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Teagasc - Ireland

About Teagasc
Teagasc is a semi-state organisation responsible for providing integrated research, advisory and training services for the agriculture and food industry in Ireland. Our research combines basic and applied investigations into animal and grassland science, crop and environmental sciences, food science and rural economics. Animal research is co-ordinated across three main locations with a full range of facilities that operate from farm scale through to detailed component studies for dairy (Moorepark, close to Cork), beef (Grange, close to Dublin) and sheep (Athenry, close to Galway). Teagasc has considerable experience in leading and participating in EU-funded projects, including animal and grassland science projects: PROSAFEBEEF, ANIMALCHANGE, ROBUSTMILK, MULTISWARD, and PROLIFIC.

Teagasc animal research is strongly focused on applied research that tackles the major challenges facing the animal production sector today. We have strong internal and external linkages from our applied research programmes to Knowledge Transfer and education. We also maintain a serious strategic research programme that is focused on being positioned ahead of industry, bringing new technologies and approaches to the problems of tomorrow. We are addressing knowledge deficits in the areas of Animal Breeding, Genetics and Reproduction; Animal Health and Welfare; and Animal Nutrition and Product Quality.

Teagasc in the Animal Task Force
We have a long history of innovation and implementation in the areas of animal breeding, animal fertility, animal health, and ruminant nutrition, working closely with industry. We are particularly active in development of selection indices and implementation of genomic selection for dairy and beef cattle, as well the nutritional and environmental evaluation of grass-based production systems for dairy, beef and sheep. Recent strategic investment has added staff and facilities for molecular biology and bioinformatics with a focus on the identification of biochemical and genetic markers for feed utilization, fertility and health traits

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Stephen Butler
Principal Scientist




News Headlines

2017 ATF events - 08 June 2017
ATF-EAAP Special Session
28 August 2017
Tallinn, Estonia

ATF annual Seminar
26 October 2017
Brussels, Belgium


2nd White Paper of ATF - 06 February 2017
2016 was an important year for the European Horizon2020 research agenda setting. The ATF has worked all year long on a Second White Paper (2016) of suggested priorities for research and innovation for the Horizon2020 2018-2020 Work Programme.
Today, we are pleased to announce that the Second White Paper is now available.
This update of the First White Paper (2013) and Addendum (2014) was prepared by the Animal Task Force Presidency and members. It was largely inspired by a dialogue with key stakeholders and institutions in Europe and through the participation of various events related to the European research and innovation agenda and policy setting, to provide a consulted contribution from the animal production sector to the agenda setting for research and innovation.

2nd White Paper
Appendix 2 of the 2nd White Paper


Roadmap for Sustainable EU Livestock. - 30 June 2017

Making food production more sustainable is one of the greatest challenges of our times. In the face of global population growth, increased demand for animal protein, and climate action commitments, we need to ask ourselves how the EU livestock sector can become more sustainable? How can more be produced with less?
Official website 

Environmental sustainability of livestock production - 14 February 2016

Following the first debate entitled “Environmental sustainability of livestock production” organised by ELANCO, EU40 presented “Sustainable EU Livestock Actions Towards an Innovative, Climate", at the European Parliament, Brussels, 27 April 2016. We are pleased to share the ppts and videos of the event, below:


Videos: Overview of the session:

Interview with the ATF President Mr. Jean Louis Peyraud:

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WAFL2017 - 21 November 2016
7th International Conference
on the Assessment of Animal Welfare
at Farm and Group Level

5-8 September 2017

Wageningen, The Netherlands

Official website here