Teagasc to push farmers in realising potential of their farms
Published 20/09/2011 | 05:00
Teagasc has thrown down the gauntlet to any farmer who visits its stand at the Ploughing Championships this year.
As attempts to increase output across the sector ramp up, Teagasc advisers will be challenging their visitors to identify the potential of their farm and realise it.
The aim is to get more farmers to tap into the wealth of knowledge and technology that is already being used by the top performing farmers who are already reaping the benefits of increased output. National Farm Survey data highlights just how profitable Irish farms can be when the optimum combination of technology and information is used.
For example, 9pc of dairy farms made a loss last year when all overhead costs were considered.
During the same period, 34pc of dairy farms had a net margin of at least €1,000/ha.
Teagasc personnel will be asking farmers key questions, such as 'where do they want to go with their farm business?' and 'how will they get there?'
The stand will also feature education staff and college lecturers with the latest information on courses available. There will also be a health and safety village.