TResearch Summer 2021
The Living Soil
The Living Soil
Focus on Teagasc Moorepark research
In the past decade the exceptionally rapid rate of change in population structures and economic activity has transformed many rural areas. Areas close to urban centres generally experienced increases in population and in economic and social activity while some remote areas experienced a decline. These distinctively opposing changes have different impacts on rural communities and those living in them. As a result adjustment is most likely required, not only for individuals and households in rural communities but also for the economic and social supports of rural areas. The rationale for this study is to examine how different rural areas adjust and respond to change and how households in different circumstances are affected.
Government policy for rural areas aims to build a rural economy where enterprises will be commercially competitive without damaging the environment. It seeks to have vibrant sustainable communities, with a quality of life that will make them attractive places in which to work and live. It aspires for equity of opportunity between rural and urban areas, and for balanced development between the regions. These initiatives are underpinned by EU policy for rural areas, which subscribes to the attainment of ‘living country sides’ within the context of balanced regional development across the Union.
Milk Production Partnership
Teagasc Customer Charter
Beef and Sheep Production Research
Over the years much research effort has been devoted to the development of beef production systems at Grange Beef Research Centre. Based on earlier work by Dr. Joe Harte and his colleagues, an integrated 2-year-old dairy calf-to-beef system was established by Dr. Vincent Flynn at Ballinalack (then a field station of Grange) in the late 1970s. It comprised of Friesian steers slaughtered at about 290 kg carcass weight.
Under the Clean Livestock Policy, producers must take all reasonable practical steps to ensure that their stock are acceptably clean at slaughter. The vast majority of the 1.6 million plus Irish cattle presented for slaughter each year meet the Clean Livestock Policy standards. However, problems with cattle cleanliness can arise on individual farms. Very dirty cattle are rejected for slaughter.
Crop Costs and Returns 2005
Situation and Outlook in Irish Agriculture 2004 / 05
National Dairy Conferences 2004 Exploiting the New Era