacháin, Shiva RahimiTana, Mark Ward, Ian Kavanagh, all Teagasc Researchers at Johnstown Castle, together with Kevin Black, Forest Environment Research and Services (FERS), Navan, Co. Meath, bring us details of their Farm Carbon project on Hedgerows here
Today's Farm - September/October 2022
The September/October edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. In this edition find out why Beef farmers are embracing clover. It also has articles on Organic sheep earn their keep; Soil sampling is key to cutting fertiliser costs; Transferring the family farm; and more.
Swards for the Future Conference Underway in Teagasc Moorepark
The Swards for the Future conference got underway yesterday, Thursday, 8 September at the Teagasc Animal and Grassland, Research and Innovation Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork. The conference was opened by Teagasc Director of Research, Professor Pat Dillon and will be held over two days.
Soil test results indicate early signs of soil fertility decline
A recent review of soil samples taken by Teagasc in 2021 shows that the number of soil samples taken across all farming enterprises have increased in 2021. Over this period, 62% of soil samples came from dairy farms, 25% from drystock farms and 11% from tillage farms.
Details of National Organic Beef Open Day Announced
A National Organic Beef Open Day on the farm of John Purcell, Ross, Golden, Cashel, Co Tipperary will take place on Wednesday, 28th September from 10am to 3pm. The open day is jointly organised by Teagasc, Bord Bia and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM)
Sm@RT transnational workshop in France
Sm@RT (Small Ruminant Technologies) is an EU Horizon 2020 thematic network that aims to share knowledge and improve farmers’ uptake of digital technologies, to help increase the efficiency and sustainability of small ruminant farming systems in Europe and beyond.
New UCD Teagasc Level 9 Professional Diploma in Researcher Development
University College Dublin (UCD) is delighted to announce the launch of a new Level 9 Professional Diploma in Researcher Development designed and developed in association with Teagasc specifically for Post-Doctoral Fellows employed by Teagasc. Find out the details here
EuroSheep visits Greece
The fourth EuroSheep Transnational WorkShop took place from 22nd - 23rd June 2022 in Thessaloniki, Greece. A total of 75 participants attended from the 8 partner countries namely Ireland, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Turkey & UK. Dr. Brid McClearn & Tim Keady, Teagasc, Athenry have details
New Fulbright-Teagasc Scholar and Professional Award launched
Postgraduate students across Ireland are being encouraged to apply for a Teagasc sponsored Fulbright-Irish Award following a call for applications on 31 August 2022. Get more details of how to apply and of an upcoming information webinar on the awards, here
Going organic in Ireland
The EU’s Farm to Fork strategy aims to increase organic food production; knowing why consumers purchase organic foods will be essential if it is to be successful.
The Secret Life of Hedges
Hedges are ecosystems where native flora and fauna co-exist in harmony. To mark #HedgerowWeek2022 Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist, reveals the birds, bats, bees, mammals, moths & butterflies, that occupy our hedgerows and the free food within, in The Secret Life of Hedges
The Importance of Hedgerows for Butterflies - Hedgerow Week 2022
There are 35 species of butterflies in Ireland - 23 of these breed on hedges. Over-management of hedges removes butterfly eggs, larvae and nectar sources for adult butterflies. Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist and Jesmond Harding, Butterfly Conservation Ireland explain
Health help from kelp
Health issues that can lead to heart disease, such as diabetes, inflammation and high blood pressure are a growing global concern. Researcher are investigating a common native Irish kelp species that could offer a promising preventative remedy for high blood pressure.
TResearch Autumn 2022
TResearch is an official science publication of Teagasc. It aims to disseminate the results of the organisation’s research to a broad audience. Clearing the air - Reducing greenhouse gas emissions within the agriculture sector is a priority for our researchers
PDD Research Using Shotgun Analysis with ZnO and antibiotics in pigs
Postweaning diarrhea (PWD) is a relevant problem associated with early weaning on pig farms. In-feed antibiotics and therapeutic zinc oxide(ZnO), widely used to prevent PWD in piglets is now being banned by the EU. The Teagasc Pig Dept and colleagues published a recent paper on Shotgun Sequencing
Hedgerow Week 2022 - "Best Practice Hedge Cutting"
Hedgerow Week 2022 takes place from Friday, 26th August – Friday 2nd September, to coincide with the opening of the hedge cutting season on 1 September. The theme of Hedgerow Week 2022 is 'Best Practice Hedge Cutting' and consists of a series of public in person and virtual events. Find out more
The honeybee is doing grand, but what about the other bees?
When people talk about bees, they are usually referring to honeybees and not the 20,000 other bee species in need of some love. Stephanie Maher, Teagasc biodiversity researcher, Johnstown Castle, educates us on the world of bees in this fascinating article, first published on RTÉ Brainstorm recently
Enter the 2022 Grassland Farmer of the Year Competition!
There is still time to enter this year’s Grassland Farmer of the Year competition, which recognises and acknowledges those dairy, beef and sheep farmers who are achieving high levels of grass utilisation in a sustainable manner. There is a new organic category in 2022. Closing date: 16 September.
Get lime out now to reduce expensive fertiliser demands in 2023
Liming of our soils continues to be a challenge with a 10 to 13% decline in samples with optimal soil pH on dairy, tillage and drystock farms sampled in 2021. Mark Plunkett, Teagasc Soil & Plant Nutrition Specialist emphasises the benefits of lime and why farmers should apply lime now
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar - Farmer and Respiratory Health
On this episode of Let's Talk Dairy which took place on Thursday, 28th July, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist was joined by Dr John McNamara, Teagasc Health & Safety Specialist to discuss general farmer health and respiratory health.
Teagasc Equine at the Dublin Horse Show
The 2022 Dublin Horse Show takes place from August 17 – 21 in the RDS and is a celebration of Ireland's affinity with the horse. From the best show horses to international competitors there is something for everyone. Make sure you visit Teagasc’s Equine Department there at Stand C 7 in the main hall
Growing wild - Privet and Lady’s Bedstraw
Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist takes a closer look at some of our native Irish biodiversity to look out for in the countryside. Here she shares some interesting facts of nature about Privet and Lady’s Bedstraw
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 has more information
Do you listen to podcasts?
Podcasts are audio shows that anyone with an iPhone, Android phone or computer can listen to. You can listen anywhere and anytime. Teagasc offer a full suite of free podcasts tailored to your enterprise. We'd like to hear your opinion on our podcasts
Forest fires – we can all help
As Forestry Advisor Steven Meyen writes this, Europe burns. Huge fires are destroying thousands of hectares of forests across Europe during this latest and not last heatwave. Mediterranean countries are worst affected but central & western European countries including Ireland are also suffering.
Many farmers and rural dwellers are interested in enterprise diversification. While diversification may not be practicable for every farmer, well planned and seasoned projects can create new sources of income for farmers. Seámus Lordan, Teagasc Advisor, Macroom has interesting advice.
Respect the power of the Sun
In current hot weather it is very important to take lots of drinks, stay indoors during periods of high temperatures and avoid exposure to the damaging effects of UV radiation from the sun. Farmers are one of the highest risk groups for skin cancer. Find some advice here.
Agricultural diversification – Have you considered horticulture?
This article by Carol Melody Lecturer of Biodiversity, Ecology and Plant Science, Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture will convince you to consider horticulture, if you haven't before, as a diversification option for your farm. There is ample information too about Teagasc horticulture courses
Domestically, the Irish Government is now focused on securing 70% of all electricity from renewables by 2030. In 2019, wind energy provided 32.5% of our electricity. Barry Caslin, Teagasc, Rural Economy and Development Programme has more Wind Energy information here in this factsheet
Energy-Saving Usage in Lighting
Good lighting is a fundamental requirement for the efficient operation of a farm. It is also an important element of farm safety during the winter months. As lighting is also costly to provide and run, now is the time to consider efficient lighting on the farm in advance of the longer nights.
What do Irish consumers think about farming and animal welfare?
Analysis: consumers have generally positive views of animal welfare on Irish farms, but there is a growing knowledge gap about farming practices. This article, by Áine Regan and John Hyland, Teagasc was first publsihed recently on RTÉ Brainstorm. You can read it here
Farming for a Better Future -Technologies for Today & Tomorrow
A major Teagasc Open Day is planned for Tuesday, 30th August at Teagasc Environment Research Centre, Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford. This Open Day will demonstrate technologies and practices that can be adopted on farms to help maintain farm productivity and profitability and increase sustainability
Reseeding - Getting it right
The main advantage of reseeding grassland is it increases both the quantity and quality of grass grown, by somewhere in the region of 20- 40%, mostly in spring and autumn. At the cost it must be done right. Michael Donoghue, Dairy Advisor, Teagasc Tuam, covers all of the additional benefits here
Teagasc Signpost Programme Newsletter August 2022
In this month’s newsletter we have an article encouraging all farmers to take just one action on their farm to reduce emissions this Autumn as well as a useful article on cover crops; 3 Signpost farmers profiled. Our climate actions focus on catch crops, liming, building Autumn grass and more here
Jessy’s Farm Safety Champions announced in Farm Safety Competition
Jessy the Sheep Dog, the Teagasc Farm Safety mascot, loves to help keep everyone safe on the farm. To celebrate end of school term and highlight safety during the recent Farm Safety Week, Jessy and her friends ran an art competition in which 4 lucky winners were chosen to receive a toy shop voucher
Taking the first step to reducing emissions on your farm
The EPA report released on the 21st July was stark. Greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from Agriculture (and other sectors) continues to rise. For 2021, emissions from Agriculture increased by 3% compared to 2020 levels. This is going in the wrong direction, say Siobhán Kavanagh & Karl Richards, Teagasc
Teagasc launch new guide: Reducing lameness in Irish dairy herds
Reducing lameness on Irish dairy farms will result in a higher standard of cow welfare, which is crucial to maintain Ireland’s image as a producer of high quality sustainable dairy products; will also decrease the use of antimicrobials on dairy farms and result in many other benefits. Read more here
Swards for the Future Grassland conference launched
Teagasc are organising and hosting an exciting two-day conference and workshop on Thursday, 8th & Friday, 9th of September 2022 to explore Resilient Swards for the Future. The event will take place at the Teagasc, Animal & Grassland, Research and Innovation Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork
BovINE making an impact – the farmer view (An interview with John Dunne)
John Dunne runs a suckler to beef production grassland farm selling steers and heifers at under 24 months of age on approx. 120ha of good quality land in Co Laois. In this short interview with Kevin Kinsella, Irish BovINE Network manager, John gives his views and insights into the BovINE project
How to help pollinators and the wider biodiversity on farm
Ruth Wilson, Farmland Pollinator Officer with the National Biodiversity Data Centre working on the All Ireland Pollinator Plan, joins Deirdre and Cathal on the latest Environment Edge podcast to discuss what we can do on the farm and other initiatives going on to help our pollinators.
Is it necessary to complete the Green Cert?
On completion of the Green Cert course, students meet the requirements of a qualified farmer for the purposes of all Revenue and Department of Agriculture (DAFM) schemes. Serena Gibbons, Education Officer, Teagasc Athenry discusses the wider benefits of completing the Green Cert
It’s hard to be green, when in the red
Farmers are facing a big challenge when it comes to balancing economic sustainability with environmental sustainability, says Michael Hayden, Assistant Professor of Accounting at Maynooth University. This External Insights article featured in the TResearch Summer 2022 Magazine. Read more here
Is rural Ireland really dying? What the facts and figures tell us
The question of whether rural Ireland is dying or not, is complicated, and requires nuanced geographic analysis. This article By Josh O'Driscoll, Frank Crowley, Justin Doran, Mary O'Shaughnessy, UCC; David Meredith and Jesko Zimmermann, Teagasc first appeared on RTÉ Brainstorm
Discover forest fungi at the Woodland Festival 2022 with Teagasc
The Woodland Festival will take place this year on Sunday the 28th August 2022 at Clonalis Estate, Castlerea, Co Roscommon from 12 noon to 6pm. Jonathan Spazzi, Teagasc Forestry Adviser, outlines how the Teagasc Forestry Department will actively participate in this Woodland Festival. You are invited
Francis Hewitson - Green Cert Experience
Francis Hewitson competed the Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Forestry at Ballyhaise College. He says the Green Cert in forestry opened up a range of job opportunities. He particularly enjoys the machinery side of forestry and worked with the contractor, Stewarts while on work placement.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Initiatives undertaken at Ballyhaise College to reduce emissions
On this episode of The Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 1st July, Andy Boland, Teagasc Environment Specialist was joined by John Kelly, College Principal, Teagasc Ballyhaise College to discuss the initiatives undertaken at Ballyhaise College to reduce emissions.
Controlling weeds in the horse paddock
Teagasc Equine Specialist, Wendy Conlon explains how best to deal with certain noxious weeds, some of which can be deadly to horses.
Cliona Beirne - Green Cert experience
“What I loved about being in college was that you would be learning about measuring grass in the morning and you would be in the field in the afternoon putting it into practice" says Cliona Beirne about the Teagasc Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture (Dairy Herd Mgt) at Mountbellew College
Using TAMS to improve Farm Sustainability
Séamus Nolan, Dairy Advisor, Teagasc Castlerea, discusses using TAMS to improve farm sustainability. Séamus outlines a sample of eligible investments under TAMS which benefit both the farmer and the environment. If considering applying for a TAMS grant consult your Teagasc advisor. Read more here
Meet Dominic White past Equine Student Kildalton
“I always wanted to have a career which wasn’t heavily office based. I had a strong interest in horses and getting the Green Cert. The Stud Management course at Kildalton seemed ideal,” says Dominic. He completed the L6 Advanced Certificate in Equine Breeding - Stud Management at Kildalton College.
All you need to know about Covid and losing your sense of smell
One of the big things that came out of the pandemic was that many people who got Covid also lost their sense of smell. Some have got it back, others have got it partly back and others haven't got it back at all. Dr Emily Crofton,Teagasc researcher joined the Ray D'Arcy Show on RTÉ Radio 1 to discuss
Maria Keane - Green Cert experience
“The Green Cert gives you a great foundation in agriculture,” says Maria about the Teagasc distance Level 6 Specific Purpose Certificate in Farming course, which she completed at Gurteen College. Maria talks about her distance "Green Cert" course which she found flexible and accommodating
Approaching Deadline for Fodder Support Scheme 2022
The deadline for submission of applications for the Fodder Support Scheme is Tuesday August 2nd 2022. It is important that all eligible farmers apply even though the maximum payment of €1,000 per applicant may look small to some. Matt O’Sullivan Teagasc Advisor, Killarney has the details here
Dave Moloney - Green Cert student experience
“My only regret is that I didn’t do it years ago!” says Dave Moloney, Co Cork about the Teagasc part-time Level 6 Specific Purpose Certificate in Farming course, which he completed at Teagasc Macroom. Dave, who won 2021 Teagasc Student of the Year Competition, talks about his "Green Cert" course
Teagasc PhD Walsh Scholarship Opportunity on Mastitis
Mastitis is an inflammation of the mammary gland, most commonly caused by bacterial infection. Teagasc Researcher Dr. Pablo Silva Boloña has full details here of a Teagasc PhD Walsh Scholarship opportunity at Teagasc Moorepark, on mastitis. Closing date for applications is 31st August 2022
Grass margins a simple but effective environmental measure!
Grass margins are strips of untouched vegetation around field boundaries. These margins are typically fenced off and left alone to provide habitat cover and food for flora and fauna to thrive in. Why do we need grass margins? And are they effective? Eanna Loughrey, Teagasc Ballinrobe has answers
Enhanced rates for Organic Farmers
The Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Senator Pippa Hackett recently announced proposed new enhanced rates for farmers participating in the Organic farming scheme. These are subject to approval by the European Commission.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Incorporation and Benefits of Trees on the Farm
On this episode of The Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 24th June, Pat Murphy, Head of Environment Knowledge Transfer Department, Teagasc was joined by Tom Houlihan, Teagasc Forestry Specialist to discuss the incorporation and benefits of trees on the farm.
Quitting smoking success - A Farmer study
Farmers have been identified as a high-risk group for cancer mortality compared to other occupational groups. Cancers of the lungs and respiratory tract are major killers and are particularly associated with smoking tobacco. John McNamara, Teagasc Health & Safety Specialist informs us of more here
Farm safety champions and farm accident survivors
It's #FarmSafetyWeek and Wednesday's theme is farm safety champions and farm accident survivors. Teagasc Health and Safety Specialists, Francis Bligh and John McNamara encourage you to be a farm safety champion this July. They introduce Ann Doherty, a south Kilkenny farmer and accident survivor
The Energy and Farm Business Show 2022
The Energy and Farm Business Show is the business event for forward thinking farmers and landowners looking to explore ways to address climate change and enhance their business through the generation of renewable energy, the implementation of low carbon technology and environmental best practice.
Thomas Curran is New Head of the Teagasc Advisory Service
Thomas Curran has been appointed as the new Head of the Teagasc Advisory Service. The appointment was approved by the Teagasc Authority today, Tuesday, 19 July. Thomas Curran will lead the Teagasc advisory service, which is delivered to farmers nationwide by a team of agricultural advisors
Highlights from Beef2022
On the latest Environment Edge podcast, listen in to hear from advisors, researchers and farmers who spoke with Deirdre and Cathal in the Signpost Village at Beef 2022, discussing topics such as soil health, biodiversity, hedgerows, water quality and what interested farmers on the day.
Energy In Agriculture 2022
The Energy and Farm Business Show is set to bring you an incredible day full of unmissable insights into the latest revolutionary products transforming the agri-industry. Gurteen College will be transformed into the ultimate hub on Tuesday, 19 July ready to turn your ideas into a reality.
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. High temperatures are predicted over the next few days. Teagasc encourages farmers to watch the SunSmart video. Read also details on Healthy Ireland SunSmart steps for farmers.
Why July is the most dangerous month
Grim figures suggest greater caution than ever is needed on farms in summer. Farm Safety Week 2022 takes place from Monday 18 to Friday 22 July. This is timely as Francis Bligh, Teagasc Health and Safety Specialist demonstrates that July is the most dangerous month on farms. Read more here
Today's Farm - July/August 2022
The July/August edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. In this edition Meet our Green Cert graduates. With Farm Safety Week in July we learn it's the most dangerous month. Also Seven steps to maximise lamb performance, Growing demand for oilseed rape; joining ACRES and more
Irish Sport Horse (ISH) Young Breeders crowned World Champions
The Irish Sport Horse Studbook Young Breeders team were crowned World Champions at the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses International Young Breeders World Championships in Ermelo, Holland July 7-9 2022.
World Microbiome Day 2022
For World Microbiome Day 2022, Dr John Leech from Teagasc’s Food Biosciences Department in Moorepark joined APC Microbiome Ireland, Darina Allen and Maria Walsh at Ballymaloe Cookery School for a microbiome-friendly cooking lesson. Check out the full video and recipes here
Ballyhaise’22 Dairy Open Day
We are delighted to invite all dairy farmers and dairy industry stakeholders to Ballyhaise’22, on Wednesday 13 July at Ballyhaise Agricultural College, Ballyhaise, Co. Cavan. "Futureproofing Irish Dairying" is the theme of this event. Find out more about what you can expect to see in the video here
Teagasc Student Maintenance Grants 2022/2023
The 2022/2023 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 30th September 2022. See more details on how to apply here
Signpost Series Webinar - White Tailed Sea Eagle Reintroduction to Ireland project
On this episode of The Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 17th June, Pat Murphy, Head of Environment Knowledge Transfer Department, Teagasc was joined by Eamonn Meskell, Regional Manager, NPWS, Southern Division to discuss the White Tailed Sea Eagle Reintroduction to Ireland project.
Teagasc Director welcomes farmers to Grange for Beef 2022
The day has finally arrived: Beef2022! Let's hear from Teagasc Director, Professor Frank O'Mara who extends a warm welcome to all.."I am delighted to welcome you to BEEF2022 at Teagasc Grange and I hope that you find the day enjoyable, informative and fulfilling". Frank has more about the day here
Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) research at Teagasc Grange
Researchers at Teagasc Grange rise to the challenge of researching Bovine Respiratory Disease in two studies mentioned here. One on New diagnostics for rapid detection and identification of the causative agents of the disease, and the second on use of RNA sequencing to analyse calf samples post BRD
July Organic Farm Walks
Teagasc, Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine and organic organisations invite all farmers and members of the public to see organic farming in practice and to meet and speak with the producers and sector’s experts. Do this by attending one of the three final Organic Summer Farm walks in July
Winner of ‘Equine Farming and Biodiversity’ Photo Competition Announced
Teagasc announced the winners of the ‘Equine Farming and Biodiversity’ photo competition. The overall winner is Max Solan Clinton from Boyle, Co. Roscommon
New Teagasc ConnectEdProgramme Manager Appointed
Sheila Quinn has been appointed as the new manager of the Teagasc ConnectEd Programme. She will lead the development and delivery of the Programme which provides training and knowledge exchange programmes to the wider agri-food sector. Read more about Sheila Quinn and Teagasc ConnectEd here
NUÁIL! - Sustainable Food Research & Innovation Workshop
Teagasc, in collaboration with Munster Technological University (MTU), will be hosting an online workshop for food producers, members of the research community, policy makers and other stakeholders in the Irish agri-food sector on Thursday, June 30, 2022, from 10am - 12 noon.
Successful Kildalton 50th Open Day
The Teagasc Kildalton Agriculture, Horticulture and Equine College in Piltown county Kilkenny opened its doors and its gates to thousands of visitors on Saturday, 25 June to celebrate its 50th year as an education college.
Beef 2022 is Supporting sustainable beef farming
Come along to the Beef2022 open day at Teagasc Grange on July 5th and meet Teagasc specialists, researchers and advisors who will provide you with all the latest on all things Beef. Paul Crosson, Head of Beef Enterprise and Pearse Kelly, Head of Teagasc Drystock Knowledge Transfer outline more here
Silage effluent, storing silage & water quality
Silage effluent is highly pollutant to waterbodies and must be stored and collected according to best practice. An accidental discharge can have serious effects on a rivers ecology including fish kills for long distances downstream. Kieran Kenny, Teagasc ASSAP advisor, Roscommon has practical advice
Alternative fodder crops and general advice
Cattle performance replies on having high quality forages and feed on the farm going into the coming winter. With this in mind, it is worth investigating the use of alternative crops such as Kale, Rape or Redstart to bolster the high quality feed available. John Crowley, Teagasc advisor has tips
Organic farming with Fergal Byrne
On Wednesday, 8th June 2022, Organic Sheep, Cereals and Beef Finishing farmer Fergal Byrne, Calverstown Little, Dunlavin, Co. Kildare hosted a Teagasc Organic Farm Walk. Fergal shares details about his organic farm here, which is very informative for anyone considering converting to organic farming
Safety net: food security in Ireland
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has led to a global increase in food costs, worsening food security problems in some countries, and introducing it to others. Here, Teagasc’s Head of Rural Economy Development Programme Kevin Hanrahan examines food security in Ireland, and rising food prices
Linear Biodiversity Habitats
Hedges, watercourses and field margins are important linear features that define the Irish farming landscape and provide food, shelter and movement corridors for our native wildlife. Linear Biodiversity Habitats featured in the June edition of the Teagasc Signpost e-newsletter. Find out more here
BEEF2022 Supporting Sustainable Beef Farming
Teagasc Beef 2022 open day takes place on Tuesday 5th July in Teagasc Grange Co. Meath. The theme of this year’s event is ‘Supporting Sustainable Beef Farming’. Find out from Catherine Egan, Teagasc Beef Specialist, all about what is happening on the day and why you should not miss this event
Equine Reproduction - A guide for farmers and small breeders
The market shows a proven and consistent demand for quality athletic horses. Breeders should streamline their operations to meet market demands, whether that is for show jumpers, eventers or high-end leisure horses. Equine Reproduction - A guide for farmers and small breeders, outlines the basics
Incorporating clover at Ballyhaise
In 2021 a new 5-year systems trial began looking at transitioning from high levels of Nitrogen (N) usage to low levels of imported N in Ballyhaise College. Donal Patton, Teagasc Ballyhaise gives an insight into this new research which looks at persistency of clover incorporated in grass swards
Women to lead the way in Teagasc’s new Farm Safety & Assurance module
Maria Walsh, MEP attended Mountbellew Agricultural College in County Galway, on Friday, 17 June, to officially launch a brand new Teagasc QQI Level 5 Farm Safety & Assurance module, of which the first round will be delivered specifically to women working in the agri-sector.
Show Jessy your Farm Safety ideas and win!
Calling 4-12 year olds! Jessy the Sheep Dog, our Teagasc Farm Safety mascot, loves to help keep everyone safe on the farm so she wants to give 4 lucky winners a prize. Find out about the ‘Stay Safe with Jessy' art competition, how to enter and what you can win. Closing date for entries is 22 July
New Teagasc Regional Reviews Published
Teagasc has published Reviews for each of the 12 Teagasc Advisory Regions. The reviews give an overview of the range of the agricultural and farming sectors in each region. The supporting advisory activities and education courses provided by Teagasc are also highlighted and available in the reviews.
This is Beef Farming - Photo Competition
We know Irish beef farmers are passionate about what they do and we want to celebrate their hard work by giving away some prizes! Find out about the ‘This is Beef Farming’ photo competition, how you can enter and what you can win, here
Forestry Newsletter - June 2022
In this month's Forestry newsletter get details of upcoming events on ash and CCF: - Forestry event focusing on ash dieback on June 28; Continuous cover forestry event on July 5; RDS Teagasc Farm Forestry Award 2022; and Research Update - Ash breeding for tolerance to dieback disease in Ireland
Ash propagation workshop held at Teagasc
Teagasc, in collaboration with Skogforsk, Sweden, were delighted to co-host a recent two-day workshop on methods of propagating Ash for future restoration at the Ashtown Research Centre on 14th – 15th June, 2022. The focus was on propagation of Ash plant material tolerant to the dieback disease.
Tillage Newsletter - June 2022
In the June Tillage newsletter get the latest advice on: Spring barley - Disease control; Winter wheat - Disease control; Spring oats; Beans; Spring wheat - PGR and disease control; New nitrates rules for harvest 2022 and Health & Safety - Keeping children safe on the farm
Grass10 200th Newsletter
The 200th edition of the Teagasc Grass10 newsletter was published yesterday, Tuesday, 14th June. The Grass10 newsletter has been published every Tuesday since 2018, using the grass measurements taken by grassland farmers around the country, and data obtained from PastureBase Ireland.
Kildalton at 50 and Teagasc’s Ag Education Options
Anne-Marie Butler Head of Education at Teagasc joins Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge podcast to discuss the wide variety of courses Teagasc has to offer, Kildalton Agricultural College celebrating 50 years in education and the upcoming Beef2022 Open Day.
Teagasc researchers have brought easy-to-use technology into the field, by developing a successful data collection mobile app. This app is supporting a long-running project promoting the wider adoption of sustainable conservation tillage systems on Irish farms.
Teagasc research projects secure significant funding under latest announcement by DAFM
Eight different Teagasc led and collaborative projects will share in the latest round of research funding grants by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, which cover areas including the agri-sector, food safety, human nutrition, food processing and sustainable crop production systems
The importance of having a nutrient plan on your farm in 2022
Now more than ever the efficient use of all organic and chemical fertilisers is vital to supply fertiliser requirements and control costs on farm. Tom Deane, Teagasc Advisor, Enniscorthy looks at importing slurry to minimise fertiliser cost but advises on completing a Nutrient Management Plan first
The 50 year evolution of the dairy herd at Kildalton College
This week’s Dairy Edge celebrates the evolution of the Kildalton dairy herd over the last 50 years with contributions from past and present staff at the college. James Ryan and Zerlina Pratt as well as John Connolly and Norman Storey join Emma-Louise Coffey with their insights and memories
Minister Heydon: “Research and Innovation central to delivering on the ambition of Food Vision 2030”
Over 120 delegates from across Ireland’s agri-food sector, higher education and civil society are participating in a seminar and workshop today to explore the central role research and innovation for sustainable food systems will play in delivering on the ambition of the Food Vision 2030 strategy.
Energy and Farm Business Show 2022
The Energy and Farm Business Show and exhibition takes place at Gurteen Agricultural College on Tuesday, 19th July 2022. This major national event was launched by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D. on the farm of Brian and Kenny McCauley, Mohill, Co. Leitrim
Organics eNewsletter - Summer 2022
The first Teagasc Organics eNewsletter was recently sent to subscribers. The newsletter will issue every quarter with the latest information and news from the Teagasc Organics Programme. Subscribe here to get it delivered directly to your inbox every quarter.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Biodiversity on farmland
On this episode of the Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 20th May, Mark Gibson, Head of Teagasc Outreach & Innovation Department was joined by Dr Catherine Keena, Countryside Management Specialist, Teagasc to discuss biodiversity on farmland
Soil and Fertiliser Advice for Equine Farms
Good grassland management is a key component of horse production, ensuring good quality grass during the grazing season, the production of quality forage to meet winter feed requirements, and healthier horses. Teagasc Specialists, Wendy Conlon, Equine and Mark Plunkett, Soil & Plant Nutrition advise
Teagasc Horticulture ‘Healthy People, Healthy Planet’ exhibit at Bloom 2022
Teagasc are delighted to be exhibiting this year at Bord Bia Bloom running from June 2nd to 6th in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Teagasc has developed an exciting exhibit for Bloom to support the horticulture sector and the growers and producers who make up the sector.
Teagasc Signpost Programme Newsletter June 2022
In this month’s newsletter we present a factsheet on the establishment of multispecies swards; we profile 3 Signpost farmers; have timely climate actions for this month; some short video messages from HRH Prince Charles visit to Shane Fitzgerald's farm; The Environment Edge podcast and more
Teagasc papers at the 11th World Potato Congress
The 11th World Potato Congress is taking place at the RDS Dublin over 4 days this week. The theme of the Congress is “The Changing World of the Potato”. Among the speakers today, Wednesday, 1 June, are Dan Milbourne and Ewen Mullins from the Teagasc Crops Research Programme in Oak Park
TResearch Summer 2022
TResearch is an official science publication of Teagasc. It aims to disseminate the results of the organisation’s research to a broad audience. Picture of health - Researchers are leading work to improve the health and happiness of animals on farms, as public interest in animal welfare increases
Funded Pathway to Agri-Analytics Career at DkIT
Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) have launched a new postgraduate qualification aimed at upskilling graduates for data analytics roles across the farming sector, advisory services, the Agri-Food industry and other Agri-Tech businesses.
Treat yourself to a wildlife pond
Ponds have been garden features for millennia. Chris Heavey, Lecturer, Teagasc College at the National Botanic Gardens gives us an overview of what is involved in creating a wildlife pond and outlines his experience of creating a pond in his garden.
Certificates in Farming presented in Killarney
The presentation of Teagasc Level 6 Specific Purpose Certificates in Farming took place in Killarney, Co. Kerry on Friday 20th May. Dr Anne-Marie Butler, Head of the Teagasc Education Programme presented the certificates and student of the year award.
Let's Talk Equine Webinar - Managing broodmares to optimise fertility
On this episode of Let's Talk Equine which took place on Tuesday, 3rd May, Wendy Conlon, Teagasc Equine Specialist was joined by Dr. Susan Salter BSc Hons BVM&S MRCVS, SES Equine Veterinary Services and Dr. Aoife Osborne, Osborne Farm (K&A Sport Horse Ltd. to discuss optimising mare fertility.
How farmers can help bees on World Bee Day
It's #WorldBeeDay. Bees need food all year round, requiring a diversity of flowering plants in the landscape. Farmers can help bees by allowing space for wildflowers to grow and flower within hedgerows and field margins, around farmyards, along farm roadways and in field corners. Learn more here
Bats and their habitats
It's National Biodiversity Week and Bat Walks are among events planned around the country. Bats and their Habitats is one of a Countryside Management series of leaflets published by Teagasc. Here we share some of the interesting facts about Bats like: Bats only have a single baby, once a year
Photo Competition - Biodiversity on Equine Farms
The Teagasc Equine Specialists and Countryside Management Specialist are delighted to launch the second edition of a photo competition showcasing ‘Equine Farming and Biodiversity’ aimed at highlighting some of the many examples of biodiversity evident on equine farms around the country.
Kildalton 50th Anniversary Open Day launched
Kildalton College in South Kilkenny will hold a major open day on Saturday, 25th of June this year kindly supported by FBD. Martin Heydon TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine recently launched the open day in Kildalton and reviewed the plans for the event.
Growing Wild - dandelion and greater stitchwort
Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist takes a closer look at some of our native Irish biodiversity to look out for in the countryside. Here she shares some interesting facts of nature about Dandelion and Greater Stitchwort
Sm@RT demonstrates digital technologies to improve efficiency of small ruminant production
With about 98 million small ruminant animals in the EU, of which 87% are sheep, small ruminant (sheep & goat) farming is important to the rural economy of many countries. Sm@rt aims to improve labour efficiency and productivity in the sector by promoting uptake of innovative digital technologies
PDD Recently Published paper on Chronic Stress in Sows
The Pig Development Dept introduces it's recently published paper, a literature review on the risk factors for chronic stress in group-housed gestating sows, and the associated prenatal stress consequences for piglets, from Martyna Ewa Lagoda, Joanna Marchewka, Keelin O'Driscoll & Laura Ann Boyle
Forest recreation walks - don't miss out
The Teagasc and DAFM series of nationwide walks on Forest recreation continue up to May 20. Each walk is in the evening and will commence at 7pm. You can register for one of the four remaining walks in Laois, Roscommon, Sligo and Tipperary and get further details of each walk here
Today's Farm - May/June 2022
The May/June edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. The main focus of this edition is on Teagasc Grange research and previews the BEEF2022 Open Day. It also has articles on the upcoming Sheep Open Day; heart health; butterflies and moths; fodder budgets; silage walls and more.
27% of farmers in Ireland report their wellbeing was ‘poor’ or ‘below average’
A recent Irish study shows that 27% of farmers reported their wellbeing was ‘poor’ or ‘below average’ whilst a further study found that the most common sources of work related stress are weather, workload and money. Other issues causing stress include policy changes, regulation and farm succession.
Commercial Apple Production
Irish apples have been grown commercially for over a century. Dessert apples are the most common type found in retail sales in Ireland. It should also be noted that the proportion of Irish apple retail sales through supermarkets has increased in recent decades. Find out more in this factsheet
Helping farmers reduce energy use
Teagasc is engaged in an extensive range of research including national and international collaborations. Teagasc highlights the impacts of its latest research in "Research impact highlights in 2020". Dairy - reducing energy use is one such area as John Upton, Teagasc Researcher, Moorepark outlines
Organic Farm Walk - Andrew and Leonie Workman, Dunany Organic Flour
On Wednesday 11th May at 12pm Andrew and Leonie Workman of Dunany Flour Organic in Drogheda, Co Louth will host an Organic Farm Walk. Here Elaine Leavy Teagasc Organic Specialist & John Brophy Business & Technology Advisor give some information on their farm enterprises
The most valuable assets that any person has is their health and safety. With pig farmers facing into increasingly difficult times – be it financial, personal or professional – the one thing that shouldn’t be neglected is your mental health and well-being.
The Gut MicrobiotAware project
The GutMicrobiotAware project aims to explore general awareness of the concept of the gut microbiota among the general population. So we'd like to know - Do you know how the microbes in your gut influence your daily life? Take our survey here to help us all find out more.
British Ecological Society announces journal prize winners
The British Ecological Society (BES) has announced the winners of its journal prizes for research published in 2021. The prizes are awarded for the best paper by an early career researcher in seven of the BES journals. This year The Harper Prize was awarded to Dina in ‘T Zandt, hosted at Teagasc
Forest Recreation Walks in May 2022
Teagasc and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) will run a nationwide series of walks between 9 and 20 May focusing on forest recreation. These walks will celebrate private forests where the owner has developed a recreational element to his or her forest. Register here
How to make potential savings to feed reserves this year
On this week’s episode of The Dairy Edge, advisor Adrian O’Callaghan and dairy farmer Diarmuid Hegarty join Emma-Louise Coffey to consider the potential feed saving that can be achieved by identifying problem cows and culling them from the herd early.
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar - Teagasc Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management
On this episode of Let's Talk Dairy which took place on Thursday, 21st April, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist is joined by Dr Emma-Louise Coffey, Teagasc and Brendan Ryan, Dairy Farmer to get an insight into the Teagasc Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management course.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Danone Sustainability Story
On this episode of The Signpost Series which took place on Thursday, 14th April, Andy Boland, Teagasc Environment Specialist was joined by Elaine Crosse and Mark Stafford, Danone to give an overview of Danone's Sustainability Journey.
Save the dates – Teagasc Open Days 2022
Teagasc has a busy summer offering of events and open days. Open Days planned for 2022 include Beef 2022 in Grange, Sheep Open Day in Athenry, and Kildalton 50th anniversary celebration. More information on these and other events below.
Perfecting potato disease predictions
Teagasc highlights the impacts of its latest research in "Research impact highlights in 2020". Research into potato blight undertaken by Steven Kildea and Mladen Čučak qualified as one of the highlights. Teagasc is engaged in an extensive range of research of national and international collaboration
Kildalton College takes top prize at Macra Challenge Day
The 2022 Macra Na Feirme Challenges day ran in Gurteen Agricultural College, Ballingarry, Co. Tipperary on Wednesday, 27 April 2022. The overall winners this year were Kildalton College.
From costs to the weather, how stressed out are farmers?
Analysis: farmers and farm workers have been found to experience high levels of stress and relatively low levels of wellbeing. This article by Mary Brennan, Emma Dillon and David Meredith, Teagasc and Thia Hennessy, UCC, was first published on RTÉ Brainstorm recently
Teagasc is looking for an Infrastructure Analyst to join the team
Teagasc has a vacancy for an Infrastructure Analyst (Permanent) at the Teagasc Food Research Centre in Ashtown, Dublin. Candidates must have a QQI Level 8 Qualification in Computer Science, Information Technology or other related area. Read more details here. Closing date 3rd May 2022.
Would you like to work as an Applications Analyst with Teagasc?
Teagasc has a vacancy for an Applications Analyst (Permanent) at Head Office, Teagasc, Oak Park, Carlow. Candidates must have a QQI Level 8 Qualification in Computer Science, Information Technology or other relevant qualification. Read details of post and salary here. Closing date 6th May 2022.
Planning for Fodder Stocks Factsheet
Teagasc recently published a compendium of 20 factsheets providing the latest technical advice on soils, nutrients and fertiliser. The eleventh of these is about Planning for Fodder Stocks and can be read here. All 20 will be published here on Teagasc Daily
Let's Talk Equine Webinar - Assisted reproductive technologies: When, How and Why?
On this episode of Let's Talk Equine, on Tuesday, 5th April, Wendy Conlon, Teagasc Equine Specialist was joined by Dr Niamh Lewis, Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Equine Reproduction and Fertility, School of Veterinary Medicine UCD to discuss the when, how & why of assisted reproductive technologies
Position available for a Drystock Advisor in Midleton, Co Cork
A temporary full-time vacancy has arisen for a Drystock Advisor for the Midleton Advisory office in Cork. The position is for an initial period of 2 months but may continue beyond this. A panel may be formed from which future similar vacancies may be filled. Closing date for applications is May 2nd.
Teagasc /FBD Student of the Year Awards 2021
Dave Moloney from County Cork is the 2021 Teagasc/FBD Student of the Year. The awards were presented by Charlie McConalogue TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine in Dublin today Thursday, 21 April 2022.
Don’t neglect your mental health – farmer George Graham on his experiences and where to find help
George Graham is a farmer who faced up to his own problems in his life and went on to found Awareness Head to Toe, a voluntary group committed to helping farmers with their mental and general health. George joins Ciarán Carroll on the latest episode of The Pig Edge with insights and advice
The Bioprocess Innovation Suite at Teagasc Moorepark Update April 2022
Welcome from Dr. Olivia McAuliffe, project lead for the Bioprocess Innovation Suite to our first monthly update newsletter on the development of the Bioprocess Innovation Suite at Teagasc Moorepark. Each month here on Teagasc Daily you will be updated on how the new facility is coming along.
Would you like to work as a Farm Research Technician with Teagasc?
Teagasc has a vacancy for a Farm Research Technician (Temporary contract) at Clonakilty Agricultural College, Co Cork. Candidates must have a QQI Level 6 qualification in agriculture/dairy herd management or equivalent qualification. Read for details of post and salary. Closing date 27th April 2022
Making wood work
Teagasc is engaged in an extensive range of research including national and international collaborations. Teagasc highlights the impacts of its latest research in "Research impact highlights in 2020". Forestry is one such area as Niall Farrelly, Luka Kranjz and Annette Hart outline here
Ballyhaise College Farm Enterprises
Ballyhaise College is located 8km north of Cavan town. It is situated on an estate of 220 hectares of grass and woodlands. The college farm comprises od a dairy herd, suckler cow herd, sheep flock and 50 hectares of diverse woodlands. The college has joint courses with DkIT
Health and Safety Newsletter - April 2022
This edition of the Health and Safety Newsletter has advice on keeping safe around animals. Being aware of an animal’s personal space and temperament, having good handling facilities and taking the correct precautions can all help to reduce the number accidents associated with livestock.
Teagasc/SCSI Agricultural Land Market Review and Outlook Report 2022
In this major new survey, chartered surveyors, auctioneers & valuers, operating in the agricultural & rental markets say sales activity was boosted by the exit from COVID restrictions. They predict prices will continue to rise, underpinned by strong demand & a continuing low supply of land for sale
Longer days, more work, greater danger
Spring is here, and with it peak workload. Reduce your risk of injury or even death with some simple precautions. Francis Bligh and John McNamara Teagasc Health and Safety specialists have suggestions for keeping safe at calving time, when handling slurry and around machinery here
The Signpost Series Webinar - Understanding and supporting social sustainability of farmers & Preventing Injury and Ill Health in Agriculture
On this episode of The Signpost Series held on Friday 1 April, Pat Murphy, Head of Environment KT Dept, Teagasc was joined by Teagasc staff David Meredith, Research Officer, & Francis Bligh, Health & Safety Specialist, to discuss Understanding and supporting social sustainability of farmers and more
Managing Roadside Trees
The Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine has published guidance on managing roadside trees. Written by a panel of experts convened by the Tree Council, it presents a simple six-step process for landowners to follow. Co-author Eileen Woodbyrne summarises the advice and guidance in the booklet
Forest fires – what we can do
Steven Meyen, Teagasc Forestry Development Officer has good practical advice on what forest owners and visitors to forests can do, to prevent forest fires and to minimise the threat to their forests from wildfires during the current high risk season.
Teagasc Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management Open for Applications
Teagasc are accepting applications for the Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management course. Applications must be submitted by Friday, May 20th 2022.
ISH Young Equine Breeders National Championships Results
The 2022 ISH Young Breeders National Championships took place on Saturday, 2 April, at Teagasc Kildalton Agricultural College, Piltown, Co. Kilkenny. The event was hosted by Teagasc and Horse Sport Ireland, and was supported by Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
Red Clover Silage Measure
The Red Clover Silage Measure (RCSM) aims to encourage farmers to sow red clover silage swards. A payment will be made to participating Co-op/Agri-retailers to assist farmers with the cost of buying red clover silage sward seed mixtures. This will help with the establishment of these swards
New €1 million Project aims to develop Low Carbon Roadmap for Ireland’s Bioeconomy
A new collaborative project aimed at developing a low carbon roadmap for Ireland’s bioeconomy, will be led by Munster Technological University (MTU) with Teagasc, NUI Galway and the Central Statistics Office of Ireland.
Q and A - Meet Teagasc Director Frank O’Mara
Director of Teagasc Professor Frank O’Mara was appointed on 1 October 2021. He grew up on a farm at Lisronagh near Clonmel in south Tipperary and has lived in Carlow for the last 30 years. Mark Moore, Editor of Today's Farm introduces Teagasc Director Professor Frank O’Mara in an interview here
Multi Species Sward Measure Closes on 4th April
The Multi Species Sward Measure aims to encourage farmers to sow multi-species swards (MSS). Under this measure a payment will be made to participating Co-op/Agri-retailers to help farmers with the cost of buying multispecies sward seed mixtures. Closing date has been extended to Thursday 14th April
Caution urged due to Orange Fire Warning
Teagasc is urging landowners and all involved in outdoor activity to exercise extreme caution and to heed the high level warning for fires in place this week. The current weather patterns have resulted in a high fire risk in all areas where hazardous fuels such as dead grasses, heather & gorse exist
The Signpost Series Webinar - An overview of the Micro-generation Support Scheme
On this episode of The Signpost Series on Wednesday, 16 March, Mark Gibson, Head of Teagasc Outreach & Innovation Department was joined by Rory Somers, Policy Lead on Micro-generation at the Dept. of the Environment, Climate & Communications to give an overview of the Micro-generation Support Scheme
Teagasc Clover Farm Walks
The sharp increase in fertilizer prices since late 2021, has put a renewed focus on the ability of white clover to fix atmospheric Nitrogen for grazing swards on farms. A series of 12 Teagasc farm walks commencing on April 5th, will highlight the beneficial role of white clover on farms
Teagasc Ballyhaise Students Graduate
Awards and certificates were presented to over 300 Level 6 graduates of Teagasc Ballyhaise College by Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD on Thursday, 24 March. This event has graduates over two years from 2020 & 2021 having been postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions
Royal Visit to Signpost Farm
Shane and John Fitzgerald, who farm near Portlaw in county Waterford, hosted a visit by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales on Thursday, 24 March 2022.
Tillage Update 24th March 2022
The launch of the Tillage Incentive Scheme by the Department of Agriculture this week has to be welcomed by the tillage industry. Michael Hennessy, Head of Crops KT, Teagasc discusses the opportunities it brings for tillage and grassland farmers and provides advice on converting grassland to tillage
Protected Urea on the Kildalton College Farm
In Kildalton College, protected urea has been used on the college farm for the past 3 years with no urea or straight CAN being used. It is delivering yield, lower costs and is reducing GHG and ammonia emissions. Find out more in this video from Jamie Cahill, Lecturer at Kildalton College
Farmers urged to grow more cereals and fertilize for first cut silage
The announcement by Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD, of a new targeted intervention package for the tillage sector and a multi-species sward initiative, worth over €12 million, was welcomed by the Chair of the National Fodder & Food Security Committee, Mike Magan.
Raising awareness of data on the farm
The AgriDISCRETE project is raising farmers’ awareness of data by co-designing communication materials that explain what data on the farm is and how it’s shared. Researchers Claire Brown and Áine Regan, Agrifood Business and Spatial Analysis, Teagasc, Athenry provide more insight here
Improving Water Quality on World Water Day
On World Water Day 2022, Improving water quality and supporting the production of high-quality food are what Teagasc are targeting through various water quality initiatives that we are involved in. Learn about the work of Teagasc ACP and ASSAP staff including groundwater sampling here
Time to think about becoming an organic farmer?
The recent reopening of the Organic Farming Scheme (OFS) has many farmers wondering if organics if an option for them. There is no doubt that it doesn’t suit everyone but there are many farmers that it will suit. Drystock Advisor Enda O'Hart gives a few pointers to help you assess the option
Let's Talk Equine Webinar - Practical advice on managing neonatal/ young foals
On this episode of Let's Talk Equine, which took place on Tuesday, 1 March 2022, Wendy Conlon, Teagasc Equine Specialist was joined by vets Jennie Henderson, Ballylinch Stud and Carmel Welsh, Kilcash Equine Clinic to discuss practical management of neonatal / young foals.
Wheat stem rust: the return of an old foe
The reappearance of stem rust on wheat in Ireland after decades of no reports led researchers to investigate the cause behind recent outbreaks of the disease.
Fás agus Bainisiú féir - Grass growth and measurement
Inniu buaileann Joanne Masterson le Martin Mulkerrins agus a dhearthair Diarmuid, agus pléann said fás agus bainistiú féir – Today Joanne Masterson, Teagasc Athenry meets with Martin Mulkerrins & his brother Diarmuid to discuss grass growth & management in the "Farming in the Moycullen Gaeltacht"
St Patrick was Ireland's first environmentalist, say scientists
As Ireland and various parts of the world prepare to go green to celebrate St Patrick’s Day on March 17th, leading agri-food scientists have credited Ireland’s patron saint with being one of the world’s first environmentalists
Filleadh ar an saol tar éis Covid
I rith Seachtain na Gaeilge seo tá Teagasc Daily ag foilsiú ailt as gaeilge ó foireann Teagasc. Tá an céad ailt seo scríofa ag Seosamh O’Deá, múinteoir i gColáiste Chill Daltún, faoi Filleadh ar an saol tar éis Covid sa choláiste.
First Meeting of Fodder and Food Security Committee
Over 30 organisations were represented at the first meeting of the National Fodder and Food Security Committee last Friday, 11 March in Teagasc Moorepark. The group was set up to support the national response to the unfolding feed, fertiliser and energy supply issues created by the war in Ukraine
Kildalton 50 - A Celebration of 50 years in Land Based Education
For over 50 years, Kildalton College in South Kilkenny has forged a path for students of agriculture, horticulture and equitation. To celebrate this milestone, the Teagasc Kildalton College will open its doors on Saturday, 25th of June this year, from 11am to 4pm
The impact of the Ukraine war on Jim McCarthy’s Farming Business in Romania
On the Teagasc Tillage Edge podcast, Irish farmer Jim McCarthy, gives his insights into the effects of the Ukraine war on his business in Romania and how his business is involved in helping the refugees who are fleeing from the conflict.
Organic Webinar - Galway Clare - Is organic farming an option for your farm?
On Wednesday 16th March at 2pm the Galway/Clare Region will have a webinar on Organic Farming and the new Organic Farming Scheme 2022. Titled: Is Organic farming an Option for Your farm? and hosted by Glen Corbett, Advisor, Teagasc Tuam it will contain a strong horticultural focus, not to be missed
Today's Farm - March/April 2022
The March/April edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. It includes articles on genetics,Commercial Beef value, fertilising for grass silage, basic payment, controlling chickweed in cereals, health & safety, forestry diversification, dahlias and meet Teagasc Director Frank O'Mara
ISH Young (Equine) Breeders National Championships 2022
The ISH Young Breeders training programme is a joint programme between Teagasc and Horse Sport Ireland focusing primarily on the assessment of conformation and athleticism traits of eventing and show jumping horses. National Championships are on Saturday, 2nd April at Teagasc Kildalton College
Palace NeighbourWood Park – connecting a community with their environment
A new NeighbourWood in Roscommon exemplifies a local community’s determination to reconnect with nature. Noel Kennedy, Forestry Development Officer describes the genesis of the project and how it is working out.
Jim McCarthy on the impact of the Ukraine war on his farm business in Romania and helping refugees across the border
Jim McCarthy, who is farming in Romania, sixty kilometres from the Ukraine border, chats to the Tillage Edge this week about the impacts of the Ukraine war on his family and business.
Major Online Event to mark the Publication of Developing Rural Ireland: A History of the Irish Agricultural Advisory Services
A webinar marking the landmark publication of ‘Developing Rural Ireland: A History of the Irish Agricultural Advisory Services’ by Mícheál Ó Fathartaigh took place on Thursday, 17 February 2022. It was hosted jointly by Teagasc and the Social Sciences Research Centre (SSRC) at NUI Galway.
TResearch Spring 2022
TResearch is an official science publication of Teagasc. It aims to disseminate the results of the organisation’s research to a broad audience. Put to good use - Researchers are using innovative processes and consumer insights to help combat food waste
Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture Open Day
The word ‘varied’ comes to mind when you think about careers in Horticulture but one thing that ties all the careers in Horticulture together, is a passion and love of working in the outdoor space with plants. Learn more about horticulture courses and the college open day on 10th March
Could Organic Farming work on your Farm?
As CAP 2023 approaches there is going to be an increased emphasis on environmental schemes and carbon friendly farming. Organic farming is of particular interest. Eanna Loughrey, Education Officer, Teagasc Ballinrobe has information about The Organic farming scheme and webinar details here
The Right Course Of Action
Combining cutting-edge modern developments with traditional practical skills, Teagasc offers a unique, hands-on learning experience – with an exciting selection of courses. Head of Education Dr Anne-Marie Butler gives more information.
Ballyhaise Agricultural College and DkIT – Science led Agricultural Education
Teagasc Ballyhaise College and DkIT have been working collaboratively in the development and delivery of level 6, 7 and 8 Agriculture programmes for over 20 years. DkIT and Ballyhaise now co-deliver the 4-year BSc (Hons) in Sustainable Agriculture and more recently the BSc in Agriculture.
Dr Siobhán Jordan is Head of the Technology Transfer and Commercialisation in Teagasc
Dr Siobhán Jordan commenced her role as the new Head of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation in Teagasc. Dr Jordan will play a key role in the development and leadership of Teagasc’s innovation strategy.
McConalogue announces €3 million investment for Teagasc Ballyhaise College
Funding of €3 million has been announced to build new accommodation at the Teagasc Ballyhaise Agricultural College in Co. Cavan. Plans for the new development were reviewed by the Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD, when he turned the sod on the new development
Organic Cattle and Sheep
The organic drystock sector is the largest of the organic enterprises in Ireland. About 70% of all organic producers are involved in either cattle and/or sheep production. The transition at farm level from conventional methods is relatively straightforward compared to other enterprises
Working together for Water Quality
‘Working together for Water Quality’ is the theme for the Teagasc Agricultural Catchments Week 2022 which runs from next Monday, 21 February to Friday, 25 February. An overview of Agricultural Catchments Programme, water quality research and more published via the Teagasc website and social media
Heat Pumps in Agriculture - Workshop
Teagasc and Geological Survey of Ireland will run a half day workshop on Tuesday, 22nd February from 10am - 1pm on AgroFossilFree (AFF) heat pump technologies and their relevance to the agricultural sector at Teagasc Ashtown Food Research Centre, Ashtown, Dublin 15, D15 DY05. Booking is essential
Teagasc Mayo Webinar - Benefits to completing the Green Cert/ Farm Succession Planning
On Wednesday 16th February at 8pm Teagasc Mayo is hosting a webinar focusing on the Benefits to completing the Green Cert and on Farm Succession Planning. It will feature Eanna Loughrey, Teagasc Ballinrobe & James McDonnell, Teagasc Farm Management Specialist. Register here
Excitement as students return to Agri Aware Farm Walk & Talk
Farm Walk and Talk is an interactive series of events for second-level, agricultural science students throughout early March on ten research farms and agricultural colleges across the country. See dates and events below to sign up for these first come first served events
Funding Call Now Open to Support European Farm Advisors to Embrace Digital Tools and Technologies
The FAIRshare (Farm Advisory Digital Innovation Tools Realised and Shared) project launched in November 2018 and it aims to enable a more digitally active farm and farm advisory community.
Roses, not just for Valentine's Day
Well today it’s all about Roses also known as the queen of flowers. But do you know the meaning behind the colour of a Rose? On Valentine's day Margie Phillips, Technician, Teagasc, College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens tells us many interesting facts about this romantic flower
Developing Rural Ireland in the Twentieth Century
Teagasc and the Social Sciences Research Centre (SSRC) at NUI, Galway are hosting an online event on Thursday 17 February at 4pm.
Self-catering accommodation in agritourism
Tourism is one of Ireland's most important economic sectors in which rural tourism can contribute enormously. Self-catering is a seasonal enterprise, usually from May to September. Barry Caslin Teagasc, Rural Economy, has advice on setting up Self-catering accommodation in agritourism
Failure of Passive Transfer
Foals are born without protective immunity against infectious disease organisms. All foals require “passive transfer” of antibodies that are found in the mare’s first milk, or colostrum. Failure of passive transfer (F.P.T.) of immunity occurs if a foal does not obtain enough quality colostrum
Sheep and Goat census deadline is 14th February
Sheep and goat census returns deadline is Monday 14th February 2022. Keepers are required to record census data on their flock registers and return their census data, preferably online by Monday. Find out how to complete the online census return here
Teagasc celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science
There is a diversity of careers available to women in science at Teagasc. Friday, 11th February, is International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Teagasc takes the opportunity to stand for women and girls in science and break the stereotypes that hold them back. Meet Teagasc Women in Science here
The big pension problem for farmers in Ireland
Under the current Irish State pension system, low-income farmers might not qualify for the contributory or non-contributory State pension. Researchers at Teagasc and Maynooth University have been investigating the effect proposed changes to the State pension system will have on farmers in Ireland.
The Microgeneration Support Scheme - Webinar
To find out what The Micro-generation Support Scheme (MSS) will mean for agriculture, join Barry Caslin, Teagasc and Rory Somers, Assistant Principal, Electricity Policy, Dept of Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC) and Policy lead for Micro-generation on Monday 14th February online.
Should you consider converting to organic farming?
As the new Organic Farming Scheme opens today on the 9th February, organic specialist Joe Kelleher gives tips and considerations for conversion to organic farming on this week’s Beef Edge podcast
Soil Sampling and Analysis Factsheet
Teagasc recently published a compendium of 20 factsheets providing the latest technical advice on soils, nutrients and fertiliser. The first of these is about Soil Sampling and Analysis and can be read here. All 20 will be published here on Teagasc Daily
Protected urea is Agricultures Answer to the Electric Car
Protected urea and electric cars have a lot in common. Both are beneficial to the environment by reducing their carbon footprint. Seamus Kearney Teagasc Signpost Programme explains that Protected urea is more cost effective than its previous form and 75% less GHG emissions than CAN. Find out more
Improving Biodiversity on Your Farm - Planting a hedge
February is a key month to get planting native trees and hedging on your farm. Always plant native trees and hedging on the farm as they have a much higher biodiversity value. That means they provide a higher habitat value for our natural flora and fauna says Mark O’Sullivan, Clonakilty advisor
Long-term Land Leasing
Why are landowners considering Long-term Land Leasing? Gordon Peppard, Teagasc Collaborative Farming Specialist has the answer to this and lists the many benefits including enhanced tax relief incentives, advantages for the lessee, details on stamping the lease & valuable information you should know
New Appointment to Teagasc Authority
Donald Scully has been appointed to the Teagasc Authority for a five-year term by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD. Donald Scully is a member of the ICMSA executive committee and is a dairy farmer from Cherryhill House, Ballyhyland, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.
Teagasc celebrates World Wetlands Day 2022
The Irish Ramsar Wetlands Committee invites you to celebrate World Wetlands day on the 2nd February. Mary Roache, Teagasc ASSAP Advisor & Teagasc representative on The Irish Ramsar Wetlands Committee, reminds us that that farmers play a key role in the conservation and “wise use of wetlands”
Introduction to the Manufacture of Chocolate & Chocolate Confectionery
On Thursday, 3rd February from 9.30am - 1pm , Teagasc product development and sensory specialists will hold a virtual, half-day training course on the manufacture of chocolate products. The course is designed for chocolate producers of all sizes and stages of product development.
Try Horticulture - Course possibilities in Horticulture
Join the Teagasc College of Horticulture in the National Botanic Gardens for the first online TRY HORT event of 2022, on Friday 28th January at 12.30pm. “ Course possibilities in Horticulture” will be discussed. You can register here.
Let's Talk Equine Webinar - Optimising digital marketing
Join Wendy Conlon, Teagasc Equine Specialist on Tuesday, 1st February at 8.30pm for the latest webinar in the Let's Talk Equine Webinar Series. The webinar will deal with optimising digital marketing, targeted at the equine industry.
GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme 2022 is open
On Friday, 21st January, the 2022 GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme opened for online applications. The scheme is open to GLAS farmers for the conservation of traditional farm outbuildings. It will close on 22nd February 2022. Find out more about what's involved here
A successful Registered Farm Partnership in south Tipperary
Keeping the February 11 deadline in mind, Gordon Peppard Teagasc Collaborative Farming Specialist, meets organic farmers Pat and Angela Mulrooney embarking on a successful Registered Farm Partnership (RFP) with their son Mark, in south Tipperary
Using modern technology to unearth a medieval town
New technologies have allowed researchers to retrace Newtown in Co. Kilkenny without having to take a spade to the site. This article by Daniel O’Mahony, Teagasc Walsh Scholar & Jesko Zimmermann, Teagasc Cartographer first appeared on RTÉ Brainstorm recently
Tillage Update - 20th January 2022
In this week's tillage update Mark Plunkett, Teagasc Crops Specialist discusses Cereal Crops P & K Requirements. He focuses on the role of P and K, the strategy to adopt for Soil P and K Index in 2022, and he has P & K advice for the different cereal crops.
Time to move if forming a Registered Farm Partnership
Registered Farm Partnership (RFP) is an excellent arrangement to bring a young person into the family farm business without having to immediately sign over the land. Keep an eye on the February 11 deadline. Gordon Peppard Teagasc Collaborative Farming Specialist has key advice
Teagasc & NUI Galway partner new BSc Agricultural Science degree in the West
2021 saw the launch of a brand new BSc in Agricultural Science at the National University of Ireland Galway with a strong focus on Sustainable Agriculture. Teagasc and NUI Galway have announced a partnership to deliver on the huge demand for an Agricultural Degree programme in the West of Ireland.
Teagasc Virtual Sheep Conference
The Teagasc Sheep Conference will take place virtually this year. On two evenings, Tuesday, 25 January and Thursday, 27 January, farmers can tune into a webinar between 8pm and 9pm when all the latest research from the Teagasc national sheep programme will be discussed.
Evening milking time for 2022
Previous studies with dairy farm employees have found that hours worked on dairy farms can make employment unattractive, mainly due to evening finish time. Irish farms are competing with industries that typically offer a 5-6pm finish time. Martina Gormley, Dairy Specialist explores this topic here
Mental health on farm - the most important part of sustainability
Dr John McNamara, Teagasc H&S specialist chats to Deirdre Glynn and Cathal Somers on the latest episode of the Environment Edge about Teagasc’s role in promoting farmer mental health and wellbeing, what to look out for and how we all can help.
Teagasc at BTYSTE: Milk production goes hi-tech
Have you ever wondered about the technology behind a simple glass of milk or slice of cheese? Milking a cow has come a long way from a bucket and a pair of hands. Teagasc researchers Catriona Boyle and Eimear Ferguson talk about the new technologies of dairy farming here
Cork Student wins Teagasc award at BTYSTE 2022 – Potential of nematodes to replace pesticides
Johannah Pigott, a Transition Year student from Colaiste Treasa, Kanturk, Co. Cork, is the winner of the Teagasc award at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2022 (BTYSTE). Johannah’s project looked at the potential of nematodes to replace chemical pesticides.
Teagasc at BTYSTE: Breeding potatoes for the future
We Irish love our potatoes. Ireland’s average annual potato consumption is 85kg per person – two-and-a-half times higher than the world average. Find out about Teagasc potato research into breeding potatoes, including the rooster variety from Teagasc researchers Catriona Boyle and Denis Griffin
Teagasc at BTYSTE: The land from above
The land around us is home to plants, animals and tiny microbes. It can store carbon from the atmosphere or release it, we work it for food and other products, and it defines how we live in our communities. Jesko Zimmerman, Stuart Green and Catriona Boyle tell us about mapping the land here
Today's Farm - January/February 2022
The January/February edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. The main focus of this edition is weighing up your fertiliser options. It also has articles on the Future Beef Programme; forming a Registered Farm Partnership; and market gardening.
Teagasc at BTYSTE: Soil microbiology
Soils are so much more than meets the eye. Soils are home to a staggering abundance and diversity of living organisms, most of which we cannot see with the naked eye. Teagasc researchers Aoife Duff and Catriona Boyle tell us more as part of BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE).
Teagasc at BTYSTE: Helping shape the future of farming
Teagasc is at the virtual BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) 2022. Teagasc Researchers Catriona Boyle, Emma Dillon, Brian Moran & Trevor Donnellan tell us about the research work of Teagasc economists in compiling the National Farm Survey. You can visit the Teagasc stand here too
Teagasc at BTYSTE: Reducing food waste
Teagasc is at the virtual BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) 2022. Teagasc Researchers Muireann Egan and Catriona Boyle tell us about the research work of Teagasc horticultural scientists and food scientists in reducing food waste. You can visit the Teagasc stand here too
Teagasc at BTYSTE: Digesting the research
Teagasc is at the virtual BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) 2022. Muireann Egan and Catriona Boyle give us an insight into digestion and the research of Teagasc food scientists as part of the event this week. Visit the Teagasc stand right here
Virtual Tillage Conference 2022
The 2022 National Tillage Conference will take place virtually, split over two days. The first session will take place on Thursday, 13 January and the second session will take place on Thursday, 27 January, both at 11.30 am. Register to attend here.
Dairy enterprise review and outlook
Based on data from Teagasc’s National Farm Survey unit, 2021 was a good year for dairying. George Ramsbottom, Dairy Specialist has the breakdown on the figures, and watch back on the Dairy Review and Outlook with Teagasc Researcher Emma Dillon, from Outlook 2022 - Economic Prospects for Agriculture
Teagasc at BTYSTE: In the clover
Teagasc is at the virtual BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) 2022. Teagasc Researchers Catriona Boyle and Deirdre Hennessy bring us this article on Clover research in Teagasc as part of the event this week. Find out about the Teagasc prize awarded and visit the Teagasc stand here
‘Genetics and Breeding of Irish Horses’ book launched
Teagasc has launched a new genetics book entitled ‘Genetics and Breeding of Irish Horses’ . The author of the book is Dr Alan Hurley, Teagasc Equine Specialist.
Monaghan farmers lead the way on organics
Beef and tillage organic enterprises are thriving in the county. Elaine Leavy, Organic Specialist and Drystock Advisors Jane McConnon & Shane Filan meet two farmers, one in beef the other in tillage, who tell their organic story from initial conversion through to a new and thriving business.
Diversified Farmers' Guide to Social Media
Diversified businesses looking to bring in new customers need to create a social media strategy that is narrowly focused on their target audience to avoid wasting time and money. Many businesses are now aware of the need have an online presence. Follow the guidelines given here
Unearthing the value of Irish fruit and vegetables
Policies reflecting the link between food and health present opportunities for the Irish horticulture sector to generate both economic and societal benefits. Dermot Callaghan, Head of Horticulture Development Department, Teagasc, provides more information.
TResearch Autumn/Winter 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 Autumn/Winter 2021 issue of TResearch magazine brings a new look. We’ve put the people who carry out our cutting-edge research front and centre.
Unearthing a medieval town
For the final Map of the Month of the year 2021, we take a closer look the abandoned town of Newtown near Jerpoint Abbey, Co. Kilkenny, which according to local legend is the resting place of St. Nicholas. This map by Daniel O'Mahony, Walsh Scholar looks at how technology revolutionised archaeology.
Meet ISH Young Breeder Amy McCarthy
Amy is from Kiltegan in Co. Wicklow, she grew up with a keen interest in ponies and horses from an early age, owning her first pony ‘Buttercup’ at the age of four and hasn’t looked back since. Amy progressed through the pony ranks, represented Ireland on a Nation’s Cup team in Wales & West in 2003.
International Stakeholder Workshop on Best Practice for the Control of Human Pathogenic Microorganisms in Plant Production Systems
A new report on Best Practice for the Control of Human Pathogenic Microorganisms in Plant Production Systems was published recently by the HUPLANTcontrol COST action; Control of Human Pathogenic Microorganisms in Plant Production Systems, with the report publication coordinated by Teagasc
Could you be the Equine Specialist Teagasc is looking for?
Teagasc has a vacancy for an Equine Specialist (Permanent) at Teagasc Grange, Dunsany, Co. Meath. Candidates must have a QQI Level 8 degree in Equine Science or BAgrSc in Animal Science, specialising in equine, or equivalent. Read more for details of post and salary. Closing date 10 January 2022
The Teagasc Beef Edge Podcast celebrates 100th episode
The Teagasc Beef Edge Podcast released its 100th episode today, Wednesday, 22 December, featuring Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie Mc Conalogue TD. In the last year over 30,000 farmers have tuned in to the Beef Edge Podcast.
Meet Michelle an ISH Young Breeder
Michelle hails from Sandyford in Dublin, her Mum Bernadette’s family lived not far away in Glencullen. Michelle first started riding at six years of age. Her Mum’s cousin loaned her a very nice retired show hunter pony who had previously suffered a tendon injury and could only be ridden on the flat
Sm@rt Ruminant Technologies Project Commences
The Sm@RT project, funded by the EU Horizon 2020 research programme, aims to share knowledge and improve the uptake of new digital technologies in small ruminant farming systems in Europe and beyond, and recently held its first online international workshop.
Let's Talk Equine Webinar - A reflection on 2021 breeding and competition successes
Wendy Conlon, Teagasc Equine Specialist was joined by Dr. Noel Cawley, Newpark Lodge Stud and Greg Broderick, Ballypatrick Stables for the latest webinar in the Let's Talk Equine Webinar Series, which took place on Tuesday 7th December 2021.
'Historical Irish Dairy Products' Book Launch
The official launch of a new book, 'Historical Irish Dairy Products' which traces from earliest times the historical-cultural heritage of Irish dairy products took place virtually on 15th December. The launch was hosted by Mark Gibson, Teagasc and featured contributions from a panel of guests.
Meet Melissa - an ISH young breeder
Melissa Glynn is from Crannaghmore Stables, Co. Roscommon where showing at agricultural shows, selling at auctions and from the farm gate were part of her early education, including riding & pony camps. Melissa says the Young Breeders Programme opened a network of connections & opportunities for her
Developing Rural Ireland - Newsletter
A new book that documents the history of the Irish agricultural advisory services and their role in developing rural Ireland was launched at a virtual event at Teagasc, Oak Park, Carlow, on Wednesday, September 1, 2021.
Farming the sea, cleaning up our act
Amy Fitzpatrick, PhD candidate, Munster Technological University and Teagasc Food Biosciences Department won third prize with this article at the MTU Postgraduate Research Competition 2021. She discusses Farming the sea and cleaning up our act to make fish safer to eat
Are you competent to operate a chainsaw safely?
Inevitably, some on-farm trees will have blown down following Storm Barra. Why not check out advice on operating a chainsaw safely on the Teagasc Forestry website page, before considering any clean-up activities? John Casey, Teagasc Forestry Development Officer provides chainsaw guidance here
Drying off cows is in full swing
Drying off cows in batches is in full swing on most farms. However In view of good milk prices it can be tempting to milk on for some farmers. Don Crowley, Teagasc Milk Quality Specialist, advises against milking on and outlines best practice for drying off here
The state of Ireland’s hedgerows
Catherine Keena Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist covers The state of Ireland’s hedgerows, as talked about in the Teagasc Hedgerow Week Panel Discussion on Monday's webinar. Watch back on the webinar here and tune in all this week to Hedgerow Week events
Let's Talk Equine Webinar - A reflection on 2021 breeding and competition successes
Join Wendy Conlon, Teagasc Equine Specialist this evening, Tuesday, 7th December at 8.30pm for the latest webinar in the Let's Talk Equine Webinar Series. Tonight's webinar is: A reflection on 2021 breeding and competition successes. Register here
A day in the life: Diane Purcell-Meyerink, Teagasc Researcher
Diane Purcell-Meyerink began working at the Teagasc Food Centre, in July 2021. A Day in the Life... tells more about her well-traveled career path, taking her onto the NASA Ames base in California, to her current work in Teagasc on seaweeds and her Marie Cuire fellowship project ALGIPRO.
Higher farm output prices in 2021, but rising costs a concern for 2022
A new report, by economists at Teagasc, estimates that average family farm income (FFI) in Ireland has increased by 20 per cent in 2021. Overall, price inflation for farm inputs has been more than offset by higher prices for most farm outputs leaving average family farm income for some farm systems
Advice for Farmers facing Storm Barra
Met Eireann have issued a Status Red, Orange and Yellow - Wind warning for Ireland. Storms are becoming a more frequent occurance in Ireland bringing a mixture of wind, rain and sometimes snow. Teagasc has advice here for farmers facing the current Storm Barra this Tuesday and Wednesday
November Map of the Month- Ireland from Abroad: Irish Land Cover & Land Use
November’s Map of the Month is Ireland from Abroad: Irish Land Cover and Land Use mapped internationally. It presents a series of dynamic maps of current Irish land use and land cover produced by European and international suppliers.
Completing Ireland’s first equine census
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Mr Charlie McConalogue T.D. confirmed the date of the first annual equine census as Tuesday November 30th 2021. Wendy Conlon, Teagasc Equine Specialist has details on how to complete the equine census by Friday December 17th, here
Teagasc appoint new Director of Research
Teagasc has appointed Professor Pat Dillon as Director of Research. The Teagasc Authority approved the appointment at its meeting on Wednesday, 1 December 2021. Professor Dillon will take up this new role straight away.
12th Infogest Webinar on Food Digestion
The next INFOGEST Webinar on Food Digestion, hosted by Dr André Brodkorb will take place today, 1st December 2021 at 2pm. The theme of the webinar is “Lipid Digestion”. It will feature guest speaker Professor Julian McClements from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Register here
Teagasc Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management Graduation
The 2020 Graduates of the Teagasc/UCD Level 7 Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management course were presented with their diplomas at an awards ceremony at Teagasc Moorepark, recently.
GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme Farmer Focus – Bernard Bugler
Bernard Bugler is a GLAS 3 Participant from Co. Clare who availed of the Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme for repairs to an old stone Building situated in the farmyard. The building was thought to be over 150 years old. Martina Enright, Teagasc Ennis Advisor has details of what was involved
What maps tell us about how we live, work and travel
Complex patterns in geographic data and maps can tell us much about our lives today and in the future. This article "What maps tell us about how we live, work and travel" by Jesko Zimmermann, David Meredith and Rob O'Hara, Teagasc, first appeared on RTÉ Brainstorm.
Are you On Feirm Ground? Maintaining resilience in an ever changing dairy sector
Conor Hammersley, PhD Walsh Scholar at Teagasc and the National Centre for Men’s Health Ireland joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast to discuss the common stressors experienced by Irish dairy farmers and the proactive steps they can take to maintain resilience
The Irish Coronavirus Sequencing Consortium November 2021
The Irish Coronavirus Sequencing Consortium, funded by Science Foundation Ireland is led by Professor Paul Cotter, Teagasc Moorepark. The aim of the project is to sequence or “read” the genetic information of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Teagasc researchers explain more in this video
Meet Sarah - an ISH young breeder
Sarah Brashaw lives near Newtownards, Co. Down where she has a yard of ten competition equines ranging from performance and show Connemara Ponies to show horses and cobs, young event horses and breeding stock at Ringcreevy Stud. Find out how she benefited from the ISH Young Breeder Programme
Liver Fluke Forecast November 2021
Each year, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) in collaboration with Met Éireann, UCD, Teagasc and Animal Health Ireland advises farmers of the predicted risk of disease caused by liver fluke (Fasciola hepatica) infection in livestock for that autumn and winter. Read more here
Winner of “The many uses of wood” Category of Teagasc Forest Photo Competition Announced
The Teagasc Forestry Development Department today, Friday, 26 November, announced the prize recipients in Category 2 of its forest photo competition ‘Celebrating Our Forests and Wood Use’. The category winner is Ms. Elaine Fleming.
Value of Pig Manure
In this infographic the Teagasc Pig Development Department have highlighted how farmers can make substantial savings by using pig manure to grow their grass and tillage crops based on current fertilizer prices.
Amel Sami wins Esther Unsung Hero Award 2021
Amel Sami, a PhD student at Teagasc Moorepark & University College Cork, was recently awarded the Esther Ireland Unsung Hero Award for 2021. This award is presented to individuals who have shown consistent and unshakable commitment to health partnerships between Irish institutions & counterparts
Newly funded project to investigate the use of phage to treat infections in pigs
PhageSUAS- “Improved Pig Health through the Novel Application of SynBio in Phage Therapy” is a newly funded project led by Teagasc’s Dr John Kenny, with partners at University College Cork, Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Madison-Wisconsin. Over €340,000 was awarded to the research
Introduction to Sensory Principles: An accredited training course for the food industry
Teagasc Food Industry Development are running a virtual, interactive training course “Introduction to Sensory Principles” for the food industry on 1st & 8th of December. This is the first sensory food science course in Ireland, accredited by the Institute of Food Science & Technology, IFST (UK).
Dublin Farmers win Newbie New Entrant Competition 2021 Welgro Produce Ltd
Welgro Produce located in Rush Co Dublin has been selected as the winner of the third Irish Newbie new entrant competition. Welgro established by Shane Halpin, Sean Weldon and Gary Weldon is one of only two commercial cucumber growers in Ireland.
Meet Nicole – an ISH young breeder
Nicole Groyer grew up in Naul, North Co. Dublin surrounded by animals and horses on her grandfather's farm. Her interest in horses began from an early age when her mother took Nicole to local agricultural shows, hunts and annually visited the RDS Dublin Horse Show.
Four Teagasc Researchers Included on the 2021 Clarivate list of Highly Cited Researchers
Four Teagasc researchers have been named on the annual Highly Cited Researchers list from Clarivate for 2021. This highly anticipated list identifies researchers who demonstrated significant influence in their field, through the publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade.
How to eat and exercise your way to healthy ageing
Many of us first think about healthy ageing the day we turn 65, but age-related changes in our bodies start long before that. This article by Teagasc Researchers Caoileann Murphy and Sinéad McCarthy, first appeared on RTÉ Brainstorm recently
Official Opening Ceremony for Johnstown Castle Estate, Museum & Gardens, Wexford
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D., was joined by some descendants of former staff of the Johnstown Castle Estate from 100 years ago, in celebrating the official opening of the majestic Johnstown Castle Estate, Museum & Gardens in County Wexford last week.
Seaweed supplementation to reduce methane emissions in ruminants
Researchers at Teagasc are investigating whether the addition of native seaweeds and seaweed extracts to the ruminant diet can reduce methane emissions. Dr Maria Hayes explains more to presenter Jonathan McCrea on “10 Things to Know About…Seaweed”, airing tonight on RTÉ One Television at 8:30pm.
Let's Talk Equine Webinar: Understanding equine colic and minimising its occurrence
Wendy Conlon, Teagasc Equine Specialist was joined by Warren Schofield of Lisadell Equine Hospital for the latest episode in the Let's Talk Equine Webinar Series, which took place on Tuesday, 2nd November 2021.
New National Agricultural Sustainability Research and Innovation Centre announced
A new National Agricultural Sustainability Research & Innovation Centre (NASRIC) is to be established at Teagasc Johnstown Castle. Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD has announced that DAFM is providing Teagasc with the required funding (€9m)
Trails and Tales - Jenkinstown Wood
On Saturday 14th November at 8am join Teagasc Forestry Advisor Michael Somers for an interesting walk through the forest at Jenkinstown Wood. Find out about the wonders of the woodlands and benefits of forestry to our lives. It's an early start to end Science Week. Check out free registration here
Meet Conor - an ISH young breeder
Conor Wixted grew up near Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare with a deep-rooted love for horses. Conor was exceptionally close to being selected for team participation at World Championships, more than once, and won the overall senior section of the National Young Breeders competition 2019. Find out more
Creating Our Future
I’m sure you have seen or heard ads for the Creating Our Future initiative, which is a campaign being run by the government of Ireland to find out from the public what they think we should be doing scientific research on in the future.
Digesting the Research- How do fruit and veg affect our digestive system?
Every cell in our body requires fuel to function. When we eat food, we get energy from carbohydrates, fats and proteins – these are called macronutrients. On top of that, food, especially fruit and veg, have a number of other micronutrients. Find out What’s New in Fruit & Veg from Teagasc scientists
Today's Farm - November/December 2021
The November/December edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. There is a focus on business, production, environment and countryside issues. Organic farming is highlighted. Reducing the risk of TB, winter milk diets and lowering emissions are among the topics covered.
Generating bioplastics using haemoglobin from blood
On “10 Things to Know About … Blood”, airing tonight, Monday, 8 November, on RTÉ One Television at 8:30pm, presenter Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin will meet Teagasc Researchers, Dr Anne Maria Mullen and Dr Carlos Alvarez, who have developed a method to generate bioplastics using haemoglobin from blood.
Agriculture Climate Targets Challenging but Achievable
Teagasc is committed to continue its research and advisory programme supporting farmers to meet the reduction targets for greenhouse gas emissions set in the Government’s Climate Action Plan.
Making the most of what you have!
Here Bernie Leahy, Drystock Advisor, Teagasc Galway considers The Parable of the Talents in the Bible, and likens it to Teagasc initiatives such as Signpost Programme and Farm Diversification which encourage farmers to be efficient, not wasteful, changing practices for the sake of the environment
Winner of ‘Our forests in autumn' Category of Teagasc Forest Photo Competition Announced
The Teagasc Forestry Development Department today, Friday, 5 November 2021, announced the prize winners in category 1 of its ongoing forest photo competition ‘Celebrating Our Forests and Wood Use’.
Meet Sharon an Irish Sport Horse young breeder
Sharon Mannion, Windgap Stud, Doon, Co. Offaly is an enthusiastic Irish Draught breeder. There were always Irish Draught horses on the family dairy & sheep farm now the main enterprise today. Sharon’s experience of the ISH Young Breeder training programme gave her valuable experience as she explains
Science Week 2021 - Trails and Tales
On Sunday 7th November at 8 am join Teagasc Forestry Advisor, Michael Somers, for an interesting walk in the forest. Find out about the wonders of the woodlands & benefits of forestry in our lives. It's an early start to Science Week but you get to enjoy the perks! Check out free registration here.
Options for Organic Tillage Growers - Webinar
On Wednesday, 27th October, Elaine Leavy and Joe Kelleher, Teagasc Organic Specialists hosted the second in a series of Autumn Organic Webinars which focused on options for organic tillage growers.
GLAS Funding allows Restoration of Clare Farm Outbuildings
Co. Clare suckler farmer Denis Clair, a GLAS participant was eligible to apply to the Heritage Council for the DAFM-funded Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme, to restore & repair a number of historic outbuildings on his farm as Michael Dillon, Teagasc Advisor Kilrush and Helen Devitt outline
Healthy Workplaces Lighten the Load
Last week was European Week for Safety & Health at Work themed: ‘Healthy Workplaces Lighten the Load’ - part of the Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2020-22. Francis Bligh & John McNamara, Teagasc Health and Safety Specialists take this opportunity to advise on avoiding work-related injury on the farm
Antimicrobial resistance to feature on ‘10 Things to Know About’ TV Programme
The TV programme, ‘10 Things to Know About … Outdoor Living’, which will broadcast tonight at 8.30PM on RTÉ One will address the topic of Antimicrobial resistance. Teagasc Food Safety researcher, Dr Kaye Burgess will discuss the AREST project - focused on antimicrobial resistance and the environment
Let's Talk Equine Webinar - Understanding equine colic and minimising its occurrence
Join Wendy Conlon, Teagasc Equine Specialist tomorrow night, Tuesday, 2nd November for the latest webinar in the Let's Talk Equine Webinar Series. This webinar is on the topic of Understanding equine colic and minimising its occurrence. Register here to join the webinar.
Science Week 2021 - The Festival of Farming and Food
We invite you to join us for an unmissable series of virtual and in-person events for Science Week 2021, which takes place from 7 November to 14 November, as part of ‘The Festival of Farming and Food’, run by Teagasc.
Halloween - What do you know?
With Halloween upon us, Teagasc Daily asks the question: What do you know about pumpkins, bats and turnips? On Oíche Shamhna (Halloween night) long before pumpkin carving, the humble turnip was traditionally carved out. And hear what Éanna Ní Lamhna has to say on bats on the Environment Edge podcast
The Bioeconomy to 2030: A Researcher’s Perspective - Webinar
“The Bioeconomy to 2030: A Researcher’s Perspective” webinar took place on 20 October, which organised as part of Bioeconomy Ireland Week 2021. In this webinar, Teagasc researchers reflected on their work to date on the bioeconomy as well as looking to the future and the impact they aim to achieve.
Meet Vera an Irish Sport Horse Young Breeder
Vera O’Callaghan grew up near Macroom in Co. Cork and has been interested in ponies and horses from a very young age. From as early as five years old she participated in events, starting out at the local agricultural show in lead rein classes and from there progressed on to pony club events.
Organic Dairy Farm Open Day on the banks of the River Barrow
Joe & Alicia Whitty have been farming organically for 14 years now, but the biggest change to their farming system came in 2015 when they converted their mixed beef/pigs and tillage operation to organic dairying. The Whitty family hold an organic farm walk on Wednesday November 3rd at 11am.
Teagasc hosts NEFERTITI cross visit
NEFERTITI is an EU Horizon 2020 project aiming to network European demonstration farms to enhance cross fertilisation and innovation uptake through demonstration and peer to peer learning. Twenty six farmers, advisors and researchers from six NEFERTITI partner countries visited Ireland recently.
Gurteen College Open Day
Gurteen College is hosting an open day for prospective applicants to its course offerings on Wednesday, 27th October from 10:30am - 12:30pm. Advanced booking is essential to attend in person. Find out more here.
Options for Organic Tillage Growers
The second in a series of Autumn organic webinars, hosted by the Teagasc Organic Specialists, takes place on Wednesday, 27 October at 7:30pm and focuses on Options for Organic Tillage Growers. Register here
Dan Geaney - ISH Young Breeders Programme
Dan Geaney grew up in Castleisland, Co. Kerry. His whole family are immersed in horses. His grandfather, Donal Geaney, most notably bred two time Olympic Eventer (2008 & 2012), and Olympic team gold winner in 2008, Mr Medicott. Dan shares his personal experiences of the ISH Young Breeders Programme
Avail of TAMS - deadline approaching
The next tranche of the Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme (TAMS) closes on November 5th. There is a 40% grant available to all farmers with a herd number and 60% available to qualified Young Farmers under 40 years of age. Conor Dobson, Teagasc Advisor Longford outlines the benefits to you
The Signpost Series - Implications of climate neutrality for agriculture, land use & forestry in Ireland
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 8 October, Mark Gibson, Head of Teagasc Outreach & Innovation Department was joined by Dr. David Styles, University of Limerick to discuss the implications of climate neutrality for agriculture, land use & forestry in Ireland.
Managing BYDV Risk
Planting a mix of crops, having a range of sowing dates and applying fungicides to control disease are all examples of how tillage farmers can manage risk to their income. This autumn has demonstrated how people view risk. Ciaran Collins, Teagasc Crops Specialist has advice on BYDV risk management
Dr Anne-Marie Butler is the New Head of Teagasc Education
Dr Anne-Marie Butler commenced her role as Head of Teagasc Education programme this week. Dr Butler will lead the Teagasc education programme, delivered through the agriculture & horticulture colleges, Teagasc education centres, and in collaboration with the Universities & Institutes of Technology
Transferring the Family Farm Online Clinic - Part Two
On part two of the Transferring the Family Farm clinic, Deborah Dwyer from the Citizens Information Board made two presentations, firstly looking at the Nursing Home Support Scheme (Fair Deal) and secondly she discussed the state Pensions (contributory and non-contributory).
Bioeconomy Week Ireland 2021
As part of Bioeconomy Ireland Week 2021 (18th to 22nd October) Teagasc, in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM), Munster Technological University, UCD, Trinity College Dublin, and the Irish Bioeconomy Foundation will present a series of maps on the bioeconomy
Éanna Ní Lamhna on bats and how farmers can improve their habitats
With Halloween fast approaching, one of Ireland’s most recognisable voices Éanna Ní Lamhna joins Deirdre Glynn and Cathal Somers on the latest Environment Edge podcast to discuss all things bats.
Apply now for ISH Young Breeders Programme
Have you an avid interest in assessing, exhibiting, and breeding performance horses? The ISH Young Breeders programme, a joint programme between Teagasc & Horse Sport Ireland could be for you. It is aimed at those between the ages of 15 to 25 years of age and is now open to participants. Apply here
Do health when you are Young
On the final day of Ag Mental Health Week John McNamara, Teagasc Health & Safety Specialist looks at the health priorities of young farmers & advises that the younger the age that you start adopting health gain practices the better. He discusses Irish research in the last of his four articles
Teagasc support for Suckler Producers
Addressing concerns raised by beef farmers in recent weeks, Teagasc Authority Chairman, Liam Herlihy said; “Teagasc policy is to support all farmers with the enterprise and production system they select for their farm by providing them with the information they need based on independent research
Securing Positive Mental Health in Farming
Ag Mental Health Week runs to Saturday, Oct 16. This week Teagasc Daily brings you short articles from John McNamara, Teagasc Health & Safety Specialist, reminding farmers and all working in agriculture of the importance of mental health awareness. Article 3 focus is: Securing Positive Mental Health
Don’t feel Impregnable - look after your Health
Ag Mental Health Week runs from Oct 10 to Saturday, Oct 16. All this week Teagasc Daily will bring you series of 4 short articles from John McNamara Teagasc Health & Safety Specialist, reminding farmers and all working in agriculture of the importance of mental health awareness. Read the second here
Let's Talk Equine - How does DNA testing support Equine Breeders?
Wendy Conlon, Teagasc Equine Specialist was joined by Romy Morrin-O’Donnell of Weatherbys Scientific laboratories for the latest webinar in the Let's Talk Equine Webinar Series, which took place on Tuesday 5th October 2021.
Helping farmers health & well-being
As part of Ag mental health week Conor Hammersley Teagasc PhD Walsh scholar joins Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge podcast to discuss the findings of his study as part of the ‘On Feirm Ground’ project.
It's Ag Mental Health Week 2021
Mental Health Week began on Sunday, Oct 10 and runs until Saturday, Oct 16. During this week Teagasc Daily will bring you series of short articles from John McNamara, Teagasc Health & Safety Specialist, reminding farmers and all working in agriculture of the importance of mental health awareness
Transferring the Family Farm Online Clinic - Part 2
Teagasc is holding the second of two Teagasc Transferring the Family Farm Online Seminars, tomorrow Wednesday 13th October at 7.30pm. Expert speakers will explain all you need to know about succession and inheritance when transferring the family farm. Don't miss this. Find out more and Register here
Teagasc and Dairy Sustainability Ireland publish ASSAP interim report
The second Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP) interim report was published recently. The ASSAP programme is a key part of a wider government and community effort to improve water quality in 190 selected priority areas for action (PAA’s) around the country.
Launch of Irish Soil Moisture Monitoring Network (ISMON)
A new Irish Soil Moisture Monitoring Network (ISMON) is being established. The announcement was made by AgMet, the Joint Working Group on Applied Agricultural Meteorology.
Projected higher costs to hit Tillage margins in 2022
Tillage farmers are facing a potentially large decrease in margins for 2022 compared to 2021 due to increasing costs, especially the extraordinary increase in fertiliser prices, a return to trend yields and reflecting forward grain prices. Beans is now very competitive against cereal crops
The Signpost Series - 'What's the Story with our Bogs?' and the European Carbon Farming Initiative
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 1 October, Pat Murphy, Head of Environment Knowledge Transfer Department, Teagasc was joined by Dr Douglas McMillan, Chair of the Green Restoration Ireland (GRI) Cooperative to discuss what’s the story with our Bogs?
Happy World Egg Day 2021
Happy World Egg Day 2021 from Teagasc Poultry. Today Friday 8 October, Teagasc joins egg fans worldwide to celebrate the power of the egg and all its nutritional and environmental benefits. Learn about Free Range Egg Production, the Let's Talk Poultry Webinar Series & Rebecca Tierney Poultry Advisor
Teagasc launches Forestry Photo Competition
To help mark today as SPAR National Tree Day, the Teagasc Forestry Development Department, in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, is delighted to launch a forest photo competition running over October and November 2021.
Food Innovation Gateways: Innovative Drying - Online Event
The next Food Innovation Gateways event: Innovative Drying – Technologies and Analytics for High Quality, Sustainable Products will take place from 9am -1pm on Tuesday 26th October 2021. This virtual event will present the latest concepts and innovations in drying technologies and Teagasc research
Transferring the Family Farm Online Clinic - Part 1
Teagasc is holding the first of two Teagasc Transferring the Family Farm Online Seminars, tomorrow Wednesday 6th October at 7.30pm. Expert speakers will explain all you need to know about succession and inheritance when transferring the family farm. Find out more and Register here
11th Infogest Webinar on Food Digestion
The next INFOGEST Webinar on Food Digestion will take place on the 6th October 2021. The theme of the webinar is “Food Allergies and Food Digestion”, featuring guest speaker Professor Clare Mills from the University of Manchester. The webinar will be hosted by Dr André Brodkorb of Teagasc Moorepark.
Sustainable Energy and Investments in the Horticulture Sector Webinar
Donal Gernon and Dónall Flanagan, Teagasc Horticulture Development Department hosted a webinar on Thursday, 23 September which focused on Sustainable Energy and Investments in the Horticulture Sector. They were joined by Declan McEvoy, IFAC and Ray Langton, SEAI.
Ireland’s oldest agri college
Based 50km from Galway city, Mountbellew Agri College was Ireland’s first agricultural college having been established in 1904. Irish Tractor & Agri spoke with principal Dr Edna Curley recently to learn more about the courses on offer and how the college was faring in these unprecedented times
Commuting before the pandemic
As some of us return to the work and college after 18 months of working from home, the September Map of the Month looks at pre-pandemic commuting patterns – highlighting how important regional towns are. It is interesting to think how the next survey of commuting will differ.
Professor Frank O’Mara takes over as Teagasc Director
Professor Frank O’Mara commenced his new role as Director of Teagasc today, Friday, 1 October. The appointment was made by the Teagasc Authority in July with the consent of the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD.
Designing a sheep shed: Factsheet & Video
In this video & factsheet on Designing a sheep shed, Teagasc advisor, Edward Egan explains how the layout of a sheep shed should be planned before it’s built. He also explains how the layout of existing sheep sheds should be reviewed each year before the winter housing period.
Kildalton College Open Day - on tomorrow
Kildalton College is hosting an open day for prospective applicants to its course offerings on Friday, 1st October. Tours start at 10am & 11am. Find out how to book your place to attend here.
Ballyhaise College Open Day - on tomorrow
Ballyhaise Agricultural College is hosting an open day for prospective applicants to its course offerings on Friday, 1st October from 10am - 1pm. Find out how to book your place to attend here.
Let's Talk Equine Webinar - How does DNA testing support Equine Breeders?
‘Let’s Talk Equine’ returns after a short break. Equine breeders can learn more about how DNA testing can support them by joining the Teagasc ‘Let’s Talk Equine’ webinar at 8.30pm on Tuesday 5th October. Register here in advance
Teagasc advisors first in Europe to achieve new European Certificate
Two Teagasc advisors are the first in Europe to be awarded the European CECRA certificate. Marie Flynn, Dairy Advisor based in Moorepark advisory office and Cian Condon, Drystock & Goat advisor based in Teagasc Manorhamilton were presented with their certificates by Teagasc KT Director Dr Stan Lalor
Comeragh Hill Sheep Farmers secures Biodiversity Funding
The Teagasc Comeragh Hill Sheep Discussion Group was awarded €118,720 for a one-year project. The group comprises 14 farmer members whose sheep graze over 4,000 hectares of the Comeragh mountains. The award was made in June by DAFM using the EIP model; it's focus is on promoting biodiversity
Apply now for Pilot Soil Sampling Programme
Today, Monday 27th September sees the opening of a pilot Soil Sampling and Analysis Programme. This is a farm level soil sampling & analysis initiative which will provide farmers and their advisors with comprehensive details about the soil health and condition on their farms. Read how to apply here
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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