TResearch Winter 2019
Finding future farmers
Finding future farmers
Dairying challenges similar in Ireland and Japan
Understanding and exploiting the biogenesis of cheese flavour
BIOCONTROL: bioactive ingredients for the control of undesirable bacteria in ready-to-eat foods.
Article published in the Irish Farmers Journal on 20th June 2009
Supporting sustainable farming and the environment is the main focus for Teagasc’s soil, environment and good farm practice programmes. This will be achieved by providing farmers with the knowledge and skills to operate in a profitable, competitive and sustainable manner and by supporting policymakers in designing, implementing and evaluating environmental programmes targeted to different types of farms addressing issues such as climate change, water quality, biodiversity and soil quality. Emphasis is placed on the achievement of ‘double-dividend’ outcomes, so that future farming can be both commercially and environmentally sustainable.
The dairy sector is at a crossroads. Like the rest of the economy, it faces significant difficulties in 2009, adjusting to recession and falling world prices. Despite the current economic difficulties, the outlook in the medium-term is positive due to significant world demand for dairy products based on increasing world population and economic growth in developing countries.
Teagasc Moorepark Food Research Open Day 2009
The National Farm Survey is designed to collect and analyse information relating to farming activities as its primary objective. Information and data relating to other activities by the household are considered secondary and as such where this information is presented it should be interpreted with caution. For 2008 there are 1102 farms included in the analysis, representing 104,800 farms nationally. The population is based on the CSO 2007 Farm Structures Survey with farm typology based on the 2005 Standard Gross Margins (SGM).
The expansion of both the dairy and beef enterprises is likely in Ireland, in response to a competitive grass-based system. On dairy farms as quota becomes less of a limiting factor and land becomes more limiting, the requirement for low cost supplementary feeding is likely to increase. Likewise, the source of feed becomes more crucial as unit size increases and the demand for value added products from our customers becomes more important. The cost effectiveness of on-farm storage options for feed becomes increasingly attractive as the scale of operation on farms increase.
Mapping the National Farm Survey
Anti-MRSA – phage therapy alternatives for controlling MRSA