Area 2 (‘Environment’): Improve and manage resource use to reduce waste and enhance the environmental sustainability of European animal production
Our research staff are working in a number of research areas related to sustainable grazed grassland dairy and beef systems. Our interests include: grass-clover mixtures, grassland mixtures as an adaptation option for summer drought, yield stability, nutrient dynamics and budgets, water quality and nitrate leaching, pesticide transfer in soil, greenhouse gas emissions, carbon sequestration as well as farmland biodiversity and ecosystem services. On our experimental farms, we have the facilities to establish paddock- and farmlet-scale experiments with grazing beef and dairy animals.
Knowledge transfer is an important activity in Teagasc, and we continue to be involved in initiatives to better improve the empirical verification of sustainability for use in quality assurance schemes. We see these activities as aligning very well with this call.
The Teagasc Environment Research Centre at Johnstown Castle is Ireland’s leading research centre for soils and the rural environment. We conduct research on soils; nutrient efficiency, recovery and losses; air and water quality; the agricultural environment and agro-ecology. The research results are used widely by advisors, farmers, scientists and policy makers.
We have state-of-the-art laboratory facilities in order to support the research programme with soil, water, plant, air and microbiological analyses. The research laboratories provide a key infrastructure for the national soil fertility status and are heavily involved in all aspects of soils and crop nutrition.