Teagasc is the agriculture and food development authority in Ireland. It is a semi-state organisation with responsibility for providing integrated research, advisory and training services for the agriculture and food industry in Ireland. In Teagasc the focus is on improving the efficiency of individual farms and the sector as a whole. Teagasc was established under the Agriculture (Research, Training and Advice) Act 1988, which states that its principal functions shall be:

● To provide educational, training, advisory and research services in agriculture.

● To obtain and make available to the agricultural industry the scientific and practical information in relation to agriculture required by it.

● To undertake, promote, encourage, assist, co-ordinate, facilitate and review agricultural research and development (including research and development in relation to food processing and the food processing industry). This mandate gives. One of the most efficient communication channels for achieving technology uptake on farms is through discussion groups. Discussion groups attend the specialised focus days on the Greenfield farm. The groups come to see how the farm was set up, they are updated with the farm financial & performance. The groups then get a chance to view the cows and infrastructure. Teagasc, Moorepark will provide management services to the project which will include business planning and intensive technical support. Teagasc in association with the Irish Farmers Journal will manage the dissemination of information from this programme to the wider Irish dairy farming community.

Glanbia: Is an international nutritional ingredients and cheese group, headquartered in Ireland, generating revenue of 1.8bn (2009) and employing over 4,300 people in fifteen countries. Globally the Group has leading positions in cheese, dairy ingredients and nutrition, serving markets in Europe, the US, Asia, Latin America and Africa.In Ireland Glanbia is the number one milk processor, working in partnership with its [4,000] milk suppliers. The business assembles a milk pool of 1.4 billion litres annually and processes this into dairy products and ingredients for sale in 50 countries. Its Ballyragget, County Kilkenny facility is one of the largest integrated dairy sites in Europe, processing 20% of the Irish milk pool. At its Virginia, County Cavan facility Glanbia produces a range of fat filled milk powders and fresh cream from where it exclusively supplies Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur. Glanbia’s Irish Consumer Products business is one of the largest branded food suppliers in the Irish grocery sector and with household brands such as Avonmore, Premier, Yoplait, Kilmeaden, CMP, and Snowcream has seven brands in the Top 100. Glanbia Agribusiness is also a leading presence in the Irish market where it is primarily engaged in feed milling, grain processing and marketing and retails a range of farm inputs to the Groups large Irish farmer supplier base.Glanbia is one of the three equal shareholders in the new limited company Greenfield Partners, established to finance the development of Greenfield Dairy Farm. Glanbia has two members on the Board of Directors which includes the Chairman.
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The Department of Agriculture sanctioned the extra milk quota required to operate this project is licensed from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.Glanbia plc from 2009 to 2014(milk quota years).

 

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Irish Farmers Journal: Irish Farmers Journal is one of the three equal shareholders in the Greenfield Company established to finance the development of the Kilkenny Greenfield Dairy Farm. Teagasc and the Irish Farmers Journal will manage the dissemination of information from this farm and both commercial family farms to the wider Irish dairy farming community. The Irish Farmers Journal has two of the six members on the Board of Directors. The Irish Farmers Journal is the only agricultural publication that operates as a legal Trust. Their only mandate is to provide the best technical support and market information for the agri-sector. No dividends are paid and the Directors receive no fees. All profits go back into meeting the Trust objectives enhance the competitiveness of Irish farming and the well-being of those engaged in the sector. Jack Kennedy, Dairy Editor, of the Irish Farmers Journal will provide regular reports, context and analysis in the Irish Farmers Journal.
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