Sectoral Strengths - Agriculture

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Sectoral Strengths Agriculture

Plan your next agriculture meeting, conference or incentive experience in the agricultural powerhouse that is Ireland

Ireland Sectoral Strengths Agriculture


ith a reputation for fertile soil, temperate climate and adequate rainfall, it’s no wonder we are known as the Emerald Isle. Combine that lush environment with a booming agriculture industry and you soon discover why Irish food and drink thrives on the global stage.

There is incredible passion for innovation within this vibrant sector, with Government funded research and development (R&D) backed by our world-class agricultural science and technology universities. We lead the way in the agri-tech sector through smart farming robotics, AI and IoT (Internet of Things) to improve yields and efficiency, minimise waste, and enhance sustainability and profitability.


of agricultural land is covered in the nation’s signature rich, green grass



increase in the value of our exports by 2025*

increase in the value of primary production*


countries exported to worldwide

Our key agricultural activities include •

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Agribusiness and rural development Animal and grassland research & innovation Animal health Bioeconomy Crops, environment & land use Food and health Food chain integrity

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Healthy Functional Foods MicroGen biotech Precision agriculture Reproductive biology Rural economy & development Seed variety Sustainable production *Food Wise 2025

Did you know?

The world’s first country to implement a national food and drink sustainability programme - Origin Green

Ireland has one of the world’s most integrated animal databases, a global leader in animal genetics

C Ireland’s universities rank second in the globe for agricultural sciences

Ireland is home to the world’s first carbon neutral beef farm, Devenish’s Research Farm



of Irish beef is exported, making Ireland the largest beef exporter in the EU and fifth largest in the world.*

Ireland produces enough food to feed seven times its population.*

*Enterprise Ireland


Ireland produces over 10% of Global Infant Formula.

Ireland ranks 2nd in global scientific rankings for Agricultural Sciences

Ireland Sectoral Strengths Agriculture

Key Players 1. Alltech 2. Alltech KEENAN 3. AnoBio Technologies Ltd 4. Dairymaster 9

5. Glanbia


6. Herdwatch 7. Kerry Group


8.MagGrow 9. McHale

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10. Microgen Biotech


11. Moocall

Regional Spotlight 12. SAMCO 13. Tanco Autowrap 14. Terra NutriTECH

15. Cork, the second biggest

city in Ireland and biggest county, is one of the leaders in the Irish agriculture sector, home to 25% of the Dairy Herd as well as research institutions like Moorepark and University College Cork.

Key Contacts State Bodies

17. Teagasc – the Agriculture and Food Development Authority 18. Bord Bia – the Irish Food Board 19. Department of Agriculture and the Marine (DAFM) Professional Associations 24



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20. Irish Farming Association (IFA) 21. Irish Cattle Breeders Association (ICBF) 22. Origin Green – Ireland’s food and drink sustainability programme 23. Sustainable Food Systems Ireland – technical assistance in all aspects of agri-food development and regulation Research Centres and Academia

16. In 2017, a new agri-tech

R&D centre of excellence was opened at Tralee Institute of Technology, positioning Kerry as the national leader in the sector, as well as enhancing the county’s international reputation for agri-tech.

24. Teagasc Research Centres – Moorepark, Athenry, Grange, Oakpark 25. University College Dublin centre of R&D for agriculture in Ireland 26. The Dairy Processing Technology Centre 27. Food for Health Ireland (FHI) 28. University College Cork

Ireland Sectoral Strengths Agriculture

Plan your next agriculture meeting, conference or incentive experience in the agricultural powerhouse that is Ireland and access best in class research, ground-breaking technology and global innovators

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Let the Meet in Ireland team at Fáilte Ireland, the National Tourism Development Authority, assist you with: • • • •

Recommendations on destinations in Ireland based on sectoral strengths Where possible, facilitating introductions to industry and academic leaders and economic development agencies Assistance in request for proposal placement, connecting you with relevant suppliers Destination supports – site inspection funding and programme enhancement funding

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