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Dairy Farm Tours in Ireland

Meet some of Ireland's top dairy farmers and visit their farms as part of your agribusiness tour to Ireland.

state-of-the-art automatic milking machine on an Irish dairy farm
Meeting an Irish Dairy Farmer

Informative Dairy Farm Tours

Visit some of Ireland's most successful dairy farm businesses

Ireland is a world leader in dairy farming techniques, and is one of the world's most successful exporters of dairy products.

A combination of the ideal temperate climate with plenty of rainfall, our highly skilled workforce and an innovative downstream market has led Ireland into its position as one of the major dairy product producers an exporter's.

Here at Agri Tours we have contacts with the best dairy farming businesses all across Ireland, and can arrange informative visits to a variety of dairy farm types where you can discuss the latest techniques with leading farm business managers.

Touring Irish dairy farms can be part of a multidiscipline Agri tour, or we can arrange a fully specialised tour concentrating just on the dairy 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 Dairy Farming in Ireland

World Leading Dairy Industry

The Irish Dairy Industry is a thriving industry with a national dairy herd of 1.14 million cows producing over 5.4 billion litres of milk. During your dairy farm tour it is possible to see first-hand Ireland's renowned reputation for sustainable grass-based production systems that enable Ireland's dairy farmers to produce high quality and nutritious dairy products.

Ireland's Dairy Farmer's operated for three decades under a milk quota system sanctioned by the EU (European Union). This quota system ceased on April 1st 2015. Now due to the abolishment of the quota system, Ireland is on target to produce 50% more milk by the year 2020. As part of your dairy farm tour, Irish farmers can talk to you about how they worked under the milk quota system and how they plan to expand operations to produce more milk now the quota system has been lifted. All of this must be done without diminishing the quality of the milk which will also be explained on your dairy tour.

Robotic milking on an Irish Dairy Farm
One of Ireland's 1.14 million dairy cows.

Marketing and Sustainability

Dairy farming tours of Ireland can also include an overview of the relationship between Irish dairy farmers and the Irish Dairy Board (IDB) now known as Ornua after rebranding. Ornua sells and look after the marketing on behalf of the Irish dairy farmer.

Ireland has the most sustainable dairy farming system in the world as our dairy products are produced from the milk of grass fed cows. Irish cows graze on rich green grass for up to 300 days a year! Regular rainfall means irish soil is naturally irrigated and void of water stress. Two thirds of the land in Ireland is in use by agriculture, and as part of the dairy tours of Ireland you can set foot on the luscious green grass of which makes up 80% of the nation's farmland.

Feeding Practices on Dairy Farms

On your dairy farm tour your group can learn about the management of grassland and see the typical dairy cow diet:

A typical Irish dairy herd diet consists of grass whether fresh or conserved. Unlike most countries, the Irish dairy herd is housed outdoors nearly all year round only moving indoors when grass growth halts in the winter months. Therefore a farmers ability to manage the grassland is vital for success and achieving a productive dairy herd.

At Agri Tours Ireland, during your dairy farm tour you may be able to witness the two main types of grazing systems in practise in Ireland.

  • A Rational grazing system is the most widely used and consists of a paddock system where the dairy farmer has typically 20-25 paddocks meaning cows get fresh grass every day.
  • A Zero Grazing System is also practised where all the feedstuffs are brought to the dairy cows.

Dairy Farm Grassland Management

On your dairy tour you can discuss the best practise on grassland management with expert Irish farmers including:

  • Controlling a grazing system, which includes having grass that is short, leafy, digestible and appetising.
  • An average dairy cow consumes 12 tonne of herbage per year. An Irish farmer must estimate the amount of herbage needed for the year
  • Maintaining correct amount of stock. In Ireland average herd sizes are small at roughly 70 cows but understocking can be just as big an issue- understocking leads to wasted grass as well as unappetising and indigestible grass. Overstocking can be a problem too and leads to overgrazing and therefore insufficient herbage supply
  • On your dairy farm tour of Ireland, Irish farmers could highlight to you the importance of applying the correct amount of fertiliser at the right times to reach the desired herbage requirement.

Silage, maize and concentrates are part of a dairy cow's diet whether as winter diet or as a supplement to grass. A visitor's experience of this aspect will depend on the time of year that your dairy tour of Ireland takes place.

inspecting dairy cows being milked
dairy farmer inspecting his grass fields on a quad bike.

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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