Ireland has a diverse range of poultry producers. it's poultry farmers produce both meet products and eggs, with chicken being by far the dominant meat with Turkey in 2nd place with 4 million turkeys being reared annually in Ireland
There is a diverse range of poultry farming techniques employed in Ireland, and we can design a tour to suit your needs. From large-scale factory farms to small niche producers who market and sell their own products, you can discuss the pros and cons of the many different farm systems employed with some of Ireland's leading poultry producers.
A visit to a poultry farm can be just one visit on a multidiscipline agricultural tour, or we can arrange a specialist tour that focuses in on the poultry industry
The poultry industry in Ireland is made up of two sectors- poultry meat and egg production. The poultry and egg sectors make up a small percentage of Ireland overall agri-food sector, with dairy, beef and sheep being a lot larger sectors. Whereas these larger sectors are important export industries, the poultry industry is very reliant on the domestic market though it does target niche markets with growth potential.
The poultry sector is extremely important to Irish consumers, being a very cost effective source of nutritious high protein food. Annual poultry supplies in Ireland are roughly 70 million chickens, 2 million hens of which are yielding eggs and 4 million turkeys.
On your poultry tour you could find out how broiler chickens are reared in Ireland. Broiler chickens are chickens produced for meat that we all know as "Chicken". There are 3 main chicken farming techniques employed in Ireland
On your chicken farm tour we can arrange for you to visit mostly free range and organic broiler chicken farms. Free range chickens are reared outdoors but have access to suitable shelter when needed during bad weather or during the night. Organic broiler chickens while being also reared outdoors, are reared on natural feed and meet strict organic requirements which allow the end product to carry the organic status. We could arrange for you to meet organic and free range poultry farmers where they could talk to you on the chicken farm tour about how rearing chickens organically or by free range has both economic as well as moral arguments to it.
Factory farmed broiler chickens in Ireland achieve slaughter weight at around 6 weeks, compared to free range chickens at around 8 weeks and organic free range production which can be up to 12 weeks.
The endproducts have diverse values in the market though, and on your tour of Irish poultry farms you may discuss the pros and cons of the various techniques with expert Irish chicken farmers.
Some Irish poultry producers have branched out into niche production and sales operations, where they not only produce the product but also market and sell it. This is most common in the free range and organic industries, were the producers in question target the locally sourced food movement.
On our agribusiness tours you could discuss the successes and difficulties of being the producer, marketer and seller all from the one business.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your itinerary will be designed entirely around the needs and interests of your group.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Agri Tours is a founding member of Agricultural Tour Operators International (ATOI), the body that leads the way in setting standards for AgroTourism worldwide.More About Agricultural Tour Operators International (ATOI)
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