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Friday 27th January 2017

Teagasc will launch both it’s Grass10 campaign and  new  Pasture Base Ireland database  at Teagasc Animal and Grassland, Research and Innovation Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy, County Cork.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD will conduct the official launch.

The Grass 10 Campaign will promote sustainable grassland excellence for Irish livestock. Teagasc is launching a multi-year campaign (2017-2020) to increase grass utilisation on Irish livestock farms (dairy, beef and sheep), with the objective of achieving: 10t grass DM/ha/year utilised, with 10 grazings/paddock/year in a sustainable manner.

PastureBase Ireland is a grassland measurement database, used for advisory, education and research. The database stores all grassland measurements in a common structure. Grass growth and dry matter production (both total and seasonal) can be quantified using a common measurement protocol across different enterprises, grassland management systems, regions and soil types.

Further details on www.teagasc.ie

These two initiatives form part of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s 2017 Year of Sustainable Grassland