The Teagasc National Farm Survey is celebrating 40 years of publication this year and a major title has been commissioned.
The publication measures farm incomes across the main enterprises and reflects the changes in sales, costs and incomes on an annual basis. It has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 1973 - the year Ireland first joined the EU.
To mark the 40th anniversary, the organisation will produce a publication entitled ‘40 years of Irish Farming since Joining the European Union: A journey with the Teagasc National Farm Survey’ - a must read for farmers and historians alike.
“While the Teagasc National Farm Survey was primarily established to provide statistics to Brussels on developments in Irish farm income, it has become an invaluable source of information on the economic status of farm families in the sector,” Professor Gerry Boyle, Teagasc said. “It charts the highs and lows of EU membership, from the golden era for milk production in the 1970s to the imposition of milk quota in 1984.”