Ireland’s Climate and Farming Tradition

Ireland’s Climate and Farming Tradition

Ireland’s long standing farming tradition, together with our location on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, provides us with the ideal climate and conditions for sustainable farming and food production. Our rich soils produce lush, green grass where our cattle and sheep have the freedom to graze outdoors for up to 300 days a year.

Our grass-based production system gives Ireland a strong foundation as we continue on our sustainability journey. Presently, Ireland has the most carbon efficient dairy production in the European Union and the 5th most carbon efficient beef production whilst our water footprint and water stress index compare favourably to that of other countries.

Two thirds of Ireland’s land is used for agriculture and in fact, 80% of Ireland’s agricultural land is devoted to grasslands, with a yearly grass growth rate that exceeds the European average by more than a third.


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