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Arable Farm Tours in Ireland

Discover the methods and techniques used by Irish farmers as they produce world class yields from their land.

an Irish sheep farm
expertly trained sheepdogs as used by the extensive sheep farmers

Touring Arable Farms of Ireland

Experiencing Tillage Methods across Ireland North and South

Agri Tours Ireland have years of experience in producing tours to industry-leading arable farms all across Ireland. We can arrange tours of Arable farms that produce world renowned wheat and barley yields.

Discuss with Irish farmers how they get the best reward from thier land when producing Maize, Oilseed Rape, Sugar and numerous other valuable crops.

Touring Arable farms can come as a part of a multidiscipline Agri tour, or we can arrange a specialised tour solely focusing on the Irish tillage industry.

What Agri Tours Can Provide

  • Market leaders in Agricultural Tours of Ireland
  • Multi-Disciple Farm Tours
  • Specialist Farm Tours
  • Business and Industry Groups
  • Educational and Study Tours
  • Student and University Groups
  • Informative & Exploratory Tours for business leaders
  • Tours for Professional and Governmental bodies
  • Accommodation customised to suit your budget
  • Combined Agri and Sightseeing tours

About Arable Farming in Ireland

Tillage farms in Ireland

There are over 300,000 hectares of land in Ireland is used in tillage farming. The main yield from this land are Cereal crops such as wheat, barely and oats.

From 2000 to 2010 the farmers of Ireland produced the highest average wheat and second highest average barley yields in the world.

Arable Farming in Ireland

Ireland has the highest average wheat yield in the world due to it's cool temperate climate and high annual rainfall. To put that into perspective, ireland recorded a wheat yield nearly 10% higher than the UK over a 10 year period and also triumphed New Zealand who hold the record in wheat yield. Although the UK has a similar climate to Ireland, climatically ireland holds a 10% advantage over the majority of the UK. There are over 300,000 hectares of land in Ireland is used in tillage farming.

combine harvester in action during arable and tillage tours from agritours ireland.
Wheat in an irish field

Cereal Crops Ireland

The main yield from this land are Cereal crops such as wheat, barely and oats. From 2003 to 2012 Ireland recorded average wheat yields of 8.7t/ha compared to 7.7t/ha for the UK. In arable farming, irish cereals operate on 300,000ha of land and this is mainly focused in the south-east region of the country-Dundalk, Rosslare and Cork. It is widely acknowledged in the arable and tillage sector that Ireland is easily capable of expanding this cereal growth area. In fact in 1850, Ireland had 1m ha of cereal growth. It is thought among irish farmers and industry experts however, that the area will not be expanded in the near future. The reasoning for this is because there's a big emphasis on milk production in ireland at the moment because of the EU milk quotas being lifted in 2015 and also wheat costs continue to rise. The benefit of high yields is unfortunately curbed somewhat by high disease-control costs and a short period in which drilling can take place and wheat can be harvested.

Increasing Barley Yields in Ireland

A number of growers in Cork ceased their wheat operations due to too much rainfall which meant Winter wheat area dipped to 70,000ha , and for the first time in Ireland winter barley yield with 80,000ha rose above wheat yield. Cork arable and tillage farmers had difficulty controlling septoria, a disease very prevalent in wet weather. Septoria can diminish wheat yield by 50% quite easily. Fusarium, a disease typical to wet summers can also be a problem for wheat growers. Over recent years barley yields have risen also due to it costing less to produce than wheat.

Oilseed rape diminished from a high of 10,000ha in 2015 to a low of 4,000ha in 2012 due to particularly wet year. Field beans have risen slightly to 20,000ha.

How our Agri Tours Work

We look after everything Ireland

Agri Tours will take over from the minute you touch down into Ireland. We provide a inclusive private tour including transport, arranging all your farm visits, sightseeing attractions, accommodation, and we can provide as many meals as you would like included.

Every tour we provide is private just for your group, and tailored just to your needs.

If your group's agricultural connection is educational, business, or entirely personal, we can craft the ideal Irish farm tour itinerary to match.

Interests Selected By You

Let us know your group's interests and we will design visits to match, from a highly specialised one-sector tour to a multi discipline tour encompassing the broad range of agricultural, horticultural and aquaculture enterprises in Ireland.

Purely farm visits, or perhaps a mixture along with some of Ireland's greatest cultural and sightseeing attractions. Maybe your group would like to get involved in the famous Irish culture and add experiences outside the farming industry as well.

Everything we produce is fully customised to your needs, so please don't hesitate to let us know your exacting requirements, we would be only too happy to produce an itinerary for your needs.

Designed to your Budget

From students looking for budget friendly accommodation, to business leaders looking to enjoy some of Ireland's best accommodation, your whole tour will be customised to match your budget needs.

Vehicle options

We can provide vehicles from private cars for groups of 2 up to 50 seater coaches, along with a full range of minibuses and small coach sizes in the middle.

Accommodation options

The accommodation is tailored to the requirements of your party. we have access to the full range of of Islands accommodation, from hostels for young groups,B&Bs and homestays, 3*, 4* & 5* hotels to luxury manor houses and castles.

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Why you should let Agri Tours quote for your trip

Agricultural Expertise

Agri Tours Ireland is run by David O'Gorman, who has a BSc in Agriculture from University College Dublin. His previous positions included lecturing in horticulture and working for the government's agricultural advisory service.

You will not find a more knowledgeable or more dedicated team for Farm Tours in Ireland.

Unmatched Contacts

Having the right contacts in Ireland agricultural sector is key to providing the very best in Agro Tourism. We have been trading since 1989, and in all those years have built up the industries best range of contacts across every sector of the agricultural industry in Ireland.

No matter what your area of specialist interest we have unique access to businesses to provide the ideal visits. Let us quote your tour.

Unbeatable Value

As part of the Discover Ireland tours group, we command unrivalled buying power with all the aspects of your tour giving you the very best in value. From budget friendly accommodation the students to five-star luxury, you will find our prices highly competitive at all market levels. Our ability to provide value in all the tours we do is one of the reasons we are the market leaders in agri-tourism.

Truly Dedicated Service

Our team are here to give you perfect Irish tour experience. Every tour we produce is unique and fully customised to your group's needs. Our tour planning starts with a blank piece of paper and a chat with you, and I expect team will work with you to create the perfect itinerary.

More About Agri Tours Ireland

Farm Tour Types

We offer a whole range of farm tour types, from horticultural study tours for students to multi segment farm and sightseeing tours. All our tours are unique, fully customised to the needs of your group. Please take the information below just as a start point to help get your ideas flowing. When it comes to planning your tour we can provide any tour you would like, so please just get in touch and let us quote for your tour.

A visit to one of Ireland's beef farms
A student group on one of our Aquaculture tours of Ireland

Designed Around Your Interests

Your itinerary will be designed entirely around the needs and interests of your group.

Multi Discipline Tours

We can arrange farm Tours of Ireland to cover a wide range of industrial segments. Do let us know the different disciplines that interest your group and we can suggest visits to cover the range of industries they would like to experience.

Highly Specialist Tours

Our unrivalled range of agricultural contacts means we can provide highly specialist tours. If you would like your time in Ireland to focus entirely on one or a few segments, we can design an itinerary to give you the best insider experiences of Irish agricultural practices in your field.

Agricultural, Horticultural & Aquaculture

Below is a list of some of our specialist areas, but it is by no means an exhaustive list so no matter what your specialism just get in touch to let us provide a quote for your tour.

Informative Tours for AgriBusiness Leaders

We our highly experienced in providing tours for farm business leaders, who are coming to Ireland to meet and share ideas with Ireland's leading agri-businesses.

We can arrange visits some of Ireland's most cutting-edge farms, where you can discuss the latest techniques and how leading Irish farming businesses are taking farming into the 21st-century.

You can also see first-hand how downstream added-value is an integral part of the Irish agricultural industry and how such a small nation has become such a major player in world agricultural exports.

Education & Study Tours

We offer agricultural study tours and educational tours across all of Ireland's farming sectors.

Ireland is a major agricultural exporter and its agricultural industry is one of the most innovative in the world. From yield levels to downstream increase in value to efficiency techniques, let us know your interest area and we will use our unique range of contacts to provide the most informative and educational visits for your group.

Student and University Groups

We can provide itineraries and accommodation that match both the needs and the budgets of university and student groups. Be it a multidiscipline tour, or an educational tour focused in on one particular sector, we can arrange everything for your educational tour in Ireland.

Experiencing Ireland

Combining Sightseeing Attractions with AgroTourism visits

Kilkenny Castle in the heart of the Ancient City of Kilkenny once inhabited by the Vikings
The Old Bushmills Distillery in Northern Ireland is well worth a diversion for....

Whilst you are here...

No visit to Ireland is complete without taking the opportunity to soak in the atmosphere of Irish City and Country life. With our years of experience we have honed our tours to ensure you see the best of real Ireland while you are here.

Amongst the Farms and Forests of Ireland, there are Ancient Stones and Crosses, Magnificent Castles and Monasteries; the sheep graze along mountain trails and the farmer enjoys live music and a pint in the local pub. Agri Tours are happy to provide these authentic Irish experiences while you visiting Irish Farms.

Your Tour Your Way

Just let us know the perfect balance for your tour and we will create a unique itinerary to match. Some groups would just like a few pointers for a great Irish pub to enjoy a drink at the end of the day, and other groups would like a much larger bias on the sightseeing aspects, spending a significant part of their time experiencing all of Ireland's magnificent history and culture.

As part of the Discover Ireland tours group, our knowledge extends far beyond the agricultural sectors of Ireland. So if you would also like to discover some of Ireland's history, experience its vibrant culture and get amongst its friendly people, we would be only too happy to incorporate these aspects into your Irish Tour.

Agricultural Tour Operators International

Agri Tours is a founding member of Agricultural Tour Operators International (ATOI), the body that leads the way in setting standards for AgroTourism worldwide.

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National Tour Association

Agri Tours is part of the National Tour Association (NTA), one of the leading associations for tour operators across the globe.

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