New Agricultural Measures Welcomed
Teagasc welcome the knowledge transfer and innovation measures announced by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Covenery TD. These new measures are aimed at underpinning farm viability, sustainability and growth of the agriculture sector.
Teagasc Director, Professor Gerry Boyle said: “These knowledge transfer measures will be prioritised for dairy expanders and new entrants but will also be used to help improve efficiency and profitability in the beef and sheep sectors. Knowledge transfer groups will address areas such as financial management, grassland management, breeding, animal health and carbon management.”
The new beef data and genomics measure is also welcomed as a means of improving the quality of the national beef herd. This new measure will utilise the science of genomics to improve the quality of cattle and increase the overall productivity and efficiency of the Irish suckler beef herd.
Director of Research in Teagasc, Dr Frank O’Mara said: “The Suckler Beef Genomics Scheme is a great opportunity to bring the advantage of genomic technology to suckler farmers as has been demonstrated in the dairy industry, and we will work closely with ICBF in developing the cutting-edge science needed for the implementation of this technology.”
The support for setting up formal collaborative farming arrangements will assist new entrants into the business, particularly into dairying, which could lead to improved efficiencies at farm level.
Professor Boyle said that the announcement of the implementation of the CAP and the Rural Development Programme creates a platform from which farmers can plan the future of their individual business, out to 2020.