Welcome

The Smart Grassland Systems Project aims to address one of the greatest challenges facing Irish farmers today – how to produce high quality/high yielding grassland forage in an environmentally sustainable way. Our research team, from three leading Irish research institutes, is addressing this issue from both a production and environmental viewpoint using multi-species grassland swards.

The Smart Grassland Systems Project aims to address one of the greatest challenges facing Irish farmers today – how to produce high quality/high yielding grassland forage in an environmentally sustainable way. Our research team, from three leading Irish research institutes, is addressing this issue from both a production and environmental viewpoint using multi-species grassland swards.

Reliance on high fertiliser inputs using grass monocultures has become less economically viable and socially acceptable. The ability to produce high yields of good quality forage, at minimal cost to farmers and with minimal impact on natural resources, is fundamental to the sustainability of future growth in Irish grass-based farming systems.

By harnessing the power of biodiversity, through the use of multi-species grassland swards, we aim to increase yields, while reducing nitrogen fertiliser applications, and reduce the impact on farmland biodiversity. Our experiments, in UCD’s Research Farm, Lyons, Co. Dublin and Teagasc Grange, were started in the autumn of 2013.