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Turfgrass Sod Production

Turfgrass sod production is a relatively new enterprise in Ireland with the oldest companies in the field being no more than 17 years in business. There are up to 10 - 12 producers at present with a total area of approximately 200 hectares. It is not a labour intensive business and the production of the sods can quiet easily be operated as a two person operation. If a sod laying service is also provided the labour requirement rises rapidly. The distribution and marketing of the sod are the critical factors in the success of a turfgrass sod enterprise.

01 May 2006
Type
Factsheet
2 Pages
79KB
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Organic Poultry

Organic poultry production in Ireland forms only a small part of organic farming. Producers are few. Poultry sales are low, due possibly to the limited supply. Organic poultry production is significantly more expensive than the corresponding commercial products. Organic Feed, which is the main input is 80% dearer than feed for conventional production. Growing cycles are longer; birds are afforded natural conditions such as grass paddocks, straw bedding and perches. Organic products must command a premium price over commercial products for production viability.

01 May 2006
Type
Factsheet
2 Pages
76KB
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Ash For Hurley’s

Ash timber is strong and flexible with a good capacity for shock absorbency. For this reason ash has been traditionally used in Ireland for the production of hurleys. Irish ash is said to be the best ash for hurley making due to the mild damp climate. There have been experiments with the timber of other trees but nothing has proven to be as good as ash.

01 May 2006
Type
Factsheet
2 Pages
99KB
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Setting up a Farmers’ Market

Farmers’ markets give local growers and producers the opportunity to sell their own produce directly to consumers, i.e. “local fresh high quality produce for local people”. All products should have been grown, reared, caught, brewed, pickled, baked, smoked or processed by the stallholder. The markets are an ideal opportunity for farmers to source new customers and customers to source new suppliers. Local producers rent an area or stall. Selling directly to the consumer gives greater control over pricing; there are no intermediaries, so there is potential for a larger return per unit. The markets host a range of locally grown produce and crafts and can facilitate the creation of a culture of enterprise within an area, county or region. They can also have positive spin-off effects for local businesses. Some of the types of produce sold include organic vegetables, gourmet breads, herbs, sausages, Italian products (e.g. pastas, sundried tomatoes and olives), ethnic foods, cheeses, gourmet quiches, cakes, arts and crafts.

01 May 2006
Type
Factsheet
2 Pages
66KB
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Trace Elements and Heavy Metals in Irish Soils

This volume consists of a compilation of existing collated information on trace elements/heavy metals in soils, plants and food. Information presented in the past by Johnstown Castle staff that is largely relevant to Ireland is reproduced here. Papers published in scientific journals have not been included although, of course, the information enclosed herein is largely derived from them. Articles were part of the output from an active programme on trace elements/heavy metals that has now all but ended. Much of this information still exists in hard copy but is becoming less easy to access and is in danger of being lost. This information is as relevant today as when it was first compiled.

01 March 2006
Type
Report
222 Pages
1,022KB
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Adventure Tourism

Adventure tourism is an outdoor leisure activity that generally takes place in an unusual, exotic, remote or wilderness setting, sometimes involving some form of unconventional means of transportation and tending to be associated with low or high levels of physical activity. As the name suggests it entails an element of risk and can range from ‘getting wet’ to ‘getting high’ to ‘getting faster’.

01 March 2006
Type
Factsheet
2 Pages
86KB
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World Agricultural Trade Reform and the WTO Doha Development Round: Analysis of the Impact on EU and Irish Agriculture

This study is presented as a contribution to the debate surrounding the ongoing World Trade Organisation (WTO) agriculture negotiations. The study presents a baseline (status quo) view of the agriculture sector over the next ten years and contrasts this with a number of hypothetical WTO reform scenarios. FAPRI-Ireland has no policy advocacy role and the format of these scenarios should not be inferred as an expectation, or recommendation, in relation to the eventual outcome of the WTO negotiations. The report is produced by staff at the Rural Economy Research Centre, Teagasc, in conjunction with our partners in the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri in the USA.

22 February 2006
Type
Report
95 Pages