Teagasc to release its 677ac in Mayo
Teagasc is to release at least 750ac of land from leases this year as part of its agreed programme of change with the Government.
The bulk of the land to be dropped is contained in the 677ac hill sheep farm at Leenane, Co Mayo.
With the lease on this farm due for renewal this year, Teagasc has confirmed that it will not be renewing the deal.
The hill sheep research work at Leenane will be replaced by research through commercial farms in the BETTER sheep programme.
In neighbouring Co Galway, Teagasc plans to exit the lease on the 88ac farm at Athenry known as Eagles farm this year.
Teagasc also leases 226ac of land and sheep handling facilities from the IDA on a yearly basis at Athenry.
While plans are in place to build new sheep handling facilities on Teagasc's own land at Athenry, there is no indication that the IDA land will be dropped this year.
Other land parcels up for review in the coming years include the 229ac leased farm at Ballydague, close to Moorepark in Co Cork.