Pigs & Poultry
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.
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
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.