University College Dublin (UCD) is Ireland’s largest university with over 30,000 students drawn from 136 countries, including almost 4,000 students based at locations outside of Ireland. UCD is the only university in Ireland with a dedicated School of Agriculture and Food Science that delivers education and research on the complete food chain from initial on farm production through processing to final consumption by the consumer. The School has over 50 academic staff that teach, conduct research and provide service at many levels to the agriculture and food industry. The School has chosen to focus on the four areas of Production Agriculture, Agribusiness and Rural Development, Agri-Environment and Sustainable Resource Management, and Food Science and Nutrition as the core elements of its Agriculture and Food Science Programmes.
UCD will mainly be working on WP3 and WP4. As part of WP3, UCD will identify and describe case study farms for the Irish dairy sector. As part of WP4, UCD will be evaluating alternative GHG mitigation strategies available to Irish dairy farmers and the range of factors that will impact the adoption of these mitigation strategies.