Teagasc is unrivalled in the depth of knowledge and expertise it can draw on to support your education. We are at the cutting edge of research and knowledge transfer for the land and agri-food sector. Teagasc engages with all land sector areas including farming, agricultural mechanisation, horticulture, forestry and equine as well as with financial institutions, agri-service providers, the food processing sector and state agencies as well as institutes of technology and universities. Notable features of Teagasc education include:
National education network. 7 colleges (4 Teagasc, 3 private) and 12 advisory regions.
Commercial college farms. The combined college farms total :
1,000 ha of commercially farm land
1,200 dairy cows
270 suckler cows
Specialised resources. Extensive range of workshops/labs, farm facilities, machinery and equipment for teaching purposes. Teachers and tutors have access to update land sector research.
‘Hands on’ environment. In full-time courses, teaching and learning is split about 50:50 between classroom and practical instruction.
Student support. Each college has an Access Officer who can assess learning support requirements.
On-farm experience. Teagasc has a network of 1,500 host farms/ land sector hosts that provide additional ‘real life’ experience to our learners. In addition we link with close on 60 commercial farms, ‘Education Benchmark Farms’ , that provide benchmarking and learning opportunities as part of course activities.
Research linkages. Teagasc Research programmes have been established at a number of colleges that feed into the teaching and learning experience.
After graduation. You can engage with Teagasc advisory and research services and discussion/knowledge groups, alumni events, and avail of continuous professional development opportunities. Teagasc ConnectedED is available to those with careers in the wider agri-service sector.
Both of our horticultural colleges ( COAH Botanic Gardens and Kildalton), our equine programme at KiIdalton and our forestry programme have subject expert staff, extensive dedicated resources and facilities and close links with industry and Teagasc research and knowledge transfer activities.