New Teagasc Pig Research Facility Opened
A new €3.5 million pig research facility was officially opened by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD in Teagasc Moorepark, Fermoy, Co Cork, today, Friday, 19 May. The new state-of- the-art research facility, covers 6,000 square metres and can accommodate a 200 sow integrated herd, producing over 5,500 pigs per year.
Opening the New pig research facility, Minister Creed stressed the importance of the pig sector to the Irish agricultural sector. He said: ”Pig production is the third largest economic contributor to Gross Agricultural Output (GAO) in Ireland, after milk and beef. It accounts for around 6% of Gross Agricultural Output and the value of Irish pigmeat exports in 2016 was €615 million.”
Teagasc Director, Professor Gerry Boyle, outlined the current and future research programme being undertaken by Teagasc to support the pig sector. This includes work on pig nutrition and management, sow productivity, animal health and welfare, genetics and environment. “We work closely with commercial pig producers here in Ireland and we are linked to other research institutions and universities both in Ireland and internationally. This ensures our research programme is innovative, practical and applied, while also giving us access to the best science available around the world. “
Addressing the pig producers and industry personnel present for the launch, Head of the Teagasc pig development department, Ciaran Carroll spoke about the key elements of the Teagasc Pig Research, Advisory, Education and Training Programme 2016-2020. He said: ”The education and training courses for those working in the industry, along with the farm advisory programme, are critical to transferring the knowledge gained through research out onto farms. Maintaining a competitive pig production sector in Ireland will be built on science backed research.”