The role of multi species swards on Irish organic farms - Webinar
On Wednesday, 22nd September, Joe Kelleher and Elaine Leavy, Teagasc Organic Specialists were joined by Thomas Moloney, DLF and Kevin O’Hanlon, Organic dairy farmer for the first in a series of Autumn Organic Webinars which focused on the role of multi species swards on Irish organic farms.
Breeding Ewe Lambs / Clean Livestock for Sheep
This year appears to have brought a lot of interest in breeding ewe lambs, due to hogget prices being strong. Colm Murray, B&T Drystock Advisor discusses the benefits and challenges of breeding ewe lambs. He also looks at clean livestock policy for sheep and pre-sale management.
The Signpost Series Webinar - The Pearl Mussel Project EIP
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 17th September, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd Manager was joined by Dr Patrick Crushell, Project Manager, The Pearl Mussel Project EIP to discuss the Pearl Mussel Project EIP.
Tánaiste Visit to Teagasc Ashtown
The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar TD recently visited the Teagasc Ashtown Research Centre in Dublin to view the significant investment and future development plans relating to the food and horticultural facilities there.
Minister Heydon views sustainability research in Teagasc Johnstown Castle
Environmental sustainability is now central to all agricultural production in Ireland. Never before has there been more ask for technologies and tools for agriculture to meet the environmental challenges. These societal challenges are at the heart of research in Teagasc Johnstown Castle
Prebreeding Vaccination against Toxo and Enzo in Sheep
Infectious abortion causes serious losses at farm level, with the loss of young ewes from the flock, veterinary bills, disposal of carcasses as well as a lot of stress. Eamonn Dempsey, Teagasc Advisor, discusses this and prebreeding vaccination against toxoplasmosis and enzootic abortion in sheep.
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
Grass10 Newsletter - 21st September 2021
Get the latest from the Grass10 team including; PastureBase data & Elodie Ruelle’s MoSt Grass Growth Prediction Model; Grass10 Grazing tips; Take home messages from the Grazing Plot Demonstration at Moorepark21, details on upcoming events and dairy farmer, Paudie O’Brien's current grass update
Minister McConalogue presents Awards to Top Grassland Farmers
The winners of the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 competition were presented with their awards by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD, in Teagasc Moorepark last week.
Checking condition of Hill ewes
Damian Costello, Teagasc Sheep Specialist discusses the importance of assessing the body condition of ewes coming up to mating at a recent sheep open day on the farm of Teagasc BETTER Farm sheep programme participant John Joe Fitzgerald, Dingle, Co. Kerry.
Time to consider plunge dipping
Head of sheep in Teagasc Michael Gottstein joins Ciarán Lynch on this week’s OviCast podcast to discuss the control of external parasites in sheep. They discuss best practice when it comes to dipping and dip disposal.
David O'Leary - Young Grassland Farmer of the Year Farm Walk
Join us on the morning of Thursday, 23rd September at 11am for a farm walk on the farm of the 2020 Young Grassland Farmer of the Year, David O'Leary on his farm in Castleisland, Co. Kerry.
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..
The Signpost Series - Combining catchment science & agricultural advice to improve local water quality
On this episode of The Signpost Series, held on Friday, 10th September, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd Manager was joined by Cathal Somers, Teagasc ASSAP Advisor and Philip Murphy, LAWPRO Catchment Scientist to discuss combining catchment science & agricultural advice to improve local water quality.
The Future of Farming starts now – Farmers can do their bit to slow Climate Change
Climate change is an issue that demands immediate attention. Glen Corbett, Teagasc B&T Drystock Adviser, discusses the Signpost Programme; reducing greenhouse gas & ammonia emissions; protected urea; grazing management; and other actions farmers can take to help slow down climate change.
Grass10 Newsletter - 14th September 2021
Get the latest from the Grass10 team including; PastureBase data & Elodie Ruelle’s MoSt Grass Growth Prediction Model; Grass10 Grazing tips; building soil Potassium (K) with Mark Plunkett, Teagasc Johnstown Castle, David O Leary's upcoming GFOY farm walk, farmer updates- David Gannon & JP Hammersley
Reducing chemical nitrogen use on dairy farms
Dairy farmers visiting the Teagasc Dairy Open Day, yesterday and today in Moorepark, with the final day on Thursday 16th September, will hear from Teagasc researchers and advisers about the Five key practices which can be used to reduce N fertiliser use on all farms
Farmer focus: John Joe Fitzgerald – a hill farm in transition
John Joe Fitzgerald is a participant in the Teagasc BETTER farm sheep programme and the new Teagasc Signpost Programme. He joins Ciarán Lynch as the latest farmer focus on this week's OviCast.
Stores lambs – weighing up the options
At this time of year many farms that run a breeding ewe flock are assessing their options for the remaining lambs on the farm. Damian Costello, Teagasc Sheep Specialist, discusses preparing a budget, targeting cheap weight gain from grass, and estimated slaughter date.
'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.
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.
Small woodlands on dairy and drystock farms: Have your say on trees
Forests account for 12% of land area in Ireland. The government target is that forests will make up 18% of the land area by 2046. Rachel Irwin, Teagasc Walsh Scholar is surveying farmers to analyse their perceptions of, attitudes towards, and willingness to plant, trees on farms. Have your say here
How to check the ewe is fit for breeding
Edward Egan, Drystock Advisor, Teagasc Co. Meath has compiled a fact sheet for sheep farmers on how to check the ewe is fit for breeding. Edward outlines 10 key areas that need addressing and he advises beginning the ewe check early - at least 10 weeks prior to start of breeding. Download it here
Grass10 Newsletter - 7th September 2021
Get the latest from the Grass10 team including; PastureBase Ireland data for the week; Grass10 Grazing tips; Elodie Ruelle’s MoSt Grass Growth Prediction Model; update from dairy farmer Seamus Dolan in Co. Cavan on his grass situation; and information on the Teagasc Moorepark Open Day 2021.
The Sustainable Beef and Lamb Assurance Scheme audit – everything you need to know
With over 34,000 audits taking place on Irish Beef & Sheep farms each year, Emma O’Gorman, Quality Assurance and Origin Green co-ordinator at Bord Bia joins Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge podcast to bust some myths around the audit.
Joining ewe lambs – what to consider
Dr. Tim Keady joins Ciarán Lynch on this week’s OviCast to discuss the subject of joining ewe lambs to lambs at 1 year old.
Sheep Newsletter - September 2021
This month's Sheep Newsletter includes information on: grassland management; getting ready for breeding; BETTER Farm Update - On the hill; Research Update - Lamb growth and drafting; and Health & Safety - Food for thought.
What is soil health and is it part of the solution to many of the challenges ahead in agriculture?
On the latest episode of The Environment Edge podcast, Dr Fiona Brennan Soil & Environmental Microbiology researcher with Teagasc based in Johnstown Castle tells us all about soil health.
Rathcroghan EIP - Engaging farmers in European Innovation Partnerships
European Innovation Partnerships (EIPs) are testing new forms of knowledge exchange and innovative learning. Luke Clogher, Teagasc and Monica Gorman, UCD, consider Farming Rathcroghan Project EIP-Agri, that aims to enhance farming, archaeology and agri-tourism in a unique archaeological landscape
Teagasc Signpost Programme Newsletter September 2021
This month’s Signpost newsletter features a guide to actions that dairy farmers can take to reduce emissions. We have the usual climate actions for the month as well as a timely video on lime application. We profile 3 Signpost farms – James Skehan (beef) Sean Collery (dairy) & Don Somers (tillage)
How to check the ram is fit for breeding
Edward Egan, Drystock Advisor, Teagasc Co. Meath has compiled a fact sheet for sheep farmers on how to check the ram is fit for breeding. Edward outlines 10 key areas that need addressing and he advises beginning the ram check on time - at least 10 weeks prior to start of breeding. Download it here
The Signpost Series Webinar - Refining fertiliser recommendations for extensively managed grassland
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 27th August, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd Manager was joined by Suzanne Higgins, Soil Scientist, AFBI to discuss refining fertiliser recommendations for extensively managed grassland.
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.
Hedgerow Cutting Season Begins
Hedges can be cut from 1 September until the end of February. The Wildlife Act, 1976 (2000) prohibits hedge cutting during the bird nesting season. Here Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist and Anthony Dineen, Teagasc Advisor simplify the rules and regulations around Hedges.
Grass10 Newsletter - 31st August 2021
Get the latest from the Grass10 team including; PastureBase Ireland data for the week; Grass10 Grazing tips; updates from Clonakilty research farm on grass-only versus grass-clover treatments and Farmers-John Galvin & Seán Barry GFOTY disadvantaged land, and Autumn grazing targets for beef farms;
Mating Ewe Lambs
This year will probably see an increased interest in mating ewe lambs due to the high cost of breeding hoggets, as a result of the unprecedented sheep meat prices. Michael Gottstein, Teagasc Head of Sheep discusses steps sheep farmers should remember when considering whether or not to mate ewe lambs
Forage crops: can they carry store lambs to finish?
Dr Frank Campion and Mark Dolan join Ciarán Lynch on this week’s OviCast to discuss some of the ongoing work examining the role of forage crops in store lamb finishing systems.
Autumn Reseeding – Overcoming the extra challenges
Traditionally many dairy farmers have looked to the autumn to carry out reseeding as their workloads reduce. Reseeding in the autumn presents far more challenges than early summer reseeds. James Moyles, Teagasc Advisor, Tullamore advises on the mistakes he has encountered with autumn reseeds.
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.
Drafting well under way in Co. Louth
Ciaran Lynch, Teagasc Sheep Specialist and Hugh Rooney, Teagasc Advisor catch up with long-time participant in the Teagasc BETTER Farm Sheep Programme, Peadar Kearney. Farming near Louth village, Peadar runs a closed flock of 300 crossbred ewes plus replacements.
Sheep farmers - TAKE the good lamb prices while available
Lamb prices this year are good and all sheep farmers should draft lambs as they become fit. Farmers should take full advantage of the high lamb prices available at the present time. Anthony Dineen, Teagasc Advisor, also looks at grassland management and blowfly strike prevention methods.
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.
Time for Spreading Lime
The benefits of correcting a lime deficiency are numerous. Lime can be safely spread any time of the year but planning and a more proactive approach to lime application would help increase application rates. John McCarthy, Teagasc/Dairygold Joint Programme Advisor has some advice on spreading lime.
Fodder Budget – Planning for Winter 2021
Now as the silage season approaches completion, it’s a good time to take stock of the amount of fodder in the yard. This exercise will highlight the amount of fodder you have and if you have enough for the stock you plan to carry over the winter. Eddie Webb has advice on how to do a fodder budget
Grass10 Newsletter - 24th August 2021
Get the latest from the Grass10 team including; PastureBase Ireland data for the week & Elodie Ruelle’s MoSt Grass Growth Prediction Model; Grass10 Grazing tips; Profile of dairy farmer Padraig Callanan, Co. Laois & sheep research demonstration farm update; and details of John Galvin farm walk.
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
Liver Fluke on Farms
As autumn approaches, both dairy and beef farmers can be fairly sure of the prospect of having Liver Fluke in their stock. Teagasc advisor Niall Treanor gives information about Liver Fluke and advice on treatment options.
A field, a marquee, an auctioneer and 4000 sheep: the Cooley Sheep Breeders Association sale
On this week’s OviCast, Ciarán Lynch is joined by Conor McCann, current chairman of the Cooley Sheep Breeders Association and local Teagasc advisor, Hugh Rooney, to explain more about the association's annual sale in Carlingford.
Solar PV (Solar Panels) on the farm
Solar photovoltaic (PV) cells work on the principle that energy in the sun is converted to electricity. PV cells are used to convert solar radiation into direct current (DC) electricity. Barry Caslin Teagasc, Rural Economy, has advice on the requirements for setting up Solar panels on the farm here
Endangered Corncrake making a welcome return
Corncrake numbers have declined in recent times, however they have increased again in 2021. Joanne Masterson, B&T Drystock Advisor at Teagasc Galway/Clare, discusses corncrake friendly mowing and the Corncrake LIFE Project Scheme. She also sheds light on the future of this bird species.
Ram Factors for the Breeding Season
When sourcing the ram it will pay to know as much as possible of the previous flock history. It only takes one animal to import numerous disease issues. Eamon Patten, Drystock Advisor, Teagasc Ballinrobe has a wealth of advice here on having a good ram for the breeding season
Goats don't like the rain!
Goats don’t like the rain. Marion Roeleveld, Killeen Farmhouse Cheese had goats out grazing, but when it rained they would run back into the shed. They were very bad grazers and very susceptible to parasites. Anne Kinsella, Teagasc Rural Economy, brings us this insight into making goat's cheese
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
Grass10 Newsletter - 17th August 2021
Get the latest from the Grass10 team including; PastureBase Ireland data for the week & Elodie Ruelle’s MoSt Grass Growth Prediction Model; Grass10 Autumn Grazing tips, Autumn Fertiliser Application advice and details of Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 winner Thomas Hogan's farm walk this evening
Multi-species swards grow more forage with less fertiliser, even under drought conditions
Six-species swards outperformed perennial ryegrass monocultures and were considerably more resistant to drought. New research from Teagasc, Johnstown Castle and Trinity College Dublin shows that multi-species mixtures out-yielded perennial ryegrass which received double the amount of fertiliser
Sligo/Leitrim/Donegal Sheep Health & Breeding Webinar
Tonight Teagasc Sligo Leitrim Donegal is running a Sheep Webinar at 8pm. This one hour webinar, hosted by Cian Condon, Teagasc Manorhamilton will focus on sheep health and breeding. Topics such as health and breeding issues including antimicrobial resistance will be covered. More details here
Devenish Teagasc partnership to help agri industry meet climate challenge
Ireland’s food and farming sector will have a significant competitive advantage in the global market place by creating one of the world’s most sustainable food systems through a unique collaboration between animal nutrition company, Devenish, and agriculture and food development authority, Teagasc
Pre-breeding vaccination: toxoplasmosis and enzootic abortion
Pre-breeding vaccination is one way to reduce lambs losses and barren rates next spring and is a key point highlighted by Sarah Campbell veterinary advisor with MSD Animal Health who joins Ciarán Lynch on this week’s OviCast to explain in more detail.
Assessing supply and demand for the autumn rotation
As we move into the latter part of August it’s important we start to plan and implement an autumn grazing plan on farms. Ciaran Lynch, Teagasc Sheep Specialist, discusses grassland management, assessing the flock's grass demand, and building grass supply.
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
Why farmers should plant more trees and the schemes available
On the latest episode of The Environment Edge podcast, forestry inspector in the environment section of the Department of Agriculture, Ken Bucke, joins Deirdre Glynn and Cathal Somers to discuss why farmers should consider planting more trees and what schemes are available.
Culling and Body Condition Scoring your Flock
Eamonn Dempsey, Teagasc Advisor in Tralee, Co. Kerry, discusses culling and body condition scoring your flock. Culling is one of the most important jobs on a sheep farm & should take place once ewes have dried off after weaning.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Update on ASSAP and Water Quality restoration
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 16th July, Pat Murphy, Head of Teagasc Environment KT Programme was joined by Noel Meehan, ASSAP Manager, Teagasc and Joe Crockett, Dairy Sustainability Ireland to give an update on ASSAP and Water Quality restoration.
Building Grass for an Extended Grazing Season - Webinar
On Thursday, 5th August, John Douglas and Joseph Dunphy, Teagasc Grass10 and Micheal O'Leary from PastureBase Ireland were joined by with David Brady, Heavy Soils farmer and John Galvin, Dry soils farmer to discuss building grass for an extended grazing season.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Recent policy developments for managing grazing livestock in New Zealand
On this episode of The Signpost Series, held on Friday 23rd July, Pat Murphy, Head of Teagasc Environment KT Programme was joined by Ross Monaghan, Ag Research, New Zealand to discuss recent policy developments for managing grazing livestock in New Zealand – to lessen farming impact on water quality
Building Autumn Grass
In a recent edition of the Let's Talk Dairy Series, Stuart Childs interviewed John Douglas, Teagasc Grass10 Advisor, about setting up the farm for Autumn grass. Extra grazing days in the autumn are achieved by building grass cover during August. See the environmental benefits and get key tips here
Grass10 Newsletter - 10th August 2021
Get the latest from the Grass10 team including; PastureBase Ireland data for the week & Elodie Ruelle’s MoSt Grass Growth Prediction Model; Building Grass - last week's webinar link; Flyer for Thomas Hogan’s farm walk & profile with dairy farmers in Cork and Meath on building grass this August
Signpost Programme Steering Group Meet
The first meeting of the Signpost Programme Steering Group was held on Wednesday 28 July, in Teagasc Oak Park. The Signpost Programme is a collaborative programme to lead climate action by Irish farmers and their transition towards more sustainable farming systems. Read on for more
Quarantine treating bought in stock
When new animals arrive on farm they can potentially bring some unwanted health issues with them. To minimise the risk, it’s important there is a quarantine procedure in place. On this week’s OviCast, Michael Gottstein, Head of Sheep in Teagasc joins Ciarán Lynch to discuss this issue in more detail
When a plan comes together
There are many different kinds of plans and every farm family should have one. James McDonnell Financial specialist, Teagasc Rural Economy Development Programme outlines the Teagasc planning tools available to farmers to assist with financial, succession, time management or other planning options
Best practice on spent sheep dip and footbath solutions
The practice of sheep dipping either during summer or winter or both is an important annual practice on sheep farms throughout the country. Mary Roache, Teagasc ASSAP advisor lists best practice sheep dipping guidelines here with the protection of water in mind.
Complete a Fodder Budget now to Correct Winter Silage Deficits
James Concannon, Walsh Scholar highlights that a fodder budget is an effective tool when it comes to quantifying fodder requirements for your farm this Winter. Now is the best time to take action regarding your Winter fodder so any deficits can be addressed due to the grass still growing.
Signpost Programme Farmer: Tomás O'Leary
Meet Tomás O'Leary, one of our Signpost Programme Farmers. Tomás farms with his wife Eileen and children Míchéal, Yvonne and Sinead in Killarney, Co. Kerry. Tomás operates a sheep enterprise alongside a contract rearing dairy heifer enterprise.
High Genetic Merit Belclare Sires Having the Desired Effect
Francis Gonley and his family run an all sheep farm on the outskirts of Sligo town. The farm is part of the Teagasc BETTER Farm Sheep Programme. Damian Costello, Teagasc Sheep Specialist, reports the latest on sheep performance and farm plan progress.
Research Insights Webinar - Reducing methane emissions from ruminants
On a recent Teagasc Research Insights webinar which took place on Wednesday, 14th July, David Kenny, Teagasc Head of Animal & Bioscience Department was joined by Donagh Berry, Sinead Waters and Ben Lahart to discuss reducing methane emissions from ruminants.
Signpost Programme Update
Our demonstration farmers are currently engaging with the National Farm Survey (NFS) recorders. This month's research update is on the importance of getting soil pH right. Take a look at the warming stripes for Ireland from 1901 to 2020
Environment Newsletter - August 2021
The latest edition of the Environment newsletter has information on: Low-input grassland; Message from Signpost - Why do farmers need to engage with climate action?; and Message from ASSAP - Tillage cover/catch crops can help water quality
Grass10 Newsletter - 3rd August 2021
Get the latest from the Grass10 team; PastureBase Ireland data for the week for Dairy, Beef + Sheep farms; Neill Boland's grass situation; Grass10 Grazing Tips; Changing Focus to Autumn Grazing; David O’Leary's grazing update; Register for a webinar on Building Grass for an Extended Grazing Season.
Five reasons for farmers to engage with climate actions
Climate change is perhaps the greatest environmental challenge facing the world right now. Climate change is already happening with increasing temperatures, changing rainfall patterns and rising sea levels. Irish Agriculture contributes to 35% of the greenhouse gases produced in Ireland.
National Farm Survey: Mid-Season Lowland Lamb Enterprise Factsheet 2020
The 2020 Teagasc National Farm Survey (NFS) recorded data on over 800 farms, representative of over 90,000 dairy, beef, sheep and tillage farms in Ireland. This factsheet covers data collected on farms with a mid-season lamb enterprise.
Ewe Replacement Policy
As farmers complete the annual health check on their ewe flock to determine soundness for breeding, it is certain many will need replacing. To maintain current ewe numbers 23 to 25% is the average replacement rate for most flocks. Sheep Specialist Damien Costello has advice on replacement policy.
Time to check the ram team and settle new rams in
Assessing if the ram team is fit for purpose is an essential task at this point of the season. On this week’s episode of OviCast, Ciarán Lynch is joined by drystock Advisor Edward Egan to discuss this in more detail.
Sheep Newsletter - August 2021
This month's Sheep Newsletter includes information on: Grassland management; Lamb performance; BETTER Farm Update - Performance and dosing; Anthelminthic product effectiveness; Research Update - Increasing grass growth after a slow start; and Health & Safety - Beware of moving machinery.
Climate Actions for August
August is a good month to sort out deficits in grazing infrastructure to optimise days at grass, if your capital expenditure budgets allow. Helpful solutions include spur roadways, multiple access points to paddocks and back fencing. Get the current advice from the Signpost Programme for August here
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.
Why farm soils cause greenhouse gas emissions - and how to fix it
Hands up who is interested in soil? Anyone? Anyone at all? Tumbleweeds might roll past unless you are addressing a room full of avid gardeners and land managers. This article by Rosie O'Neill, Teagasc Walsh Scholar first appeared on RTÉ Brainstorm.
Building Grass for an Extended Grazing Season Webinar
August is a critical time for grazing management, many farmers believe it is the beginning of the grass year. Find out why by joining the Grass10 Team & Michael O'Leary, PastureBase on Thursday 5th August at 7pm. Hear the experiences of David Brady, Heavy Soils farmer & John Galvin, Dry soils farmer
The Changing Model for Agricultural Schemes
Results-based payment schemes are likely to be the future of agri-environmental schemes going forward for Irish farmers. Martina Donnelly, Teagasc Galway/Clare Advisor, compares the previous REPS and GLAS schemes to the new REAP scheme here.
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
Signpost Farmers: Tim Leader & Aidan Maguire
Meet two of our Signpost Farmers - Tim Leader and Aidan Maguire. Tim Leader farms a Dairy, Dairy Replacements and Calf to Store/Beef enterprise in Kilcorney, Rathcoole, Co Cork while Aidan Maguire farms a calf to beef enterprise in Antylstown, Navan, Co. Meath. Read all about the farmers here
Positive farm price developments signal boost to farm incomes in 2021
Improving farm output prices are likely to provide an increase in farm incomes in 2021, in spite of rising input prices, according to the Mid Year Outlook for 2021 produced by Teagasc economists.
Nitrogen Loss to Water in Agricultural Catchments
Every four years the Nitrates Directive is reviewed and changes are made to the regulations. 2021 is such a year. In Teagasc, the Agricultural Catchments Programme (ACP) studies water quality in 6 contrasting catchments across the country. Edward Burgess ACP, discusses some ACP study results here
Fertiliser advice under prolonged dry soil conditions
Over the last 6 to 7 weeks soil moisture deficits (SMD) have continued to increase due to low rainfall in many parts of the country. At SMD above 50 mm growth becomes restricted. Mark Plunkett, Teagasc Soil & Plant Nutrition Specialist discusses Fertiliser N Application decisions in dry conditions
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
Grass10 Newsletter - 27th July 2021
Get the latest from the Grass10 team; PastureBase Ireland data for the week for Dairy, Beef + Sheep farms; Ed Payne's grass situation; Grass10 Grazing Tips; Caroline Walsh's grazing update; Aidan Lawless, Johnstown Castle on grass/clover & multispecies trials and the team want your feedback here
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.
Genotyping – a step forward this season
With the rams sales season kicking into high gear, Dr Alan Bohan from Sheep Ireland joins Ciarán Lynch on this week’s OviCast to discuss how genotyping has improved the genetic information available to breeders and farmers alike.
Quarantine drench – Avoid bringing resistant worms on to your farm
At this time of year a lot of sheep move between farms, whether its rams, breeding females or store lambs. Any new sheep entering flocks pose a potential biosecurity risk, in particular the risk of bringing resistant worms with them. Ciaran Lynch & Dr Orla Keane Teagasc discuss the quarantine drench
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.
Sun Smart Tips for Dairy Farmers
Barbara McGrogan from the Irish Cancer Society joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge with tips and advice on how to be Sun Smart and protect ourselves against skin cancers.
Let's Talk Dairy - Setting up your Fertiliser Spreader
In this episode of Let's Talk Dairy, which took place on Thursday 15th July, host Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist, was joined by guest speaker Francis Quigley, Machinery Specialist at Kildalton College, Teagasc, and they discussed setting up your fertiliser spreader.
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
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
Manage your Health - It's Essential for Lifestyle and to Farm Effectively
Health is essential for your lifestyle and to farm effectively. Poor health is associated with increased farm injuries and lowered farm income due to being less able to farm effectively. This is why Teagasc promotes the ‘Total Worker Health' model in its Statement of Strategy.
Keeping the elderly safe on farm
Protecting the public is today's theme in Farm Safety week so Áine Butler, Teagasc Advisor takes a look at Keeping the elderly safe on farm. Teagasc Farm Safety Specialists Francis Bligh and John Mc Namara have important safety tips also
Protecting yourself from Infectious diseases
All farm animals naturally carry a number of organisms which can be transferred to humans and cause ill health. As part of Farm Safety Week Seán Doorley, Teagasc Advisor Castlerea, highlights ways to improve good farm hygiene to try to prevent the spread of disease from animals to humans.
The Importance of a Tidy Farmyard
Having a well kept farmyard is beneficial to both work efficiency and safety. Over the past 10 years the HSA reported 29 farm deaths due to collapses and falls. The major areas associated were slips & trips, bales falling and falling from a height. Penny Gavin Teagasc Walsh Scholar has tidy tips
Taking Care in the Countryside
Irish farmers work very hard each day, managing their animals & crops. This is done while also maintaining habitats, protecting watercourses & supporting their communities. Teagasc Health & Safety Specialists John McNamara & Francis Bligh have advice for farmers on how to keep the countryside safe.
Quad Safety on farm
As part of Farm Safety Week, David McLaughlin, a hill sheep farmer in Co. Donegal talks about safety when using his quad while farming. David advises to keep your eye on the ground, not on the sheep. Watch as David demonstrates in this short video
Winners Announced from the ‘Farm Safely with Jessy’ Competition
Teagasc have announced the winners of their ‘Farm Safely with Jessy’ competition, which took place as part of #FarmSafetyWeek. The competition received hundreds of entries from children across the country and there were five winners chosen along with three runners up.
Know your blind spots
Up to 50% of fatalities in agriculture involve a farm vehicle or machinery. Serena Gibbons, Education Officer, Teagasc Athenry talks about blind spots around tractors and has top tips to staying safe and making our farms safer when it comes to working with tractors
Farm Safety may not cost the earth but not doing it may cost your life
When we think of the wide range of tasks a farmer does each day it's easy to see that managing a farm and doing it safely is a challenge. Farmers must develop many skills to carry out these jobs competently. John McNamara & Francis Bligh, Teagasc Health & Safety Specialists have low cost suggestions
Grass10 Newsletter - 20th July 2021
Get the latest from the Grass10 team including; PastureBase Ireland data for the week for Dairy, Beef + Sheep farms; Grass10 Grazing Tips; James Humphrey’s on lowering fertiliser N; Taking care of reseeds; grass supply update from James Hoey, and grazing update from Pat Collins - Cattle GFOTY
Farming Safely with Farm Machinery
Nearly half of farm accidents are caused by tractors, farm vehicles and machinery. Inexperienced operators, lack of concentration, human error, time pressure and unguarded parts like PTO shaft are the main causes of accidents. Teagasc Machinery Specialist, Francis Quigley has more here
Staying safe around livestock on your farm
Did you know?... Over the last 10 years 18% of fatalities on farms have been associated with livestock - cows and heifers making up 50% of this. Francis Bligh, Health and Safety Specialist with Teagasc raises awareness and has key suggestions for staying safe around livestock on your farm here
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
As the breeding season for early lambing and pedigree flocks is starting, Prof. David Kenny Head of the Animal Biosciences Dept in Teagasc, joins Ciarán Lynch on this week’s OviCast to discuss various aspects of synchronisation in ewes.
Status Orange: High Forest Fire Risk Warning
Teagasc is urging all involved in outdoor activity to exercise extreme caution and to heed the high level warning for fires in place for the coming week. In current dry weather and high temperature, a high fire risk is deemed to exist in all areas where dead grass, heather and gorse exist
National Farm Survey shows increase in 2020 average farm income
In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, incomes across the various farm systems in Ireland either held, or improved in 2020, the Teagasc annual review of farm incomes has concluded. The results are published in the Teagasc National Farm Survey 2020 and are representative of over 93,000 farms in Ireland.
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
On-farm Steps to Benefit the Environment
Climate change and the Environment are real and urgent topics which will be with us for a long time to come. In this short video Peter Comer, Mayo ASSAP Advisor looks at a few of the "heavy hitters" that farmers can adopt right now which will have a significant positive impact on the environment
The Signpost Series Webinar- Farmer Focus: "Protecting dung beetles while managing parasites, a positive feedback loop."
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 9th July, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd Manager and Pat Murphy, Head of Teagasc Environment KT Programme were joined by Bruce Thompson, dairy farmer to discuss "Protecting dung beetles while managing parasites, a positive feedback
Clonakilty Agricultural College Drystock Unit Farm Update - July 2021
David Hallisey, College Lecturer at Teagasc Clonakilty Agricultural College gives an update from the drystock unit for June and July. In the suckler herd, breeding began on the 11th of May, operating an eight week breeding season this year. In the sheep flock, lambs are being weighed weekly.
REAP Margins fencing date approaches
Aoife Leader, Teagasc Walsh Scholar, highlights how farmers can maintain and enhance field margins for farmland biodiversity bearing in mind that farmers availing of the REAP scheme may choose to fence these margins from livestock. For REAP this fencing must be in place by 15th July 2021. See more
Clonakilty Agricultural College Open Day
Clonakilty Agricultural College wishes to welcome you to their 2021 Covid-19 compliant Open Day taking place Thursday 15th July. The Guided Tours will run from 11am to 3pm and your place on the tour must be booked in advance. See more details here
Grass10 Newsletter - 13th July 2021
Get the latest from the Grass10 team including; PastureBase Ireland data for the week for Dairy, Beef + Sheep farms; Eugene & Eoin Lawler grass supply update, Grass10 grazing tips, Grazing Update from GFOTY Heavy Soils winner - Sean Barry and William Burchill on becoming more efficient with Nitrogen
Breaking the Pathway of Phosphorus and Sediment entering Waterways
When farmers are applying fertilisers, cultivating, grazing or draining land close to watercourses, careful, site specific land management can minimise the risk of Phosphorus and sediment loss and help improve water quality. Ivan Kelly, ASSAP Advisor, Teagasc Galway/Clare has good advice here
The role of cobalt supplementation
Michael Gottstein Head of Sheep in Teagasc joins Ciarán Lynch on this week’s OviCast to discuss the role of cobalt supplementation in lambs.
Peter Doyle is Walsh Scholar of the Year 2021
Peter Doyle is the Teagasc Walsh Scholar Gold Medal winner for 2021. Peter was awarded the medal by Professor Frank O’Mara, Director of Research at Teagasc, at a special online ceremony which took place on Friday, 9th July, hosted by broadcaster Jonathan McCrea.
Climate Actions for July
For the latest current and up to date farm advice from the Signpost Programme and for details of the Climate Actions that you should adopt for the month of July on your farm see here
Managing existing clover swards
Best practice grazing management is similar for grass-white clover swards and grass-only swards. Deirdre Hennessy, Teagasc Researcher talks here in a short video about Managing existing clover swards, mid-season fertiliser requirements, preventing bloat and more
The Signpost Series Webinar- High Nature Value Farmland in Ireland
On this episode of The Signpost Series on 2nd July, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd and Padraig Foley, Teagasc were joined by Dr James Moran, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) to discuss High Nature Value Farmland in Ireland.
TAMS II Grant Aid still Open for Applications
With high beef and lamb prices this year some farmers may consider buying equipment or developing their farmyard in 2021. TAMS II is there to help. Farmers who qualify for TAMS II grant get 40% of the item cost excl. VAT (60% for young qualifying farmers). Vincent Ronayne Teagasc Advisor has details
Teagasc Student Maintenance Grants 2021/2022
The 2021/2022 Teagasc Student Maintenance Grant Scheme is now open. Teagasc student maintenance grants are paid through Teagasc and the grant scheme is managed by Teagasc. The closing date for applications is Friday 1st October, 2021. See more details on how to apply here
Today's Farm - July/August 2021
The July/August edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. The main focus of this edition is on how beetles help battle AMR. It also has articles on when you should end the dairy breeding season; fight against blight; flower power of low-input grassland; Health & Safety, and more.
Teagasc Signpost Programme Newsletter July 2021
This issue of the Teagasc Signpost e-newsletter features timely climate actions for July as well as a glossary of commonly used climate change terms. We meet Signpost Farmers Aidan Maguire and Tim Leader. Get useful tips on managing clover swards, minimising nitrates loss to water & research updates
Understanding pasture contamination and its implications for management
The current parasite challenge on pasture is made up of Nematodirus and other Strongyles larvae. While Nematodirus does not pose a large risk now don’t be surprised if it shows up in faecal egg count results. Ciaran Lynch, Teagasc Sheep Specialist explains this and talks about pasture contamination
Teagasc Appointment: Jane Kavanagh, Head of Research Development and Walsh Scholarships
Jane Kavanagh has been appointed as Head of Research Development and Walsh Scholarships in Teagasc. In this role, Jane will provide strategic leadership at a senior level in the operation and development of the Teagasc research programme, and ensure Teagasc has effective systems and processes
Grass10 Newsletter - 6th July 2021
Get the latest from the Grass10 team including; PastureBase Ireland data for the week for Dairy, Beef + Sheep farms; Athenry Clover update, grazing tips & updates and Grazing Update from GFOTY- Sheep Category Winner Peter McGuinness, Co. Meath as he prepares for his farm walk this Wednesday 7th July
BETTER Sheep Farming signposts the way in Kerry
Tomas O’ Leary's 40 hectare farm in Kerry is part of the Teagasc BETTER Farm Sheep Programme. Currently Protected Urea is applied every 3 weeks and lamb performance is up almost 10%. Michael Gottstein, Head of Sheep, Teagasc, has the latest from the mid-season ewe flock & contract rearing enterprise
Teagasc BETTER farm flocks – lamb growth & weaning
Dr. Frank Campion joins Ciarán Lynch on this week’s episode of OviCast with an update on some of the performance and management decisions on the Teagasc BETTER sheep farms as we head into the mid-summer period.
June - Red sky at night, shepherd's delight: Weather and agriculture
Continuing the theme from last month, the June map takes a look historical weather data, for rainfall and temperatures. Generally Ireland's climate is mild with relatively little year to year variation. Extreme winters and summers are exceptional. Irelands “Emerald Isle” synonym is well-deserved.
Sheep Newsletter - July 2021
This month's Teagasc Sheep Newsletter includes information on: Grassland management; Weaning; Liver fluke; Research Update - Sheep Research Demonstration Farm, Athenry; Early lamb 2022; BETTER Farm update - Growth and performance; Selecting rams for breeding; and Parasites.
Tommy the Vet on water quality - the sometimes forgotten nutrient
Kerry man Tommy Heffernan, also known as Tommy the Vet, is a veterinary consultant based in Wicklow and he joins Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn on the latest episode of the Environment Edge podcast to talk about water quality, the sometimes forgotten nutrient.
Sustaining the Effectiveness of Wormers in Sheep
At this time of year sheep farmers will be using wormers or anthelminthics to control gut worms in sheep. Enda O'Hart, Drystock Advisor, Teagasc Castlerea, has clear advice in just four actions that sheep farmers can take to prolong the efficacy of commonly used wormers on the farm
DkIT and Teagasc launch new part-time Agriculture qualifications
Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) are delighted to announce the launch of a suite of part-time programmes in Agriculture, in association with Teagasc Agricultural College at Ballyhaise, which will commence in September 2021. More details here
ASSAP Service: A typical Farm Assessment
The ASSAP (Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory programme) is a free advisory service aimed at improving water quality. There are 10 PAA’s (Prioritized areas for action) in West Cork. Lane Giles, ASSAP Advisor, Clonakilty explains what the service provides for the farmer in West Cork
Delivery of Public Good Farm Practice through CAP
Cross Compliance rules were first introduced in 2000 and revised in 2015. The aim is implement public good practices on farm to protect human, animal, plant and environmental health. Anne O’Malley, Farm Food Business and Drystock Advisor, Teagasc Ballina explains Statutory Management Requirements
Farmers encouraged to view new SunSmart video
Working outdoors for long period’s means farmers are one of the highest risk groups for skin cancer. Francis Bligh, Teagasc Health and Safety Specialist encourages farmers to watch the new SunSmart video here and has details on Healthy Ireland SunSmart steps that farmers can take to be SunSmart.
Grass10 Newsletter - 29th June 2021
Get the latest from the Grass10 team including; PastureBase Ireland data for the week for Dairy, Beef + Sheep farms; Grazing updates from Michael Carey; Teagasc Grange Dairy Calf to Beef and Noel Hurley Merit GFOTY, Grass10 and Manager John Maher gives top tips in relation to managing grass quality
Tom & Peter McGuinness - 2020 Sheep Grassland Farmers of the Year - Farm Walk
Join us at 7pm on the evening of Wednesday, 7 July for a farm walk on the farm of the 2020 Sheep Grassland Farmer of the Year, Peter & Tom McGuinness on their sheep farm outside Trim, Co. Meath. Peter talks about their sheep farm in a short video here
Don’t dose and move –short term gain vs long term
On this week’s episode of OviCast, Ciarán Lynch is joined by Dr. Orla Keane. Orla sets out what the key issue is with dosing and moving to clean pasture and in doing so she also explains what is considered to be clean and cleaner pasture on sheep farms.
Virtual Farm Walk with BETTER Farm Sheep Programme Farmer Shane Moore
On Thursday, 3rd June as part of the Let's Talk Sheep webinar series, we sat down with Teagasc BETTER Sheep Farmer Shane Moore to discuss infrastructure required for flock expansion on your sheep farm.
Show Jessy your Farm Safety ideas and win!
Calling 7-12 year olds! Jessy the Sheep Dog, our Teagasc Farm Safety mascot, loves to help keep everyone safe on the farm and to celebrate the end of school term she wants to give 5 lucky winners a €50 Smyths Toys voucher. Closing date for entries is 14 July. Get more details here on how to apply
Signpost Series Webinar - A farmer's perspective on Biodiversity, Emissions and Water Quality
On this episode of The Signpost Series, held Friday, 11th June, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd and Pat Murphy, Head of Teagasc Environment KT Programme were joined by Thomas Duffy, dairy farmer & past President of Macra Na Feirme for a farmer's perspective on Biodiversity, Emissions & Water Quality
Sward height is key to lamb growth
Finishing lambs as quickly as possible from grass is one of the biggest challenges on a sheep farm. A key target for early to mid-March lambing flocks is to have 50% of lambs finished off grass by early September. Edward Egan, Teagasc Advisor Navan, has advice on achieving this
Best Practice when using Pesticides
It is important that all users take care and follow best practice procedure when using pesticides. Deirdre Glynn, ASSAP Advisor and Mark Trimble, Tillage Advisor, Kilkenny discuss safe storage and handling of chemicals, good sprayer maintenance and best practice when using pesticides on farm.
Using NUDGE theory to improve Farm Safety
A leading USA expert will outline the potential of Nudge theory to improve Farm Safety at a Teagasc Webinar on Thursday, 1 July at 3pm. Dr Julie Sorensen, Director, New York Centre for Agricultural Medicine & Health (NYCAMH) will provide a seminar on research that applies Nudge Theory to farm safety
Horizon 2020 Fairshare Project
Teresa Hooks project manager of the Horizon 2020 fair share project aims to support advisors to use the digital tools in order to encourage a more sustainable agriculture. Horizon 2020 (H2020) is a €7 million EU funded project. Teresa explains some of the challenges experienced by advisors & farmers
Fertiliser Guidelines for 2nd Cut Silage
Second cut silage is planned on many farms to replenish silage reserves for the coming winter. This crop tends to be lower yielding compared to first cut silage. Mark Plunkett, Teagasc Soil & Plant Nutrition and John Conroy, Teagasc Westport outline fertiliser guidelines for making 2nd cut silage
Maintaining Quality in the Grass Sward
Alan Nolan, Drystock Advisor, Teagasc Ballinrobe has excellent practical advice on maintaining quality in the grass sward. The key message is to take some simple steps now to maintain grass quality and Alan lists these here. Walking the farm every week to monitor grass supply and quality is key
Replacing silage offtakes and maintaining soil fertility
Mark Plunkett, soil and plant nutrition specialist with Teagasc joins Ciarán Lynch on the latest OviCast podcast to discuss some key areas to maintain soil fertility.
Grass10 Newsletter - 22nd June 2021
Get the latest from the Grass10 team including; Oisín Gallen's current grass situation; Moorepark Grass-Clover Research update; Grass10 grazing tips; John Douglas video on managing a new reseed; John Maher's top tips on managing grass quality and JP Hammersley, GFOTY Sustainable Grassland update
Teagasc Opening Statement on Organic Farming to the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture Food and the Marine - June 22 2021
Today, Tuesday June 22, Teagasc Director, Professor Gerry Boyle and Mary Ryan, Teagasc Researcher gave a briefing on Organic Farming to the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The full statement includes publications, on-line, advisory, education & research support for organics
Online farm discussion groups help support students learning
Students of Mountbellew Agricultural College & GMIT participated in a study in Spring 2021. It examined the effectiveness of online peer-learning in supporting students in grassland management and practice change at farm level. Lecturer, Martin Mulkerrins presented the results at ESEE2021 Conference
Apply for Teagasc full-time Level 5 Agricultural courses now
The deadline for submitting applications for Teagasc college Level 5 full-time agricultural courses is Wednesday, 30 June 2021. Interested applicants are advised to submit their applications immediately.
Ewe Replacements – beware of selling the family silver
Many March born lambs are currently being weaned. Damian Costello, Sheep Specialist, Teagasc Athenry cautions not to make the mistake of selecting replacement ewe lambs after some of the best lambs have gone for slaughter or been sold. He advises selecting replacements at first drafting or weaning
Thinking of becoming a Dairy farmer?
"Converting to dairy involves a major commitment and sizeable capital outlay...therefore you need to be sure you are making the right decisions." In September the Teagasc Dairy Start-up course commences for farmers interested in converting their farm to milk production. Find out more here
The Future of Farm Tech – from AI to alternative fuel and autonomous machinery
On the latest episode of the Environment Edge podcast, Gary Abbott machinery correspondent with the Irish Farmers Journal joins Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn to talk about agricultural technology of the future and what we can look forward to.
Health for Sustainable Farming
Research by Teagasc along with National Centre for Men’s Health, IT Carlow and Waterford Institute of Technology indicates that farmers adopt health practices, as they get older. However, health issues can progress gradually, so the sooner health adoption takes place the better!
Irish Wool is at a Crossroads
Irish wools have always been renowned for their unique properties allowing their use in carpet and construction materials alike. Bernie Leahy, Drystock Advisor, Teagasc Ballinasloe, welcomes the investment in a feasibility study of Irish wool production. She outlines some wool success stories here
Teagasc Signpost Programme Newsletter June 2021
Welcome to the first e-newsletter for the Signpost Programme. The Signpost e-newsletter will be published monthly. It will provide you with news from the Signpost Programme, technical articles, policy and research updates as well as profiling Signpost Farmers from across the country.
Machinery Co-operatives in Ireland
Ireland’s first farm machinery sharing co-operative was formed by members of Kilnamartyra dairy discussion group in West Cork. The machinery co-op provides a sound business structure for the sharing of machinery between farmers and can be applicable to farmers in any enterprise, especially tillage
Kildalton College Open Days
Kildalton College are hosting Open Days for anyone interested in courses in Agriculture, Horticulture or Equine Studies. Monday, 21st June at 11am is when the first of four open days throughout the summer kicks off. Booking in advance is essential. Read more here on reserving your place on the tour
Grass10 Newsletter - 15th June 2021
Get the latest from the Grass10 team including; John OGorman's current grass situation after another week of high growth rates; Grass10 grazing tips; video link for N planner use on Pasturebase; link to your nearest weather station for weather data & reports; David Brady, Merit GFOTY update and more
Market update - what’s influencing trends this year to date
Seamus McMenamin, sheep meat sector manager with Bord Bia, joins Ciarán Lynch on this week’s OviCast to discuss the market situation so far this year.
Performance to 7 weeks on target, but keep an eye til weaning
The lowland flocks in the Teagasc BETTER farm sheep programme have collected the 7 week lamb weights in recent weeks. Frank Campion, Sheep Researcher presents a summary of the weights saying "While performance to 7 weeks is on target, it's important to keep eye on the ball all the way to weaning"
Blowfly Strike Control Options
Flystrike may occur on any part of the body, most commonly around the tail, where the fleece has become soiled or infected with bacteria. Eamonn Dempsey, Teagasc Advisor Tralee, talks about flystrike prevention options in the month of June, normally a high risk time for blowfly strike in sheep
Promoting Farmers Health - Men’s Health Week (Monday 14 - Sunday 20 June)
It's time to Stay Fit for Farming! Dr John McNamara, Health and Safety Specialist, Teagasc is mindful of Men’s Health Week running from today, Monday 14th to Sunday 20th June (Father's Day). He reminds farmers that ‘Your Health is your Wealth’ and he discusses studies that looked at farmer health.
Teagasc Supports Men’s Health Week
Teagasc, through its research, advisory, education, training, and media programmes, supports Men’s Health Week. Men's Health Week usually commences on the Monday prior to Father's Day and finishes on Father's Day itself. This year, it will run from Monday, 14th until Sunday, 20th June.
Getting Lamb Performance Back on Track
Watch out for poor lamb performance where grass supply may have been inadequate recently. March lambing flocks, where ewes have passed their peak milk supply and grass accounts for a bigger portion of the lamb’s diet may be most impacted. Teagasc Mayo advisor Andy Ryder has some advice.
Risk Assessing Your Farm
Don't ignore safety issues on your farm! Serena Gibbons, Education Officer, Teagasc Galway/Clare issues a reminder about completing the Risk Assessment Document. She focuses on 3 main areas where the highest number of accidents and fatalities occur; namely - Tractors, Machinery and Livestock.
Signpost Series Webinar - Celebrating our biodiversity and motivating farmers to address the climate & biodiversity emergency
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 21st May, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd is joined by Dr. Brendan Dunford, Manager of The Burren Programme to discuss celebrating our biodiversity and motivating farmers to address the climate and biodiversity emergency.
Environment Newsletter - June 2021
This month's Teagasc Environment newsletter has information and advice on: REAP the benefits; Measures to reduce nutrient and sediment run-off to waters from January 1, 2021; and Message from ASSAP - Protect our bathing waters.
Agriculture is facing a momentous decision on carbon budgets
Over the next few months a decision on the future of Irish agriculture will be taken that may prove to be as momentous as the 1984 introduction of milk quota or our 1973 entry to the EU. Professor Gerry Boyle, Director of Teagasc refers to the publication of sectoral carbon budgets from 2021 onwards
Insights from Sligo Contract Rearer, Kieran Kielty
Contract rearer Kieran Kielty from Co.Sligo joins Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge podcast to discuss how he operates a contract heifer rearing system.
Grass10 Newsletter - 8th June 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter. Includes another week of high growth rates expected, fertilising for 2nd cut silage, incorporating clover, Grass10 grazing tips, grass situation in south Galway & grazing update from suckler GFOTY Thomas Hogan, Tipperary
Running a contract rearing operation alongside your flock
John O'Connell is a BETTER farm sheep programme participant and farms on the outskirts of Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim. He runs a sheep and contract grazing system. Ciaran Lynch Teagasc Sheep specialist & Tom Coll Teagasc Advisor, discuss the resulting changes and grassland management improvements here
Sm@RT – precision livestock farming for sheep
Dr Tim Keady from Teagasc who is the lead researcher in Ireland for a new EU-funded project called Sm@RT joins Ciarán Lynch on this week’s OviCast to explain the project.
Sheep Newsletter - June 2021
This month's Teagasc Sheep Newsletter includes information on: Managing grassland; Research Update - Increasing grass growth after a slow start; BETTER Farm Update - Grass growth rates; Precision livestock farming for sheep – have your say and Blowfly.
Multi Species Swards – a farmer’s perspective
Kevin O’Hanlon farm manager on a busy dairy farm in county Wexford joins to Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn on the latest episode of the Environment Edge podcast to discuss his experience with multi species swards.
Silage Season Safety Check
We're now in one of the busiest times on farms as silage is being harvested. It's also one of the most high risk times due to increased movement of machinery and people on our roads and farms. Jacinta O'Neill, Teagasc Advisor, Westport, has a useful safety checklist to consider for silage season
Jessy's Smart Kids - Summer 2021
Jessy's Smart Kids is a fun easily downloadable kids farm safety newsletter. This edition of Jessy's Smart Kids includes: Farm Family Safety; Blind Spots; First Aid Kit and Farmer Wellbeing.
Water Protection measures since 1st January 2021 – do they affect my farm?
Many farmers have asked about water protection measures that have been in place since the start of 2021 and if these apply to their farms. These measures were introduced to reduce nutrient and sediment run-off to waters to improve water quality. Tim Hyde, Environment Specialist has the answers here
Getting Silage Quality Right in 2021
Silage makes up 25-40% of the annual diet on beef and dairy farms depending on the length of the winter across the county. Decisions made at farm level, over the coming weeks will have a huge impact on the quality of silage fed next winter. Drystock Specialist Catherine Egan gives some advice.
Building forage reserves
Joe Patton, Teagasc Dairy Specialist, & Siobhán Kavanagh, Teagasc Regional Manager recommend that farms build a rolling silage reserve of 2 bales/head or about 1 month’s feeding for a mature cow, into their silage plans, to offset against future shortfalls in fodder due to non-seasonal weather.
Farming with Nature
John Oates is farming just north of Sligo Town. Whitethorn hedgerows provide field boundaries and shelter and shade for livestock. Environment and Technology Advisor Peter Mullan gives more information on how John is farming with the natural environment
Farm Business Options - BIA Innovator Campus – Transforming Food Entrepreneurship
On this Farm Business Options webinar, which was held on Tuesday, 25 May, host Barry Caslin Teagasc was joined by Elaine Donohue, BIA Innovator Campus General Manager and Colm Foley, Teagasc Food Technologist, Bia Innovator Campus CLG to discuss the facilities at the BIA Innovator Campus in Athenry
Getting the Spread Right
Fertiliser is one of the most expensive inputs on the farm so you need to ensure that it is applied correctly, not only for your wallet but also for the environment. Here, Francis Quigley Teagasc Farm Machinery Specialist, talks about safety, checking the spreader, machine settings and calibration
Get the Facts on Applying Lime
Isn't it about time you applied lime? Don't rely on hearsay - stick to the facts. Mark Plunkett, Teagasc Johnstown Castle highlights 10 facts every farmer should know about applying lime. When is the ideal time to apply lime? What about lime and slurry? Can I apply lime and urea? Get answers here
Teagasc plans for new Apprenticeships
On Tuesday 25th May Teagasc gave a briefing note on it's Education and Training for the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Teagasc, as primary provider of accredited further education and training (FET) for the agricultural sector, details new apprenticeship pathway plans here
Grass10 Newsletter - 1st June 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter. As paddocks are cut for 1st cut silage & surplus bales, now is a perfect time to consult soil sample results and apply lime to these paddocks. Read more on this, on applying P& K, GFOTY young farmer grazing update & more
Research Insights Webinar - Increasing the welfare of farm animals
On a recent Teagasc Research Insights webinar held Wednesday 26th May, Paul Crossan Beef Enterprise Leader was joined by Muireann Conneely, Bernadette Earley and Laura Boyle, Teagasc Researchers, to discuss the most recent Teagasc research on improving the welfare of dairy cows, beef cattle and pigs
Preventing Blowfly strike in Sheep this summer
As we enter June with temperatures increasing, Blowfly strike prevention will be next on the agenda for sheep farmers. The Blowfly lays her eggs in the sheep’s wool, where eggs will hatch into maggots and begin to cause damage and discomfort. James Concannon, Teagasc Walsh Scholar, Mayo has more
Weighing up the companion forages
This week’s episode of OviCast finds out about an ongoing study between Teagasc and UCD examining how companion forages – chicory, plantain, red and white clover - perform alongside a perennial ryegrass sward in sheep systems.
Increasing the productivity of a grass based, mid-season lambing system
Shane Moore, BETTER Farm sheep participant has been developing the farm infrastructure in recent years to allow him to increase output from his flock while controlling costs and improving profitability. Join our Let’s Talk Sheep webinar series this Thursday evening at 8pm and hear all. Register here
Catching up on Reducing Lameness in Sheep Webinar
Lameness in Sheep is often a topic of discussion among farmers. Here's a reminder of the 2020 Let's Talk Cattle & Sheep Webinar on Reducing Lameness in Sheep. Michael Gottstein, Head of Sheep KT at Teagasc and Damian Costello, Teagasc Sheep Specialist are joined by Aurelie Moralis, Zoetis.
Teagasc appoint Dr David Wall as Enterprise leader at Johnstown Castle
Dr David Wall has been appointed as the new enterprise leader at the Teagasc campus in Johnstown Castle. The enterprise leader role is to lead the management of the farms and estate in Teagasc Environment Research Centre to deliver the research programme, as part of the team led by Dr Karl Richards
Controlling lameness in sheep
Lame sheep do not thrive to their full potential (lower growth rates, fertility and survival) and this loss in production combined with the cost of treating lame sheep represents a huge cost to sheep farmers. Michael Gottstein, Teagasc Head of Sheep KT, outlines the steps to reduce lameness in sheep
Managing Margins with Nature in Mind
Thinking "outside the field" and managing the margins with nature in mind can contribute to the improvement of biodiversity on Irish farms. Aoife Leader, Teagasc Walsh Scholar, highlights some key actions that farmers can take to retain, maintain and enhance field margins for farmland biodiversity
Grass10 Newsletter - 25th May 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: PastureBase data for the week for dairy, beef & sheep farms; updates on Grassland Farmer of the Year sheep and heavy soils farms; difficult grazing conditions & grass/clover trial update from Teagasc Clonakilty
Improving your Financial Fitness can help manage tight margins
Having a good feel for the farm finances and what is happening on a farm or farm household is critical. This applies whether a farmer is expanding or just wants to ensure that they are in a good position to deal with whatever arises. Kevin Connolly, Teagasc Financial Management Specialist has advice
Continuing the Sheep Farming journey
Trim farmer Peter McGuinness, who won the 2020 Sheep Grassland Farmer of the Year, and Edward Egan, Teagasc advisor Navan, Co Meath, review the lambing season and look forward to summer management.
Getting clover into the system – consider over-sowing?
Incorporating clover into a sward has multiple benefits in livestock systems and to discuss this in more detail on this week’s OviCast, Ciarán Lynch is joined by Dr Philip Creighton.
Teagasc appoints new Organic Specialist
Teagasc has appointed Joe Kelleher as Organic Farming Specialist and he commences the new role today, Monday, 24 May 2021. He previously worked as a dairy advisor in the Limerick/Kerry advisory region. He joins Elaine Leavy as part of the national organic farming team in Teagasc
Results of Teagasc Protected Urea trial finds no residues
A new scientific paper was published in the past week with results from a trial on using protected Urea on the Teagasc farm at its Environment research centre, Johnstown castle. Irish farmers are being encouraged to switch from using CAN fertiliser to protected Urea, as part of reducing emissions
Opinions wanted from farmers and vets
Farmers and vets working in the dairy, pig, beef and sheep sectors on the island of Ireland are being asked to complete a survey to provide their views on how antibiotics are used in agriculture.
Unlocking Silage Potential
Silage quality ranges from 58% - 78% dry matter digestibility (DMD) nationally, but the average is poor at 65% DMD. Having silage of high quality (70% DMD+) will ensure good daily liveweight gains and cuts down on meal costs. Gabriel Trayers Drystock Advisor, Teagasc Tuam advises on high DMD silage
Farmers are part of the solution - Biodiversity Day 2021
Saturday May 22nd 2021 is International Biodiversity Day. The theme for this year is: 'We're part of the solution'. We’re all part of nature, so we must be part of the solution for biodiversity loss and climate change. What actions can farmers take?
"Bee kind" farming
Today is #WorldBeeDay and Teagasc encourages farmers to adopt "Bee kind" farming, to look at ways of improving habitats and enhance biodiversity to support wild bees on Irish farmland. In Ireland there are 77 solitary bee species, 21 bumble bee species and 1 honey bee species.
Grass10 Newsletter - 18th May 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: PastureBase data & grazing tips for the week; managing mid-season grass; grazing updates from farmers; William Burchill discusses mid-season nitrogen application & Pat Collins social media takeover on Wed 19 May
Launch of The Signpost Programme
The Signpost Programme was launched on Tuesday, 18 May. Hosted by RTÉ’s Ear to the Ground presenter Helen Carroll, the online webinar demonstrated how the new Teagasc led collaborative programme will support Irish farmers in reducing emissions from agriculture. Catch up on all the highlights here
Precision Livestock Farming for Sheep – have your say
A multinational team of researchers have been awarded funding from the EU Horizon 2020 network to share knowledge and improve uptake of new digital technologies which will help to increase the efficiency and sustainability of sheep and goat (small ruminant) farming systems in Europe and beyond.
Blowfly: risk factors, control options and application procedure
As we enter the risk period for blowfly on farms, Wesley Power, Veterinary Technical Consultant with Elanco Animal Health, joins Ciarán Lynch on this week’s OviCast.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Agri-food Strategy 2030 - The Environmental Ambition
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 7th May, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd is joined by Tom Arnold, Chair of the 2030 Agri Food Strategy Committee to discuss the 2030 Agri Food Strategy: The Environmental Ambition.
Meet the Teagasc Signpost Team
The new Signpost Programme – Farmers for Climate Action, will be launched tomorrow Tuesday, 18 May. Today we meet the Signpost Programme team who will work with farmers, and the partner organisations to prompt climate action by all Irish farmers.
Quantifying the impact of recent growth rates on 1st cut silage crops
On this week’s episode of The Dairy Edge, dairy specialist James Dunne joins Emma-Louise Coffey to quantify the impact of recent growth rates on 1st cut silage crops.
How to harvest quality silage
With the silage season upon us, on the latest episode of the Environment Edge, Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn chat to Teagasc dairy advisor in Kilkenny Pat Moylan about the cold dry spring and tips on how to harvest quality silage.
The Teagasc Signpost Programme Launch
The official launch of The Teagasc Signpost Programme, a collaborative programme to lead climate action by Irish farmers and their transition towards more sustainable farming systems.
Farm Business Options - Farm Diversification in Germany’s Black Forest Region
Hannelore Green, an Agricultural Advisor from the Landratsamt Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald joined Barry Caslin, Teagasc on a recent Farm Business Options webinar to discuss farm diversification and tourism in Germany's Black Forest Region.
Research Insights Webinar - Role of grass breeding & evaluation to increase the sustainability of pasture-based systems
On a recent Teagasc Research Insights webinar held Wednesday 12th May, Michael O'Donovan, Head of Grassland Science, was joined by Patrick Conaghan, Stephen Byrne & Tomas Tubritt, Teagasc Researchers to discuss the role of grass breeding & evaluation to increase sustainability of pasture systems
Farming Tips for May
Emma Sherlock, Teagasc Walsh Scholar, Clonakilty Advisory picks out a few key management actions farmers should be taking on during the month of May. These include care of the replacement heifer & breeding targets, farm safety at silage making, grass & fertiliser update and flock health
Plan a Safe Silage Season in 2021
The weather has been cold of late and that has delayed the silage season but as the season gets into ‘full swing’ attention to safety is critical at silage making. Plan a safe silage season is a key message from John McNamara and Francis Bligh, Teagasc Health & Safety Specialists here
Teagasc Green Acres Virtual Farm Walk with Jarlath and Austin Ruane
On Thursday 13th May, Jarlath and Austin Ruane, farmer participants of the Teagasc Green Acres Calf to Beef Programme hosted a virtual event from their farm in Claremorris, Co. Mayo through the use of social media and video. You can watch back the footage here to gain an insight into their farm
Let's Talk Sheep Webinar - Silage Making on Sheep Farms
Host Ciaran Lynch, Teagasc Sheep Specialist was joined by Dr. Tim Keady, Teagasc Researcher on this episode of the Let's Talk Sheep webinar series which took place on Thursday, 6th May to discuss silage making on sheep farms.
Lambing Health Review
Lambing has finished on farms so now is a good time to look back and review how it went. It is important that farmers reflect on the positives and negatives, while it is fresh in their minds according to Colm Murray, Teagasc Advisor Athenry. A health review is as important as the productivity review
Grass10 Newsletter - 11th May 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: PastureBase data & grazing tips for the week; grazing updates from GFOTY category winners, the Galvins - new entrants to dairy and from Philip Creighton, Athenry sheep research farm; plus reseeding & clover info
Why all the fuss about sulphur?
Sulphur (S) is an important nutrient for grassland production, and is closely associated with nitrogen uptake and efficiency. If there is a sulphur deficiency present it will decrease the nitrogen use efficiency and reduce yield. Martina Harrington Beef Specialist outlines the importance of Sulphur
Farm Business Options Webinar - Farm Diversification in Austria
On a recent Farm Business Options Webinar which took place on Tuesday, 4th May, Barry Caslin was joined by a local farm advisor and two diversified agri-tourism farmers to get an insight into their journey and supports available for such enterprises in Austria.
Checking the finances
Farmers should consider examining the financial performance of their farm in more detail by completing a profit monitor and on this week’s OviCast podcast, Michael Gottstein Head of Sheep in Teagasc tells Ciarán Lynch why it’s important.
Lambing Performance in 2021 – how did you do?
Now is a good time to assess the outcomes after lambing this spring and plan to address the areas for improvement in the future. Eamonn Patten, Teagasc Advisor Ballinrobe, asks about your Lambing Performance in 2021. He has advice on what data to record from litter size to prolapse in ewes and more
Making quality silage for sheep
The guideline silage requirement for the average lowland ewe is 0.15 tons pit silage/ewe/month or 0.19 bales/ewe/month. Damian Costello, Sheep Specialist Teagasc Athenry, discusses making quality silage for sheep, has tips for successful silage making and a link to a recent webinar on it here
Will it ever Grow?
Mícheál Kelly, Advisor, Teagasc Galway is somewhat frustrated with the weather effect on grass growth currently but takes hope from Grass Growth Predictions for the week ahead. He stresses the importance of getting fertiliser out now, getting good grass utilisation and planning for silage making
Research Insights Webinar - Using white clover to reduce chemical nitrogen application and increase animal performance
On a recent Teagasc Research Insights webinar which took place on Wednesday, 28th April, Padraig French, Head of Livestock Systems Department and Dairy Enterprise Leader was joined by panellists to discuss using white clover to reduce chemical nitrogen application and increase animal performance.
Farmyards and Water Quality
Farmyards can impact on water quality where wastes & effluents gain access to water directly, as point source pollution or indirectly, by diffuse pollution. With good farmyard management & design these impacts to water, where they occur, can be eliminated as Kevin O’Sullivan ASSAP Advisor outlines
Dealing with Stress in Farming
Stress is normal and part and parcel of our daily lives. A certain amount of stress is a positive thing – it can help to make us more focused and more productive in our work and in caring for our families. Ciara O’Shea, Teagasc advisor Macroom, has good advice on Dealing with Stress in Farming here
The Signpost Series - Water quality – national problems, local solutions
On the latest episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 30th April, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd is joined by Jenny Deakin, EPA to discuss water quality – national problems, local solutions.
Grass10 Newsletter - 4th May 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: Weekly PastureBase data; Grass supply & reseeding update from Michael Carroll, Limerick; Nitrogen Planning with PBI; Grazing update from JP Hammersley GFOTY Sustainable Winner; Webinar & booklet on White Clover
REAP - The Facts
Teagasc has produced a Factsheet and a video on the new Results-Based Environment-Agri Pilot Project (REAP). Find out more here and listen to what Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist has to say about REAP. Expressions of Interest must be lodged with DAFM by Monday May 10th
Short of grass in May? What are the options?
We have had an unusual spring in terms of growth. Weather has been much harsher and colder than usual. Recent lower than normal growth rates may result in low grass covers and shortages on farm. Alan Dillon, Teagasc Beef Specialist has four useful suggestions to help and advises taking action now
An Update on REAP
Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist Catherine Keena joins Catherine Egan on this week’s episode of The Beef Edge podcast with an update on the new Results-Based Environment-Agri Pilot Programme, also known as REAP.
Farm Business Options Webinar - Collaborative Farming Options
On a recent Farm Business Options Webinar which took place on Tuesday, 27th April, Barry Caslin was joined by Gordon Peppard, Teagasc Farm Structures Specialist to discuss the various collaborative agreements on offer.
Let's Talk Sheep - Silage Making on Sheep Farms
On Thursday, 6th May at 8pm the Teagasc Let’s Talk Sheep Webinar will cover the topic of silage production on sheep farms for one hour. Dr. Tim Keady, Teagasc researcher will discuss the key factors involved in making high feed value silage. You won't want to miss it.
Reseeding & Clover Management with PastureBase Ireland
On Wednesday 5th May at 7pm join John Douglas, Micheal O'Leary and Joseph Dunphy from Teagasc Grass10 & PastureBase along with Michael Egan, Grassland Researcher, and dairy farmer James Barber as they go through reseeding and clover management using PastureBase Ireland.
Farmer Focus: Paddocks, residuals, regrowth and measuring performance in Co Louth
Peadar Kearney from Co Louth who is running a high output sheep only system where measuring and managing play a key role, joins Ciarán Lynch on this week’s OviCast.
Sheep Newsletter - May 2021
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Sheep team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Grassland management; Flock health issues; BETTER Farm Update - Growth and dosing; Research Update - Lambing 2021; Let’s Talk Sheep webinars; and Health & Safety - Silage safety.
Best Practice for Pesticides & Alternative Methods for Weed Control
Kieran Kenny, Teagasc ASSAP advisor and member of the National Pesticide & Drinking Water Action Group joins Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn on the latest episode of the Environment Edge podcast.
April 2021 Teagasc BETTER Sheep Farm Focus - Kevin Carey
As lambing is winding down grazing management and husbandry are key to ensure lambs perform. Frank Campion Teagasc Sheep Researcher Mellows Campus, Athenry gives an update on the progress of the Carey Family farm since joining the Teagasc Better Sheep farm programme in Autumn 2020.
Today's Farm - May/June 2021
The May/June edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. The main focus of this edition is on slurry storage, covering topics such as storage and usage; completing a storage assessment; & storage capacity and TAMS. It also has articles on blackgrass; contract rearing & more.
Reseeding for Greener Pastures
Reseeding is a considerable investment at €200-300/acre, so assess first as it may be a change of management that is required instead. It’s worth making sure that reseeding is done right. Niall Treanor, Drystock Advisor, Teagasc Galway advises on this and discusses the benefits of reseeding here
Can you REAP the rewards?
The deadline for farmers to apply for the Results-Based Environment-Agri Pilot Project (REAP), a new Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) Pilot programme, is fast approaching. Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist urges eligible farmers to apply before May 10th
Make Personal Health and Wellbeing a Priority
While, Farming as a lifestyle is mainly very positive for wellbeing, Teagasc Health & Safety Specialists, Francis Bligh & John McNamara realise that it's not always a "bed of bluebells". So today, Friday April 30, on National Workplace Wellbeing Day farmers are reminded that this day is for them too
Careful management required to ensure grass supplies are maintained
Lambing for the lowland Teagasc BETTER farm sheep flocks is all but complete at this stage. The focus has now firmly turned to ensuring the flock is performing at grass. Researcher Frank Campion has advice on managing grass given the current cold weather.
Taking care of the Farmer and farm problems
Catherine Egan Teagasc Beef Specialist has some very important advice here about taking care of typical problems on the farm. She points out all the ways your Teagasc Advisor can help. After a difficult Spring the Number 1 priority should be to take care of the farmer now. Make that phone call today
Caroline Walsh Virtual Farm Walk
On April 21st, Caroline Walsh, overall and dairy category winner of the 2020 Grassland Farmer of the Year Competition hosted a virtual event from her farm through the medium of video, social media and live webinar
April - Wildfires in Ireland
The April Map of the month shows the number of current active wildfires (as of the 25th) detected by NASA Fire detection service. There are a surprising number across the country. Each month the Teagasc spatial analysis unit use data from a number of sources and share it as a map to assist farming
Grass10 Newsletter - 27th April 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: Weekly PastureBase data; Grass10 tips; grazing updates from Alan Duggan, new entrant Mayo Dairy farmer & GFOTY Winner Caroline Walsh; new clover booklet and Joe Patton, Dairy Specialist on suspected P deficiency
Lambing review – where can we improve
With lambing finishing up, this week’s OviCast podcast recaps on how well flocks have performed and where improvements can be made and to discuss this in more detail Ciarán Lynch is joined by Michael Gottstein Head of Sheep in Teagasc.
Advantages of rotational grazing systems for Sheep
Set stocking or continuous grazing systems are commonly operated on Irish sheep farms: sheep graze the same grassland area throughout the grazing season. Rotational grazing systems offer greater flexibility in grassland management, as Philip Creighton, Teagasc Grassland Researcher, Athenry outlines
Are you Sun Smart? Webinar
A webinar to raise awareness about the risks of skin cancer and UV exposure in the farming community was held on Wednesday, 21st April. HSE and the Irish Cancer Society Representatives advised what you can do to protect yourself against the risks of skin cancer and UV exposure on your farm
Major Focus on Clover establishment and Management in 2021
A clover booklet ‘Management and establishment of grass-white clover swards’ for 2021 is being launched by Teagasc today, Monday, 26 April. Agriculture in Ireland is under ever increasing pressure to reduce nitrogen fertiliser use, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase nitrogen use efficiency
The Importance of Wetlands
A combination of geology and abundant rain has endowed Ireland with an extraordinary array of wetlands covering some 20% of the country. While most wetlands occur naturally they may also be artificially created. Mary Roache Mayo ASSAP Advisor has examples of a variety of wetlands that occur on farms
Thinking of becoming an Organic Farmer?
With the reopening of the Organic Farming Scheme in March many farmers are wondering is organics an option for them. As the scheme closes on Friday 30th April 2021 the window of time to make the decision to join and complete the necessary paperwork is tight. Enda O’Hart, Teagasc Advisor has advice
Offaly dairy farmers using short videos to keep in touch during Covid Lock Down
Three dairy discussion groups across south county Offaly have found a novel way of ‘virtually’ visiting each other’s farms during the current lock down restrictions. Jim Moyles, Teagasc Dairy Advisor, Tullamore explains how this came about and how it is working out for the groups he facilitates
Outlook 2021 - Brexit trade deal avoids large drop in farm income
The latest Outlook 2021 report by TEAGASC economists forecasts that the average family farm income in Ireland will increase by 3 % in 2021. Overall, some price inflation for farm inputs will be more than offset by higher prices for some farm outputs
Farm Business Options Webinar - Organic Farming – Steps to Conversion and Opportunities
On this episode of the Farm Business Options Webinar series which took place on Tuesday, 13th April, Barry Caslin was joined by Elaine Leavy, Teagasc Organic Specialist and Clive Bright, Organic grass only farmer, Sligo to discuss organic farming - steps to conversion and opportunities.
Tree and hedge management in Ballyhaise College
Steven Meyen, Forestry Development Officer, Teagasc talks from experience about how trees can add so much to farm hedges. Benefits include shelter, biodiversity, improvement in microclimate, carbon sequestration and landscape value. We also get a glimpse of tree and hedge management at Ballyhaise
Annual Teagasc/SCSI Agricultural Land Market Review and Outlook 2021
This joint publication is the 8th annual report reviewing economic activity in the farming sector and activity in associated agricultural land sales and rental markets. It provides an outlook for 2021, and a special feature on how the planning system and rural housing affects land values.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Climate Mitigation Options through Afforestation
In this episode of The Signpost Series webinars, held Friday, 9th April, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd is joined by guest speakers Tom Houlihan, Teagasc Forestry Specialist & Dr. Kevin Black, Forestry, Environmental Research & Services (FERS) to discuss Climate Mitigation Options via Afforestation
Teagasc marks Earth Day 2021
Teagasc marks Earth Day today. We reflect on ways in which we contribute to improving the Earth through our integrated research, advisory and training services to the agriculture & food industry and rural communities. Learn more here about Teagasc & the Environment, and A day in the life of research
8th INFOGEST Webinar on Food Digestion
The 8th INFOGEST webinar on food digestion, co-hosted by Dr Andre Brodkorb of the Teagasc Food Research Centre and others, took place on Wednesday, 7th April at 2PM. The theme of this webinar was “in vitro Digestion Models” from Working Group 1 of the INFOGEST network.
Grass10 Newsletter - 20th April 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: Weekly PastureBase data; grazing updates from various GFOTY winners; Starting 2nd rotation Sheep Update - Philip Creighton, Teagasc, Athenry PLUS Caroline Walsh Overall GFOTY 2020 social media takeover and more
Quality vs Quantity - how do I maximise silage yield per hectare?
Teagasc Drystock advisor Joe Hand joins Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge podcast to discuss how to maximise silage yield this year on your farm.
Caroline Walsh Grassland Farmer of the Year - Social Media Takeover & Live Interview
Join Caroline Walsh, 2020 Grassland Farmer of the Year, on the Teagasc social media accounts as she takes us through "A day in the life...." on her dairy farm in Ballinascarthy, Co. Cork
Fertilising for a Crop of Quality Silage
On many farms producing average to poor quality silage is somewhat the norm. Cattle or sheep fed this silage will have reduced growth rates and below optimal levels of reproductive performance in breeding females. Austin Callaghan, Teagasc Advisor, Claremorris outlines how to improve silage quality
Dealing with scald in lambs and lameness issues early in the grazing season
B&T advisor Tom Coll joins Ciarán Lynch on this week’s OviCast to discuss some issues with lameness appearing in flocks at present.
Submit Your 2021 Basic Payment Application On-Time
The most important task for farmers in any year is to complete their Basic Payment application online. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that the 2021 Basic Payment application and associated forms are completed on time by Monday 17th May. Brian Hughes, Teagasc Claremorris has more advice
The Signpost Series Webinar - Multi-species Swards
In this episode of The Signpost Series webinar, which took place on Thursday, 1st April, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd is joined by guest speakers Dr. Helen Sheridan and Prof. Tommy Boland, UCD to discuss multi-species swards - sward and animal performance under reduced nitrogen fertiliser inputs.
Farmland Birds and the role of farmers in their survival
Niall Hatch from Bird Watch Ireland joins Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn on the latest episode of the Environment Edge podcast to talk about farmland birds and the important role of farmers in helping to improve habitats.
Tips and advice on best practice for reseeding
Tomás Tubritt joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge with tips and advice on best practice for reseeding.
Are you Sun Smart? Webinar
A webinar to raise awareness about the risks of skin cancer and UV exposure in the farming community. Join Teagasc on Wednesday, 21 April from 11.30am -1pm along with the HSE & the Irish Cancer Society who will advise what you can do to protect yourself against the risks of skin cancer & UV exposure
70 years of grassland research in Ireland
TEAGASC grassland research has enabled the transformation of Irish agriculture since the 1950s. The importance of grassland to Irish Agriculture is indicated by over 70% of agricultural output (monetary terms) coming from grassland as cattle, milk, & sheep products, Teagasc researchers reminisce
Steps to Take when Considering Converting to Organic Farming
The Organic Farming Scheme is open. Elaine Leavy, Teagasc Organic Specialist gave a presentation recently at the IFA Information Meeting on the Organic Farming Scheme which was held virtually on Thursday, 4th March 2021. Elaine's presentation and Teagasc guide to organic conversion can be found here
The Forestry Sector in Ireland: some facts and figures
Teagasc welcomes Ciara! Teagasc's new virtual forestry adviser Ciara, provides some basic facts and figures on the forestry sector in Ireland. She discusses forest cover, ownership, species composition, carbon sequestration, wood utilisation, age distribution, wood processing, exports and employment
Status Orange, High Forest Fire Risk Warning
Teagasc urges all involved in outdoor activity to exercise extreme caution, and heed the high level warning for fires which is in place this week. The current high pressure dominated weather patterns has resulted in a high fire risk in all areas where fuel such as dead grasses, heather & gorse exist
Hitting Grazing Targets in 2021 with PastureBase Ireland Webinar
Are you looking to make better grazing decisions on your farm in April? On this webinar which took place on Wednesday, 7th April, John Douglas & Joseph Dunphy, Teagasc Grass10 and Micheal O'Leary, PastureBase Ireland go through how you can use PastureBase Ireland to plan your spring grazing.
How Does Grass Grow?
Perennial ryegrass (PRG) is the most commonly sown grass species in Ireland. As a perennial plant it's characterised by having the growing point close to the ground and it regrows after each grazing & cutting, without the need for frequent reseeding. Patricia Lynch, Teagasc Advisor Westport has more
Winners of the 2021 Agriculture and Horticulture Colleges Challenges Event
The National College of Amenity Horticulture are the winners of the Agricultural Colleges Challenges Event 2021. The Agricultural Colleges Challenges is a longstanding inter college, skills challenge competition, supported by Macra na Feirme, fostering keen college rivalry in it's 40 year history
Grass10 Newsletter - 13th April 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: Weekly PastureBase data; Seamus Sweeney, Wexford on 2nd rotation; Caroline Walsh 2020 GFOTY social media takeover; Grazing Updates from Thomas Hogan, GFOTY Cattle-Suckling, & Grange dairy-beef research herd
Farm Business Options Webinar - Diversification in Donegal
On a recent Farm Business Options webinar held on Tuesday, 6th April 2021, Seamus Campbell, Teagasc Donegal was joined by Noreen & James Cunningham, Donegal Farmhouse Cheese; John Graham, Ballyholey Farm Shop and Andrew Ward, Inishowen Development Partnership to discuss diversification in Donegal
How to avoid meal feeding ewes after lambing
Edward Egan, Meath Teagasc advisor, sums up the points made by 2020 Sheep Grassland Farmer of the Year Peter McGuinness, as he outlines some of the key steps he takes during the course of the year to ensure he has enough grass in March & April to avoid meal feeding mature ewes after lambing.
Let's Talk Sheep Webinar - Nematodirus / Coccidiosis in Lambs
Host Ciaran Lynch, Teagasc Sheep Specialist was joined by Dr. Orla Keane, Teagasc Researcher and Michael Gottstein, Head of Teagasc Sheep KT on this episode of the Let's Talk Sheep webinar series which took place on Thursday, 8th April to discuss nematodirus and coccidiosis in lambs.
Coccidiosis and nematodirosis in young lambs
At this time of year, the major parasites of concern for young lambs are Nematodirus and Coccidia. Coccidiosis is a disease of young lambs, usually from 3-8 weeks of age.The signs of nematodirosis are similar to coccidiosis. Orla Keane, Teagasc Researcher explains both parasites & their effects.
Protecting the Connemara/Mayo Blackface Breed for Future generations
Father & son partnership MartinJoe & Martin Kerrigan are hill farmers in Glentrague, Clonbur Co. Galway - a valley situated in ‘Joyce Country’ overlooking the scenic Lough Mask. Martin is involved in developing the Connemara/Mayo Blackface sheep, as Joanne Masterson, Teagasc Advisor, outlines here
Nematodirus – signs, treatment & differential diagnosis
Dr Orla Keane joins Ciarán Lynch on this week’s episode of OviCast to discuss Nematodirus in lambs.
Teagasc Virtual College Open Days 2021
During March, Teagasc courses were promoted through virtual open days at it's four agricultural and horticultural colleges and two of the private colleges. One open day remains to be held at Salesian Agricultural College on 15th April. Now is your chance to catch up with any you may have missed here
What is a GPS Fertiliser Spreader?
With the grant on GPS fertiliser spreaders now available to all TAMS applicants there is a lot of interest from farmers in making an investment in the new equipment. Francis Quigley, Teagasc Farm Machinery Specialist explains that a GPS controlled spreader is more than just a guidance system
Target to make 75% DMD Silage this summer
Shane Devaney, Beef Advisor, Teagasc Longford, sets a target for all farmers to make 75% DMD Silage this summer. He has advice for those farming on heavy soils and he lists the benefits of making good quality silage here.
Extreme Weather Newsletter
Variation in grass growth and feed supply due to weather conditions is inevitable in our ruminant farming systems. It is important that farms plan ahead for the adverse weather events. Teagasc has identified steps to be taken at farm and industry level in this regard.
Environment Newsletter - April 2021
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Environment team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Dates for your diary; Mandatory derogation requirements from January 1, 2021; and Message from ASSAP: Is your silage storage fit for purpose?.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Working with farmers to improve water quality
In this episode of The Signpost Series webinar, held as part of Water Quality Week, on Friday, 26 March, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd is joined by Noel Meehan, ASSAP Programme Manager and Edward Burgess, ACP Specialist Advisor, Teagasc to discuss working with farmers to improve water quality
Let's Talk Sheep - Nematodirus / Coccidia in Lambs
Join us tonight at 8pm for an hour-long Let's Talk Sheep webinar to learn more about nematodirus and coccidiosis in lambs. This is very timely as the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine have just issued their Nematodirus forecast indicating peak larval hatching this week. Register here
Farm Business Options Webinar - Driving Diversification Through Social Media
On a recent Farm Business Options webinar which took place on Tuesday, 30th March 2021, Barry Caslin was joined by Lisa Dunphy from Green Acre Marketing to discuss social media business options.
Grass10 Newsletter - 6th April 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: Weekly PastureBase data; Niall Callanan (dairy) & Aidan Maguire (beef) discuss grazing plans; Grazing tips to hold Average Farm Cover in this colder week; A video explaining “Band Method” grass measuring & more
Grazing focus - early season management
With the grazing season well underway, on the latest OviCast episode Ciarán Lynch catches up with Dr Philip Creighton who highlights the need to focus on grassland management for the coming weeks to maximise lamb performance.
It’s getting hot in here
Keith Lambkin, senior climatologist with Met Eireann joins Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn on the latest episode of the Environment Edge podcast to discuss global warming.
New Lime Factsheet - The Facts on Applying Lime
Lime is most definitely the forgotten fertiliser on Irish farms. We are currently only applying 50% of our national lime requirements. In addition 80 to 85% of our soils are testing sub-optimal for major nutrients such as soil pH, P & K. Mark Plunkett, Teagasc Johnstown Castle has more information.
Sheep Newsletter - April 2021
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Sheep team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Grassland management; grass tetany; Silage 2021; Lambing review; BETTER Farm and Research Update; Parasites; and Early-lambing flocks.
Have multi species swards a role on Irish farms?
Multi species swards have the ability to grow 11Ton of dry matter with no chemical nitrogen, but have they a role on Irish farms? Joe Kelleher, Teagasc Advisor, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick addresses this question here and discusses what is known so far about Multi species swards
Quins and Quads at Teagasc farms
It won't be "Lonely round the Fields of Athenry" this Spring as Teagasc Athenry celebrates the arrival of five lambs to a pedigree Belclare ewe there. Meanwhile at Clonakilty College Farm, an UnBaa-lievable set of Quad lambs were born. Read about the two marvelous mothers and their progeny here
TResearch Spring 2021
TResearch is an official science publication of Teagasc. It aims to disseminate the results of the organisation’s research to a broad audience. The Spring Edition of TResearch has a special feature on grass roots - 70 years of grassland research; milk fractions for pigs; kelp; BREXIT & farm income.
Sheep Production - Farm Walk and Talk with AgriAware
A sustainable sheep enterprise requires planning, skill and hard work. Kildalton College lecturer Joe Day gives information on the college flock, detailing what is required to have a successful mid-season lambing flock
Antimicrobials are drugs used to treat infections in humans & animals. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) occurs when micro-organisms that cause infections adapt & prevent an antimicrobial from working against it. Zerlina Pratt, as part of Farm Walk and Talk with AgriAware has more information
Grass10 Newsletter - 30 March 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter. It includes: Weekly PastureBase data; Michael Lally, Meath discusses his plan for grazing; Spring grazing update from Winter Milk herd at Johnstown Castle; Spring Grazing Update from GFOTY Sheep Winner Peter McGuinness.
Lambing one year old ewes – the farmer experience
Tomás O’Leary who is farming outside Killarney in Co. Kerry joins Ciarán Lynch on this week’s OviCast. Tomás who is a participant on the BETTER Farm Sheep Programme has always joined his ewe lambs and managed them alongside his mature ewes.
Management of ewes and lambs post turnout – grouping up to kick-start rotational grazing
The lambing of mid-season flocks is well underway and near completion on many farms. The ultimate goal is turning out ewes and lambs to grass covers that will meet their feed requirements with little or no concentrate supplementation as Damian Costello, Sheep Specialist, Teagasc Athenry outlines
Farmer Safety Health and Wellness Webinar Series: John McNamara
Carbery Group, Cork recently held a Webinar on Farm Safety, Health and Wellness for farmer suppliers in advance of a busy spring. The Event is shown as a series of Webinars for 3 Sundays in March. Last up is John McNamara, Teagasc Health & Safety Specialist on managing farm safety and health on farm
Farm Business Options Webinar - Farm Diversification in Co. Laois
On a recent Farm Business Options webinar which took place on Tuesday, 16th March 2021, host Peter Doolan, Teagasc Laois was joined by three local farmers to discuss farm diversification into soft food produce, angling and organic dairying in Co. Laois. A Q&A session also took place
ASSAP Factsheets on Farming for Water Quality
The Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP) have produced a series of five factsheets to help farmers maintain and improve the quality of water bodies in Ireland. They provide practical tips for farmers to implement which will benefit watercourses on their farms.
ASSAP As Gaeilge
Ar mhaithe le sláinte an phobail i gcoitinne, is den riachtanas é, go bhfuil ard-chaighdéan uisce againn. Chun é seo a chinntiú, tá feirmeoirí fud fad na tíre, i gcomhairle le ASSAP, ag comhoibriú chun an t-uisce agus an timpeallacht a chaomhnú.
Silage Storage & Water Quality
Silage effluent is a highly polluting liquid and can cause fish kills in watercourses/rivers and contaminate wells if not collected, stored and land spread properly. It is important to examine and repair silage pits and collection channels when pits are empty to ensure safe storage.
Farmer testimonial on the ASSAP service
John Landers has a dairy farm beside the Comeragh Mountains in County Waterford. The river Colligan runs through John's land, it is one of 190 priority areas for action (PAA’s) where water quality needs some improvement.
Managing Farm Yards to Reduce Soiled Water Losses
Soiled water is defined in the Nitrates Directive as water from concentrated areas, hard standing areas, holding areas for livestock and other farmyard areas where the water is contaminated by livestock faeces/ urine, silage effluent, chemical fertilisers, dairy or vegetable washings. Read more here
Housing of Livestock
Livestock housed over the winter period need facilities that are fit for purpose and have adequate storage capacity for the statutory number of weeks. Claire Mooney, Teagasc ASSAP Advisor, has some important guidelines here on the management of winter housing to prevent nutrient losses
Grass10 Newsletter - 23rd March 2021
Get the latest Grass10 update: PastureBase data & Elodie Ruelle’s MoSt Grass Growth Prediction Model, cold weather forecast; Eddie ODonnell, Tipperary on his 2nd rotation grazing plan; Spring Grazing updates from Donal Patton & Barry Reilly, Ballyhaise Research Farm and John Galvin Sustainable GFOTY
Wetlands and Water
A combination of geology and abundant rain has endowed Ireland with an extraordinary array of wetlands covering some 20% of the country. Functional wetlands are among our most productive environments providing a vast array of eco-system services. ASSAP advisor Mary Roache has more information
Water Quality and the Freshwater Pearl Mussel
The freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera) is a large filter-feeding bivalve. European freshwater pearl mussel populations have declined by 90 % over the past century. Mary McAndrew, Catchment Officer Pearl Mussel Project gives information on this long lived creature.
The importance of trees in Ireland
Ireland's waterways evolved in tandem with our native woodlands. Of the 16,000 townlands in Ireland 14,000 have names related to trees, forests and water. Farm forests are known to reduce the leaching of nutrients from agricultural soils
Best practice on spent sheep dip and footbath solutions
The practice of sheep dipping in summer or winter or both, is an important annual practice on sheep farms. Sheep dips, such as Organophosphates and Pryrethroids, are extremely effective but must be safely disposed of afterwards to protect aquatic life, as Shaun Roarty, ASSAP Advisor, Donegal advises
MCPA and rushes
In 2020 MCPA commonly used to control rushes was responsible for 46 out of 91 detected pesticide breeches. MCPA is water soluble, it does not bind to soil particles and therefore more prone to leaching and run-off to nearby waterbodies. Mary Roache, ASSAP Advisor Mayo, talks about Rush Spraying here
Best Practice use of pesticides
Monitoring of drinking water in Ireland continues to detect exceedances above the standard for certain herbicides. The chemicals causing greatest problems are MCPA (Agritox, Mortone, etc) and 2,4-D (Bandock EW, Mortox 50 etc). They are highly soluble in water. Kieran Kenny ASSAP Advisor has more
Pesticides and losses to water
What happens to pesticides after application? TEAGASC researchers have monitored the concentrations of commonly used herbicides in two agricultural river catchments as a part of the EU Horizon 2020-funded WaterProtect. Per-Erik Mellander, Catchment Scientist, has details of this on-going monitoring
Riparian buffer zones are patches of land adjacent to rivers, streams and drains, removed from intensive production. When designed correctly, they play a significant role in the reduction of diffuse inputs from agriculture entering our waterbodies.
The Caha Project
The Caha Project is a project where nine farmers have come together to protect a section of their local river. This length of river is particularity important as it has been identified as having a High Status Objective and is a Priority Area for Action under the Water Frameworks Directive
Drainage Maintenance to protect Water Quality
Ireland lies in a temperate zone where the main role of drainage is the removal of excess water in the root zone of crops from surplus rainfall, improving land trafficability and increasing productivity. Meabh O'Hagan, ASSAP Advisor and Niall McLoughlin, Lakeland Dairies has some advice.
Phosphorus Use on Peat Soils
A recent analysis conducted by the Teagasc Rural Economy and Development programme indicates that approximately 6% of the country (420,000 Ha) is made up of cultivated peats across a wide range of farming intensities. Fiona Doolan, ASSAP Advisor Kildare/Laois, discusses Phosphorus Use on Peat Soils
Managing farm roads to protect water quality
Farm roadways are an essential piece of infrastructure on most livestock farms and in particular dairy farms. Under new Nitrates rules there shall be no direct runoff of soiled water from farm roadways to waters from 1st January 2021. Padraig Fitzgerald, Teagasc Advisor lists the key points involved
What is a Riparian Margin & what can it do for Water Quality?
A Riparian Margin is the land that runs alongside our rivers and streams. Here, Fiona Doolan, Teagasc ASSAP Advisor, Co. Laois, talks about a variety of riparian margins. She explains the benefits of a riparian margin on water quality and the role it plays in protecting rivers and streams
Managing Soil Phosphorous for Water Quality
Phosphorus is an essential nutrient particularly when it comes to crop establishment. Eddie Burgess, Catchment Specialist with the Teagasc Agricultural Catchments Programme speaks more about managing soil phosphorus for water quality.
What impact can weed control & drainage work have on water quality?
Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advice Programme advisors Mary Roache & Meabh O’Hagan join Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge podcast as part of Water Quality Week to highlight correct weed control management & tips on carrying out drainage work to reduce impact on water quality.
ASSAP - Working with farmers to improve water quality
The Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme - ASSAP is in existence since 2018. Advisors are working with farmers in Priority areas for action (PAA) across the country to improve water quality. ASSAP advisors Deirdre Glynn and Cathal Somers give information about the programme
Why LESS is more
Slurry application on Irish farms was often seen as a chore, done to relieve pressure on slurry storage systems in late winter / early spring, traditionally spread by splashplate. Today this is changing fast with the use of low emission slurry spreaders (LESS), as Eamonn Lynch Dairy Advisor,explains
Clover - Why Now?
Ever thought of increasing the diversity in your swards? This can be simply and profitably done across the whole farm over 3 years adding to the health of the soil, animals and consumers as well as reducing losses to water and emissions to the atmosphere. Lane Giles, ASSAP Advisor tells us more.
Why You Should Use Protected Urea
Protected urea allows farmers to spread urea based nitrogen during the growing season without the worry of nitrogen (N) being lost from the field through ammonia emissions. It also reduces greenhouse gas emissions and nitrate leaching when compared to CAN Cathal Somers gives more information
Nitrogen Use Efficiency = Cleaner Water
Deirdre Glynn, Teagasc ASSAP Advisor and Dr. David Wall, Teagasc Researcher both define Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE) here. They discuss losses of Nitrogen and how we can avoid this going forward through soil testing, nutrient planning, responsible fertiliser and slurry spreading and more
Identifying the problem ewes during lambing
Dr Frank Campion joins Ciarán Lynch on this week’s OviCast podcast to talk about reducing the number of problem ewes.
How Nitrate leaching occurs
Nitrate leaching can occur during times of heavy or prolonged rainfall. Free draining soils are particularly susceptible to nitrate loss as it's very mobile in soil and readily leaches groundwater. The highest risk is in winter and early spring, as Prof Owen Fenton, Teagasc Researcher explains
ASSAP- Farming for Water Quality
ASSAP – Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advice Programme works with farmers in a free and confidential advisory service to help improve water quality. Priority areas for action (PAA) are being targeted across the country to improve water quality.
Farming for Water Quality in a Priority Area for Action - Farmer Testimonial
The Glenaboy river in county Waterford is currently at Moderate ecological status. The river catchment is in a Priority Area for Action (PAA) for the Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP). Find out how farmers and ASSAP advisors work together to improve water quality
Water Quality in your area & accessing catchments.ie
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) operate a number of water quality monitoring programmes to assess the condition of waters in Ireland. The outcome these monitoring programmes is available to see on the EPA interactive map.The map can be accessed on the website catchments.ie
Water Quality Indicators - Chemical Sampling
It is important to understand what causes damage to our waters and work together to protect them. As part of Water Quality Week and World Water Day today, LAWPRO Scientists demonstrate here what the chemical indicators of water quality are and how this sampling is carried out
Using kick sampling to determine the quality of water in a river?
Macro-invertebrates are small aquatic animals such as insect larva, snails, worms, beetles etc and are excellent indicators of water quality. Where rivers are unpolluted these are in abundance. Scientists examine these macroinvertebrates by kick sampling, as LAWPRO catchment scientists demonstrate
How to Maintain & Improve Water Quality
Eimear Connery and Noel Meehan join Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge with an insight into the role of the Teagasc ASSAP programme and the efforts to maintain and improve water quality in Ireland.
Why is water quality important?
We need safe and secure waters to supply agriculture, industry and our drinking water needs. It is important that we understand what causes damage to our waters and work together to protect them. As part of Water Quality Week and World Water Day today, LAWPRO Scientist Ruth Hennessy has more here
The past, present & future of water quality in Ireland
In this bonus episode of the Environment Edge podcast, Jenny Deakin EPA catchment unit manager joins Teagasc’s Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn to discuss the past, present & future of water quality in Ireland and how climate change will challenge us all.
EU's green deal - Essential role of legumes
This webinar is a Legume innovation and networking workshop which is hosted by Mark Gibson and brought to you by Teagasc. The legumes innovation workshop aims to identify transition paths enabling home grown legumes in a more sustainable food and feed value chain.
Farmer Safety Health and Wellness Webinar Series: Rena Buckley
Carbery Group, Cork recently held a Webinar on Farm Safety, Health and Wellness for farmer suppliers in advance of a busy spring. The Event will now be shown as a series of Webinars for 3 Sundays. The second is Rena Buckley, giving pointers on Gaining Health through, Exercise and Diet
Teagasc forest establishment workshops very well received
During February and March, landowners were able to participate in three one-hour online workshops “Planting a new forest - Getting started”, organised by Teagasc’s Forestry Development Department. Close to 600 people registered for these workshops and each session had well over 300 participants
Recording Fertiliser with PastureBase
Reducing chemical fertiliser usage on farms is a challenge we could face in the near future. Growing 14 T DM Grass per ha whilst reducing chemical fertiliser is possible. This will reduce farm costs and be better for the environment. PastureBase Ireland can facilitate fertiliser recording. See here.
Water Quality Week
Teagasc Water Quality Week runs next week Monday, 22nd March to Friday, 26th March. Water quality week is organised in collaboration with the dairy processing co-ops and the Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO). Noel Meehan, Programme Manager ASSAP has details of the plans for the week here
Farm Business Options Webinar - Agri-Tourism and Poultry in Cavan
On a recent Farm Business Options webinar which took place on Tuesday, 9th March 2021, host, Bernard Doorley, Teagasc Offaly was joined by three local farmers to discuss agri-tourism and poultry in Cavan.
Teagasc Daily – One year on
Today is the 1st Anniversary of the introduction of Teagasc Daily, a new digital communication channel providing information to Teagasc audiences. It was set up in response to the first Covid related lockdown last March, as a digital tool to maintain knowledge transfer to Teagasc audiences.
Grass10 Newsletter - 16th March 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team: weekly PastureBase data & Elodie Ruelle’s MoSt Grass Growth Prediction Model; grass growth set to double this week; Tomas O Brien, Mitchelstown on his grazing plan; Teagasc Grange Dairy calf to beef trial update & Pat Collins, Cattle GFOTY update
Saint Patrick in Ireland: Names and Places
Lá Fhéile Pádraig shona dhaoibh! For Saint Patrick’ Day we have a special map, dedicated to Ireland’s patron saint. The static map provides an overview of the townlands and settlements deriving their names from Saint Patrick, including a short summary of the mythology. Read on for more details
Grass Tetany in Ewes
Grass Tetany is a common disease of lactating ewes during the spring time. It is an acute and frequently fatal condition that primarily affects lactating sheep at grass. This condition is caused by a deficiency in blood magnesium levels. Michael Gottstein, Teagasc, Head of Sheep has more information
Artificially rearing lambs – the key points
Having a system in place to deal with surplus or orphan lambs is a must on many farms at this time of the year. On this episode of OviCast, Ciarán Lynch discusses this in more detail with Michael Gottstein Head of Sheep in Teagasc.
Sheep Newsletter - March 2021
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Sheep team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Grassland; Hygiene; Getting off to the best start – colostrum; Research Update - Scanning and body condition; BETTER Farm Update - Getting ready for lambing; and more.
Using LESS Gives More from Slurry
Cattle slurry is a valuable source of N, P & K produced on farm. Nitrogen (N) in cattle slurry is in a similar ammonia form to N in urea & is easily lost to the atmosphere. Teagasc Advisor Mark O'Sullivan has valuable information on the benefit of using trailing hose or trailing shoe to apply slurry
GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme Farmer Focus - John & Margaret Murphy
John & Margaret Murphy, Co. Cork are GLAS participants who availed of the Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme for repairs to an old stone outbuilding on the farm. Eimear Connery, Teagasc Advisor has more details. For the past four days Teagasc Daily focused on Co Cork participants of this scheme
Farmer Safety Health and Wellness Webinar Series: Steve Redmond
Carbery Group, Cork recently held a Webinar on Farm Safety, Health and Wellness for farmer suppliers in advance of a busy spring. The Event will now be shown as a series of Webinars from today for 3 Sundays. The first is Steve Redmond, first person to complete the ‘Seven Ocean’s Challenge
GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme Farmer Focus - Tom O'Neill
Tom O'Neill, Co. Cork is a GLAS participant who availed of the Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme for repairs to an old 1740s tower building. Eimear Connery, Teagasc Advisor has more details. For one more day, of a four day focus, Teagasc Daily will focus on Co Cork participants of this scheme
GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme Farmer Focus - Kevin Wood
Kevin Wood, Co. Cork is a GLAS participant who availed of the Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme for repairs mainly to a lofted grain store dating back to 1888. Eimear Connery, Teagasc Advisor has more details. For two more days Teagasc Daily will focus on Co Cork participants of this scheme
New farm forests are backing biodiversity
Ireland’s new forests are working to reverse the decline in our national biodiversity and strengthen environmental sustainability. Teagasc Forestry advisor, Noel Kennedy, explains how biodiversity protection and enhancement are at the heart of today’s young forests.
GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme Farmer Focus - Siobhan Madden
Siobhan Madden, Co. Cork is a GLAS 3 participant who availed of the Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme for repairs to adjoining 200 year old buildings. Enda Maloney, Teagasc Advisor has more details. For the next three days Teagasc Daily will focus on Co Cork participants of this scheme
The Signpost Series - Impact of climate change on smallholder food production in the tropics
In this episode of The Signpost Series, Mark Gibson is joined by Paul Wagstaff, Senior Agricultural Advisor with Self Help Africa who speaks about the impact of climate change on smallholder food production in the tropics and the interventions that can be used to reduce the impacts of climate change
Planning your Spring Grazing with PastureBase Ireland
Are you looking to graze more in March? On this webinar which took place on Wednesday, 3rd March, John Douglas & Joseph Dunphy, Teagasc Grass10 and Micheal O'Leary, PastureBase Ireland go through how you can use PastureBase Ireland to plan your spring grazing.
Making Quality Silage Part 1: Graze, Fertilise & Close
On this week’s Beef Edge podcast Teagasc Drystock advisor Terry Carroll and Kilkenny beef farmer John Phelan join Catherine Egan in a two part series on making quality silage. On this first episode John and Terry highlight all the top tips relating to grazing, fertilising and closing silage ground
Grass10 Newsletter - 9 March 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team including: Weekly PastureBase data & Elodie Ruelle’s MoSt Grass Growth Prediction Model; Grazing and Fertiliser tips from the Grass10 team; Brian McCarthy, Teagasc Clonakilty on Spring grazing on Grass/clover trials, & Sean Barry, GFOTY Heavy Soils
Planning winter housing facilities for sheep
The provision of new sheep housing facilities is eligible for grant aid under TAMS II – 60% aid for the young trained farmer and 40% for all other applicants. Damian Costello, Teagasc Sheep Specialist and Michael Conroy, Teagasc Advisor outline the key considerations when designing new sheep housing
Eamonn Patten, Drystock Advisor, Teagasc Ballinrobe has guidelines for turning out ewes and lambs to grass. He includes a few pointers on managing indoors when weather conditions are not suitable for lambs going out, i.e. within a day or two of lambing.
Farmer focus: Des Powell - Flock Expansion in Co. Tipperary
Teagasc BETTER Farm Sheep Programme participant Des Powell who runs a mixed sheep and beef system in Co. Tipperary features on this week’s episode of OviCast. Des is also joined by Teagasc’s Dr. Frank Campion as they discuss plans for increasing flock size and implementing a breeding policy on farm
Let's Talk Sheep Webinar - Grazing Management from Turnout to Weaning
Host Ciaran Lynch, Teagasc Sheep Specialist was joined by Philip Creighton, Teagasc Sheep Researcher on this episode of Let's Talk Sheep which took place on Thursday, 4th March 2021 to discuss grazing management from turnout to weaning.
Timoleague Agricultural Catchment Programme Update
Teagasc’s Agricultural Catchments Programme has been monitoring water quality in 6 locations across Ireland to investigate the impact of agriculture on water quality in these catchments. Oisín Coakley, ACP Advisor, provides an update on the 8km square Timoleague catchment here
Today's Farm - March/April 2021
The March/April edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. One of the main articles in this edition is a Q& A with the new Teagasc Head of Knowledge Transfer, Stan Lalor. It also has articles on fertiliser, Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), how birds use hedges, and more.
Farm Planning – Don’t leave it to the last minute
Andy Ryder, Drystock Advisor, Teagasc Westport focuses on applications for and changes to, Herd Numbers. He identifies how this impacts on Basic Payment Scheme, ANC, GLAS and Forestry schemes. Andy emphasizes the importance of planning in advance and not leaving Herd No changes until the last minute
Signpost Series Webinar - The Signpost Farm Programme: Teagasc campaign for climate action
On a recent episode of The Signpost Series webinars, which took place on Friday, 19 February, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd was joined by Dr Tom O’Dwyer, Head of the Teagasc Signpost Programme to discuss The Signpost Programme - Leading climate action by Irish farmers.
Teagasc SRUC Digital Solutions Conference 2021
The role of digital in securing a green rural economy was the focus of a joint virtual conference, held by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and Teagasc, which took place on Tuesday, 9th February. The virtual conference was the third in a series of annual events.
Farm Business Options Webinar - Social Farming
On a recent Farm Business Options webinar which took place on Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, host Barry Caslin, Teagasc was joined by Helen Doherty, Social Farming Ireland and two social dairy farmers, to outline what anyone considering running a Social Farm enterprise needs to know.
Grass10 Newsletter - 3rd March 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team including: PastureBase data for the week & Elodie Ruelle’s MoSt Grass Growth Prediction Model; A return to dry and settled conditions; Grazing and Fertiliser advice for March; William Burchill update; Grazing Management Tips on Irish Sheep farms
Reducing labour at lambing: improving ewe mothering ability through breeding
Genetics, the study of genes and genetic variation, is a powerful tool at the disposal of farmers to identify the genetically elite animals to be the parents of the next generation. All improvements achieved through breeding are permanent and cumulative, Áine O'Brien, Researcher at Moorpark explains
The causes, timing and on-farm practices associated with lamb mortality and the steps to reduce the incidence this spring
With lambing season well underway, the focus on this week’s OviCast episode turns to lamb mortality and reducing it. Joining Ciarán Lynch is Dwayne Shields from Teagasc Sligo-Leitrim-Donegal who discusses the timing and causes of perinatal lamb mortality and lamb survival
The Role of Legumes in Reducing Fertilizer N Usage Webinar
Legumes can replace fertilizer N on grassland and arable farms, lowering greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions and improving water quality. The third Legume Innovation and Networking Workshop takes place online as an interactive webinar on Wednesday 3rd March at 9.30am. Register here
Soil sampling - Money well spent
Now is the ideal time of the year to take soil samples on your farm if you have not done so in the recent past as it will provide vital information on the soil fertility status of your farm. Ciaran Beatty, Teagasc Advisor, Castlerea, advises not to delay in having soil samples taken
The Importance of Hedgerows
The Environment Edge is Teagasc’s environment podcast focusing on challenges and opportunities in agriculture. In this episode, Dr Catherine Kenna, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist, joins presenters Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn to discuss the importance of hedgerows as wildlife corridors
Farm Business Options Webinar - Award-winning potato, cheese and pet farm enterprises in Co. Cork
On a recent Farm Business Options Webinar held Tuesday, 23 February, host Aisling Molloy, Drystock Advisor, Teagasc Kanturk was joined by Norma Dinneen, Bó Rua Farm; Ned English, Castlecor Potatoes and Teresa Leahy, Leahy’s Open Farm to discuss Award-winning potato, cheese and pet farm enterprises
Additional resources to meet demand for Green Cert Courses | Teagasc Virtual College Open Days
Teagasc welcomes the recent announcement by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D., giving approval for the recruitment of 20 fixed term education staff to meet exceptional demand for Teagasc Green Cert courses.
February 2021 Teagasc BETTER Sheep Farm Focus
Michael Gottstein, Teagasc Head of Knowledge Transfer Sheep Programme, gives an update on the progress of the Fitzgerald Family farm since joining the Teagasc Better Sheep farm programme in the autumn of 2018. The Fitzgeralds operate a hill sheep farm in Baile an Lochaig West of Dingle in Kerry
The Signpost Series Webinar - Protected Urea: A Research Update
On the latest episode of The Signpost Series webinars, which took place on Friday, 12 February, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd was joined by guest speaker Patrick Forrestal, Teagasc Johnstown Castle to discuss Protected Urea: A Research Update.
How to deal with Toxoplasmosis abortion
Three mistakes are often made when ewes abort: Failure to quickly isolate aborted ewe(s) & potentially infectious material; Failure to clearly identify the cause of abortion; Failure to put in place prevention methods; Edward Egan, Teagasc Advisor, Co. Meath has advice on dealing with Toxoplasmosis
CatchmentCare & Teagasc Sheep Dipping Demonstration
Teagasc Donegal is part of a very important educational tool for sheep farmers and Agricultural Advisers in every county in Ireland. It's the first video where a best practice approach to plunge sheep dipping, and the correct disposal for the spent dip afterwards, has been demonstrated and explained
Are you interested in coming to a Teagasc College?
Interested in pursuing a career in the land and agri-food sector? Have you considered applying for a course at a Teagasc college? Teagasc colleges offer a wide array of full-time and part-time courses in agriculture, horticulture, equine, forestry and more. Sign up & Join our March Virtual Open Days
Grass10 Newsletter - 23rd February 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: PastureBase data for the week & Elodie Ruelle’s MoSt Grass Growth Prediction Model; Continue to walk your farm & monitor ground conditions; Research project on ability of on-off grazing to extend grazing & more
What do I need to know about my Basic Payment Application 2021?
In recent days farmers have been receiving a BPS information pack in the post containing maps and land details. On this week’s Beef Edge podcast, Teagasc Farm Management Specialist James McDonnell, joins Catherine Egan to discuss all you need to know about your basic payment application online form
Brexit Trade Deal prevents Predicted Drop in Farm Income
A new report by economists at Teagasc published today, 23 February estimates that the average family farm income (FFI) in Ireland may increase by 3 per cent in 2021. Overall, some price inflation for farm inputs will be more than offset by higher prices for some farm outputs. Read more here
Pregnancy scanning a key management tool for hill farmers at this time of year
Nearly all of the Teagasc BETTER Farm hill sheep flocks have finished pregnancy scanning in the past couple of weeks. Overall the scanning rates and litter sizes are quite good. Pregnancy scanning is a very important management tool for all sheep farmers, as Frank Campion, Teagasc Researcher details
Spring fertiliser – the key considerations
Dr Philip Creighton joins Ciaran Lynch on this week’s OviCast to discuss some of the key factors to consider for fertiliser application this spring.
Teagasc Virtual Hill Sheep Conference 2021
The Teagasc Virtual Hill Sheep Conference took place virtually, across two evenings at 8pm on Wednesday, 17th February and Thursday, 18th February. In this conference there were four papers, each of which had important take home messages.
Nitrogen Use Efficiency
The Environment Edge is Teagasc’s environment podcast focusing on challenges and opportunities in agriculture. In the first episode of The EnvironmentEdge, presenters Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn speak to Dr. David Wall, Teagasc researcher in Johnstown Castle on improving nitrogen use efficiency
Safety Tips when Handling Fertiliser
Fertiliser spreading season is upon us and so health and safety must always be a priority. Teagasc Health and Safety Specialist, Francis Bligh, looks at the actions that can be taken to prevent injury when handling fertiliser.
BETTER Farm Hill flock update
Dr Frank Campion joins Ciaran Lynch on the latest episode of OviCast with an update on the hill sheep flocks in the Teagasc BETTER farm sheep programme.
Grass10 Newsletter - 16 February 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: PastureBase data & Elodie Ruelle’s MoSt Grass Growth Prediction Model; Dairy On - Off grazing; 1,2,3 for Spring N; Protected Urea use at Johnstown Castle; Beef benefits of Spring grazing and webinar details
Spring Fertiliser on sheep farms
All going to plan ewes can be turned out to grass as they lamb with minimal supplementary feeding, if any, required post turn-out. From a management, cost and labour point of view, this must be the aim. An early application of Nitrogen is important, as Philip Creighton Teagasc Researcher outlines
Teagasc Mayo Webinar - Farming for a Sustainable Future
Teagasc Mayo is hosting a series of online events consisting of relevant and practical advice for farmers in the Region. This first webinar, on Wednesday 17 February at 8pm, moderated by Brendan Garry, Teagasc will focus on farming for a sustainable future. More details here on speakers and topics
Let's Talk Sheep Webinar - Reducing Mortality at Lambing Time
Ciaran Lynch, Teagasc Sheep Specialist was joined by the team of Teagasc Sheep Specialists on this episode of Let's Talk Sheep which took place on Thursday, 4th February to discuss Reducing Mortality at Lambing Time.
For the best results at lambing, the key point to remember is to be prepared. Have ewes in good condition, feed accordingly as per scan results and have all equipment and pens ready in advance to help with workload. Marion Fox, Teagasc Drystock Advisor, Galway has advice on preparing for lambing
Getting Familiar with PastureBase Ireland - Webinar
Are you looking to begin your journey measuring grass with PastureBase Ireland? On this webinar which took place on Thursday, 4th February, John Douglas & Joseph Dunphy, Teagasc Grass10 and Micheal O'Leary, PastureBase Ireland go through a step-by-step process of using PastureBase Ireland
Teagasc Virtual Hill Sheep Conference 2021
The Teagasc Virtual Hill Sheep Conference will take place across two evenings, Wednesday, 17th February and Thursday, 18th February, as a Zoom webinar between 8pm and 9pm. An exciting line up of speakers have been assembled for the two sessions.
Environment Newsletter - February 2021
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Environment team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Dates for your diary; Think before you plant a new hedge; Message from ASSAP - Don’t lose any fertiliser you spread; & Message from Signpost Programme - Now is the time for climate action.
Forestry Workshops: A new forest – getting started
Connect with your local Teagasc forestry advisor by registering for three informal online workshops to learn about starting a new forest. From Monday 15 February through March, landowners can join their local one-hour online workshops with Teagasc’s Forestry Development Department to find out more
Farm Business Options Webinar - Value added food production in the Kerry/Limerick Region
On a recent Farm Business Options Webinar, which took place on Tuesday, 2 February, host, Padraig Fitzgerald, Teagasc Kerry/Limerick was joined by Nick Cotter, Cotter Organic Lamb; Kate Carmody, Beal Organic Cheese & John Hassett, Ballyhoura Development CLG to discuss value added food production
Although Spring is here we are still experiencing wintry weather with snow and hazardous conditions forecast for the coming days. It is with this in mind that Teagasc advises farmers to be 'winter-ready' and provides some useful tips for farming during severe weather conditions and advance planning
Grass10 Newsletter - 9 February 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: PastureBase data for the week & Elodie Ruelle’s MoSt Grass Growth Prediction Model; Images from farmers beginning spring grazing, details of a new Clover Research Programme, sheep farm spring grazing tips & more
The Signpost Series - Reduction of Methane gas emissions in agriculture
Recently on a Signpost Series webinar from 29 January, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd and Pat Murphy, Head of Environment KT, Teagasc were joined by Sinéad Waters, Principal Research Officer, Animal & Bio-science Research Department Teagasc, to discuss reducing methane emissions from agriculture
Sheep market focus and outlook for 2021
Seamus McMenamin, sheep meat sector manager with Bord Bia joins Ciaran Lynch on this week’s episode of OviCast with a focus on the sheep market and an outlook for 2021.
Split system developed in the Wicklow hills
Farming in the picturesque setting of Glenmalure in the Wicklow hills BETTER farm participant Patrick Dunne is operating a sheep and suckler beef system. The sheep enterprise is split into 2 separate units, a hill sheep flock and lowland flock which Ciaran Lynch & Kevin Sheehan, Teagasc discuss here
Check Your Ewe Ration For Energy
Edward Egan, Teagasc, Meath received ingredient labels from farmers for their late pregnancy ewe ration. He was surprised to see so many rations with average quality ingredients making up 40% plus of these rations. This results in rations that are low in energy. Edward advises to check ration energy
Sheep Newsletter - February 2021
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Sheep team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Grassland management; Feeding management of ewes in late pregnancy; BETTER Farm Update- Pregnancy rates similar to last year; Research Update- Lambing season is fast approaching; Health & Safety.
Creating a farm plan that secures your future in farming
Sometimes in order to be successful, a business must reset – Bob McNair. Farmers are a resilient breed - they have faced many challenges over the last few years. Farmers who hope to improve their business must plan. Farm Management Specialist James McDonnell has some advice and guidance
Virtual Farmyard Tours
Due to COVID lock down restrictions,for farmers currently in the planning stages of building a new milking parlour one of the challenges is not being able to go and visit other farms. In the absence of farm visits Teagasc has started building a library of virtual farm tours on its website. See below
Farm Business Options Webinar - Irish Farmers Connecting to the Grid
On the Farm Business Options Webinar, on Tuesday 26 January, host, Barry Caslin, Energy & Rural Development Specialist, Teagasc was joined by Grainne Blount, Natural Forces; Tom Marren, Astatine and Rory Mullan, MullanGrid Consulting to discuss the options for Irish farmers connecting to the Grid
Why not sign up to PastureBase Ireland?
PastureBase Ireland is the number one tool to help Irish dairy, beef, and sheep farmers manage their grass production and utilisation. Additional features are continuously being added to improve the user experience and quality of the information available to the farmer.
The Importance of Knowing the Nutritional Value of Silage
Eamonn Dempsey, Teagasc Kerry, highlights the importance of knowing the nutritional value of silage and discusses analysis by visual & lab assessment, while Gerard Cregg, Teagasc Roscommon, focuses on the differences in silage quality from grass cut at different times and locations
Grass10 Newsletter - 2 February 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: PastureBase data for the week & Elodie Ruelle’s MoSt Grass Growth Prediction Model; Using “On - Off grazing” this February to maximise days at grass; Using a Grass Budget to map out grazing and more
How to reduce lamb mortality
Every lamb that is lost represents a significant loss to the sheep farmer as the cost associated with keeping the ewe has already been incurred. Michael Gottstein, Head of Sheep KT Programme, looks at the key issues that sheep farmers should concentrate on as the main lambing season approaches
Virtual Sheep Conference 2021
The Teagasc Sheep Conference 2021 took place virtually, across two evenings at 8pm on Tuesday, 26th January and Thursday 28th January. This is the 9th Annual Teagasc Sheep Conference which forms an integral part of Teagasc’s knowledge transfer programme to stakeholders involved in sheep production.
Getting Familiar with PastureBase Ireland - Webinar
Are you looking to begin your journey measuring grass with PastureBase Ireland? This is the theme of this Grass10 and Pasturebase webinar on Thursday 4th February at 7pm. Join the Grass10 & PastureBase team on a step-by-step process of using PastureBase Ireland. Follow the link to register below.
Let's Talk Sheep 2021
The Teagasc Drystock Specialists invite you to join them in a new series of Sheep and Cattle webinars for 2021. These are live monthly interactive webinars. The first Let's Talk Sheep is on Thursday 4th February at 8 pm focusing on Reducing Mortality at Lambing Time. Registration details below
Farmer Focus: John O’Connell – Scanning, feeding and managing ewes in Co. Leitrim
Co. Leitrim native John O’Connell who runs a mixed sheep and dairy contract rearing system in Ballinamore joins Ciarán Lynch on this week’s episode of OviCast.
2020 Grassland Farmer of the Year Awards Ceremony Webinar
On Tuesday, 19 January, the Grassland Farmer of the Year Awards Ceremony took place as a live webinar. During this live webinar, the 15 finalists were profiled and winners of each category along with the overall winner were announced.
Teagasc re-introduce COVID-19 telephone helpline for farmers
Teagasc have confirmed today Friday, 29 January that the telephone helpline to assist with queries in relation to COVID-19 issues is re-opening for all farmers. The helpline 076 1113533 is open to all farmers Monday to Friday.
Teagasc Online Slurry Spreader Calibration Calculator
Many farmers will use Low Emission Slurry Spreading (LESS) methods such as a dribble bar, for the first time in place of the traditional splash plate. When using a new application method it's important to apply the slurry accurately as Francis Quigley, Teagasc Farm Machinery Specialist explains
The lambing season is fast approaching for the midseason flock with most of the early lambing completed. Good preparation and planning will help in achieving a better outcome. Eamonn Patten, Drystock Advisor, Teagasc Ballinrobe has some advice on how to be prepared and what facilities are required.
Grass10 Newsletter - 26 January 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: PastureBase data for the week; Elodie Ruelle’s MoSt Grass Growth Prediction Model; completing a Spring rotation planner; upcoming webinar “Getting Familiar with PastureBase Ireland" & Spring Nitrogen Action Plan
Farming for Water Quality
The prohibited period when slurry, FYM and fertiliser spreading is not allowed to be spread will come to an end after the 31st January for all farms. Zone C: Donegal, Leitrim, Cavan & Monaghan, have the longest closed period. Ivan Kelly, ASSAP Advisor, Teagasc, Galway/Clare talks on water quality
Teagasc Virtual Sheep Conference 2021
The annual national Teagasc Sheep Conference is going virtual this year and will take place across two evenings at 8pm this Tuesday, 26th January and Thursday 28th January. An exciting line up of Teagasc and international speakers have been assembled for the two sessions.
Focus on Vaccination
Vet Charles Chavasse from Zoetis Ireland joins Ciarán Lynch on this week’s OviCast to discuss the various aspects of vaccination.
Sheep Census 2020 deadline fast approaching
Friday 31st December is the 2020 sheep & goat census date. Keepers are required to record census data on their flock registers and return their census data, preferably online. Completed forms returned by post must arrive no later than 1st February 2021. Damian Costello, Sheep Specialist has details
Teagasc highlight Farm Diversification Opportunities
Farm Diversification is the establishment of a new enterprise on farm. It usually refers to a non-agricultural or novel enterprise. Many farmers and rural dwellers are interested in diversifying their farm enterprise. Teagasc has a suite of 79 Farm Diversification Factsheets and videos to help
Grass10 Report 2017 - 2020 published
In 2017, Teagasc launched a multi-year Grass10 campaign (four years, 2017-2020) to promote sustainable grassland excellence on Irish livestock farms (dairy, beef and sheep). The Grass10 Report 2017 - 2020 now published sums up the objectives of Grass10 and the progress made in developments to date
Grass10 Newsletter - 19th January 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Winner Caroline Walsh, and all the other category winners; details of upcoming webinar on "Getting Familiar with PastureBase Ireland" and catch up on January's "Win-win" webinar
Caroline Walsh - Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020
Caroline Walsh is Overall Winner and Dairy Award Winner of the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 competition. Caroline farms in Ballinascarthy, Co. Cork milking about 70 cows on a 20 ha milking platform. The awards reward the country's top grassland farmers by category, enterprise and merit awards
Creating a Win-Win for Farmer and Environment using PastureBase - Webinar
On this webinar, which took place on Wednesday, 13th January, the PastureBase Ireland and Teagasc Grass10 team were joined by Teagasc Soil Researcher David Wall, to discuss increased nutrient use efficiency (NUE) and special guest dairy farmer Kevin Moran, on recording soil fertility on PastureBase
Feeding for late pregnancy
Getting the feeding regime right in late pregnancy has a big impact on a successful lambing and flock performance and on this week’s OviCast episode, Ciarán Lynch discusses the various aspects of this with Michael Gottstein Head of Sheep in Teagasc.
Diet Formulation for Sheep
This time of year signals the start of one of the most important phases in the sheep production cycle. One of the biggest potential causes of poor flock performance at lambing and during early lactation is management of ewe nutrition during late pregnancy, as Frank Campion Teagasc Researcher advises
Today's Farm - January/February 2021
The January/February edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. The main focus of this edition is on grass, covering topics such as getting ready for grass; Newford Herd makes gains on grass; why paddocks = profit and more.
Achieving Maximum Utilisation of Forage Crops with Sheep
The key to improve utilisation of a forage crop is to choose the correct crop for your farm and farming system. Different crop species have different sowing times, utilisation periods and dry matter yield. Eamonn Dempsey, Teagasc Advisor has the details
Pat Collins - Finalist Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020
Pat Collins is a finalist in the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Competition. Pat runs a dairy calf to beef enterprise as well as tillage on the farm. In 2020, Pat’s farm grew over 15 T DM/ha.Tune in to the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday next, January 19th at 2pm to find out who will be the winner!
Shane Kinsella - Finalist Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020
Shane Kinsella is a finalist in the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Competition. Farming near Piltown, Co. Kilkenny, Shane milks 88 cows. Shane grew 16.9 T DM/ha in 2020.Tune in to the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday next, January 19th at 2pm to find out who will be the winner!
Peter McGuinness - Finalist Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020
Finalist in the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Competition, Peter McGuinness is a tillage and sheep farmer from Trim, Co. Meath. Peter is a member of the Grass10 Meath Drystock Grass Course. In 2020 he grew 13.7 T DM/ha. Join the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, January 19th at 2pm to see the winner!
JP Hammersley - Finalist Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020
JP Hammersley is a finalist in the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Competition. JP runs a dairy calf to beef farm near Lattin, Co. Tipperary. In 2020, JP’s farm grew 10 T DM/ha. Tune in to the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday next, January 19th at 2pm to find out who will be the winner!
Thomas Hogan - Finalist Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020
Thomas Hogan is a finalist in the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Competition. Thomas runs a 60-cow suckler-to-store operation outside Nenagh in Co. Tipperary. Thomas grew 12.5 T DM/ha in 2020. Tune in to the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday next, January 19th at 2pm to find out who will be the winner!
The importance of taking a proper soil sample
The principle of soil analysis is to determine the average nutrient status of an area and to show the available nutrients in the soil. Once known you can then apply nutrients to bring your soils to optimum fertility. Martina Harrington, Teagasc Beef Specialist advises on proper soil sampling below
Let's Talk Cattle 2021
The Teagasc Drystock Specialists invite you to join them in a new series of Cattle and Sheep webinars for 2021. These are live monthly interactive webinars. The first is Let's Talk Cattle on Thursday 14th January at 8 pm focusing on Care of the Purchased Dairy Beef Calf. Registration details below
Grass10 Newsletter - 12th January 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: Aine Murray, Teagasc Moorepark details the results of her trial work comparing Protected UREA to CAN & UREA; Key factors to consider when aiming to get a high response to early Spring nitrogen; & upcoming events
Fluke control at this stage of the season
Given the wet conditions this autumn and winter the level of fluke challenge on farms is high at the moment and on this week’s OviCast, Ciarán Lynch catches up with Dr. Orla Keane to discuss this in more detail.
Sheep Newsletter - January 2021
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Sheep team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Grassland management; Sheep census; Stomach worms; Liver fluke; Upcoming events; BETTER Farm Update & Research Update.
Using PastureBase to Benefit the Farmer & the Environment
Creating a Win–Win Scenario for the Farmer & the Environment using PastureBase Ireland by reducing fertiliser costs and increasing nutrient use efficiency (NUE). This is the theme of this Grass10 and Pasturebase webinar on Wednesday 13th January at 7pm. Follow the link to register below.
Preventing Deaths with Slurry
The Slurry Spreading season commences in many parts of the Country after the 12th January. With 10% of deaths being slurry-related in the 10 year period to 2020, John McNamara and Francis Bligh, Teagasc Health and Safety Specialists discuss the dangers and prevention of deaths with slurry
Complete the Profit Monitor now
Early January is a great time to reflect on the year gone by and prepare a Profit Monitor. The Profit Monitor will look at the financial performance of your business in detail. Specialist George Ramsbottom outlines the benefits and process.
Getting farm safety culture right
In 2020 19 farm workplace deaths took place on Irish farms.This compares with an annual average of about 20 per year over the last decade. Farm workplace injuries are particularly associated with tractors and machinery, livestock, falls from heights and objects falling as John McNamara points out.
Farmers are rapidly upskilling in Information Technology
Charlie Devaney Teagasc Advisor Roscommon, encourages all farmers not to be afraid of change, to embrace technology and discover the benefits of accessing information and meetings online. Farmers and advisors alike are adapting to IT which has been accelerated through the Covid-19 lock-downs.
Hemp for a Sustainable Future – Teagasc award at BTYSTE 2021 announced
Cian Walsh, a transition year student at St. Brogan's College, Kilbrogan, Bandon, Co. Cork, is the winner of the Teagasc award at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2021 (BTYSTE). Cian’s project looked at the social, economic and environmental benefits and drawbacks of growing hemp
Sheep Housing - Space Requirements
As we approach the time for housing ewes, it is important that we access the number of ewes the appropriate stocking numbers for each pen. Damian Costello, Teagasc Sheep Specialist explains that the two main considerations are lying space and trough/feed space.
TResearch Winter 2020
TResearch is an official science publication of Teagasc. It aims to disseminate the results of the organisation’s research to a broad audience. The Winter edition of TResearch has a special feature on Walsh Scholars 2020; Potato Blight; Acoustic sensors for monitoring dairy processes and more.
5 Steps to taking a soil sample
Here in just five easy steps Edward Egan & Tara Heaney, Teagasc Meath Advisors, take us through the process of taking a soil sample correctly in order to get a reliable soil result.
Teagasc at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE 2021)
Visit the Teagasc virtual stand in the ‘World of Science and Technology’ at BTYSTE 2021, taking place each day from 6th - 8th January at 9 am - 5.30pm. Find out more about the Teagasc prize that is awarded each year to an agricultural or food related project.
Housing and feed management
The practical aspects of housing and feed management are discussed on the latest episode of Ovicast with sheep specialist Damian Costello joining Ciarán Lynch.
Grass10 Newsletter - 5th January 2021
Get the latest news and updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: William Burchill from the Teagasc/Dairygold joint programme looks at the cost effectiveness of LESS; Typical nitrogen values for slurry; Information on upcoming virtual events taking place in January.
Pregnancy Scanning - using the results
With the optimum time to scan ewes being 80 to 90 days post ram turnout, scanners are currently in the thick of scanning March lambing flocks. Damian Costello, Teagasc Sheep Specialist outlines how scanning information can be used as a valuable tool to increase flock productivity & profitability.
Advice for the new entrant to sheep farming
The Teagasc outlook for the sheep sector is a positive one and forecasts a further 23% increase in net margin per Ha for 2021. The future profitability potential may encourage new entrants to sheep farming. Tom Coll Drystock Advisor discusses 10 vital areas to maximise profit and reduce labour
Aim for Zero Farm Accidents in 2021
Aim for Zero farm accidents every day in 2021. An accident causes tragedy and leads to tragedy, pain and suffering, and possibly lifelong disability. It is in everyone’s best interests to put time and effort into preventing accidents.This is the message from John McNamara Health & Safety Specialist
Have you listened to the Beef Edge Podcast?
Podcasts are free audio shows that anyone with an iPhone, Android or computer can listen to. The Beef Edge podcast is celebrating its 1st Anniversary. Presented by Teagasc Beef Specialist Catherine Egan, the podcast covers the latest news, information and advice to improve your beef farm performance
Outlook 2021 Conference (Webinar)
Outlook 2021 Conference took place virtually this year on Tuesday, 1st December. This webinar included details on farm financials across all the major farming systems in Ireland, including output and input prices and agricultural income.
Out wintering on forage crops
On the final OviCast of 2020, Ciarán Lynch covers out wintering on forage crops with Teagasc advisor James Doran and BETTER Farm participant John Doyle
Throwback to Virtual Sheep Week 2020
In this special Christmas review of the Teagasc Virtual Sheep Week 2020, you can now catch up on all of the highlights of the 5 days in September. It covers the latest research and advice on grassland management, Genetics and breeding, Hill sheep & Store lambs, Flock health, Policy and Environment
Preparation for Winter Housing of Sheep
The winter housing of ewes provides welcome shelter for man and beast and also allows pastures a well-earned rest. Damian Costello, Sheep Specialist, Teagasc Athenry discusses housing management, feed space, floor space and ventilation requirements of a good sheep shed on well-stocked sheep farms
New Nitrogen report published at Teagasc Virtual Dairy Conference
A new report: ‘Review of the Influence of Nitrogen Application Rate, Soil Type and Agroclimate Location on Grass Production, Feed Budget, Nitrogen Use Efficiency and Farm Profitability’ was published by Teagasc at this year’s Teagasc Virtual Dairy Conference in November. See it here again below
Achieving Grazing Excellence in 2021 Webinar
The PastureBase and Grass10 team hosted an online webinar on Wednesday, 9 December to discuss achieving grazing excellence in 2021. The panel were also joined by Tipperary dairy farmer and Grass10 Carrick-on-Suir course member Jim White who outlined his PastureBase data for this year.
Gaining Wellness around Christmas Time
The year gone by has been like no other in terms of the challenge of keeping COVID-19 at bay. The holiday period at Christmas time presents a time to relax and gain ‘Wellness’ so ‘batteries can be recharged’ for the year ahead. John McNAmara Health & Safety Specialist has Wellness pointers for all
Shearing ewes at housing increases flock profitability
Currently, the price for wool only covers about 20% of the cost of shearing. Consequently, to recoup the cost of shearing producers need to be prudent and shear at the most opportune time for their particular system of production. Dr. Tim Keady, Teagasc Researcher discusses shearing at housing
Keep safe during the Christmas break
Francis Bligh Teagasc Health & Safety Specialist, has some important advice for farmers in keeping safe during the Christmas break. Read about farmyard safety, creating a safe place on the farm for children, dealing with the cold weather, frozen pipes, lighting, farm animals, machinery and more here
Using scanning results
With many farmers pregnancy scanning their flocks during the coming weeks we discuss how to best make use of this information with sheep specialist Damian Costello.
Environment Newsletter - December 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Environment team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Hedges – rules and regulations; Know your derogation commitments & Message from ASSAP - How hedges protect water quality.
Grass10 Newsletter - 15 December 2020
Get the latest news and updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including:Time to assess your soil fertility over December/early January; Make Protected Urea your fertiliser of choice in 2021; “Achieving Grazing Excellence in 2021” webinar summary and Joining a Grass10 Grazing course
2027 Sectoral Road Map: Sheep
A new Teagasc 2027 Sectoral Road Map for Sheep was published on Tuesday, 8 December 2020. It includes: Market and policy issues; Potential shape and size of sector in 2027; Environmental & land use implications; Technical performance indicators; Research & technology transfer actions and Comment.
A key step in late pregnancy nutrition for ewes is knowing the feed value of silage being used. In this episode of the OviCast podcast, sheep specialist Damian Costello joins Ciarán Lynch to explain the process of silage sampling in more detail.
Sheep Newsletter - December 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Sheep team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Grassland management; Ram management; Scanning; Research update - Getting ready for housing; Checking ewe condition & BETTER Farm update - Mating analysis.
Health and Safety focus
Health and Safety Specialist Francis Bligh joins Ciarán Lynch on the latest episode of OviCast with advice on safety around machinery and on farm.
Achieving Grazing Excellence in 2021 Webinar
Do you understand and capitalise on your PastureBase farm reports? In this online webinar, the PastureBase and Grass10 team will be joined by dairy farmer & Grass10 course member Jim White to review and analyse Jim’s reports. Essential for any farmer wanting to achieve grazing excellence in 2021
Hedges on sheep farms
Native Irish hedges or ditches are wonderful for biodiversity, farmers are encouraged to plant more. Where do hedges fit in on sheep farms? Especially on farms with lots of dry stone walls which themselves are fantastic for biodiversity. Find out more from Catherine Keena & Noel Claffey
Soil Health Series: Soil Physical Quality Indicators
Soil health is described as the continued capacity of soil to function as a vital living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals & humans. Researchers investigated different types of soil physical indicators. Teagasc Researchers Owen Fenton, Dermot Forristal & Giulia Bondi give more information.
World Soil Day
World Soil Day is marked on 5 December each year as a means to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and to promote sustainable soil management. Find out more about World Soil Day and the work being carried out within the Soil Programme in Teagasc.
New rules for farm roadways in 2021
New requirements on farmers to prevent direct runoff of soiled water from farm roadways from 1st January 2021 are published. Cathal Somers, Teagasc ASSAP Advisor has more information as part of the Teagasc Waterford/Kilkenny Sustainability Series.
Grass10 Newsletter - 1 December 2020
Get the latest news and updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: PastureBase data for the week; walk your farm this week and establish closing Average Farm Cover; and an update on the current grass - clover trials taking place on the Clonakilty Research Farm.
Feed the animal not the Parasites!
During Housing is an ideal time to free the animals from liver fluke, stomach & lung worms. Animals can only pick up infection from grazing pastures and the infective stage cannot survive on hay or silage. Michael Conroy Teagasc Advisor Roscommon gives insight into these internal parasites and lice
Managing condition in ewes during mid-pregnancy
With mating finished up on the majority of lowland farms our attention turns to an often overlooked area of ewe management during mid pregnancy and to discuss its importance, Professor Tommy Boland from UCD joins Ciarán Lynch on this week’s episode of OviCast.
The FarmDemo Training Kit has been updated
A unique collaboration between three European H2020 projects, AgriDemo-F2F, PLAID and NEFERTITI, resulted in the development of the FarmDemo Training kit for the organization of farm demonstration events. John Moriarty Advisor on the NEFERTITI and NEWBIE EU H2020 projects has the information
Visual assessment of silage quality
Pay Moylan, Teagasc Kilkenny outlines three simple ways in which farmers can analyse silage visually at the silage pit phase. These are looking at the colour & smell; how you assess dry matter and most importantly dry matter digestibility (DMD).
Sheep Research Demonstration Farm, Athenry - November Update
Current grazing systems research in Athenry is focusing on the impact of incorporating white clover into sheep grazed swards at two stocking rate levels (11 or 13 ewes/ha) with three pasture treatments at each stocking rate. Philip Creighton Animal and Grassland Research Officer gives us an update
Evaluating forages for finishing hill store lambs
Frank Campion gives an update on a Research Project in Teagasc Athenry which looks at finishing hill bred, store lambs on a selection of forages. Frank outlines five different treatments which are in place; two permanent pasture swards and three brassica - kale, forage rape & hybrid brassica.
Grass10 Newsletter - 24 November 2020
Get the latest news and updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: PastureBase data for the week; Walk your farm & measure grass this week; interpreting your PastureBase reports for 2020 & a research update from Philip Creighton in the Sheep Demonstration Farm in Athenry.
Care of the ram post mating
Rams costs represent a sizeable investment on sheep farms and most industry sources agree that the expected life span of rams is much shorter than the productive lifespan of ewes and represents a considerable cost on sheep farms. Michael Gottstein, Head of Sheep KT, Teagasc has more information.
Sheep health- views from a Regional Vet Lab post-mortem room
As part of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Animal Health Awareness Week, Ciarán Lynch is joined on this week’s OviCast by Maresa Sheehan, Senior Research Officer in DAFM Regional Veterinary Laboratories.
Improving Performance on Beef & Sheep Farms this Winter
Teagasc Mayo Advisors invite you to join this Interactive Webinar series “Improving Performance on Beef & Sheep Farms this Winter.” The Beef webinar takes place tonight (Monday 23rd Nov) at 8pm and the Sheep webinar on Wednesday night at 8pm. Webinar details and how to join are outlined below
Understanding and delaying the development of anthelmintic resistant parasites on sheep farms
Stomach worms are a significant cause of production loss in lambs. This animated video gives an overview of understanding and delaying the development of anthelmintic resistant parasites on sheep farms.
Transferring the Family Farm Online Event
Transferring the family farm is a business transaction with complex issues to address. An online seminar on farm succession with Teagasc Farm Management Specialists was held to help farm families with this process. It covered all aspects that need to be considered when writing a succession plan
Teagasc/FBD Student of the Year Awards 2019 - We have a winner!
Enda Farrell of Co. Longford, is the 2019 Teagasc/FBD Student of the Year. The announcement was made at an online virtual awards ceremony on Monday. The Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD, congratulated Enda Farrell and all finalists, wishing them well in their careers
Grass10 Newsletter - 17 November 2020
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: PastureBase data for the week; Grazing coming to an end on most farms for 2020; Interpreting your PastureBase reports for 2020 and an update on the Winter milk trials in Johnstown Castle.
The Embrace Farm Accident Support Network and how it can help
From 2010 - 2019, 214 farmers lost their lives through a farming accident. On this week’s episode of the Beef Edge Podcast, founding member of Embrace FARM (Farm Accident Support Network) Norma Rohan outlines the services it offers.
Post-Mating Ram Management
Michael Gottstein, Head of Sheep Knowledge Transfer, Teagasc gives an overview of post mating management of your rams. The ram is the most expensive sheep on your flock so it it important to make sure that he is going to stay around for a good number of years and get a lot of service out of him.
Ram management post-mating
With the mating season finishing up on many farms, Ciarán Lynch catches up with Michael Gottstein Head of Sheep in Teagasc to discuss ram management post-mating.
Important to keep a close eye on ewe body condition from now until housing.
Tom Coll Drystock Advisor, reports from the farm of Sheep farmer, Sean Conway, near Ballymote, Co Sligo, as he reflects on the 2020 lamb performance and the experience gained from the previous year's mating. They discussed grassland management, silage results and ewe profitability in early November
Transferring the Family Farm Online Event
Join us on Tuesday, 17 November at 7:30pm for a short seminar on farm succession, led by Teagasc Farm Management Specialists followed by an opportunity to submit your questions to them privately and have them answered on a one to one basis.
Today's Farm - October/November 2020
The November/December edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. The main focus of this edition is on the environment, covering topics such as the Teagasc Biodiversity Management Practice Index (BMPI); How to reduce energy consumption on your dairy farm; farm roadways and more.
External parasites control options
To discuss the whole area of external parasite control at this stage of the season, Ciarán Lynch is joined on this week’s OviCast by Morgan Lane from Bimeda.
Finishing Store Lambs – An Alternative Enterprise to Consider?
In recent weeks there has been renewed interest in the purchasing of store lambs. Demand had slowed in September but as suckler farmers house stock, the focus has turned to buying either short-keep lambs to graze off paddocks or a long-term system, Joanne Masterson, Teagasc Drystock Advisor outlines
Grass10 Newsletter - 10 November 2020
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: PastureBase data for the week; Closing paddocks on time as we look forward to spring grazing; Grass quality results from the clover trial in Clonakilty; Teagasc Heavy Soils Programme update & more.
Clean livestock - some tips for sheep producers
With winter onset and wet ground conditions, it is more challenging to prevent soiling of sheep fleeces and meet requirements of presenting clean dry sheep for slaughter. Michael Gottstein, Head of Sheep KT Teagasc, shares tips to help producers market sheep to comply with the clean livestock policy
Sheep Newsletter - November 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Sheep team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Grassland management; Monitor breeding flock; Options for remaining lambs; BETTER Farm Update - Ewes in good condition; & Research Update - Kill out averaging 44%.
Teagasc National Farm Survey Sustainability Report 2019 Webinar
The Teagasc National Farm Survey Sustainability Report 2019 Webinar took place on Tuesday, 3 November 2020. It provided an overview of the latest Sustainability Assessment for Irish Agriculture, including outcomes for 2019.
Festival of Farming and Food – SFI Science Week at Teagasc 2020
Join Teagasc for a series of exciting virtual events for Science Week (November 8-15) as part of ‘The Festival of Farming and Food – SFI Science Week at Teagasc’. The theme for Science Week 2020 is ‘Choosing our Future’; focusing on how science can improve our lives in the future and in the present.
The Signpost Series - Animal breeding a cumulative & permanent strategy to environmental stewardship
In this episode of The Signpost Series of Sustainable Agricultural Webinars, Donagh Berry, Centre Director of VistaMilk, Teagasc speaks about using animal breeding as a cumulative and permanent strategy to environmental stewardship
Grass10 Newsletter - 3rd November 2020
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass10 team including: PastureBase data for the week, advice on Average Farm Cover and managing grass availability now for Spring grazing, the benefits of liming now, details of Aidan Maguire's Autumn Rotation Planner and LESS application in Spring
Webinars for Farmers Sligo Leitrim Donegal
Starting tonight and running over the following 6 Tuesdays, Teagasc Advisers in Sligo, Letrim and Donegal are hosting a series of one-hour zoom webinars for farmers on a range of relevant topics. Facilitated by Cian Condon, Advisor, the webinars and access details are outlined below
Grazing management – graze outs in difficult conditions and staying on track for closing
With the wet weather in recent weeks, Ciarán Lynch catches up with Dr. Philip Creighton to discuss current grazing management on the latest episode of OviCast.
Teagasc National Farm Survey Sustainability Report - 2019 Webinar
Sustainability is at the core of Agricultural Policy both in Ireland and in the European Union. Join Teagasc researchers to learn about the Economic, Environmental and Social Sustainability of Irish Agriculture, including outcomes for 2019.
Reducing nutrient losses and fertiliser use
TEAGASC researchers have spent many years looking at alternative nutrient sources to reduce chemical fertiliser demand on farms. Researchers David Wall and Patrick Forrestal give information on this research and what it could mean for farmers.
Kevin Carey Teagasc Sheep BETTER Farm programme
In recent months, Teagasc have selected Kevin Carey, Belmullet, Co Mayo to participate as a monitor farm on the Teagasc sheep BETTER farm programme. Kevin is farming 160 ewes both on lowland and commonage lands along the Wild Atlantic Way.
On the path to biodiversity recovery
The EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 has proposed a number of challenging targets that will inform policy, practice and research for the coming decades. Researchers John Finn and Daire Ó hUallacháin go through some that are relevant to agriculture
Sheepdog Series Part 4: Pick on Personality
In the final video in the series, Martin Feeney of Atlantic Sheepdogs talks about picking a dog that you like, a dog that suits you and suits your system.
EU Green Deal for a climate- neutral Europe
The EU Green Deal is the big initiative of the recently installed EU Commission. Led by Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen it has the overall aim of making Europe a climate-neutral continent by 2050. Articles on the main aspects of the Green Deal will be published here on Teagasc Daily.
Understanding the Silage Test Results
Silage will form the staple diet of cattle for up to 6 months. It is important to know its’ exact feed quality. Visual assessment is not adequate when it comes to determining the quality of your silage - get it analysed. Teagasc advisor Sinead Devaney has advice on understanding silage testing.
Grass 10 Newsletter October 27th
The Grass10 team give a number of grass related updates including: PastureBase data for the week. There' sinformation on autumn closing targets, wet weather grazing tips and pottasium (K) offtakes. Researcher Nicky Byrne gives an uipdate on the dairy calf-to-beef trial in Teagasc Grange.
Preventing Musculoskeletal Disorders ( MSDs) among Farmers in Ireland - Webinar
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a serious cause for concern for farmers. Research found that 57% of farmers lost full time workdays, with over 22% losing 15 days or more. Join the webinar on Thursday, 29th October to get advice and information on prevention of MSDs
Autumn closing on sheep farms
While we are still only in October grassland management at the moment and over the coming weeks on farms will have a major impact on the start of 2021 grazing season. Sheep specialist Ciaran Lynch and researcher Philip Creighton give some advice on grazing out paddocks and when to close.
Store lamb finishing
This week’s OviCast focuses on a number of aspects of store lambs finishing with Prof. Michael Diskin sheep enterprise leader in Teagasc and Michael discusses the store lamb market this year and the renewed interest in this area.
Farm Business Options Webinar: Steps towards an on farm diversification
The second webinar in the Farm Business Options Series took place on Tuesday, 20 October. Host Barry Caslin, Teagasc Energy & Rural Development Specialist was joined by Allen McAdam, CEO, MCA Consulting to discuss the steps towards an on farm diversification.
Sheepdog Series Part 3: Maintaining Peak Performance
In this video, the third in the series, Martin Feeney, of Atlantic Sheepdogs, outlines what you can do to ensure that your dog works to their peak throughout their working life. Some dogs need to get out training or working every day. Martin's motto: "the more you put in - the more you get out"
Farmer Focus: Tomas O’ Leary BETTER Sheep Farm Participant, Kerry
The O'Leary farm in Kerry was traditionally sucklers and sheep. They joined the Teagasc BETTER Sheep Farm Programme with the aim to increase performance and profitability of both their sheep and cattle enterprises. Today they run a mid-season ewe flock and contract rearing enterprise.
Grass10 Newsletter - 20 October 2020
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass10 team including: PastureBase data for the week; tips on grazing during wet weather; grazing when silage in the diet; monitoring autumn rotation plan; Autumn closing plan – Sean & Pat Barry, heavy soils update & Moorepark clover trial update.
Farmer focus: Francis Gonely, breeding, grass and finishing lambs
Francis Gonely who is running a hill and lowland system in Co Sligo joins Ciarán Lynch for the latest Farmer Focus episode of OviCast.
Making Life Easier on the Farm
Andy Ryder, drystock advisor, says handling facilities are often overlooked as farms are developed. Labour on most farms is limited to the farmer and help from family members. Therefore, handling of animals requires good facilities that enables one person to complete the necessary routine tasks
Sheepdog Series Part 2: Communicating with your Dog
In the second video of this series, Martin Feeney of Atlantic Sheepdogs speaks about how the way you communicate with your dog can directly influence their performance.He also outlines the benefits of the dog being trained to the whistle
Working Towards Positive Mental Health
Over the last number of months, farming has been challenging. COVID-19 has made the normal demands of farming even more difficult which can lead to feelings of being overwhelmed. Francis Bligh & John McNamara, Teagasc Health & Safety Specialists have some advice on Positive Mental Health.
Watch out for Liver Fluke in sheep
Glen Corbett, Drystock Advisor, says Liver fluke is Farm, Year and even Field specific, meaning that there are numerous factors that can make the incidence of liver fluke in a flock more or less severe. He advises on dose rotation so that the same active ingredients are not always used
Grass10 Newsletter - 13 October 2020
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass10 team including PastureBase data for the week; tips on the paddocks to close throughout October; holding onto AFC; Autumn checklist for farmers; Autumn closing plan for John O’Connell, Sheep GFOY Winner and more.
Flock Management at Mating
Breeding efficiency is a major component in the overall efficiency of sheep production. Damian Costello, Sheep Specialist, Teagasc takes a look at practical management tips for successful breeding, including body condition score, pre-mating tasks, raddle use, ram group mating and breeding ewe lambs
With the breeding season underway for many flocks, Ciarán Lynch catches up with Damian Costello, Teagasc Sheep Specialist on this week's episode of OviCast to discuss mating management.
Farm Business Options Webinar Series
A new weekly Teagasc webinar called ‘Farm Business Options’ will feature news, views and interviews on current topics relevant to farm business diversification in Irish Agriculture. Farm Business Options will be broadcast live from 11am to 12noon every Tuesday from October 13th 2020.
Sheepdog Series Part 1: The Importance of a good dog
In the first of a series of four videos, Martin Feeney of Atlantic Sheepdogs outlines the importance of a good dog on a sheep farm.
Grass10 Newsletter - 6th October 2020
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass10 team including PastureBase data for the week, Tips on the paddocks to close throughout October, Autumn checklist for farmers, closing plan for dairy calf to beef farmer Aidan Maguire, Co. Meath and Autumn grazing research study Teagasc Moorepark
Sheep Newsletter - October 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Sheep team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Grassland management; mating management; BETTER Farm Update - Examine the last 5% to lamb; Research Update - Planning mating for the INZAC flock and health & safety advice.
Ovicast Episode 43
Quad bikes are an extremely useful machine on many farms and on this episode of OviCast, Ciaran Lynch is joined by Francis Quigley machinery specialist, who chats about basic maintenance and some general advice on safe use and how to keep quads in good working order.
Reducing ewe wintering costs
Eamonn Patten, Teagasc Drystock Advisor looks at extended grazing as an alternative to housing ewes in winter and outlines some basic rules to make it work. Good fencing is a must and alternative forages may also be considered with good planning.
Ovicast Episode 42
On this week's Ovicast Michael Gottstein, Teagasc’s Head of Sheep joins Ciarán Lynch to discuss fluke control this autumn.
Grass10 Newsletter - 29th September 2020
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass10 team including PastureBase data for the week, grazing tips for closing paddocks, applying remaining slurry using LESS methods, Kevin Moran's closing plan and grass budget as well as a clover update from Clonakilty research farm.
Safe Sheep Handling
In the video, Edward Egan, Drystock Advisor, outlines the importance of having good safe handling facilities on the farm. Edward also demonstrates some very useful tips and safety practices to use when carrying out sheep handing work in a safe manner. These can be implemented on all sheep farms.
Management of Grass Reseeds
Reseeding grassland is an expensive operation and ensuring that the new seedlings establish into a strong and vibrant sward is essential. Michael Gottstein and Philip Creighton, Teagasc Sheep outline some key steps that need to be taken in order to maximise the performance of the reseed.
Up to 50% of fatalities in agriculture involve a farm vehicle or machinery. Serena Gibbons, Teagasc Education Officer Athenry talks through some top tips to staying safe and making our farms safer when it comes to working with tractors
Blackstairs Farming Futures (BFF)
The Blackstairs Farming Futures (BFF) is an upland European Innovation Partnership project. The Operational Group includes members from Teagasc, GMIT and NPWS. Catherine Keena, Teagasc Owen Carton, Tomas McCarthy, Thomas Gorman & Martin Shannon, BFF provide more information.
MacGillycuddy Reeks European Innovation Partnership Project
The MacGillycuddy Reeks European Innovation Partnership Project is an upland European Innovation Partnership project funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Catherine Keena, Teagasc; Mary Toomey & Patricia Deane, Macgillycuddy Reeks EIP provide more information.
Best practice for health and safety on sheep farms
Farm accidents causing serious injury average 2,500 a year. These can lead to permanent disability and interfere with a person’s ability to far. Farmers also have high levels of preventable ill health. Teagasc Health & Safety staff John McNamara, Francis Bligh and Serena Gibbons give some advice
Inishowen Upland Farmers Project
The objective of the Inishowen Upland Farmers project is to have a whole farm approach to landscape management and develop innovative measures to increase farm profitability. Teagasc environment specilaist Catherine Keena and Henry O'Donnell of the Inishowen Upland Farmers Project give information.
North Connemara Locally Led Agri-Environment Scheme (NCLLAES)
The North Connemara Locally Led Agri-Environment Scheme (NCLLAES) is an upland European Innovation Partnership project funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Catherine Keena, Teagasc; Joe Mannion & Cathy Connelly, NCLLAES, Forum Connemara have more information.
SUAS (Sustainable Uplands Agri-Environment Scheme)
SUAS (Sustainable Uplands Agri-Environment Scheme) is an upland European Innovation Partnership (EIP) project funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Catherine Keena, Teagasc; Declan Byrne, SUAS Project; Monica Gorman and Helen Sheridan, UCD provide more information.
Sustainable upland management
Catherine Keena,Teagasc and Jim Kinsella, UCD discuss farming in upland areas, the challenges, the policies impacting on upland farming, and the sustainable management of uplands to achieve ‘Favourable Conservation Status’.
Emissions on sheep farms – greenhouse gases and ammonia
Dominika Krol and Aude Mancia, Teagasc Research staff, look at the main emissions, including nitrous oxide, from sheep production. They discuss their promising initial results, as well as ways to further reduce these emissions.
SheepNet and EuroSheep - EU thematic networks to improve sheep profitability
Sheep meat and sheep milk production are very important farm enterprises in Europe. Tim Keady, Teagasc Researcher provides some information on two networks, SheepNet and EuroSheep who use a multi-actor approach, bringing together all stakeholders involved in sheep production.
Lamb mortality - when it occurs, causes and management practices
Lamb mortality impacts on ewe productivity (number of lambs reared per ewe joined), and farm profitability. It is estimated that each 1% change in lamb mortality nationally, is worth approximately €3 million annually. Teagasc Researchers Tim Keady and Dwayne Shiels provide more information.
Lamb birth weight
Tim Keady, Teagasc Researcher defines optimum birth weight and lists the benefits in achieving this. He analyses the relationship between birth weight and lamb mortality and he stresses the importance of having a good nutrition plan in place to achieve optimum birth weight.
Late pregnancy concentrate - be aware of ingredient composition
Most ewes are offered concentrate supplement during late pregnancy to provide additional nutrients to meet the demands of the growing foetuses and for colostrum production. Dr. Tim Keady summarises research results from Athenry on the effects of concentrate composition during late pregnancy.
Nutrition during late pregnancy – the foundation to flock profitability
Late pregnancy and early lactation is the most traumatic time during the year for pregnant ewes. Inadequate nutritional management at this time increases labour requirement and lamb mortality. Researcher Tim Keady has information and advice on nutritional managment at this critical time.
Ewe genotype – the key factor influencing ewe productivity
Tim Keady Teagasc Research Officer examines how ewe genotype affects ewe productivity and lamb performance.
Teagsac researchers, Tim Keady and Daniel Hession discuss cobalt supplementation to lambs post weaning and ewes pre joining.
Slowing the development of anthelmintic resistance
The continuous use of wormers in sheep leads to drug resistant worms, known as anthelmintic resistance. Resistant worms are those that can survive a dose of the wormer that would normally kill them. Teagasc researcher Orla Keane Ciaran Lynch, Damian Costello and Michael Gottstein have advice
Season of shearing impacts flock profitability
Ewes are normally shorn once annually in early summer. However many producers are now shearing either at housing in December or prior to joining in September. Sheep researcher Tim Keady presents results from studies at Athenry on how season of shearing affects subsequent animal performance.
Guidelines for Finishing Store Lambs on All-Concentrate Diets
Ireland’s strength in sheep production is its ability to produce meat from an almost entirely grass-based diet. This gives a competitive advantage over many EU competitors. Maximizing production from grazed grass is important but at times store lambs are finished on concentrate and roughage diets.
Investigating the potential for finishing of hill lambs to carcass weights of 12-16kg
Teagasc Researchers, Frank Campion & Michael Diskin, take a look at finishing hill-bred lambs at lighter carcass weights following short-term ad-lib concentrate feeding under good management.
Grass10 Newsletter - 22nd September 2020
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass10 team including PastureBase data for the week; tips for building or holding AFC if you are behind; Sean Barry, heavy soils farmer on his closing plan; clover update from Athenry research centre. Social media links to podcasts & webinars also
Preparing Hill Ewes for the Breeding Season
To maximise the output & margins from a hill sheep enterprise the breeding season is most important. Research on the Teagasc BETTER farms hill sheep flocks has demonstrated that relatively high levels of production are achievable on hill sheep flocks. Researcher Frank Campion gives some information
Finishing Store Lambs on All-Concentrate Diets
Frank Campion, Noel Claffey, & Michael Diskin, Teagasc, investigate the potential for finishing hill lambs on all concentrate diets. They advise careful management and performance monitoring to maximise the return from these lambs.
Breeding from ewe lambs –an opportunity to increase flock profitability
The cost of a replacement ewe joining the flock at 18 months is equivalent to 25% of the value of lamb carcass output that she produces in her lifetime. One option to cut replacement cost is to join ewe lambs to lamb at one year, with the aim to increase lifetime productivity, Dr. Tim Keady outlines
Measuring methane from sheep systems
To date methane emissions have never been measured from Irish sheep production systems. Teagasc and UCD researchers together aim to develop methods of measuring methane production from sheep and to investigate if sheep can be bred to produce lower methane emissions.
Reducing the labour requirement at lambing through breeding
Both ewe mothering ability and lamb vigour can be improved through breeding. In fact all improvements made through breeding are permanent and cumulative being passed on from one generation to the next as Teagasc researchers Áine O’Brien and Donagh Berry and Alan Bohan, Sheep Ireland explain.
Irish National Sheep Breeding Indexes
Teagasc & Sheep Ireland Researchers, Nóirín McHugh, Fiona McGovern, Eamon Wall, Kevin McDermott and Aine O’Brien, explain how to use genetic indexes when selecting rams while emphasising the importance of commercial data in strengthening the national breeding indexes
The validation of the Sheep Ireland €uro-star Replacement index
Genetics are responsible for over 50% of production gains on farm. A four year study was carried out at Teagasc Athenry. The study aimed to investigate the effect of genetic merit on sheep performance traits to validate the Sheep Ireland €uro-star Replacement index and to compare Irish & NZ genetics
Ovicast Episode 41
On this week's OviCast Ciarán Lynch finds out about joining ewe lambs and the key criteria that influence performance with Dr Tim Keady
Teagasc Sheep Autumn Closing Planner
Philip Creighton, Grassland Science Research Officer, outlines why Autumn is the starting point of the grassland year. Management and decisions made in this period have a direct effect on the quality and availability of grass the following spring.
Incorporating white clover and other companion forages into sheep grazed swards
The impact of incorporating white clover and other companion forages into sheep grazed swards on the productivity of pasture-based lamb production systems is being researched in Athenry. Researcher Philip Creighton is currently evaluating this imapct and here he gives an update and more information.
Grassland management targets to improve sward quality and animal performance
Once the basic building blocks of soil fertility, infrastructure and grazing management are in place, the next step to getting more from grass is to develop grass measurement and budgeting skills. Philip Creighton, Grassland Science Research Officer explains that this needn't be complicated.
High feed value grass silage
The foundation to ewe productivity and profitability is high feed value grass silage. The majority of ewes housed during mid and late pregnancy are offered grass silage. Thus grass silage feed value is the foundation of a nutrition plan. Sheep researcher Tim Keady gives information and advice.
Virtual Sheep Week 2020 - Friday
The focus of Virtual Sheep Week on Friday, 25 September is Policy and Environment. Guest speaker, Senator Pippa Hackett, Minister of State for Land Use and Biodiversity will join us on this, the last day of Virtual Sheep Week
Virtual Sheep Week 2020 - Thursday
The focus of Virtual Sheep Week on Thursday, 24 September is Flock Health. Having a high flock health status is a critical corner stone to improving flock productivity and profitability. This webinar will cover the key factors that impact on your flock health
Grass10 Newsletter - 15th September 2020
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass10 team including PastureBase data for the week; clean graze outs and grazing some of the more challenging areas of the farm; tips for building grass covers if you are running behind the autumn grazing targets and information on upcoming events.
Virtual Sheep Week 2020 - Wednesday
The focus of Virtual Sheep Week on Wednesday, 23 September is Hill Sheep & Store Lambs. The webinar will focus on up-to-date Teagasc research on developing systems for finishing hill-bred store lambs. BETTER Hill Sheep Farms will also be showcased.
Timely hill lamb weaning vital for performance
The Teagasc BETTER Farm hill sheep flocks weaned their lambs in recent weeks Frank Campion, Teagasc Sheep Researcher outlines the importance of getting lambs weaned on time, to allow decision making on selling lambs and to allow the ewes sufficient time to recover condition before mating
Virtual Sheep Week 2020 - Tuesday
The focus of Virtual Sheep Week on Tuesday, 22 September is Genetics and Breeding. The webinar will focus on increasing productivity and efficiency through breeding and genetics. Follow Tuesday's activities by staying tuned to our social media channels
Farmer focus: Denis O’Riordan on hill farming, selling lambs and managing ewes in West Cork
On this week's OviCast, Ciarán Lynch is joined by Denis O’Riordan, one of the BETTER Farm Programme participants from West Cork, to give an insight into his farm and the system he is managing
Virtual Sheep Week 2020 - Monday
The focus of Virtual Sheep Week on Monday, 21 September is Grassland Management. The webinar will focus on current grassland research for sheep and grazing management strategies that can be applied at farm level. Follow Monday's activities by staying tuned to our social media channels.
The Ram Effect in Breeding Ewes
So how does the ram effect work? Brian Hughes, Drystock Advisor, outlines how this natural method of stimulating a ewe's reproductive system can benefit compact lambing and explains how to achieve this in practice.
Nitrates Derogation 2020 - Commonage/ Rough Grazing
One of the new measures to be implemented this year as part of the Nitrates Action Plan 4 relates to commonage and rough grazing. This new measure will affect about 500+ farmers. Teagasc Advisor in the Galway/Clare region has some information.
Teagasc Virtual Sheep Week
Teagasc is hosting a Virtual Sheep Week from 21 – 25 September. Get daily updates showcasing the on-going research and advisory work in grassland, genetic improvement, flock health, hill sheep, as well as information on environmental and policy issues will be provided on multiple online platforms
Grass10 Newsletter - 8th September
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass10 team including PastureBase data for the week; Tips to reduce demand and build grass supply as farmers struggle to hit Autumn grazing targets; Flyer for John Trant social media takeover day on Wednesday 16th September.
Sheep BETTER Farm Update - John Joe Fitzgerald
John Joe Fitzgerald is a hill sheep farmer based in Ballyferriter on the Dingle peninsula in Co. Kerry and is a participant in the Teagasc BETTER Farm sheep programme since 2018. John Joe gives an update on his flock and how he plans to sell his male lambs this year.
Forage crops – carrying capacity & grazing setup
Drs Philip Creighton & Frank Campion join Ciarán Lynch on this week’s episode of OviCast to discuss some key aspects of forage crop management.
Sheep Newsletter September 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Sheep team. In this month's newsletter: Grassland management; Drafting lambs; Getting ready for breeding; Better Farm Update - Strong grass growth brings its own challenges; Research Update - Ensuring good autumn grass growth; Virtual Sheep Week.
Nitrates Derogation 2020 - Biodiversity
Biodiversity loss is an on-going concern and farmers are required to implement a biodiversity measure on derogation farms. This year 2020 has seen the implementation of new measures as part of the Nitrates Action Plan 4. One of these measures is to improve farm biodiversity.
Grass10 Newsletter - 1st September
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass10 team including PastureBase data for the week; switch focus back from wet weather management to the autumn grazing targets; sward quality at Clonakilty and the 2020 Grassland Farmer of the Year Competition.
Shearing Store Lambs
As producers start to plan for the autumn and winter finishing of store lambs one of the things they will be giving consideration to will be whether to shear the lambs or not and also when should they shear them? Researchers Frank Campion and Michael Diskin have some advice.
Managing autumn reseeds
Teagasc Researcher Dr Philip Creighton joins Ciarán Lynch on this week's episode of OviCast, Teagasc Sheep Podcast to discuss management of autumn reseeds.
Closing date extended for Grassland Farmer of the Year
The closing date for applications for the 2020 Grassland Farmer of the Year has been extended. Applications will now close on Friday September 11th 2020.
Reduction in the Crude Protein content of Concentrates fed to Grazing Dairy cows/Livestock
All Nitrate Derogation farmers should now be aware that there are reduced levels of crude protein permissible in concentrates fed to grazing livestock from 1st April to the 15th September, 2020. Teagasc advisors Mark Coyne and Jim Moyles have advice and information.
Use of Low Emission Slurry Spreading Equipment
Agriculture is estimated to be responsible for 99% of ammonia losses in Ireland, while slurry and farmyard manure spreading is thought to be responsible for 30% of those losses. Teagasc advisors Mark Coyne and Jim Moyles have advice and information.
Today's Farm September - October
The September - October edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. The main focus of this edition is on getting into dairy farming. Recent entrants to dairy farming are profiled. Find out more about the Dairy Start-up Course.
Farm Scale Liming Programme
All derogation farmers must now adopt a farm scale liming programme based on a current Nutrient Management Plan and associated soil analysis results. Teagasc advisors Mark Coyne and Jim Moyles have advice and information.
Grass10 Newsletter - 25th August
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass 10 team including PastureBase data for the week; tips during this sustained spell of wet weather for keeping grass in the diet and testimonials from the four category winners in the 2019 Grassland Farmer of the Year Competition.
Autumn shearing - performance benefit?
Dr Tim Keady, Teagasc joins Ciarán Lynch on the latest episode of OviCast to discuss the effects of autumn shearing on the performance of ewes, ewe lambs and store/finishing lambs.
Are you a new entrant to farming?
Could you be Ireland’s best new entrant farmer? This competition invites entries from people who have recently taken up farming or have diversified their farming business
High rainfall making grazing conditions challenging
High rainfall across parts of the country has left grazing conditions extremely difficult. Paudie O'Brien, Heavy Soils Farmer in Kerry gives an update on how he is managing grazing during the wet weather. Joseph Dunphy, Teagasc Grass10 Advisor gives some advice on managing grazing.
Autumn Grassland management for sheep
As we move into late August attention must now turn to managing grass to maintain finishing lamb performance, getting ewes into adequate condition prior to mating and planning for grass for next spring. Researcher Philip Creighton gives some advice and guidance.
Grass10 Newsletter - 18th August
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass 10 team including PastureBase data for the week, Autumn Grazing targets and information on the Grassland Farmer of the Year Competition.
Getting ewe condition right
Dr Frank Campion joins Ciaran Lynch on this week’s OviCast to discuss the importance of getting ewes in the right condition at joining.
Sheep Preparation for the Breeding Season
While mating season is mostly October and November, the time to be assessing your flock is now. Colm Murray, B&T Drystock Advisor, Teagasc, Galway/Clare has some information and advice on preparing your flock for the breeding season.
The ram flock represents 50% of the genetics of every sheep farmers flock. The importance of managing these sheep for maximum performance and longevity plays a large role in the success and subsequent profitability of any sheep enterprise. Michael Gottstein, Head of Sheep gives some advice.
August grassland management focus
Dr Philip Creighton joins Ciaran Lynch on this week’s episode of OviCast to discuss grassland management for the coming weeks.
Maximising Days at Grass this Autumn Using the Pasturebase Grass Budget
As we enter August, our focus turns to autumn grass management on farms. Join Micheal O'Leary, Pasturebase Ireland and Donal Patton, Teagasc Specialist on Wednesday, 12 August at 8pm for a live interactive discussion on how to best use the Pasturebase Autumn Grazing Budget to maximise days at grass.
Sheep Newsletter August 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Sheep team. In this month's edition: Grassland management; Ewe body condition; Lameness; Biosecurity for bought-in stock; Better Farm Update; Research Update and more.
Teagasc National Farm Survey 2019 Mid Season Lowland Lamb Enterprise Factsheet
This factsheet summarises results for farms with a mid-season lamb enterprise and only sheep farms with more than 20 ewes are included in the analysis. The data relates to 91 farms and is nationally representative of 9,815 farms.
Teagasc Fodder Survey July 2020 - National picture secure but 10% of farms have deficits
Over the last number of weeks, Teagasc advisors have completed almost 700 winter fodder budgets for drystock and dairy farmers nationwide. This was carried out as part of a new initiative to promote better feed security planning on livestock farms.
Grassland Farmer of the Year competition for 2020 launched
The Grassland Farmer of the Year competition for 2020 was officially launched by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Dara Calleary, T.D at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in Dublin this week.
Dosing gun calibration
Under dosing is one of the contributing factors to the development of anthelmintic resistance. It is important that we ensure the dosing equipment we are using is delivering the correct amount of dose that is required. Damian Costello, Teagasc Sheep Specialist has some advice.
Grass 10 Newsletter 4th August
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass 10 team including information on current and predicted grass growth, targets and tips for managing grass as we move into August and white clover update from Teagasc Moorepark.
Impact of COVID-19 on farm incomes in 2020 now likely to be more limited
At present, fears of a sharp COVID-19 related drop in Irish farm incomes in 2020, seem to have been averted following a gradual recovery in commodity prices and the provision of additional supports to the sector, according to Mid Year Outlook for 2020 produced by Teagasc economists.
Farmer focus: John Bell – paddock system & finishing groups
On a blustery evening in the end of July, for this episode of Ovicast, Ciaran Lynch caught up with Co. Westmeath Farmer John Bell, a former winner of the Sheep Farmer of the Year Competition and a previous host of the Irish Grassland Association Sheep event.
Sheep Handling – Make Life Easier
One of the biggest challenges on a sheep farm is the labour requirement. It is possible to improve the situation by having better handling facilities. Eamonn Patten, Drystock Advisor, Ballinrobe has some advice and information
Stomach worm control - Anthelmintic groups
Parasite control is largely based on suppression of the parasitic burden using anthelmintic products. Sheep Specialist Damian Costello, outlines the five anthelmintic classes that we rely on for the control of stomach worms.
Identifying worm burden - routine faecal sampling
Carrying out routine dung samples from a batch of lambs will help identify whether or not the lambs need a dose. Michael Gottstein, Head of Sheep, outlines what oulshd be done and also runs through the process of how you take a sample.
Ram selection – making use of indices
With the ram sales underway, Ciaran Lynch is joined on this week’s OviCast by Eamon Wall from Sheep Ireland who discusses ram selection.
Farm Safely with Tractors, Farm Vehicles and Machinery
Summer is a busy time on farms. Farmers are making the most of the long days and dry conditions to harvest grass and crops, get slurry spread and carry out work around the farmyard. Working safely must be at the core of each and every job.
Child Safety on Farms
Health and Safety Authority figures tell us that sadly 21 children lost their lives as a result of farm accidents in the past 10 years. Over 80% of childhood deaths on farms had a farm vehicle or a machine involved.
Grass 10 Newsletter July 21st
Grass growth exceeding demand. The focus this week is on: Grass quality during the last round of summer grazing, grazing management and applying K. Walk your farm every 5 days during the next few weeks so you can react to the high growth rates at present.
Designing a Flock Breeding Programme
The number of lambs reared per ewe joined is a key determinant of the overall financial performance of a lowland sheep enterprise. Sheep Specialist Damian Costello outlines the factors to be considered in a flock breeding programme including: culling, ram selection and purchase of breeding stock.
How to check the ram is fit for breeding
Rams should be checked 10 weeks before the breeding season to ensure they are fit to breed. This is to allow time to build body condition, sort out health problems, buy replacement rams, acclimatise replacements and quarantine replacements. Drystock advisor Edward Egan demonstrates what is needed.
Early Lamb Systems?
With the breeding season kicking off, this week’s OviCast discusses the pros, cons and alternatives to early lambing systems. In this episode, Ciaran Lynch is joined by Shane Moore, who is farming just outside Athleague in Co. Roscommon and Michael Gottstein, Head of Sheep in Teagasc.
Farm Safety for Older Farmers
In 2019 twelve farmers over 65 years lost their lives due to farm accidents. This represents 66% of the total number of fatalities. Getting older impacts on a person’s ability to undertake farm related tasks. Farm safety specialists Francis Bligh and John Mc Namara have some relevant advice
Working Safely with Livestock on Farms
Working with livestock is responsible for 39 farm workplace deaths on Irish farms in the last 10 years. During this period 7 deaths were caused by an attack by a bull, 22 by cows and heifers and 5 were associated with cattle. Farm safety specialists Francis Bligh and John McNamara have some advice
Drench Test - Checking Product Efficacy
The drench test is a very simple procedure to check and see if the drench is working and killing the worms in the lambs. Michael Gottstein, Head of Sheep in Teagasc runs through checking product efficacy of drench.
Checking for resistance – the Drench test
Dealing with anthelminthic resistance is an issue on Irish sheep farms. Determining the efficacy of the products used is a necessary first step in adapting to this challenge and on this episode of OviCast, Ciaran Lynch is joined by Damian Costello, Sheep Specialist, to discuss it further.
Cobalt Supplementation in Sheep
Cobalt is an important mineral that's required by sheep and is used by the bugs in the rumen to metabolize vitamin B12 which is important for lamb thrive. Michael Gottstein, Head of Sheep with Teagasc runs through best practice for supplementing with cobalt
The Hill Sheep Sector in Ireland
The Irish Hill Sheep sector plays an important role in the economic health of rural economies and the maintenance of the natural landscape in many of Ireland’s most scenic areas. Hill sheep are a very hardy and resilient breed. Michael G. Diskin and Frank Campion, Teagasc Athenry tell us more.
Better Farm Sheep Update - Patrick Dunne, Co. Wicklow
Patrick Dunne is a participant in the Teagasc Sheep Better Farm Programme. The programme focuses on grassland management, breeding and production methods. Patrick gives an overview of this farm as well as an update on what's been happening on the farm.
Mineral supplementation in sheep flocks
Michael Gottstein, Head of Sheep in Teagasc joins Ciaran Lynch on this episode of OviCast to discuss mineral supplementation in sheep flocks.
Control of Stomach Worms – improving sustainability
Internal parasites, in particular gut worms, are a major challenge to sheep production systems. Parasite control is largely based on suppression of the parasitic burden using anthelmintic products.
Lower production costs and exceptional aid measures led to a modest increase in average farm income in 2019
The average family farm income rose by 2% in Ireland in 2019, according to a new report by Teagasc. A combination of factors were responsible for the increase in income in 2019, which averaged €23,933.
Questions and Answers with Organic Farmers Ross and Amy Jackson
Ross and Amy Jackson are farming organically in Lacka, Carrig, Co Tipperary. A farm walk was due to take place on their farm. Organic Specialist Elaine Leavy got an update from Ross and Amy.
Selecting Flock Replacements
Breeding ewe replacements from within your own flock has a number of advantages including allowing you to breed the best performing ewes in the flock with a high genetic merit maternal sire. Damian Costello, Sheep Specialist, has more information.
Bales can kill with lethal force
According to Health and Safety Authority (HAS) show falling bales account for about 5% of farm workplace deaths. There are many safety issues around working with bales.
5 Minutes to get your Cash Flowing
Teagasc are highlighting the importance of Cash Flow Planning as a vital business tool that all farmers should engage in.
Finishing lambs from grass only
One of the biggest challenges for sheep farmers is to finish lambs as quickly as possible from grass. Edward Egan, Teagasc Drystock Advisor in Meath gives some advice and information.
Using a creep gate to creep graze lambs
Creep grazing is extremely useful when grass supplies are tight & during dry spells. Hugh Rooney, Teagasc Drystock Advisor highlights the advantages of creep grazing & explains how to set up creep grazing for lambs.