Pigs & Poultry
Value of pig manure 2023
Infographic outlining the current value of pig manure as a valuable fertiliser for grass and tillage crops.
Teagasc Pig Welfare Workshops 2023
The Teagasc Pig Development Department will be running two certified pig welfare workshops on the 22nd of March in the Horse and Jockey Hotel, Co. Tipperary at 2pm and on the 23rd of March in the Kilmore Hotel, Co. Cavan at 2pm.
TAMS for Organic Farming
Joe Kelleher, Organic Specialist, tells us; the recent announcement that the opening of the TAMS 3 scheme is imminent has been greatly welcomed by organic farmers and it is great to see the list of eligible investment items that organic farmers can avail of has been greatly increased.
Adding Value to Pigmeat
Keelin O’Driscoll, Teagasc Research Officer, tells us about a new project which aims to provide a means to capture value associated with intrinsic and extrinsic quality of the whole pork carcass from a sustainable pork system, supporting successful diversification of the pork chain.
Celebrating International Women’s Day – Meet Rebecca Tierney
Today, Wednesday, March 8th, celebrates International Women’s Day – a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
The Environmental Sustainability of Pig Production
Ger McCutcheon, Specialist Pig Development Officer with Teagasc, joins Ciarán Carroll on the latest episode of the Pig Edge podcast to discuss the environmental sustainability of pig production and the value of pig slurry.
Supplemental milk and liquid feed for newly weaned pigs
Shiv Vasa & Peadar Lawlor tell us the abrupt change from a highly digestible liquid diet (sow’s milk) at weaning to a pelleted solid diet with a different texture, smell and composition leads to severe nutritional stress in newly weaned piglets.
Brighter days ahead
The last 18 months have been cited as the worst period in living memory for Ireland's pig farmers, Micheal McKeon, Teagasc Pig Specialist, spoke with Helen on this week's episode of Ear to the Ground to discuss the future for the sector.
Current Nitrate Regulations
Gerard McCutcheon, Teagasc Pig Specialist, tells us that the EU Good Agricultural Practice for Protection of Waters Regulations (often referred to as the “nitrate” regulations) were reviewed and updated in 2022.
Export Performance and Prospects report 2022/23
The publication of Bord Bia’s Export Performance and Prospects Report 2022/23 revealed the value of Ireland's food, drink and horticulture exports increased by 22% last year to reach a new record high of €16.7 billion
What is the Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme?
Louise Clarke tells us all about the Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme and how to apply.
How to avail of the Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme
With the current situation of energy costs on pig farms, Louise Clarke, specialist advisor at Teagasc Ballyhaise, joins Ciarán Carroll on the latest Pig Edge podcast to discuss the Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme (TBESS) and other energy cost-saving measures.
EU Pig Supply - how many pigs will be going to market?
The low profitability across the European pig sector in the last 24 months has led to some pig producers deciding to exit the sector through destocking.
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).
Calling all outdoor pig producers!
Consideration of the welfare of animals, the environment, and humans, and how they are interconnected, is something that is increasingly important to the public when it comes to animal agriculture, and is likely to progressively affect how animal products are produced and marketed.
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.
The Chinese New Year for Irish producers
In 2023 according to the Chinese zodiac it will be the ‘Year of the rabbit’, which is reputed to symbolise peace and prosperity. Irish pig and beef producers will definitely be hoping that that this prophecy comes through as Chinese import demand has a growing influence on our farm-gate prices.
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.
The Outlook for the Pig Sector for 2023
2022 has been described as the toughest year in a generation for pig farmers but what does 2023 have in store?
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.
Stay Safe this Christmas
Christmas can create a hive of activity on many farms with family home and friends visiting. It is important to continue to keep safety high on the priority list as the farmyard is a hazardous place. Francis Bligh, Teagasc Health & Safety Specialist has advice on staying safe this Christmas
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.
Teagasc Pig Newsletter December 2022
Get the latest information and advice from the Teagasc Pig Team.
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.
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.
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.
Teagasc Supporting Farmers for Climate Action - Industry Response
Teagasc Head of Education Dr Anne-Marie Butler was joined by Agriculture Industry leaders for a panel discussion at the launch of the Teagasc Climate Action Strategy on December 1st.
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.
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.
A Review of the 2022 Teagasc National Pig Farmers’ Conference
Teagasc Pig Advisor, Emer McCrum, joins Ciarán Carroll on the latest episode of the Pig Edge podcast to discuss some of the main topics and talking points from the 2022 Teagasc National Pig Farmers’ Conference.
Teagasc Pig Newsletter November 2022
Get the latest information and advice from the Teagasc Pig Team.
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.
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.
Research Update - Wetfeed2
Realizing the full potential of liquid feeding to improve the feed efficiency of the grower finisher pigs
The Evidence for a Causal Link Between Disease and Damaging Behavior in Pigs
Teagasc Researcher, Laura Boyle, and others, tell us more about the link between disease and damaging behavior in pigs.
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.
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.
Impact of improved hygiene: Farrowing accommodation and liquid feeding systems
There are many factors associated with internal biosecurity and the impact of proper implementation of individual measures such as cleaning and disinfection routines is not always clear or evident. Implementing cleaning and disinfection routines correctly takes time.
Research Impact Highlights 2021 - Pigs
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 pigs.
Developing an Irish Biomethane Industry
Biomethane is a carbon neutral renewable gas made from farm & food waste. The process is known as anaerobic digestion. Gas Networks Ireland has launched a Request for Information to identify new & feasible biomethane production projects. Teagasc Energy Specialist Barry Caslin gives information
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.
Energy Options - short, medium and long term
Louise Clarke, Teagasc Pig Specialist, says energy is a resource that must be used efficiently and effectively and gives us some tips to reduce energy costs.
Adopting Best Practice
Since the last in person Pig Conference in 2019, performance and output on Irish farms has continued to advance. Emer McCrum & Ciarán Carroll highlight a number of relatively low cost but high impact best practices that can be implemented on farm to maintain and support improved performance.
Research Impact Highlights 2021 - General
Teagasc Research Impact Highlights in 2021, a supplement of TResearch magazine, was recently released.
Energy & Biosecurity Considerations for the Poultry Industry
Energy & Biosecurity Considerations for the Poultry Industry event which took place on Monday, 17 October in the Hillgrove Hotel, Monaghan.
Producing Pigmeat Sustainably
Gerard McCutcheon, Teagasc Pig Specialist, takes us through some of the Indicators of Sustainability of the pig industry, the improvements that have been made over the years, and where we should focus our efforts going forward.
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’.
Value Added Pig Meat & the Opportunities for Irish Pig Producers
Dr. Ruth Hamill, Senior Research Officer at Teagasc Ashtown, joins Ciarán Carroll on the latest Pig Edge podcast to discuss Value Added Pig meat.
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.
Healthy Workplaces Lighten the Load
This week, 24th to 28th of October, is European Week for Safety and Health at Work.
How Teagasc can help farmers improve sustainability on their farms - Signpost Series Webinar
On the Teagasc Signpost webinar series on Friday, 21 October at 9:30am Prof. Frank O’Mara, Director of Teagasc Signpost Programme, launched the Signpost Sustainability Results. While Dr. Tom O’Dwyer, Head of the Signpost Programme presented and discussed the results to date.
Regional Organic Meetings Autumn 2022
The Organic Farming Scheme was officially opened for applications on October 20th and there is very strong interest from farmers regarding organic farming.
The rapid spike in feed cost and lag in pig price movement has resulted in Irish pig producers suffering unprecedented losses, writes Michael Mc Keon, however there are tools that can be used to reduce this volatility and maintain a more determinable income.
Why are farmers engaging with climate change
Farmers right across the country are engaging with climate change and taking action to reduce the impact that their farming system has on the environment.
Energy and Biosecurity Key Considerations for the Poultry Industry
Teagasc organised an ‘Energy and Biosecurity - Considerations for the Poultry Industry’ event this week which took place in the Hillgrove Hotel, Monaghan. This event was run in conjunction with IFA, Animal Health Ireland (AHI) and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM).
Leading scientists advance science in global meat debate
Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Martin Heydon TD, today, Wednesday, 19 October opened the International Summit on the Societal Role of Meat.
Teagasc Pig Farmers’ Conference 2022
The Teagasc Pig Conference takes place in person this year on Tuesday, 18th and Wednesday, 19th October.
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.
Research Update - EarWel
Lucy Markland, PhD student working on the EarWel project, gives us an update on her research which focuses on risk factors for ear lesions on Irish pig farms.
National Pig Conference 2022
This October 18th & 19th, the Teagasc Pig Conference will go ahead in person for the first time since 2019. Teagasc Pig Development Department and guest speakers will present information relating to current issues within the pig industry.
Signpost Photo Competition
We are inviting you to submit photos, capturing the actions that you are taking to reduce emissions on your farms.
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.
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
Tips & Advice for Staying Safe On-Farm
Teagasc Health & Safety Specialist, Francis Bligh, joins Ciarán Carroll on the latest Pig Edge podcast to discuss tips and advice for health and safety on-farm as well as improving indications for the latest trends.
Broiler Farming in the Next Decade
Teagasc’s first poultry Knowledge Transfer event will take place on Monday, 10th October in Teagasc Ballyhaise College, Co. Cavan and on Tuesday, 11th October in Teagasc Moorepark Food Research Centre, Co. Cork.
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.
Pigs Newsletter - September 2022
Get the latest information and advice from the Teagasc Pig Team.
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.
Transferring the Family Farm Clinics
To help you prepare for succession planning Teagasc is hosting six clinics across the country. These clinics are designed to help farm families through the process of and all aspects that need to be considered when transferring the family 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.
Research Update - SowWeanWel
Martyna Lagoda, PhD student working on the SOWWEANWEL project, gives us an update on her research looking at the effects of chronic stress during pregnancy on sow welfare, reproductive performance, & on the resilience of offspring to stress.
Over 4,500 Farm Accidents occur annually
New data from the Teagasc National Farm Survey (NFS) has revealed that that there were 4,523 accidents on Irish farms. The survey was conducted in 2021 and relates to year 2020. Over 88% of these farm accidents involved the farm operator, with a further 11% relating to family members.
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.
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.
New research to understand piglets without even touching them
On the latest podcast episode of Farmland, Agriland's Stella Meehan, is joined by Teagasc's Head of Pig Development, Edgar Manzanilla, to find out about a new research project that by studying milk, faeces and saliva, can gain a better understanding of piglets without even touching them.
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.
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.
Pig Newsletter - August 2022
Get the latest information and advice from the Teagasc Pig Team. In this month's edition: Upping the game on environmental control; Spotlight on seasonal infertility; Increasing feeder: pig ratio can improve performance and welfare; and the latest Pig Edge Podcast.
The Earthworm & the Farmer Part 2: is slurry application a friend or foe?
Did you know that some earthworms inherit lifelong built channels from their parents? Listen in to hear more about this in part two of Deirdre and Cathal’s chat with earthworm specialist, Professor Olaf Schmidt, from University College Dublin.
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
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.
Look but don't touch pig development
By studying milk, faeces and saliva, researchers at Teagasc, the University of Leon and the University of Murcia are gaining a better understanding of piglets – without even touching them. This article featured in the TResearch Autumn 2022 Magazine. Read more here
Energy-Saving Technologies on Pig Farms
Bioenergy specialist, Barry Caslin, joins Ciarán Carroll on the latest episode of the Pig Edge podcast to discuss energy-saving technologies that are available for use on pig farms.
ACRES Hedge Actions - Hedgerow Week 2022
There are three hedge actions in the new agri environment scheme ACRES: coppicing, laying & planting hedges. It is important to understand what is involved in each action and the ongoing work required during the next five years. Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist has details
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
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.
Pig Research Update - PigNutriStrat project
In this research update Keely Halpin, PhD student at Teagasc Pig Development Department, writes about the PigNutriStrat project which investigates novel management strategies to reduce antimicrobial reliance and antimicrobial resistance on Irish pig farms.
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.
Maternal supplementation with Bacillus altitudinis spores improves porcine offspring growth performance and carcass weight
Researchers at Teagasc Pig Development Department & Waterford Institute of Technology recently published the results of a study. The study evaluated the effect of feeding Bacillus altitudinis spores to sows and/or offspring on growth and health indicators. The study showed some economic advantages
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.
Meet the Poultry farmer - Belview Eggs
Dermot Herlihy began egg production in 1978 with 5,000 hens expanding to 3 Enriched Colony Systems by 2010. In 2020, Belview established their free-range unit at Carrickbaggot, Co. Louth. Find out the Signpost farm measures undertaken in Energy Efficiency, Carbon Footprint and Manure Management
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
Freedom to Move: Free Lactation Pens Improve Sow Welfare
Orla Kinane and Dr. Keelin O’Driscoll from Teagasc Pig Development Department, along with Dr. Fidelma Butler from University College Cork have recently published ‘Freedom to Move: Free Lactation Pens Improve Sow Welfare’. You can find the details of this interesting study here on Teagasc Daily
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
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
Pig Newsletter - July 2022
Get the latest information and advice from the Teagasc Pig Team. In this month's edition: Heat stress, African Swine Fever Update and Implementing an optimised hygiene programme in farrowing rooms increases piglet weaning weight and reduces the need for medicinal treatment in suckling piglets.
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
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
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
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.
Fatal Farm Incidents in Ireland 2008 – 2021
As farm safety week draws to a close today, Teagasc Staff Dr David Meredith, Rural Economy Development Programme (REDP), Dr John McNamara, Health & Safety Specialist and Dr Mohammad Mohammadrezaei, REDP, show us the statistics on Fatal Farm Incidents in Ireland 2008 – 2021 to raise safety awareness
Promoting Positive Mental Health among Farmers
Mental Health Awareness is today's Farm Safety Week theme. Farmers live in constantly changing times with possibilities of farming problems and many issues that can cause stress and associated mental health challenges. John McNamara, Teagasc Health & Safety Specialist discusses managing stress here
Teagasc Pig Research Update - assessing dietary efficiencies
Jordi Camp Montoro, Teagasc PhD student, with David Solà Oriol, Ramon Muns, Josep Gasa, Núria Llanes & Edgar Garcia Manzanilla recently published a research paper: ‘Blood and faecal biomarkers to assess dietary energy, protein and amino acid efficiency of utilization by growing and finishing pigs'
Preventing Occupational Respiratory Diseases in Farming
On Thursday 21st July Respiratory Health is the #FarmSafetyWeek theme. Farmers are at high risk for developing respiratory (lung) disease. About 60% of non-smoking Irish farmers report having some lung or breathing issues. John McNamara, Teagasc Health & Safety Specialist discusses preventing this
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
Young persons - be safe around farm vehicles and machinery
Health and Safety Authority figures tell us that sadly 22 children lost their lives as a result of farm accidents in the past 10 years. HSA figures also tell us that 91% of childhood deaths on farms had a farm vehicle or a machine involved. Get some advice here on keeping young persons safe
Child Safety on Farms in 2022
The farm safety week theme for Tuesday is Child safety on farms. Francis Bligh, Teagasc Health & Safety Specialist outlines ways to keep children safe on farm. He discusses the importance of teaching children about farm safety and lists various resources for children including ‘Stay Safe with Jessy'
Teagasc Fodder Survey Results
Teagasc dairy and drystock advisors completed feed budgets with a selection of over 500 farmer clients on PastureBase Ireland in late June/early July. The Teagasc Fodder Survey Results were presented to the National Fodder & Food Security Committee on Wednesday, 13th July. Get a summary here
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.
Teagasc Pig Research Facility Farm Update - July 2022
In this video Tomás Ryan, Farm Manager at Teagasc Pig Research Facility updates us on what has been happening on the unit over the past few months. He reviews the six month performance from the unit. Find out more here
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
Teagasc Pig Research Update - PigNutriStrat project
In this research update Elisa Arnaud, PhD student in Teagasc Pig Development Department, updates us on the PigNutriStrat project. This project will investigate a range of strategies, both pre- and post-weaning, to improve pig growth and limit antimicrobial usage.
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
Pig Newsletter - June 2022
Get the latest information and advice from the Teagasc Pig Team. In this month's edition: Pig Exceptional Payment Scheme 2; Should you be thinking about solar energy? and Providing Environmental Enrichment
The Pig Exceptional Payment Scheme 2 Explained
Damien Ward, Assistant Principal Meat Policy Division in the Department of Agriculture, joins Ciarán Carroll on the latest Pig Edge podcast to explain the €13 million Pig Exceptional Payment Scheme 2 (PEPS2) which was launched in June.
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
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.
Improving young pig welfare on-farm: PDD Review paper
This review paper, ‘Improving young pig welfare on-farm: The Five Domains Model’ authored by Keelin O’Driscoll, Teagasc Research Officer, Anna K Johnson, Jean-Loup Rault, Jeremy N Marchant and Emma M Baxter was recently published. It considers welfare through the neonatal and nursery pig perspective
Farm Incomes up in 2021 due to higher output prices
Higher output prices across most farm enterprises were the main driver of the increase in farm incomes in 2021, a Teagasc review has concluded. However, the scale of the increase in income varied considerably across farm systems.
Heart health – changes are needed
Farmers aged 17 to 64 are seven times more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than salaried employees. Simple steps can reduce your risk. John McNamara Teagasc Health and Safety specialist & Diana van Doorn Teagasc Walsh Scholar discuss this recent major study on improving cardiovascular health
Teagasc Pig Research Update - BM Farm
This BM-Farm project is a collaboration between Teagasc & University College Dublin. It is aimed at developing markers of animal health in commercial pig farms. Mario Ornelas is the PhD student working on the BM-FARM project. He is supervised by Edgar Garcia Manzanilla, Teagasc and Nola Leonard, UCD
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
Planning for Succession & Inheritance
Planning for succession is a vital process to engage in, for all farm families. It is through this process that that the next generation of farmers or farm owners are brought into farming or the ownership of land. Thomas Curran, Regional Manager of Teagasc Cork West has worthwhile advice here
National Pig Herd Performance Report 2021
The National Pig Herd Performance Report 2021, 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 2021.
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
Pig Newsletter - May 2022
Get the latest information and advice from the Teagasc Pig Team. In this month's edition: The National Pig Herd Performance Report 2021; Keeping Accurate Records to become a Top Producer; Improved gestation housing translates into better sow and piglet welfare; Reducing waste water on farm
The Signpost Series - Ireland's 5th Nitrates Action Programme and beyond
On this episode of The Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 13th May, Pat Murphy, Head of Environment KT, Teagasc was joined by Ted Massey & Leanne Roache, Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine (DAFM) Nitrates Division to discuss Ireland's 5th Nitrates Action Programme and beyond.
Results & Analysis from the 2021 Pig Herd Performance
Gerard McCutcheon, Specialist Pig Development Officer at Teagasc joins Ciarán Carroll on the latest episode of the Pig Edge podcast to discuss the recently published National Pig Herd Performance Report for 2021.
Pig Herd Performance 2021 Infographic
The Pig Herd Performance 2021 infographic summarises some of the main results from the 2021 National Pig Herd Performance Report. This report is the detailed analysis of the performance of the pig farms that participated in the Teagasc Profit Monitor (PM) recording system in 2021.
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
Direct selling from Castlemine Farm
The Allen family has been farming Castlemine Farm for five generations. The 250ac farm, located at Four Mile House in Co Roscommon produces pasture fed beef, lamb and free-range pork. Anne Kinsella, Teagasc Rural Economy Development Programme, Athenry visited the farm and farm shop to learn 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.
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.
Pig Newsletter - April 2022
Get the latest information and advice from the Teagasc Pig Team. In this month's edition: Dealing with Stress, New Nitrate Regulations and BSAS 2022 Industry Prize Winners Feature.
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
The Signpost Series - Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Cattle & Pig Manure
On this episode of the Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 8th April, Mark Gibson, Head of Teagasc Outreach & Innovation Department was joined by Dr. Stephen Nolan, PIGergy Project & Mr. Shaun Connolly, GEBTech Project to discuss Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Cattle & Pig Manure.
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
Direct Selling of Organic Produce - Webinar
Recently Joe Kelleher, Teagasc Organic Specialist hosted the sixth in a series of Organic Webinars exploring the direct selling of organic produce. Joe was joined by Barry Caslin, Rural Development Specialist, Teagasc; Ollie & Esther O’Brien, Cúlbhac Farm and Clive Bright, Rare Ruminare
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
Roberta Maria D’Alessio PhD Student Pig Development Department
One in the series of videos from our PhD students in the Pig Development Department. Roberta Maria D’Alessio study is focussed on the animal welfare issue of tail biting. In the video below Roberta describes the process she is going through for her research project.
Situation and Outlook for Irish Agriculture - April 2022
In December of 2021 we published the annual Situation and Outlook for 2022. In the short period since then the outlook for 2022 has changed considerably due to the Russian Federation’s invasion of Ukraine and the war that has resulted. The situation & outlook is summarised for each commodity sector.
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
Pauline Lichou, PhD Student Pig Development Department
In this video, Postgraduate student Pauline Lichou, Teagasc Pig Development Department discusses her project, part of MonoGutHealth, researching nutritional and management strategies for healthy porcine offspring: improve the health, growth and efficiency of piglets born into large litters.
Nip in the bud
Pigs’ tails are commonly docked to prevent tail biting, but a crackdown on this problematic practice means alternative solutions are needed. Teagasc Research Officer Keelin O’Driscoll has been leading projects in this area, to find a sustainable solution to the tail biting challenge.
Molly Harrison, PhD Student Pig Development Department
In this one of 11 PDD student videos, Postgraduate student Molly Harrison, Teagasc Pig Development Department discusses her Masters project researching the potential to diversify the Irish pig produce market. She will investigate the feasibility of a high-welfare pig farm assurance scheme in Ireland
Analyses of the organic value chain in Ireland
Dan Clavin & Dr Yan Jin, Teagasc led this research in which a value chain mapping approach was undertaken using organic administrative data to understand the structure of the organic value chain, examining the distribution of organic farms in relation to their production systems
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
Direct Selling of Organic Produce Webinar
On Wednesday, 30 March at 7.30pm, join us online for a webinar which will explore the direct selling of organic produce. Register for the event here and also find out about two other organic events taking place this week.
Pig Newsletter - March 2022
In this edition; recommendations for pig farmers to cope with the crisis, Michael McKeon takes a look at optimum sale weight in light of the current situation and Elisa Arnaud & Peadar Lawlor present results from the PigNutriStrat project on administering pain relief to sows after farrowing
Financial Supports to Weather the Crisis
For the latest episode of the Pig Edge podcast, you’ll hear from a recent webinar on ‘Financial Supports to Weather the Crisis’ that was held by the Pig Development Department on Wednesday, 16th February.
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
Have you made your Will yet?
Making a Will is a very important task to consider for any farmer today. Many farmers delay it for as long as possible believing that they can continue indefinitely. Ciaran Beatty, Teagasc Advisor, Castlerea says it is a difficult topic to address and many farmers avoid it and have no plans in place
Martyna Lagoda, PhD Student Pig Development Department
In this video, Postgraduate student Martyna Lagoda, Teagasc Pig Development Department tells us about her research project, which is looking at the implications of chronic stress for sow reproductive performance, welfare, and offspring resilience. This is one of a series of 11 videos of PDD students
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
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
Mario Ornelas, PhD Student Pig Development Department
In this video, Postgraduate student Mario Ornelas, Teagasc Pig Development Department tells us about his research project, which is looking at biomarkers and microbiomes on pig farms for antimicrobial resistance management. This is one of a series of 11 videos of PDD students
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.
DAFM Pig Exceptional Payment Scheme
The Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D., announced the opening of applications for the Pig Exceptional Payment Scheme (PEPS), a €7 million exchequer funded scheme to support commercial pig farmers in Ireland. It aims to give temporary financial aid to pig farmers
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
Keely Halpin, PhD Student Pig Development Department
In this one of 11 videos of PDD students, Postgraduate student Keely Halpin, Teagasc Pig Development Dept discusses her project focusing on implementing internal biosecurity measures in the farrowing house with the aim of reducing antibiotic usage while increasing piglet growth and lifetime health
Teagasc appoint new Head of Animal and Grassland Programme
Teagasc has appointed Dr Laurence Shalloo as Head of the Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation programme. The Teagasc Authority approved the appointment at its meeting on Wednesday 2 March 2022.
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.
Pig Newsletter - February 2022
In this edition, Michael McKeon provides an update on the Irish Pig Sector. Orla Kinane & Keelin O’Driscoll discuss whether or not Precision Livestock Farming be used to manage tail biting. Catch up on recent webinars and find out more about the new support scheme for pig producers.
Health and Safety Newsletter - February 2022
This edition of the Health and Safety Newsletter has advice on work organisation and time management, covering topics such as getting organised and help ahead of the busy periods, having good facilities, herd health, technology and standard operating procedures.
Financial Supports to Weather the Crisis – Webinar
The Pig Development Department held a webinar on Wednesday, 16th February focusing on the financial supports available to pig producers to weather the current crisis. You can watch the webinar here
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
Organic Manure Factsheet
Teagasc recently published a compendium of 20 factsheets providing the latest technical advice on soils, nutrients and fertiliser. The third of these is about Organic manure and can be read here. All 20 will be published here on Teagasc Daily
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.
Practical considerations for the removal of Zinc Oxide Webinar Presentations
The Pig Development Department hosted a webinar on January 25th focusing on the practical steps and considerations for producers in advance of the ban on Zinc Oxide. View the presentations of speakers Dr. Francesc Molist of Schothorst Feed Research and Edgar Garcia Manzanilla, Head of Teagasc PDD
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.
Organic Farming Scheme opens
The Organic Farming Scheme (OFS) opened today (February 9th) for new applicants into the scheme. The scheme will financially reward farmers who commit to farming their land organically. Joe Kelleher, Teagasc Organic Specialist has information about the new scheme here in this article and podcast
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
Opportunities in Organic Farming
Teagasc has organised a series of information events for farmers who are considering joining the new Organic Farming Scheme, which was opened by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine on Wednesday, 9 February. Find out more about all of these events here
Elisa Arnaud, PhD Student Pig Development Department
In this one of 11 videos of PDD students, Postgraduate student Elisa Arnaud with the Teagasc Pig Development Department (PDD) describes the project she is working on which looks at nutritional and management strategies to improve growth and limit antimicrobial usage in pigs pre and post-weaning.
Why pig manure is a valuable fertiliser option
With fertiliser prices reaching record highs, on this month's episode of the Pig Edge, you'll hear an interview that Catherine Egan from the Beef Edge podcast did recently with Teagasc pig development officer, Gerard McCutcheon, and Teagasc specialist, Mark Plunkett.
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.
Using pig manure as a cheaper fertiliser alternative
With the high price of fertiliser this Spring, Gerard McCutcheon, Teagasc Pig Development Officer and Mark Plunkett, Teagasc Specialist are on this week’s episode of the Beef Edge podcast with an insight into using pig manure as a cheap alternative and the do's and don’ts around importing slurry.
Using pig slurry to save money makes more sense than ever
Pig slurry is now worth €48 per 1000 gallons. This double its normal value because fertiliser prices have never been so expensive. Using pig slurry can save you money - now more than ever before! Amy Quinn, Teagasc Pig Development Department has guidance for farmers importing pig slurry here
Pig Newsletter January 2022
Welcome to the January edition of our monthly newsletter. In this month's edition: Quality Control of feed ingredients and Using pig slurry to save money makes more sense than ever
Practical considerations for the removal of Zinc Oxide Webinar
The Pig Development Department (PDD) will hold a webinar on January 25th at 1pm. During this lunchtime event we will focus on the practical steps and considerations for producers in advance of the ban on Zinc Oxide. Register here.
Juan Ortiz, PhD Student PDD
In this one of 11 videos of PDD students, Juan Ortiz, PhD Student with the Teagasc Pig Development Department (PDD) describes the project he is working on investigating the effects of therapeutic ZnO on the microbiome, resistome & immune system of weaned piglets and strategies to face ZnO withdrawal
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.
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.
Getting the Best out of your Slurry - Webinar
The webinar 'Getting the Best out of your Slurry' was held on Wednesday 12th January. Francis Quigley, Machinery Specialist and Mark Plunkett, Soil and Plant Nutrition Specialist, Teagasc looked at LESS spreading, nutrient value of slurry, testing and more with guest speakers. Watch it back here
Working Safely with Slurry
With slurry season commencing in many parts of the country this week it is once again important to think about the dangers associated with handling slurry and to plan this work with safety in mind. John McNamara and Francis Bligh Teagasc Health and Safety Specialists advice caution with safety tips
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.
Lorcan O’Neill, PhD Student PDD
In this video, one of 11 videos of PDD students, Lorcan O’Neill, PhD Student with the Teagasc Pig Development Department (PDD) describes the AMURAP project, which is researching antimicrobial use and resistance in the pig and poultry sectors in Ireland.
Getting the Best Out of Slurry
Maximise the opportunity to reduce chemical fertiliser inputs in the year ahead. If you'd like to find out more you won't want to miss the Teagasc Getting the Best Out of Slurry Webinar on Wednesday, 12th January 2022 at 11am with Francis Quigley and Mark Plunkett. Register here
How to best plan for the current financial situation
In our first episode of the New Year, Teagasc Pig Advisor Louise Clarke joins Amy Quinn on the latest Pig Edge podcast to look at the year ahead and consider how to best plan for the current financial situation and legislative changes being implemented in 2022.
Its time to get filling your profit monitor input sheet for 2021
Farm Management Specialist Kevin Connolly advises on completing your 2021 Profit Monitor.The operation of a successful farm business is often likened to a three-legged stool. The business is the seat, held up by three legs. Each leg is critical to ensure the business is viable & sustainable ...
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
Teagasc Pig Research Facility Farm Update - 31st December 2021
In final Teagasc Pig Research Facility update for 2021, Tomás Ryan, Farm Manager gives a review of the performance of the unit for the year.
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.
Pig Newsletter December 2021
In this edition advisor Michael McKeon gives a review of Pig Sector in 2021 and Outlook for 2022. Researcher Peadar Lawlor and Walsh Scholar Florence Viard report on Optimising number of feed splits and sensor height in short trough liquid feeding.
Pig slurry on tillage ground
The Teagasc Pig Development Department bring us this video which features Gerard McCutcheon, Pig Advisor and Martin Doran, Tillage Farmer and demonstrates the use and value of pig manure as fertiliser on Martin's farm.
Teagasc Pathway to Reducing GHG Emissions
The Climate Action Plan of 4th November clarified sectoral emission reduction targets for agriculture and land-use. Tom O’Dwyer, Head of Signpost Programme focuses on the steps needed for agriculture to deliver on its targets. Teagasc Director, Frank O'Mara outlined these at the Beef Conference also
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.
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
The 2021 Review and 2022 Forecast for the Irish pig sector
For the final episode of the Pig Edge in 2021, Michael McKeon from the Teagasc Pig Development Department joins Amy Quinn to review 2021 and forecast 2022 for the Irish pig sector.
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
Pig Newsletter - November 2021
Get the latest news and advice from our Teagasc Pig Development Department. In this month's edition: Review now and plan for the future and Removing therapeutic Zinc Oxide from pig diets.
Teagasc Pig Research Farm Update - 1st December 2021
In the November update of the Pig Research Facility, Tomás Ryan, Farm Manager summarises virtual pig week, current research, general farm performance and developments. He looks back over November and discusses the four treatments in the Baby Feed System trial
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.
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.
Avian influenza or ‘bird flu’ in circulation
Avian influenza or ‘bird flu’ is a viral disease that primarily affects poultry and wild fowl and is notifiable to DAFM (SI 130/2016). Currently, a Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N1 is circulating on the island of Ireland. Rebecca Tierney, Teagasc Poultry Advisor, Ballyhaise describes bird flu
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
Florence Viard, PhD Student Pig Development Dept
In this video, one of 11 videos of PDD students, Florence Viard, PhD Student with the Teagasc Pig Development Department details her project which investigates different strategies in liquid feeding system to improve the feed efficiency of the growing finishing pigs and reduce feed wastage.
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.
Shiv Vasa, PhD Student Pig Development Dept
In this video Shiv Vasa, PhD Student with the Teagasc Pig Development Department explains his work on improving the survival and growth of piglets from large litters through manipulation of colostrum and milk, and provision of supplemental milk. This is one of a series of 11 videos of PDD students
Animal Health and Antimicrobial Resistance Awareness Week
The use of antimicrobials in the agriculture sector is coming under increasing scrutiny in light of the very real public health threat of antimicrobial resistance. The 2021 DAFM Animal Health Awareness Week will take place in conjunction with World Antimicrobial Awareness Week from Nov 18th to 24th
Dealing with antimicrobial resistance and the upcoming challenges for pig producers
On this week’s episode of the Pig Edge podcast, Superintending Vet Inspectors from the Department of Agriculture, Dr. Caroline Garvan and Dr. Damien Barrett join Amy Quinn to discuss Animal Health Awareness Week.
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.
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.
Supplementation milk for piglets
Louise Clarke, Teagasc Pig Development Officer, discusses the uses, benefits and best practice of milk supplementation for piglets.
Have you considered a career in agriculture? - Webinar
Have you considered a career in agriculture? You may be interested in this webinar, held as part of NEFERTITI Farm Attractiveness Week, which takes place from November 7th to 12th. Register for the webinar, taking place on Tuesday, 9th November at 2pm here.
What you need to know about the new Pig Health Check database
Dr. Carla Gomes, Pig Health Check Programme manager with AHI joined Amy Quinn on the latest episode of the Pig Edge podcast to discuss the programme’s new database.
Pig Newsletter - October 2021
Get the latest information and advice from the Teagasc Pig Team. In this month's edition: Virtual Pig Week recap; Wet feeding systems; Cleaning procedures for weaner pens; AHI Salmonella Webinar; Teagasc Pig Welfare Workshops and Tail Biting Workshop
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
Virtual Pig Week 2021 - Day four: Topical issues - A live panel discussion
On the final day of Virtual Pig Week 2021, which took place on Friday, 22 October, Ciarán Carroll, Head of Pigs Knowledge Transfer, Teagasc PDD hosted a live panel discussion on topical issues facing the pig sector.
Virtual Pig Week 2021 - Day three: Milk Supplementation - An overview and farmer experiences
On day three of Virtual Pig Week, which took place on Thursday, 21 October 2021, Louise Clarke, Teagasc PDD Specialist Advisor hosted a focus on Milk Supplementation.
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.
Virtual Pig Week 2021 - Day two: Wet feeding - The main problem areas
On day two of Virtual Pig Week, which took place on Wednesday, 20th October 2021, Gerard McCutcheon, Teagasc PDD Specialist Advisor hosted a webinar on wet feeding with Joost Leijten, an independent consultant on wet feed systems.
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.
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.
Virtual Pig Week Day 1: Teagasc Pig Research Facility – A Focus on production
Virtual Pig Week took place this week and on day one, the focus was on the Teagasc Pig Research Facility (TPRF). Farm Manager, Tomás Ryan and Research Technician, Aisling Holmes joined host Amy Quinn, Teagasc Pig Development Department (PDD) Specialist Advisor.
Staggering improvements in pig performance
Irish herds are bigger, and animals more productive, than ever before. That's the summary from Gerard McCutcheon Teagasc Pig Development Department, Oak Park, in this interesting article, first published in Today's Farm, looking at pig performance and the changes in the Irish pig sector since 1959
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
Join in on Virtual Pig Week
Virtual Pig Week starts 1pm today on our virtual platform www.teagasc.ie/virtualpigweek . A different topic will be covered for each of 4 days and a variety of contributors will share their expertise and experience including Teagasc farm staff, advisors, researchers, pig producers and experts.
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.
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
Virtual Pig Week is next week
Starting Tuesday 19th October and continuing until Friday 22nd October, the Teagasc Pig Development Department will bring you the latest research and the best technical advice and information, at 1pm each day. Virtual Pig Week is relevant to all involved in pig production. Register and more here
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
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
A Preview of Virtual Pig Week 2021
This year’s Virtual Pig Week will take place from October 19th-22nd on the Teagasc virtual platform and Ciarán Carroll joins Amy Quinn on the latest episode of the Pig Edge to preview what’s coming up.
Environment Newsletter - October 2021
The latest edition of the Environment newsletter has information on: Key management dates; Shop windows; Have that conversation; Know your derogation commitments; and EIP Update - Comeragh upland communities.
Teagasc Pig Research Facility Farm Update - 8th October 2021
In the latest Pig Research Facility Farm Update, Tomás Ryan, Farm Manager looks at the basic production numbers for the unit. He gives an account of sow condition, weaning weights and he also discusses the baby feed system trial on the batch of piglets just weaned.
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
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
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.
Pig Newsletter - September 2021
The latest newsletter from the Teagasc Pig team focuses on Virtual Pig Week 2021; Hospital pen function & design; Implications of the ‘End the Cage Age’ for housing pregnant sows in stalls; and Why do pigs cough? (Part 2).
Transferring family farm - Where do I start?
Transferring the family farm is so much more than just a simple business transaction; there are a number of complex issues to be addressed. Catherine Egan, Beef Specialist, discusses how to handle family farm transfers, with insight from Teagasc Financial Management Specialist, James McDonnell.
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
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
Antimicrobial resistance Teagasc Leaflet
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the ability of a microorganism (like bacteria and viruses) to stop an antimicrobial or antiviral drug from working against it. In this leaflet, authors Dr. Bernie Earley Grange & Aidan Murray Beef Specialist discuss AMR, how to prevent it and advise on antibiotics
Autumn Organic Webinars: The role of multi species swards
The Teagasc Organic Specialists are hosting a series of Autumn organic webinars covering various technical aspects of organic farming. The first of these webinars takes place on Wednesday 22nd September at 7.30pm, focusing on the role of multi species swards on Irish organic farms. Register here
“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..
Let's Talk Poultry Webinar - Balcas Energy Solution for Heating Poultry Houses
Host Rebecca Tierney, Teagasc Poultry Advisor was joined by Colm Hatton, Paula Keelagher and Gerard Owens, Balcas Energy on a recent Let's Talk Poultry webinar which took place on Wednesday, 8th September to discuss Balcas Energy Solution for Heating Poultry Houses.
'Developing Rural Ireland' - A History of the Irish Agricultural Advisory Services - Official Launch
Developing Rural Ireland is a history of the Irish agricultural advisory services. The book written by Dr. Mícheál Ó Fathartaigh documents the important role of the advisory services in rural Ireland from the early 1900s to the current day. Watch the official launch of the book here
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.
Highlights from WAFL 2021, the international welfare research conference
On the latest episode of the Pig Edge podcast, Amy Quinn is joined by Teagasc Pig Development Department (PDD) Researcher, Keelin O'Driscoll, and Head of Pig Knowledge Transfer, Ciarán Carroll, to discuss WAFL 2021.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Ireland's Nitrates Review
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 3rd September, Pat Murphy Head of Environment Knowledge Transfer was joined by Jack Nolan, Senior Inspector, DAFM, to discuss Ireland's Draft Nitrate Action Programme and the 2nd stage consultation.
Safe Slurry Handling
In the next few weeks the last of the slurry for this year will be spread on farms by many farmers and contractors before the October 15th deadline. Francis Bligh & Tom Fallon, Teagasc have important advice on staying safe around slurry, in particular when agitating slurry and emptying slurry tanks
While organic may be the smaller of the poultry systems; it is growing year on year. Irish organic egg production has increased in recent years to a market share of 3%. Elaine Leavy, Organic Specialist & Rebecca Tierney, Poultry Advisor have advice on the requirements for setting up organic poultry
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.
Teagasc Pig Research Facility Farm Update - 30th August 2021
In this month’s Pig Research Facility Farm Update for August, Tomás Ryan, Farm Manager welcomes the newest member to the Pig Development Department team, Kieran Keane and discusses a new research trial that is commencing using our new supplementary milk piglet feeding system.
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.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Managing Nutrient Runoff from Farmyards
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 6th August, Pat Murphy, Head of Teagasc Environment KT Programme was joined by Sara Vero, Assistant Lecturer, Agricultural Science, Waterford Institute of Technology to discuss managing nutrient runoff from farmyards.
Let's Talk Poultry Webinar - Biosecurity assessments for broiler and layers units: Irish results
Host Rebecca Tierney, Teagasc Poultry Advisor, was joined by Carla Gomes, Animal Health Ireland (AHI), on a recent Let's Talk Poultry webinar which took place on Wednesday, 25th August to discuss biosecurity assessments for broiler and layers units: Irish results
Pig Newsletter - August 2021
The latest newsletter from the Teagasc Pig team focuses on removing Zinc Oxide preventive antibiotics, less than a year to go; how much do pigs cough?; WAFL 2021, and more.
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.
Developing Rural Ireland - A History of the Irish Agricultural Advisory Services
On Wednesday September 1st the Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD will launch a new book documenting the history of the agricultural advisory services in Ireland. Join online for the launch and to hear from the author Mícheál Ó Fathartaigh
Let's Talk Poultry Webinar - Understanding Foot Pad Dermatitis
Host Rebecca Tierney, Teagasc Poultry Advisor was joined by Conor Sheehy, St David’s Poultry Team on a recent Let's Talk Poultry webinar which took place on Wednesday, 11th August to discuss understanding Foot Pad Dermatitis.
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
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.
Let's Talk Poultry Webinar - Cocci – Prevention is better than Cure
Host Rebecca Tierney, Teagasc Poultry Advisor was joined by Ellie Radford, Huvepharma & Callum Turner, St David’s Poultry Team on a recent Let's Talk Poultry webinar which took place on Wednesday, 28 July to discuss Cocci – Prevention is better than Cure, followed by a questions & answers session.
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
The Future Challenges of the Pig Industry with Roy Gallie
Roy Gallie, Pig Producer, Tillage Farmer and Chair of the IFA pigs committee joined Amy Quinn on the latest episode of the Pig Edge podcast.
What the Carbon Removal amendment means for Irish agriculture
On the latest episode of the Environment Edge podcast, Fine Gael TD for Carlow/Kilkenny John Paul Phelan joins Deirdre Glynn & Cathal Somers to discuss the new Carbon removal amendment to the Climate Action & Low Carbon Development bill.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
Farmers are constantly surrounded by livestock and machinery and the hazards they pose. Additionally, many other hazards occur on farms such as working at heights or emptying slurry tanks. Penny Gavin, Teagasc / H.S.A./ UCD Walsh Scholar on Farm Safety advises on staying alert by avoiding tiredness
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.