Written answers

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Department of Education and Skills

Third Level Facilities

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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247. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the extent of the research ongoing at a location (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3145/20]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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The location in question is a joint facility of UCD's School of Agriculture and Food Science and School of Veterinary Medicine. It operates mixed enterprises, supporting the dairying, beef and sheep teaching and research needs of both Schools. UCD researchers are working with the Irish agri-food sector to ensure sustainability and global competitiveness and to develop safe, sustainable foods and promote human health. The facilities are used by undergraduate and postgraduate students and staff, as well as for Continuous Professional Development for graduates and agri-food professionals.

The overall aim of research undertaken is to develop a better understanding of the molecular biology of animal and crop systems, and to translate this into new technologies and production systems to improve the quality of the food produced, the efficiency of its production, and the competitiveness of the systems of food production, with due regard to environmental stewardship and the welfare of animals. Key areas of research undertaken include:

- Animal Nutrition Research

- Animal Reproduction Research

- Crop Production Research

- Dairy Research

- Equine Research

- Sheep Research

- Long-term Pasture Based Production Systems Research.


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