Farm Ireland

Saturday 26 May 2018

Popular open days to draw crowds

Darragh McCullough

Darragh McCullough

Teagasc is gearing up for two big open days over the coming week. The first takes place in Oak Park tomorrow, where tillage specialists will showcase their field experiments and discuss the latest methods for optimising crop production.

Some of the highlights include oilseed rape cultivation and management; cereal disease control; new winter wheat and spring barley varieties; nitrogen management in cereals; and spring barley growth experiments.

The following Wednesday, Moorepark host their annual open day which has become a huge draw for thousands of dairy farmers from all over the country.

The day will feature varied exhibits, including the launch of a world first – an online grass growth database dubbed PastureBase.

In addition, there will be a big focus on careers in dairying, with the Kilkenny-born New Zealand sharemilker of the year, Enda Hawe, among the inspiring speakers lined up to talk about the opportunities in the sector.

More than 40 researchers will also be outlining the latest research on producing milk as cheaply as possible, with much of the emphasis on how farmers should be gearing up for the post-quota period after April 2015.

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