Tour 2 – Teagasc Moorepark, Blarney Castle and Gardens
Teagasc – is the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority – and is the national body providing integrated research, advisory and training services to the agriculture and food industry and rural communities.
This technical tour will incorporate a site visit of Teagasc Moorepark near Fermoy Co.Cork. view more
Moorepark Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre has played a pivotal role in the development of the Irish dairy industry. Since its establishment by the Irish Government in 1959, Moorepark has evolved to become the focal point of research on milk production in Ireland. As the National Dairy Research Centre, Moorepark is responsible for all aspects of dairy production research. The removal of EU dairy quotas represents a major opportunity for the Irish dairy industry and provides the basis for a 50% increase in milk output as set out in the Food Harvest 2020 report. The achievement of the FH2020 targets will require milk deliveries to increase from an average of 5.1 billion litres over the 2007 to 2009 period to 7.66 billion litres by 2020. The expansion in Irish milk production will increase the profitability of Irish dairy farms, create valuable new jobs within the national dairy industry and combined with value add at processing level; will be worth in excess of €1.5 billion in additional revenue to the Irish agri-economy in the next decade. Additionally, Food Wise 2025 projects that the value of Irish agri-food exports to increase to €19 billion by 2025, creating an additional 23,000 jobs in the agri-food sector.
Our final stop before returning to Dublin will be a visit to Blarney Castle Gardens where there is a lot more than meets the eye. Take your time to make a journey through diverse surroundings from tranquil to serene, to mystical and magical places. From the top of the Castle you can take in the wonderful views of over 60 acres of sprawling parklands which include gardens, avenues, arboretums and waterways. Find a touch of danger entwined with the beauty, as you look out for one of the few Poison Gardens in Ireland. We hope you enjoy your visit to the gardens where you will find, the beauty is ever changing with the seasons, so that no visit will ever be the same.