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27th European Grassland Federation General Meeting Cork

Sustainable Meat and Milk Production from Grasslands

Ireland 17th - 21st June 2018

In 2018, the EGF will be hosted by Teagasc in Cork Ireland. This will be the 27th General meeting, it was previously hosted in Dublin in 1988. Cork is the second biggest city in Ireland and is located in the heart of dairying in Ireland, it will offer delegates the first hand opportunity to see and experience dairy, beef and sheep production from grassland. Ruminant agriculture in Ireland is a major contributor to the Irish economy and is strongly export based. Irish agriculture prides itself on its green image from high quality produce originating from grazed pasture.


Please click on the link below to register for the 27th European Grassland Federation General Meeting in Cork and for related Conference Tours and Workshops:

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Rochestown Park Hotel,
Rochestown Rd,
Douglas, Cork Ireland

Rochestown Park Hotel, a luxury 4 star Cork hotel, long recognised as one of the premier Cork hotels. Built in the early 1900s and set on 21 acres, this fashionable hotel is 1.8 km from Douglas Golf Club and 9.1 km from Cork Airport. Amenities include an indoor pool and an exercise room, as well as a sauna and a steam room. A modern bistro with a retro bar features a garden terrace.

See more on: www.rochestownpark.com

Accommodation will be available in the Rochestown Park Hotel and other hotels near
the conference venue. See list of hotels: www.failtehotels.ie

Open a list of local accommodation from here

Getting to Cork City

  • Over 50 Direct access routes from the UK & Europe
  • 12 flights a day from London
  • Less than 2 hours from Paris
  • Cork airport is less than 10 minutes from Cork City Centre
  • Hourly rail service from Dublin
  • Motorway from Dublin airport to Cork – estimated time of drive 3hours

Cork city boasts the deepest natural harbour in Ireland with direct ferry crossings to UK and mainland Europe. Cork International Airport has direct flights to the UK and parts of Europe and connecting flights to other European and American destinations.

By air

Cork International Airport is the country’s second busiest airport after Dublin and serves more than 50 destinations. The airport is located just 10 minutes from Cork City centre on the highest point of the southside.

For more information about the airport and airlines operating from and to Cork airport, please have a look at www.corkairport.com.

By ferry

The hugely popular Brittany Ferries vessel the Pont Avon runs between Cork and Roscoff in north-western France. www.brittanyferries.ie

Rosslare port and Dublin port have ferry connections to and from the UK and are both less than a 3 hour drive from Cork city.

Irish Ferries

Stena Line

P&O Ferries

Compare ferries to Ireland with AFerry.co.uk

By train

Cork city’s railway hub and access point to the national rail network is Kent Station on the Lower Glanmire Road, a ten minute walk east of the city centre. As well as major cities and towns around the country, from here you can also access Cork towns such as Cobh, Mallow and Charleville by rail.


By bus

In recent years prices for seats on private and public buses running the Cork-Dublin and Cork-Limerick-Galway route have become very competitive – good news for visitors to Cork! A three hour journey to Dublin or Galway can cost as little as 11 euro if booked in advance or slightly more if you just turn up. Buses run from 6am until midnight in both directions.





How to get from the airport to the city centre

By Bus

Cork Airport is accessible by Buses and Coaches daily. From Cork Airport you can reach Cork City Centre, Parnell Place Bus Station and Kent Railway Station by travelling on Bus Éireann’s direct Air Coach service (route 226A). Bus and Coach Connections are available at Parnell Place Bus Station to various towns and cities all across Ireland.

Route 226A Cork Airport / Cork City Centre / Cork Kent Railway Station

Route 226 Cork City Centre / Cork Airport / Kinsale

About Cork

Located on the south and south-west coasts of Ireland, Cork is the largest of all the Irish counties and in many ways the most varied. Rich farmlands and river valleys contrast with the wild sandstone hills of the west, and above all there is the magnificent coastline scooped and fretted by the Atlantic into great bays and secret coves, strewn with rocky headlands and long soft golden sands. Cork has everything that makes Ireland so attractive. The city is engagingly small, but it bustles with visitors and students all year round. The northern part of the county is renowned for fishing, while the main tourist trail leads down to Kinsale, Ireland’s gourmet capital and west through the historic towns of Clonakilty and Skibbereen to the peninsulas jutting into the Atlantic. These unpopulated extremities are rich in history and nature and offer wonderful scenery. The county’s best-known attraction is the Blarney Stone, located on the ramparts of Blarney Castle.

Cork, Ireland

Scientific Programme

The plenary and poster sessions

Conference organiser:

  • Resilient plants for grass based ruminant production systems, adapting grassland systems to the dynamics of climate and resource availability
  • Appropriate livestock for grasslands, key characteristics of animals adapted to and suitable for grasslands
  • Environmental influences on grassland systems – consequences of climate change, mitigation strategies, and impacts on ecosystems
  • Social and economic impacts of grass based ruminant production
  • Big data and smart technologies in grassland
  • Knowledge Transfer to stakeholders

Sunday 17th June 2018

09.00 - 16.30 Master Class and Working Groups
17.30 - 18.30 Opening Session
Pat Dillon et al Ireland
Future, potential, challenges – can we build resilient European grassland systems?

Michael O’Donovan et al Ireland
Ruminant grassland production systems in Ireland
18.30 Welcome reception

MONDAY 18th June 2018

08.30 - 09.30 Session I Plenary papers
Trevor Gilliland et al, UK
Breeding resilient plants and swards for European grass based ruminant production systems

Luc Delaby et al, France
Resilient animals for grass based production systems
09.30 - 10.30 Coffee Break and Poster Session
10.30 - 12.30 Parallel Sessions
12.30 - 14.00 Lunch Break
14.00 - 15.00 Session II - Plenary papers

Laurence Shalloo et al, Teagasc, Ireland
Big data and smart technologies for grassland research and grassland management

Agnes Van Den Pol – Dasselaar et al, The Netherlands
Social and economic impacts of grassland based systems
15.00 - 15.45 Coffee Break and Poster Session
15.45 - 17.30 Parallel Sessions
18.30 Evening event

TUESDAY 19th June 2018

08.30 Depart Rochestown Park Hotel
09.30 Visit to Teagasc, Animal and Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork
12.30 Mid-conference Tours
19.00 Social Dinner

WEDNESDAY 20th June 2018

08.30 - 9.30 Session III - Plenary papers
Arno Krause et al, Germany
Knowledge transfer to stakeholders

Katja Klump et al, France
Environmental impacts on grassland ecosystems – climate change and mitigation strategies
09.30 - 10.30 Coffee Break and Poster Sessions
10.30 - 12.30 Parallel Sessions
12.30 - 14.00 Lunch Break
14.00 - 15.00 Session IV - Plenary papers
Catherine Stanton et al Ireland
Optimising product quality from grasslands

Olivier Huguenin et al, Switzerland Optimising ecosystem services provided by grassland systems (extensive, semi intensive and extensive)
15.00 - 15.45 Coffee Break and Poster Sessions
15.45 - 17.30 Parallel Sessions
19.15 Conference Dinner

THURSDAY 21st June 2018

08.30 - 10.30 Session V- Plenary papers
Knowledge transfer to stakeholders – Science to Practise
10.30 - 11.15 Coffee Break
11.15 - 12.15 EGF Business Meeting and feedback from the workshops
12.15 - 12.45 Closing Ceremony
12.45 Lunch

Grazing Master Class will be available to the recipients of the EGF 2018 Early Stage Researcher Grants.
EGF Grazing Master Class
An accompanying persons programme will be organised.


The Stapledon Memorial Trust have awarded EGF 2018 funding to support a number of young European Early Stage Researchers to attend the EGF Meeting in Cork in June 2018. The conference fee for successful applicants will be reduced to €100. To qualify for the grant you must:

  • Be younger than 35 on the 1st June 2018 (copy of passport required) or have completed your PhD in the last 7 years (i.e. since January 2012; please provide date of graduation)
  • Be undertaking or have completed a Masters or PhD [provide university/College name and supervisor(s) name(s)]
  • Be a resident of an EGF member country
  • Have submitted a paper and have it accepted for an oral or poster presentation (authors will be informed of acceptance of papers by 15 February 2018)
  • Present the paper (oral or poster) at the conference
  • Register for and attend and actively participate in the Grazing Master Class on Sunday 17th June
  • Submit a short curriculum vitae (one page) and a list of your publications to date
  • Submit a short (400 word max) letter of application outlining why you are requesting the grant and how attending the EGF will benefit you. Please include your abstract number in the letter.
  • Submit a two page report on your attendance at EGF 2018 by 30 September 2018

If you wish to apply for the grant please email your letter of application, proof of age (copy of passport) or graduation, CV and list of publications to Deirdre.hennessy@teagasc.ie by 5 pm (GMT) on Wednesday 28 February 2018.

Click on the links below to see the detail of the conference tours and the conference workshops:

Mid Conference Tours

Mid-Conference Tours.pdf

Post Conference Tours

Post Conference Tours.pdf

Accompanying Persons Tour

Accompanying Persons Tour.pdf

Work Groups

Work Group Tours.pdf

Key Dates

  • Closing date for abstract submission15th September 2017
  • Invitation to submit full paper15th October 2017
  • Deadline for submission of full paper 1st December 2017
  • Early Bird registration closes 2nd March 2018
  • Final registration and payment at normal rate 8th June 2018


It is our pleasure to invite you to join us as a sponsor. A number of key opportunities are available, including opportunities to exhibit, and details can be obtained from the Conference Secretariat. The Conference will welcome in excess of 400 delegates from Europe and further afield offering five days of unprecedented scientific, educational and networking opportunities for all stakeholders active in the field of Sustainable Meat and Milk Production from Grasslands.

Should you have any queries and wish to discuss sponsorship opportunities, please do not hesitate to
contact us on +353 1 648 6239 or by email at EGF2018@abbey.ie.

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