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Celebrating 60 Years of Agricultural Innovation at Oak Park – the National Crops Research Centre!

Event Time 11am - 4pm
Venue Teagasc, Oak Park, Carlow. Eircode: R93 XE12
Celebrating 60 Years of Agricultural Innovation at Oak Park – the National Crops Research Centre!

Celebrating 60 Years of Agricultural Innovation at Oak Park – the National Crops Research Centre!

We invite you to join us for an Open Day at Teagasc, Oak Park, Carlow, R93 XE12 on Saturday, 13 July from 11am – 4pm, to celebrate 60 years of agricultural progress in Oak Park.
 
This event will showcase the evolution of crop production over the last 60 years, how Oak Park has contributed to those changes and how scientific knowledge has developed.  Witness first-hand how crop science has advanced and explore our extensive exhibit of farm machinery which will be on display featuring tractors, implements and combine harvesters spanning six decades. 

Take a tour of Oak Park House, visit the museum and learn about the history of the estate.

Listen to a live outside broadcast by KCLR with Edward Hayden while enjoying a delicious BBQ and refreshments.  We will have agricultural themed bouncing castles to ensure a fun-filled day for all our younger visitors too.  

This outdoor event promises to be a fantastic day for all.  Please come prepared with appropriate clothing and footwear for uneven terrain.  

History of Oak Park

Sixty years ago in 1964 Oak Park was officially opened as the National Crops Research Centre.  
Since then, crop production has changed dramatically in Ireland and Oak Park has been at the forefront of many of those changes. Spring barley yields would have been less than 1 t/ha back then and now average over 7.5 t/ha. Agricultural machinery has also seen a remarkable transformation.  In 1964, machines were beginning to replace work done by horses that, while revolutionary still required significant manual labour.  Fast forward to today, and we have GPS self-steering tractors redefining efficiency and precision in farming.  

Bagging straw behind a combine harvester in the 80's

Oak Park’s contributions don’t stop at machinery and improvements in crop yields.  Our forage and potato breeding programmes at Teagasc have contributed to crop variety improvements with potatoes bred in Carlow now grown on every continent except Antarctica!  Ireland’s favourite ‘Rooster’ potato variety was bred at Oak Park. 

Research at Oak Park has contributed significantly to Irish crops being used in the Irish drinks industry for the production of Guinness, other beers and whiskey.  This area of research has expanded recently with the establishment of the National Centre for Brewing and Distilling onsite.  

A black and white aerial shot of Oak Park campus

History of Oak Park Video