Each week, a brand-new original student worksheet will be available to complement each one of the study guides, which can be used by students in class or at home.

The original worksheets will include various tasks from comprehension exercises, dictionary work, multiple choice questions and more.

The worksheets have been designed to enhance learning of the new Leaving Certificate material and as alternatives to exam questions. The worksheets can be used as a tool to assess self-learning or, alternatively, classroom assessment.

The answers can be found in the corresponding study guide and the linked content.

Additional sources such as the Irish Farmers Journal website, Teagasc's website, and the Agri Aware Virtual Farm may be useful.

Task one: write the meaning of following key concepts in your own words.

  • Legume
  • Perennial
  • N fixation
  • Annual
  • Soil biomass
  • Rhizobium
  • Sward
  • Ley
  • Aeration
  • Biennial
  • Anthelmintic
  • Volatilization
  • Live weight gain
  • Correlation
  • Humus
  • Establishment
  • Stocking rate
  • Wilting
  • Task two

  • Describe the botanical composition of a multispecies sward.
  • Describe the role of multispecies swards in the nitrogen cycle.
  • Describe the role of multispecies swards in the carbon cycle.
  • Task three

  • List three advantages and three disadvantages of multispecies swards.
  • Discuss how multispecies swards will play an important role in the future of Irish agriculture.
  • List three types of technology that can be used to reseed, manage or maintain multispecies swards.
  • Task four

    Sketch any three grazing methods that could be used on these swards.