Connacht Gold to establish new dairy demonstration farm at Roscommon site
Connacht Gold is to set up a new dairy demonstration farm in Co Roscommon, the Farming Independent has learned.
Negotiations on the venture are said to be at an advanced stage, but exact details of the initiative have yet to be finalised and a timeline for having cows on the ground has not been set.
The plan was given the green light by the Connacht Gold board last week and Teagasc has confirmed that it will be involved in the project in a consultative capacity.
A farm has already been identified as a possible base for the venture. The holding, which extends to more than 100ac, is located three miles south of Roscommon town.
While a Connacht Gold source insisted that a final agreement had not as yet been reached on the location of the farm, the co-op is believed to be close to securing a lease of between 10 and 15 years for the Roscommon holding.
The initiative will mirror much of the work being done on a number of dairy demonstration farms that Teagasc already has up and running.
Among them are the Greenfield Farm in Clara, Co Kilkenny, and the Shinagh Farm, near Bandon in West Cork.
However, Connacht Gold aims to put the low input approach to dairying to the test in west of Ireland conditions.