The Teagasc Heavy Soils Programme was set up in 2010 with the main aim of improving the profitability of grassland farms on heavy soils. Programme coordinator James O’Loughlin says that farmers on heavy soils have to be excellent grassland managers because they have so many more issues to contend with compared with a farmer on dry ground.

The programme helps farmers to adopt key technologies, including appropriate drainage solutions, high-quality pasture management, land improvement strategies and efficient herd management.