In 2018, the EGF will be hosted by Teagasc in Cork Ireland. This will be the 27th General meeting, it was previously hosted in Dublin in 1988. Cork is the second biggest city in Ireland and is located in the heart of dairying in Ireland, it will offer delegates the first hand opportunity to see and experience dairy, beef and sheep production from grassland.
Ruminant agriculture in Ireland is a major contributor to the Irish economy and is strongly export based. Irish agriculture prides itself on its green image from high quality produce originating from grazed pasture.
– Resilient plants for grass based ruminant production systems, adapting grassland systems to the dynamics of climate and resource availability
– Appropriate livestock for grasslands, key characteristics of animals adapted to and suitable for grasslands
– Environmental influences on grassland systems – consequences of climate change, mitigation strategies, and impacts on ecosystems
– Social and economic impacts of grass based ruminant production
– Big data and smart technologies in grassland
– Knowledge Transfer to stakeholders