Teagasc, the Agriculture and Food Development Authority is the national body providing integrated research, advisory and training services to the agriculture (farming & forestry) food industry and rural communities. The Teagasc mission is to support science-based innovation in the agri-food sector and the broader bio-economy that will underpin profitability, competitiveness and sustainability. The organisation is funded by state grant, fees for research, advisory and training services; income from national and EU competitive research programmes; and revenue from farming activities and commodity levies. Teagasc is a client-based organisation employing approximately 1,100 staff at 55 locations throughout Ireland with an annual operating budget in excess of €180 million. We operate in partnership with all sectors of the agriculture and food industry and with rural development agencies. We have developed close alliances with research, advisory and training agencies throughout the world and are continuously seeking to expand our international contacts. Around 75% of Teagasc's yearly budget comes from the Irish exchequer and EU funding with the balance generated from client and student fee income. Some 40% of the budget is devoted to research with the remainder split 40% and 20% between advisory and education services.
Teagasc has significant resources in research and KT areas. At Athenry it has its main sheep research facility consisting of 128 ha, 1180 breeding ewes and 287 replacements, 5 research staff and 15 support staff. Its KT resources for sheep includes 3 sheep support specialists, 105 dry stock advisers and 15 BETTER sheep demonstration farms which encompass both the lowland and hill sectors.