The CMI Roullier signs a partnership with Teagasc on the optimisation of Grassland!
On 25th April 2017, the Centre Mondial de l’Innovation Roullier and Grassland Agro, signed a new Plant Nutrition partnership with Teagasc, the Irish national body for agricultural research and advisory and training services for farmers. Teagasc has several colleges, and a network of advisory and research centers, making it the equivalent of France’s INRA (National Institute of Agronomic Research). An independent body, it is highly demanding in its choice of scientific partnerships, and for this reason, we are proud to be able to start our first collaboration with this highly respected national organization.
The objective of the “Grass 10” programme is for each farmer to reach 10 tonnes of dry matter ingested per hectare per year, compared to the average of 7.8 for Irish dairy farming (5.6 t/ha for cattle raised for meat, and for sheep), corresponding to an increase of 22%. To help achieve this target, the programme is also aimed towards increasing the grazing frequency of grassland to 10 grazings per year. According to Teagasc, each tonne of extra dry matter ingested represents a gain of €180/ha for a dairy farm. This partnership has considerable potential given that grassland accounts for 70% of the UAA in Ireland and covers more than 60 million hectares in Europe.
This new four-year agreement will enhance the long-term environmental and economic sustainability of grassland farmers in Ireland by increasing the efficiency and productivity of dairy, cattle, and sheep farms. This goal is closely aligned with the objectives and benefits of adopting soil and grassland fertilization solutions from within the Groupe Roullier range of products.
The Groupe has maintained close relations with Teagasc for many years. Liam Woulfe, Managing Director of Grassland Agro, was invited to join Teagasc’s board in 2015 by the Irish Minister for Agriculture. Dr. Stan Lalor worked at Teagasc for 10 years before joining Grassland Agro, where he is now Director of Speciality Sales. All of the Grassland Agro’s technical sales team undertake a Certified Training Course on Soil and Crop Nutrition Management from Teagasc.
New experiments on dairy cows in Spain3 June 2019
In mid-April, the CMI Roullier Animal Nutrition team met Dr Alex BACH, research professor at the ICREA* and head of the department of ruminant production at the IRTA*, and his team on the experimental Spanish farm Blanca From the Pyrenees
23rd meeting of the ISS International Seaweed Symposium28 May 2019
The 23rd meeting of the International Seaweed Symposium (ISS) was held in South Korea from 28 April - 3 May 2019, on the theme of “Seaweeds: from Tradition to Innovation”.
CMI partner for the « 3rd Agriculture and Climate Change Conference » in Hungary10 April 2019
From March 24 to 26, the 3rd Agriculture and Climate Change Conference took place in Budapest, Hungary. International scientific researchers presented their works focusing on the impact of climate change on crop production and proposed solutions to maintain and increase crop productivity in this new context.
The CMI and TAI in partnership with the French Atlas of Soil Bacteria13 February 2019
Soil represents a vital area of research for the agriculture of tomorrow. The billions of bacteria that can be found in one single gram of soil are an important source of growth for plants. It is for this reason that this issue has a specific R&D department within the CMI, where we have taken in two postdoctoral researchers from Professor Lionel Ranjard’s team from the INRA Agroecology Mixed Research Unit.
Biocontrol for phytoparasitic nematodes13 February 2019
Phytoparasitic nematodes are microscopic roundworms found in agricultural soils. They affect root development and cause significant yield losses for crops such as potatoes, sugar beet, carrots and cereals. These pests reduce global agricultural production by about 11%, a loss of several million tonnes of crops each year. For environmental and health reasons, almost all of […]
CMI’s R&D partners with ISTRO, the International Soil Tillage Organisation22 October 2018
The ISTRO organises an international conference every three years to assess progress in terms of research and innovation attracting around 350 participants (researchers, development engineers, technical or agricultural machinery institutes, educators).
Creation of the LMH Innovation division, working for all professions within the Group20 September 2018
LMH is enhancing its organisational structure in order to better meet the growing needs of all the Group’s employees on the topic of microorganisms, and the division will enable optimised and accelerated innovation in this field.
The Roullier Innovation Awards 2018 Ceremony day3 July 2018
On Thursday 28 June, the 2018 Roullier Innovation Awards trophies were presented to the two winners during a wonderful ceremony day.
Interview with Dr. Bernard Dumas, winner of the Innovation Awards first edition in 200123 March 2018
In 2001, the first Innovation Awards event, formerly the Plant Engineering Prize, rewarded 2 research laboratories for their scientific projects. We wanted to have a talk with Dr. Bernard Dumas, head of the winning team from the University of Toulouse.
Interview with Pr. Heitor Cantarella, member of the jury for the Innovation Awards28 February 2018
To end our series of interviews, we met with Pr. Heitor Cantarella, Director of the Soils and Environmental Resources Center at the Agronomic Institute of Campinas, Brazil.