Insects as Food
Considering increasing global population and increasing demand for proteins, the current food production system cannot be sufficient to meet this demand. And so, emerging protein sources need to be considered and evaluated. Carlos Álvarez García Food Researcher tells of the promise of edible insects
The soil microbiome and soil health
Soils are very important for all life on earth. Everyone understands that soils provide food, as plants and animals grow and develop from the nutrients they contain. However, there are some less obvious functions of soil and Aoife Duff Teagasc Soils Researcher details these here
Feed the animal not the Parasites!
During Housing is an ideal time to free the animals from liver fluke, stomach & lung worms. Animals can only pick up infection from grazing pastures and the infective stage cannot survive on hay or silage. Michael Conroy Teagasc Advisor Roscommon gives insight into these internal parasites and lice
Managing condition in ewes during mid-pregnancy
With mating finished up on the majority of lowland farms our attention turns to an often overlooked area of ewe management during mid pregnancy and to discuss its importance, Professor Tommy Boland from UCD joins Ciarán Lynch on this week’s episode of OviCast.
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar - Body Condition
Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist, was joined by Joe Patton, Dairy Specialist, John McCabe Dairy Advisor and John Paul Murphy, Moorepark Farm Manager, to discuss body condition and how to deal with and manage cows on the low side of body condition
TB Forgotten but not gone!
TB is a chronic, highly infectious disease of cattle caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium bovis which also can infect and cause disease in many other mammals including humans, deer, goats, pigs, cats and dogs. Ciaran Beatty Teagasc Drystock Advisor, Castlerea advises on preventing TB on farm
The FarmDemo Training Kit has been updated
A unique collaboration between three European H2020 projects, AgriDemo-F2F, PLAID and NEFERTITI, resulted in the development of the FarmDemo Training kit for the organization of farm demonstration events. John Moriarty Advisor on the NEFERTITI and NEWBIE EU H2020 projects has the information
A peak through the clouds: Seeing Ireland with Radar
Clouds can be a persistent problem in using satellite data in Ireland. To overcome this problem we can use RADAR satellites. RADAR can’t give us the range of information conventional satellites can but it does see through clouds. November Map of the Month shows Ireland captured through the clouds.
How to establish white clover in grazing swards
Recorded live from the 2020 Virtual National Dairy Conference, this week’s Dairy Edge podcast features dairy farmer John MacNamara and grassland researcher Mike Egan to discuss how to establish white clover in grazing swards.
Incorporating clover in grassland, Reducing chemical fertiliser and increasing milk solids.
Nicholas McKenna, Dairy Specialist reports from the recent Teagasc National Dairy Conference 2020, to highlight some of the main points made by John McNamara, Grassland farmer of the year 2018 and Michael Egan Grassland researcher, including the establishment of white clover in the grass sward
Food Webinar Series - Maximising value from microbiological testing and Shelf-Life studies
This Food Industry Training Webinar was hosted by Carol Griffin, Teagasc. In it Des Walsh, Teagasc spoke on Choosing the most appropriate microbiolgical tests; Good sample handing; Making use of testing data and Specialised research to support shelf-life data. A Question and Answer Session followed
Visual assessment of silage quality
Pay Moylan, Teagasc Kilkenny outlines three simple ways in which farmers can analyse silage visually at the silage pit phase. These are looking at the colour & smell; how you assess dry matter and most importantly dry matter digestibility (DMD).
Sheep Research Demonstration Farm, Athenry - November Update
Current grazing systems research in Athenry is focusing on the impact of incorporating white clover into sheep grazed swards at two stocking rate levels (11 or 13 ewes/ha) with three pasture treatments at each stocking rate. Philip Creighton Animal and Grassland Research Officer gives us an update
Evaluating forages for finishing hill store lambs
Frank Campion gives an update on a Research Project in Teagasc Athenry which looks at finishing hill bred, store lambs on a selection of forages. Frank outlines five different treatments which are in place; two permanent pasture swards and three brassica - kale, forage rape & hybrid brassica.
Sustainable Beef Farming in Europe – Policy and Practice
Beef industry stakeholders all over Europe are invited to attend the first trans-national meeting of BovINE – the first and only EU-funded Beef Innovation Network – to focus on improving sustainability across the sector. BovINE’s online meeting takes place on Tuesday 1st December
Johnstown Castle Winter Milk Trials - November update
At Teagasc Johnstown Castle dairy unit in Wexford, the main focus is on investigating winter milk systems. Aidan Lawless, Farm Manager and Joe Patton, Dairy Specialist give a November update on the two Autumn herds.
Teagasc National Beef Conference goes virtual
This year’s Teagasc National Beef Conference moves online with a series of three virtual events to take place across three days, on Tuesday 1st, Wednesday 2nd, and Thursday 3rd December at 8pm each day. The focus is on winter nutrition, animal health and beef markets while improving sustainability.
Animal Health Awareness Week for Pig Farmers
As part of Animal Health Awareness Week - a Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine (DAFM) initiative – on the latest The Pig Edge podcast, Ciarán Carroll spoke to Margaret Wilson, Senior Research Officer with DAFM at Backweston.
Hardwood Focus 2020 webinar: exploring markets for small-diameter broadleaves
This webinar, part of the Hardwood Focus (HF) initiative, held last month, clearly captured the imagination of many as over 400 people participated. Steven Meyen & Jonathan Spazzi, Teagasc Forestry Development report on the webinar and the “Hardwood Focus”discussion group of Broadleaf forest owners
Teagasc Pig Development Department Skills Series - Moving Pigs
The latest edition of the Teagasc Pig Development Department’s Skills Series focuses on moving pigs. Watch an informational video and read a factsheet to find out more about moving pigs.
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar - Working Efficiently
Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist was joined by Marion Beecher, Teagasc and Aidan Aherne, dairy farmer for the second webinar in the Let's Talk Dairy Time and People Management Series which took place on Thursday, 19 November.
2020 Virtual Dairy Conference - Overall Summary
On Tuesday 24th & Wednesday 25th November, the Teagasc 2020 Virtual Dairy Conference took place. This was in the form of a webinar each morning at 10am followed by “The Dairy Edge Podcast” live at 7pm each evening. Access all the latest dairy research and best technical advice from both days here
A Waterford Farmer testimonial on the ASSAP service
In this week two of the Sustainability Series, Cathal Somers reports on the Agricultural Sustainability Support & Advisory Programme (ASSAP), working in Priority areas for action across the country to improve water quality. We learn about the focus of a Waterford dairy farmer and about Kick Sampling
Tillage Update - 26th November
Favourable weather for planting in late September and the first half of October has resulted in the winter crop area returning to near normal levels. Ciaran Collins, Teagasc Tillage Specialist takes a look at Winter crop establishment and talks about Slugs, Winter Oilseed Rape and "On Feirm Ground"
Managing Your Greatest Asset: Your Health
Dr Noel Richardson, Lecturer and Director of HealthCORE in IT Carlow, joined Michael Hennessy on the latest episode of the Tillage Edge podcast to speak about farmers’ health and research carried out for the ‘On Feirm Ground’ initiative.
Creating & Shaping the development of Irelands Bioeconomy - The Signpost Series Webinar
In this edition of the Signpost Series Webinars which took place on Friday, 20 November, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd was joined by Patrick Barrett from Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine who spoke about the development of Ireland's Bioeconomy.
Outlook 2021 Virtual Conference
Outlook 2021 Conference takes place virtually this year on Tuesday, 1st December at 9:30am. This webinar is relevant to farm representative organisations, food businesses and representative bodies, financial institutions, academics, policy makers and farmers.
Dara Killeen - Virtual Dairy Conference 2020
Dara Killeen from East Galway is a new entrant to dairy farming in 2019. Dara discusses the importance of stock and grass productivity to his system. Dara outlines the investment during the conversion including stock, grazing infrastructure and maximising the use of existing sheds and facilities.
Teagasc 2027 Dairy Roadmap published at Virtual Dairy Conference
A new Teagasc Dairy Roadmap for 2027 was published during the Teagasc Dairy Conference on 25 November. It includes Market and policy issues; Potential shape and size of sector in 2027; Environmental and land use implications; along with research, advisory and education actions.
Brian Rushe - Virtual Dairy Conference 2020
In this short clip Brian Rushe, Kildare dairy farmer details the practices that he has adopted to improve the efficiency of his dairy farming enterprise. Brian converted to dairying in 2013 from a suckler to beef and tillage farm. He shares his focus on breeding for fertility and on soil fertility
What does your local regional veterinary laboratory do?
The 2020 Animal Health Awareness Week organised by DAFM is taking place this week from 23rd-28th November. On this week’s Beef Edge Podcast, Mícheál Casey, Head of DAFM Regional Veterinary Laboratories (RVL) gives an insight into the many services they provide to farmers.
Respiratory Diseases- Better to prevent than to cure
Respiratory diseases without doubt cause more deaths in young growing cattle in this country than any other disease. The most common respiratory diseases in housed cattle are the different forms of pneumonia. Pearse Kelly, Teagasc Head of Drystock, details why prevention is better than cure
Grass10 Newsletter - 24 November 2020
Get the latest news and updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: PastureBase data for the week; Walk your farm & measure grass this week; interpreting your PastureBase reports for 2020 & a research update from Philip Creighton in the Sheep Demonstration Farm in Athenry.
Grassland Farmer of the Year 2018 - John MacNamara - Virtual Dairy Conference 2020
John MacNamara won the 2018 Overall & Dairy Grassland Farmer of the Year. Here he discusses the benefits of Pasture Base for his farm as well as the improvements he has made on farm since he took over the farm from his father
Improving Nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) will save you money
So what exactly is NUE? NUE is a calculation, explains William Burchill, Teagasc that measures how efficiently nitrogen in slurry, feed & fertiliser converts to milk and meat. Nitrogen Use Efficiency will leave more money in your pocket as well as all of the environmental benefits that go with it.
New Nitrogen report published at Teagasc Virtual Dairy Conference
A new report called: ‘Review of the Influence of Nitrogen Application Rate, Soil Type and Agroclimate Location on Grass Production, Feed Budget, Nitrogen Use Efficiency and Farm Profitability’ was published by Teagasc today to coincide with this year’s Teagasc Virtual Dairy Conference. Read below
Reducing chemical N fertiliser usage - Jack Nolan - Virtual Dairy Conference
Can you reduce Nitrogen fertiliser use in 2021 by a half bag of Urea or 1 bag of CAN? This is the challenge being put to farmers by Jack Nolan, Senior Inspector Department of Agriculture Food & the Marine (DAFM) Water Quality and Biodiversity department.
Make a small change that will make a BIG difference
Climate change and its associated policies has seen increasing pressure on agriculture worldwide to reduce its Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.The same is true in Ireland. Agriculture is classed as a significant contributor to GHG emissions in Ireland. Áine Murray, Teagasc PhD student has a solution
Care of the ram post mating
Rams costs represent a sizeable investment on sheep farms and most industry sources agree that the expected life span of rams is much shorter than the productive lifespan of ewes and represents a considerable cost on sheep farms. Michael Gottstein, Head of Sheep KT, Teagasc has more information.
Sheep health- views from a Regional Vet Lab post-mortem room
As part of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Animal Health Awareness Week, Ciarán Lynch is joined on this week’s OviCast by Maresa Sheehan, Senior Research Officer in DAFM Regional Veterinary Laboratories.
Teagasc Research Insights Webinar - Land Use: Demands on our Land
The seventh webinar in the Teagasc Research Insights Series focused on Land Use. Demands on our land is the first of five Land Use webinars where Teagasc researchers give an overview of current research that explores this complex research topic.
Improving Performance on Beef & Sheep Farms this Winter
Teagasc Mayo Advisors invite you to join this Interactive Webinar series “Improving Performance on Beef & Sheep Farms this Winter.” The Beef webinar takes place tonight (Monday 23rd Nov) at 8pm and the Sheep webinar on Wednesday night at 8pm. Webinar details and how to join are outlined below
The Surveillance and Early Detection of Disease in Ireland’s National Herd
Vet Michael Horan joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s episode of the Dairy Edge podcast, to discuss the role the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine plays in ensuring a high level of surveillance and early detection of disease in the animal population in Ireland.
Teagasc National Dairy Conference 2020
On this Tuesday 24th November and Wednesday 25th November, Teagasc will bring you the latest dairy research and the best technical advice for dairy farmers through its National Dairy Conference which will be held as an online webinar. Nicholas McKenna, Dairy Specialist has all of the details below
Let's Talk Dairy Special Series - Understanding EBI and Sourcing the right stock
In this episode of Let's Talk Dairy Special Series - Thinking of Dairy Farming? Get the Basics Right webinar, Stuart Childs and Patrick Gowing, Teagasc Dairy Specialists are joined by Ashleigh Fennell and Evan Kelly to discuss understanding EBI and sourcing the right stock
Winner of ‘Forest Wildlife and Plants’ Category of Teagasc Forest Photo Competition Announced
The Teagasc Forestry Development Department announced the winner of category three of its ongoing forest photo competition ‘Celebrating Our Forests’, on Friday 20 November. The worthy winner on this occasion is Mr Chris Martin who resides in Co. Cork.
‘Farming for a New Decade’ – New Kerry Agribusiness / Teagasc Joint programme
Kerry Agribusiness and Teagasc launched their new phase of the dairy joint programme on zoom on Tuesday, 17 November. ‘Farming for a new decade’ is the ninth chapter of the Teagasc / Kerry Agribusiness knowledge transfer programme that began in 1994.
Breeding Sport Horses
What is a sport horse? The foundation Irish sport horse breeds are the Irish draught horse and thoroughbred, with influence also from the Connemara Pony. In recent generations, there has been an infusion of continental warmbloods resulting in a considerable amount of crossbreeding with these breeds
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar: GHG Emissions
In this episode of Let's Talk Dairy Webinar which took place on 12 November, host Stuart Childs talks to Laurence Shalloo, Katie Starsmore and Ben Lahart who are working on greenhouse gas emissions at Teagasc Moorepark. Also available as a bonus podcast below
Understanding and delaying the development of anthelmintic resistant parasites on sheep farms
Stomach worms are a significant cause of production loss in lambs. This animated video gives an overview of understanding and delaying the development of anthelmintic resistant parasites on sheep farms.
Fresh Blueberry Production
Blueberries are one of the more unusual soft fruit crops grown in Ireland. Blueberries are perennial flowering plants, which produce berries each year. All growers must operate under the food hygiene programme of the DAFM. There are excellent opportunities for new entrants to supply the local market
Teagasc Pig Research Facility Update - 20 November
In this farm update, Tomás Ryan, Farm Manager at Moorepark Pig Research Facility gives us an update on how the unit has been performing over the past three weeks, and over the year to date.
Transferring the Family Farm Online Event
Transferring the family farm is a business transaction with complex issues to address. An online seminar on farm succession with Teagasc Farm Management Specialists was held to help farm families with this process. It covered all aspects that need to be considered when writing a succession plan
Farm Business Options Webinar - Adding value to farm produced food
On a recent Farm Business Options webinar which took place on Tuesday, 17 November, host Barry Caslin was joined by Eddie O'Neill & Carol Griffin, Teagasc who gave an insight into the steps people should take when they are thinking of starting a food business and developing a new food product.
New findings in ash dieback research by Teagasc
Ash dieback is an invasive disease that is causing great damage to ash trees in Ireland and is likely to continue doing so in the following decades. Dr Miguel Nemesio-Gorriz, Research Officer, Teagasc Forestry discusses the findings of three studies carried out by Teagasc since 2017.
The Signpost Series Webinar - MCPA herbicide: new insights from catchment scale research in the North-West
In this edition of the Signpost Series Webinars, which took place on Friday, 13 November, Philip Jordan, Ulster University, joined host Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd to focus on the MCPA herbicide: new insights from catchment scale research in the North-West.
What is a Riparian Margin and what can it do for Water Quality?
A Riparian Margin is the land that runs alongside our rivers and streams. These margins can vary in width and type but in simple terms they are basically the corridors that are adjacent to our water bodies. Fiona Doolan, Teagasc ASSAP Advisor, Laois has more information.
Housing Requirements for Suckler, Finisher & Weanlings
When you're housing cattle make sure you get the basics. This will maximise health & performance. There are a number of factors that have to work well together. David Argue, Teagasc Meath has more information.
ASSAP - Working with farmers to improve water quality
A couple of years into the Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP), working in Priority areas for action across the country to improve water quality, Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn, Teagasc Advisors outline the programme details
Teagasc Virtual Dairy Conference
This year’s Teagasc National Dairy Conference moves online with a series of four virtual events to take place across two days, on Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th November at 10am and 7pm each day. The focus will be on the efficient use of fertiliser nitrogen and on improving sustainability.
Pig Newsletter - November 2020
Get the latest information and advice from the Teagasc Pig Team. In this month's edition: Relative Price of Feed Ingredients, The Economics of Early Culling, Don’t go with the Flow and Alternative Energy Sources
The Signpost Series - The Economics of catchment management, linking science and farmer behaviour in the ACP
In this edition of the Signpost Series Webinars which took place on Friday, 6 November, Michele McCormack, Agricultural Catchments Programme, Teagasc, joined host Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd to focus on the economics of catchment management, linking science and farmer behaviour in the ACP.
Tillage Update - 19th November
Mark Plunkett, Soil & Plant Nutrition Specialist reports from a number of tillage fields with Martin Bourke, Tillage Advisor, Wicklow on how crops have developed. Over the last number of weeks crops are emerging well with good leaf, tiller and root development.
Teagasc/FBD Student of the Year Awards 2019 - We have a winner!
Enda Farrell of Co. Longford, is the 2019 Teagasc/FBD Student of the Year. The announcement was made at an online virtual awards ceremony on Monday. The Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD, congratulated Enda Farrell and all finalists, wishing them well in their careers
The Signpost Series - The Agricultural Catchments Programme assessment of the Nitrates Derogation
In this edition of The Signpost Series Webinar which took place on Friday, 23 October, Edward Burgess, Agricultural Catchments Programme (ACP), Teagasc gave an insight into the Agricultural Catchments Programme assessment of the Nitrates Derogation.
Grass10 Newsletter - 17 November 2020
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: PastureBase data for the week; Grazing coming to an end on most farms for 2020; Interpreting your PastureBase reports for 2020 and an update on the Winter milk trials in Johnstown Castle.
“Beeing” In the Moment!
“It’s an ill wind that blows no good”. Climate change is increasing its negative impact on farm environments with the recent Storm Ellen in August creating havoc with many mature deciduous trees bowled over in East Galway farmlands. Bernie Leahy, Advisor elaborates on her Irish Native Black Bee find
The Embrace Farm Accident Support Network and how it can help
From 2010 - 2019, 214 farmers lost their lives through a farming accident. On this week’s episode of the Beef Edge Podcast, founding member of Embrace FARM (Farm Accident Support Network) Norma Rohan outlines the services it offers.
Post-Mating Ram Management
Michael Gottstein, Head of Sheep Knowledge Transfer, Teagasc gives an overview of post mating management of your rams. The ram is the most expensive sheep on your flock so it it important to make sure that he is going to stay around for a good number of years and get a lot of service out of him.
Teagasc Research Insights Webinar - (Bio)Activity: Food Ingredients and Our Health and Fitness
The sixth webinar in the Teagasc Research Insights Series focused on (Bio)Activity: Food Ingredients and Our Health & Fitness. Teagasc Researchers gave an insight into the latest research on the bioactive components in food, novel sources of food bioactives & the effect of food on our fitness.
Green Acres Factsheet -Silage quality and concentrate supplementation
Grass silage is an important winter feed in calf-to-beef systems. Balancing this forage with the correct quantity/quality of concentrate is key to achieving desired winter weight gains. The Teagasc Green Acres Calf to Beef team has published a Fact Sheet on the silage quality and concentrates topic
Ram management post-mating
With the mating season finishing up on many farms, Ciarán Lynch catches up with Michael Gottstein Head of Sheep in Teagasc to discuss ram management post-mating.
A Checklist of Important Tasks for the Coming Months
Nicholas McKenna, Dairy Specialist has summarised a checklist of the important tasks to be undertaken on the dairy farm in the coming months. These include soil and silage testing, feeding minerals, drying off and paperwork. He also highlights the importance of taking time off from the farm work.
Important to keep a close eye on ewe body condition from now until housing.
Tom Coll Drystock Advisor, reports from the farm of Sheep farmer, Sean Conway, near Ballymote, Co Sligo, as he reflects on the 2020 lamb performance and the experience gained from the previous year's mating. They discussed grassland management, silage results and ewe profitability in early November
Newford Notes - Week of 9th November 2020
The suckler cows at Newford had an extended month at grass in 2020 compared to previous years. Michael Fagan,Technician of the Newford Suckler Demonstration Farm in Athenry, gives an update on Autumn Farm Sales 2020 and a summary of the feed and management of the various animal groups on farm.
Teagasc Research Insights Webinars - Making the most of our land
Land is the basis for human life on the planet. Land use is a complex interdisciplinary science. Join Teagasc researchers on five webinars where they will give an overview of current research that explores this complex research topic.
Thinking Forestry? -Taking a positive step towards sustainability with a Teagasc Forestry Phone-In Clinic.
Teagasc is holding a nationwide series of phone-in advisory clinics to help landowners who are thinking about forestry and to answer any questions. Running from 23 November to 4 December, landowners can avail of a one-to-one consultation with an experienced forestry adviser by phonecall or zoom call
Hygiene of the utmost importance when cows are indoors
Mastitis in cows is almost always caused by bacteria that have gained access to the udder through the teat canal. During the dry period, bacteria can only enter the udder from the environment. George Ramsbottom, Teagasc Dairy Specialist tells us more about the importance of clean housing indoors.
Sustainable Dairy Farming and the Challenges Ahead
Tom O’Dwyer Head of Dairy Knowledge Transfer at Teagasc, joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast to detail the challenges that dairy farmers have overcome in the last fifty years.
Selective Dry Cow Therapy – It’s time to bite the bullet!!!
Séamus Nolan, Dairy Advisor simplifies the process of Selective Dry Cow Therapy and gives some insight into Antimicrobial resistance.
2019 Teagasc/FBD Student of the Year Awards Ceremony
Join us online on Monday, 16 November at 7pm for an online virtual awards ceremony to announce the 2019 Teagasc/FBD Student of the Year. There are 14 finalists taking part from all over the country. Get all the details here and on Teagasc Social Media
Thinking about Dairying? - Let's Talk Dairy Webinar
In this special episode of the Let's Talk Dairy webinar, Stuart Childs runs through what to expect if you are signed up for the Dairy New Entrant Course or thinking of signing up. He was joined by Patrick Gowing, who spoke about a case study on Peter Hamm about a low cost conversion to dairying.
Let's Talk Equine - Understanding current parasitism challenges and practical tips to protect herd health
In the sixth of the Let's Talk Equine webinar series Wendy Conlon, Teagasc Equine Specialist was joined by Dr. Ursula Fogarty, Irish Equine Centre and Nicola Walshe, UCD in the which focused on understanding current parasitism challenges and practical tips to protect herd health.
Maximising value from microbiological testing and shelf-life studies - Webinar
On a recent Teagasc Food Industry Development webinar which took place on Tesday, 3rd November, host Carol Griffin, Teagasc Ashtown was joined by Des Walsh and Kaye Burgess, Teagasc to discuss maximising value from microbiological testing and shelf-life studies.
Transferring the Family Farm Online Event
Join us on Tuesday, 17 November at 7:30pm for a short seminar on farm succession, led by Teagasc Farm Management Specialists followed by an opportunity to submit your questions to them privately and have them answered on a one to one basis.
Today's Farm - October/November 2020
The November/December edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. The main focus of this edition is on the environment, covering topics such as the Teagasc Biodiversity Management Practice Index (BMPI); How to reduce energy consumption on your dairy farm; farm roadways and more.
Education options towards a career in dairy farming
The next generation of farm owners and managers should avail of every training opportunity available to them in order to achieve the requisite knowledge, skills and experience to secure the long term future of their dairy business. EmmaLouise Coffey, Education Programme Co-ordinator has the details
A Day in the Life - Sustainable Diets
Dr. Sinéad MCCarthy Nutritionist Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown discusses the impact of the foods we produce and eat on our health and planet and suggests ways we can be more sustainable with our food choices
Teagasc Pig Development Department Skills Series - Cross Fostering Piglets
The latest edition of the Teagasc Pig Development Department’s Skills Series focuses on cross fostering piglets, how to best cross foster and what to avoid. Watch an informational video and read a factsheet to find out more about cross fostering piglets.
A Day in the Life - Sensory Analysis
A Day in the Life: Sensory Analysis - how does your food taste? As part of Science Week, Carol Griffin, Teagasc tells us what sensory science is and how useful it is. What is a taste panel? How do taste panels work? What can they tell us?
Let’s Talk Dairy Bonus Episode: Making Dairy Farms an Attractive Place to Work
In this Bonus podcast episode of the Let's Talk Dairy webinar series, Stuart Childs is joined by labour researcher, Marion Beecher, and management consultant, Nollaig Heffernan, to give insights into making dairy farms an attractive place to work.
External parasites control options
To discuss the whole area of external parasite control at this stage of the season, Ciarán Lynch is joined on this week’s OviCast by Morgan Lane from Bimeda.
Increasing grass yield by draining land in the right areas and right way
The decision to drain a particular field or area of the farm will incur substantial capital investment. It should, therefore, be based on the potential return on the investment. What are the benefits of improved drainage to a grassland farmer? Tom Coll, Teagasc Drystock Advisor has the answers
Tillage Update - 12th November
The year has all but closed to new planting, with the heavy rain over the past week and more due this weekend. Planting is all but complete with reports of similar levels to 2019. Reviewing this year’s crops performance has never been as important is the message from Michael Hennessy, Head of Crops
A day in the life - Food in the Future: 3D printing
For Science Week, Teagasc Walsh Scholar Ricardo Uribe Alvarez introduces his project on 3D Dairy. In Teagasc Moorepark, we’re looking at using dairy ingredients to make 3D printed dairy snacks.
A day in the life - Food Structure: What’s beneath the surface?
For Science Week, Deirdre Kennedy from the National Food Imaging Centre, Teagasc Moorepark, introduces Food Structure: What’s beneath the surface? At the National Food Imaging Centre, we study food structure using state-of-the-art microscopes, high speed cameras even virtual reality.
Finishing Store Lambs – An Alternative Enterprise to Consider?
In recent weeks there has been renewed interest in the purchasing of store lambs. Demand had slowed in September but as suckler farmers house stock, the focus has turned to buying either short-keep lambs to graze off paddocks or a long-term system, Joanne Masterson, Teagasc Drystock Advisor outlines
Suckling or Calf to Beef: Which system is more profitable?
Tom Coll, Drystock Advisor, poses the question 'Suckling or Calf to Beef which system is more profitable?'. When comparing calf to beef and suckling to beef systems it is true to say that there are probably bigger differences in profitability within the same farming system than between systems.
A Day in the Life: Land-based careers – An opportunity to grow
If you are curious about how things work, or want to learn more about yourself and the world around you, then you could be suited to a career in agriculture, horticulture, equine or forestry. James Maher, Education Resource Specialist, Teagasc Curriculum Development and Standards Unit has details
Tillage Edge - Episode 30
Catherine Keena, Environmental Specialist in Teagasc joins Michael Hennessy on the latest Tillage Edge podcast to talk about hedges on tillage farms and how best to manage them.
Farm Business Options Webinar - Tell me everything I need to know about goats
The fifth webinar in the Farm Business Options Series took place on Tuesday, 10 November. Webinar host, Cian Condon, Teagasc Goat and Drystock Advisor was joined by Sharon Peacock, Cockerham Goat Herd , Lancaster UK and Michael Finegan, Boyne Valley Farmhouse Cheese
From Farm to Fork, how grass can be made into milk and cheese.
Teagasc Staff; Marion Beecher, Emer Kennedy, Eimear Ferguson and Margie Egan, are together addressing the questions you have about cows for Science Week. Why grass is green or how grass grows? Why cows can eat grass but humans cannot? How much does a cow eat and drink in a day? Find out more..
Winter finishing- weight targets and fat covers
The winter period is a time where expenses rise dramatically and returns can be variable at best. In most cases, stores will be housed at this stage with the target of slaughtering in 70-120 days depending on the category of stock to be slaughtered. Alan Dillon, Cattle Specialist tells us more.
Grass10 Newsletter - 10 November 2020
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: PastureBase data for the week; Closing paddocks on time as we look forward to spring grazing; Grass quality results from the clover trial in Clonakilty; Teagasc Heavy Soils Programme update & more.
The Farm Systems and Courses on Offer at Gurteen College
Gurteen College Beef Lecturer, Peter Grogan, and Drystock Farm Manager, Gerard Carey, give an overview of Gurteen College, the farm systems operated and what it has to offer students on this week’s episode of the Beef Edge Podcast with Catherine Egan Teagasc Beef Specialist.
A Day in the Life - Have you sequestered your carbon yet?
A Day in the Life: James Rambaud, a Research Technician at Teagasc Environment Research Centre, Johnstown Castle gives us an insight into carbon sequestration.
Clean livestock - some tips for sheep producers
With winter onset and wet ground conditions, it is more challenging to prevent soiling of sheep fleeces and meet requirements of presenting clean dry sheep for slaughter. Michael Gottstein, Head of Sheep KT Teagasc, shares tips to help producers market sheep to comply with the clean livestock policy
A Day in the Life - We are all fed from soil
A Day in the Life: Guylain Grange, a Teagasc Walsh Scholar PhD candidate at Teagasc Environment Research Centre, Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford, talks about how plant biodiversity can help improve our soils.
Green Acres Calf to Beef - GrowthWatch: Last grazing
James Fitzgerald and Seán Cummins, Programme Advisors to the Green Acres farms offer some timely advice on grassland targets as the grazing season comes to a close. They share the last grazing plans of two of the programmes farmers; Michael Culhane and Ciaran Bartley
Smarter milking to increase efficiency and reduce repetitive strain injuries
Padraig O’Connor, Teagasc Milking Technician, recently gave a presentation on Smarter Milking in order to reduce repetitive strain injuries and how to improve milking efficiency. Here Nicholas McKenna, Dairy Specialist focuses on the objectives of a good milking routine in order to Milk Smarter
Sheep Newsletter - November 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Sheep team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Grassland management; Monitor breeding flock; Options for remaining lambs; BETTER Farm Update - Ewes in good condition; & Research Update - Kill out averaging 44%.
Science Week - Careers in Horticulture
All the careers in Horticulture are tied together with a passion and love of working in the outdoor space with plants. For Science Week, John Mulhern, College Principal, Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens, outlines the many and varied careers available in Horticulture
International Whey Conference (IWC2020) - A Better Whey of Life
The IWC is a unique forum uniting the whey business and scientific community worldwide for an interactive dialogue on the most relevant aspects of whey production, processing and applications. This year, it's online for the first time with three webinars on markets, nutrition and technology.
A day in the Life -The Art of Grafting
A Day in the Life: Paul Fitters, Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens, explains the art of grafting. You’ve probably heard of tree surgeons, but did you know that here in the National Botanical Gardens we even perform transplants on trees? It is called grafting.
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar: Making the industry/your farm an attractive place to work
Stuart Childs Dairy Specialist is joined in this Let's Talk Dairy episode by Marion Beecher, Teagasc Research Officer speaking on labour efficiency and student work potential on the dairy farm; and by Nollaig Heffernon, Macra Skillnet speaking on labour selection, stress management and much more
A Checklist of Important Tasks for the Coming Months
On this week's Dairy Edge podcast EmmaLouise Coffey is joined by Joe Kelleher, Dairy Advisor who has a checklist of important tasks to complete in the coming months, including assessing total annual grass production, soil testing, dry cow therapy strategy, parlour maintenance and relevant paperwork
Dairy Newsletter - November 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Dairy team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Make spring grass your priority; Taking a selective approach to drying cows off; Special feature - Setting up the farm for spring: people; & Preparing for a successful dry cow period.
Winter Management of dairy beef cattle groups
Vincent Ronayne, Drystock Advisor, discusses the winter management of the two primary types of stock on the dairy-beef finishing farm: the young stock from 2020 and the stock facing their finishing winter period. He outlines the separate and different treatments required for housing and feeding
Snail Farming – Alternative Enterprise for Farmers
HELICULTURE commonly known as Snail Farming, is the process of raising edible snails. Snail farming is a niche farming concept which has evolved here in recent years. Eddie Webb, B&T Soil & Environment Adviser has the details from Stephen Ryan's enterprise - ‘Exclusive Escargot’ in Tuam, Co. Galway
Teagasc National Farm Survey Sustainability Report 2019 Webinar
The Teagasc National Farm Survey Sustainability Report 2019 Webinar took place on Tuesday, 3 November 2020. It provided an overview of the latest Sustainability Assessment for Irish Agriculture, including outcomes for 2019.
Winner of ‘Trees on the Farm’ Category of Teagasc Forest Photo Competition Announced
The Teagasc Forestry Development Department today announced the winner of Category 2 of its ongoing forest photo competition ‘Celebrating Our Forests’. The worthy winner is Ms Zita Power, from Wexford, currently residing in county Wicklow.
Farm Business Options Webinar - Insurance around farm diversifications
The fourth webinar in the Farm Business Options Series took place on Tuesday, 3 November. Webinar host, Barry Caslin, Teagasc was joined by Stewart Gavin & Ciaran Roche, FBD Insurance and Graham Kenny, Bike Park Ireland to discuss Insurance around farm diversifications.
Festival of Farming and Food – SFI Science Week at Teagasc 2020
Join Teagasc for a series of exciting virtual events for Science Week (November 8-15) as part of ‘The Festival of Farming and Food – SFI Science Week at Teagasc’. The theme for Science Week 2020 is ‘Choosing our Future’; focusing on how science can improve our lives in the future and in the present.
Moorepark Technology Ltd.- Scaling and Innovation Supports for the Food and Drink Industry - Webinar
Carol Griffin, Teagasc Ashtown, hosted this webinar titled “Moorepark Technology Ltd.- Scaling and Innovation Supports for the Food and Drink Industry”. The webinar featured a presentation from MTL General Manager Kieran Downey, followed by a questions and answers session
Newford Notes - Week of 2nd November 2020
All the beef animals at Newford Farm have now been housed. Michael Fagan,Technician of the Newford Suckler Demonstration Farm in Athenry gives the latest update of heifer slaughter details together with feeding programmes and recent weights of the remaining beef bullocks, heifers and weanlings.
Macro to Micro: Food Structure, Digestion and the Microbiome
What is your gut feeling about food? Teagasc researchers have the answers on how your food is digested and what role your gut bacteria play in maintaining your health, the digestion process and the latest research on the impact of your food choices can have on your health and lifestyle.
The Signpost Series - Animal breeding a cumulative & permanent strategy to environmental stewardship
In this episode of The Signpost Series of Sustainable Agricultural Webinars, Donagh Berry, Centre Director of VistaMilk, Teagasc speaks about using animal breeding as a cumulative and permanent strategy to environmental stewardship
Small woodlands – big benefits
The many benefits of planting trees and woodlands on farms, including those with horses, is discussed by Noel Kennedy, Forestry Development Officer and Equine Specialist Wendy Conlon. An old Chinese proverb states ‘the best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago and the second best time is now'
The inclusion of Rye and Field Beans in pig diets
On the latest episode of the Pig Edge podcast Peadar Lawlor, Principal Research Officer at Moorepark Pig Research facility, discusses the inclusion of Rye and Field Beans in pig diets, with Ciarán Carroll.
Crop monitoring is an important part of Integrated Pest Management
Shay Phelan, Crops Specialist, outlines the importance of crop monitoring in controlling different pests, weeds or diseases in crops. Crop monitoring helps assess whether control is warranted or not. Shay also recommends using the Teagasc eProfit Monitor to complete the annual crop financial records
Assessing Weed and BYDV control options in winter cereals
Many of the late September/ early October crops are well established at this stage and attention has now turned to decisions regarding weed control and BYDV control. Shay Phelan, Crops Specialist, takes an in-depth look at post-emergence weed control in winter cereals and crop assessment for aphids.
Weed Control in Winter Barley
Reducing the competition effect of autumn germinating weeds on the winter barley crop over winter is the primary objective of an autumn herbicide application. Veronica Nyhan, Teagasc Portlaoise and Ivan Whitten, Teagasc Naas have more information on successful integrated weed management.
Nursery Stock Meeting - Autumn Plant Health Webinar
Dónall Flanagan, Nursery Stock/ Ornamentals Specialised Advisor at Teagasc Ashtown Research Centre was joined in this Nursery Stock Meeting by Glenn Kirby - Syngenta Technical Manager, who shared his experience in key areas of IPM, application, resistance, biological products and market impacts
Tillage Newsletter - November 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Crops team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Winter cereals focusing on BYDV, weed control & slugs; Winter oilseed rape covering topics such as weeds & disease; find out about the Teagasc Tillage Podcast and the ongoing grass weed survey.
Farm Business Options Webinar:Solar Photovoltaic (PV) – Questions for solar developers
The third webinar in the Farm Business Options Series took place on Tuesday, 27 October. Host Barry Caslin, Teagasc Energy & Rural Development Specialist was joined by James McDonnell, Teagasc Farm Management Specialist, James Staines, Principal of Staines Law and Declan McEvoy, Head of Tax, IFAC