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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.

In 2020 and 2021 Teagasc were forced to severely curtail the number & type of events being organised. Many events had to be cancelled while others were converted to a digital format. A limited number went ahead outdoors.

As COVID cases are reducing Teagasc is now returning to a more normal offering and are organising a number of interesting Open Days in 2022.   

Beef 2022 – July 5th - Supporting Sustainable Beef Farming

We are delighted to invite all beef farmers and stakeholders in the Irish beef industry to BEEF2022, on Tuesday 5th July at the Teagasc, Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Grange, Co. Meath.

The focus of BEEF2022 will be on the application of technologies that will help beef farmers increase the profitability and environmental sustainability of their family farm businesses. Technologies covered:

  • grazing management
  • animal nutrition
  • beef genetics
  • reproductive management
  • animal health
  • farm planning

These technologies will all be essential to increase the competitiveness and sustainability of the Irish beef sector which will form the main focus of the Open Day.

Main presentations on the day:

  • Beef Systems for your Farm
  • Performance targets for Resilient Beef Production
  • Achieving the Performance Targets
  • Optimising Beef Farm Profitability

Technology Villages

There will be technology villages with detailed information on:

  • Environment – Signpost Farms
  • Grassland Demo
  • Suckling Systems
  • Dairy- Beef Systems – DairyBeef 500 campaign
  • Growing and Finishing Cattle
  • Meat Quality
  • Advisory, Education and Policy
  • Farming Lifestyle

More information and registration is available here www.teagasc.ie/beef2022  

Teagasc National Sheep Open Day – June 18th – Teagasc Athenry 

This open day presents an opportunity to review the latest research and technical advice from the Teagasc Sheep programme and its practical application at farm level. There will be a mix of technical presentations and interactive workshops dealing with all the main areas important to Irish sheep production. The openday is free to attend and all sheep farmers and those involved in the sector are welcome.

Areas that will be covered on the main technical stands include: 

  • Sustainable Systems
  • Breeding for longevity 
  • The parasite challenge
  • Hill Sheep

Workshops and Demonstrations 

A series of workshops and demonstrations will deal with topical issues relating to each of the main areas of

  • Grass and Forage
  • Breeding
  • Health
  • Production systems

More information is available here

Kildalton 50 – June 25th - Celebrating 50 years of land based education.

Kildalton 50 will celebrate 50 years of Agricultural, Horticultural and Equine Education by bringing together past students and staff to reflect on the changes and celebrate the achievements.

Travel through time in the Decade rooms. Five rooms displaying photos and articles from each of the past five decades demonstrating how the campus and enterprises have developed.

The historic Bessborough House will be open with displays in the main Boardroom, the Oak Room and the Bessborough room.

A walk through the historic estate grounds will give visitors an opportunity to see the Bessborough Estate Lake, gardens and historical woodland along with a Nature Walk and Scavenger Hunt for the younger visitors

Historic talks at scheduled times

More information and registration is available here www.teagasc.ie/kildalton50 

Ballyhaise Research Farm Open Day – July 13th

The college dairy herd, which is spring calving, is part of the Teagasc Moorepark Dairy Research programme. The main focus of this programme is to improve grass growth while reducing artificial  nitrogen use with clover inclusion on heavy soils.

Join the teams from Ballyhaise College and Moorepark to get more information on the research and results from the ongoing research.

Find out more about the Ballyhaise Dairy Enterprise here https://www.teagasc.ie/education/teagasc-colleges/ballyhaise/college-farm-enterprises-/#dairy

Johnstown Castle - Technologies for farms of the future – August 30th

Join the team at  the Teagasc, Environment Research Centre, Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford,  and from other research centres to hear about the technologies that will assist you in farming sustainably into the future.  

What will farms of the future look like?

This open day will demonstrate technologies and practices that can be adopted on farms to help to maintain farm productivity and profitability, while increasing overall environmental sustainability.

The latest information for successful management of grass-clover and multi-species swards under winter and spring calving dairy and dairy calf-to-beef systems will be available.

Practices to enhance on-farm biodiversity and to reduce losses of valuable nutrients from the soil will be demonstrated.

You will also learn about the latest fertiliser and slurry technologies and methods for enhancing carbon sequestration and soil health.

Newford Open Day – September 13th

The Newford Herd farm established by Dawn Meats & Teagasc is located at Teagasc Athenry.  The farm acts as a shop window for the technologies that drive profitability in a suckler herd and operates in a completely transparent manner.

The open day will have all relevant data available regarding the operation of and results from the herd.

Find out more about the Newford Herd here https://www.teagasc.ie/animals/beef/demonstration-farms/newford-herd/