Farm Ireland

Wednesday 17 January 2018

Teagasc to release its 677ac in Mayo

Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

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.

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The land is currently used for dairy research projects on crossbreeding and calf rearing.

This research work is funded under the EU seventh framework and the farm will continue to be leased until the research is concluded.

Meanwhile, 84ac at Kinsealy in Co Dublin is due to be sold this year, according to the agreed changes.

The first group of staff based at the Kinsealy campus moved across to the Ashtown campus in recent weeks, while more staff are due to move in the middle of the year.

However, the final groups will not move to Ashtown until the necessary research facilities are available.

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