The Teagasc/IFA Pig Joint Research and Advisory Programme was launched on Monday 7th October, at Oak Park. Through the Joint Programme Teagasc will support Irish pig producers by providing advice, research and education across a range of issues of importance to the sector. The funding for the programme is provided through a pig producer levy and will enable Teagasc to improve its services to the pig sector.
Ciarán Carroll, Head of Teagasc Pig Development Department welcomed the initiative saying; “the programme will enable Teagasc to provide a broader range of services to the sector. The levy will be used to fund two new advisers, two new researchers and a technician. Teagasc and IFA have been working on this programme for a few years now, so it’s great to see it come to fruition”.
A Joint Programme Operational Committee has been set up, comprising key Teagasc/IFA personnel. This group is developing an agreed programme of advice, research and education and will have overall responsibility for the implementation and delivery of the programme. They will provide bi-annual reports to the Teagasc Pig Commodity Advisory (Stakeholder) Committee. Pig producers can submit their suggestions and comments for the Joint Programme through their advisers or their IFA representatives.
Monday October 7, 2013/ Teagasc/ Ireland.