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Pig Farm Tours in Ireland

Meet some of Ireland's leading pork producers & the large downstream industry who export value-added pork products across the globe.

piglets on an Irish pig farm
pig outdoors on a mixed Irish farm

Touring Pig Farms of Ireland

Experiencing Pork Production across Ireland North and South

Agri Tours can provide a highly specialised pork industry tour, or can provide pig farm visits as part of a wider agricultural tour.

You can also see first hand how the integration between pork meat producers and the pork product manufacturers has led to one of the world's leading pork product production industries. From the famous Irish black pudding to the world-renowned Irish bacon and sausages, integration between meat producers and pigmeat processors is a major success story of Irish Agriculture.

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 Pig Farming in Ireland

A multi-million euro industry

There are 1.55 million pigs in Ireland according to an official 2014 CSO Livestock Survey. During the pork farm tour, we can arrange for you to see how a pork industry worth €500 million to the economy operates. There are over 300 pig producers in Ireland all of who are represented by the IFA(Irish Farmer's Association) and the Pig Meat Committee.

The UK is the main receiver of our pigmeat exports with 45% of Irish pigmeat going there.

Hear from Irish farmers on your pork farm tour of Ireland on how they manage the relationship between crucial exporters and stakeholders. Approximately 60% of Irish bacon and pork products are exported. Exports continue to increase year on year. Although representing a small percentage of gross agricultural output compared to dairy and beef production, the pigmeat industry is run through a modern production system with efficiency being key. On your pork farm tour you could observe how pork farms are operated by highly skilled farmers who invest in their farms with a business mindset.

On your pork farm tour of Ireland Learn how the IFA work with Irish farmers on crucial areas such as:

  • Promotion of pigmeat as a product to the export markets with most potential
  • Price of pigs and market research
  • Negotiating and pushing pressure on suppliers for a fair price
A piglet
A sleeping pig housed inside.

Pork Production Cost Control

Productions costs are very important if Irish pig meat is to be competitive both in the domestic market against imports and with other exporters in foreign markets. We can organise for you to meet with Irish farmers on the pork farm tour to talk about the problem they have faced from lower quality imported pig meat products branding themselves as Irish products. To overcome this issue the IFA(Irish Farmer's associaition) introduced the world's first ever pig meat DNA program called "DNA Certified". This enable consumers to be confident in the country of origin of the pigmeat and inhibits them being misguided by the labelling or packaging.

Join us on the Agri Tours pork farm of Ireland tour and you could gain important insight into how Irish farmers operate in the pigmeat industry with the food harvest 2020 strategy in mind.

Managing Feed Costs

Ireland is more expensive compare to other countries in Europe when it comes to feed costs. There may be an opportunity to gain insight on the pork farm tour of Ireland into what factors lead to a higher feed cost in Ireland. On Irish pork farms pig feed ingredients have to be imported. Also Ireland credit terms when purchasing feed are much longer, often up to 16 weeks of which there is a monthly interest rate. In contrast countries in mainland Europe usually pay within a week. A pig's diet in Ireland often costs more with different feeds costing anywhere between €40 to €60 more expensive.

Join us on the Agri Tours pork farm of Ireland tour and you could gain important insight into how Irish farmers operate in the pigmeat industry with the food harvest 2020 strategy in mind.

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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