Resources for Farmers

The Burren Programme team have included here useful resources for farmers.  However, if you cannot find what you are looking for please give the office a buzz and we’ll be delighted to help out in any way we can.

Terms and Conditions

The most up to date Terms and Conditions, BP Terms and Conditions 2020-2021 can be found here.

BurrenLIFE Ration Update

Burren IFA and Teagasc have met with Nutritionists from all the main animal feed suppliers for the Burren.

The suppliers listed below are prepared to guarantee that they will provide BurrenLIFE ration as per the original Teagasc specification.

BurrenLIFE Ration Suppliers’ information:

Liffey Mills: Sales, Paul Carkill, 086 0249909

Kerry Agri:  Ennistymon, James Murphy, 065 7071026

Roches Feed:  Sales, Eamon Taaffe, 061 308111

Original Teagasc specifications are outlined below:

Prices per tonne (as of 26th November 21):

Kerry Agri:  bagged €370/tonne; bulk €340/tonne

Liffey Mills:  bagged €375/tonne; bulk €350/tonne

Roches:  Price to be confirmed.

This list should help farmers when purchasing supplies for I-2 works.   The suppliers listed here have been sourced from contacts received from Burren Programme office.  This is not a definitive list of suppliers or a definite list of what they offer.

The Workers’ database will help farmers source workers for various I-2 tasks.  This list contains information sourced from contacts through Burren Programme office.  Burren Programme does not recommend any particular worker or offer any guarantees as to the quality of their services.  This database has been updated in January 2021.

The Advisors listed  here are fully trained Burren Programme Advisors.

For BP I-2 receipts requested on your I-2 Claim Sheet (whether “Submit receipt (s), ‘Provide proof of purchase’ or ‘Submit D2 with receipts’) please ensure all receipts fulfill DAFM’s receipt requirements to be eligible for part-funding under the programme.   See eligible receipt

The Burren Programme Intervention 2 (I-2) Reference Costs (revised Dec’20), is a list of items that can be purchased by farmers, under their I-2 Claims.  This list (click here. for the list) will give farmers an idea of the types of items that can be purchased and placed in their claim, and therefore the Burren Programme can contribute to the funding of these items.   Please note, that this is not an exhaustive list, if there are any items that you, as a farmer, think may be purchased through the programme, please ring the office or discuss it with your advisor.

Best Practice

The Burren Programme Team has set up useful Checklists for farmers to use, for a number of different areas.  These are short documents that you can download and they contain guidelines  as to what to do, and not to do, in the course of Burren Programme work, whether that is:

The Burren Programme Team has set up useful Checklists for farmers to use, for a number of different areas.  These are short documents that you can download and they contain guidelines  as to what to do, and not to do, in the course of Burren Programme work:

Optimising your (I-1) Field Score

Removal of Encroaching Scrub

Wall Repair, Fence and Gate installation

Water Management – provision and protection

Vehicle Access Provision

Guidelines from DAFM, TB Eradication Strategy 2030

TB is a major issue in the Burren. Here are some useful videos produced by DAFM which provide answers to some common questions around TB

Simply click on the titles below to see the relevant videos: 

For more information on DAFM’s TB Eradication strategy 2030 and for further reading please see DAFM’s pdf Bovine TB Eradication Strategy 2030

Resources for Advisors

Within this section, the Burren Programme trained Advisors can find useful resources to help them with I-1 Scoring and compiling the I-1 and I-2 plans for the farmers.   As always, we are at the end of the phone, or an email, if you have any questions, or pop into the office while you’re out and about doing field work.

The BP trained Advisor firstly visits the fields in order to obtain the I-1 score.  The Advisor, in the field, will need the Winterage Score Sheet or the BLG Field Sheet, depending on whether they are assessing a Winterage or a Burren lowland grassland (BLG).  The Guideline document, Guidelines Scoring Burren Winterages General Instructions and Guidelines accompanies the Winterage Scoring Sheet, giving guidelines on how to score a Burren Winterage. For BLG scoring the Advisor can reference the guideline document Scoring Burren Lowland Grasslands, General Instructions & Guidelines.    Once back in the office the Advisor then inputs the data into the relevant excel calculator;  into the Winterage Calculator for the Winterage fields and into the BLG Calculator for the BLG fields to obtain the I-1 score for the field.  The final stage of the process is inputting the scores and the management recommendations for all the BP fields into the most recent I-1 workbook, (dated 25th February 2021, password protected for BP Advisors only) and any changes to areas into the area matrix excel sheet.  Once the Advisor is happy, with the plan, the necessary files are emailed to the BP team for processing.

New I-2 workbook dated January 2021 – Password protected for use by Burren Programme Advisors only.  Also, available Guidelines to Advisors to help them with completing the I-2 Workbook. Additionally, we have included a  Sample eligible receipt handout for any farmers who need receipts when purchasing items. This handout will help the farmer and the shop owner prepare receipts that are DAFM compliant.

Useful Resources

AECOM Ltd. were contracted in early 2020 to assess the economic, social and environmental impacts of the Burren Programme. The Evaluation Report is available here.

AECOM Ltd found that the Burren Programme – and previous iterations of the programme – has resulted in significant social impacts, and has been successful in strengthening ties among farmers in the Burren, as well as fostering a shared Burren farming identity. The Programme has also been successful in strengthening ties between farmers and other stakeholders and organisations outside of the region, including the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Commenting on the evaluation, Minister Hackett stated,

“AECOM Ltd found that the Burren Programme has been successful in encouraging sustainable grazing and feeding systems, and removing encroaching scrub on over 23,000 hectares, providing space for rare flowers, such as orchids and gentians, to flourish. AECOM Ltd estimates that the value of habitat and landscape improvements delivered amount to €32.8 million since 2010, and highlights that the Burren Programme is an efficient and effective model for delivering environmental improvements.”

AECOM Ltd. estimates that the Burren Programme and its predecessor, the Burren Farming for Conservation Programme, have also provided a boost to the local economy and generated €30.3 million in economic activity since 2010. The report also states that the local economic impact has been particularly high, as farmers are encouraged to use local contractors, businesses and crafts people.

With the introduction of Tranche 3 and Tranche 4 farmers in January 2018, the Terms and Conditions for the Burren Programme were updated.  Here you will find the most recent  Terms and Conditions.

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), along with EU under the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 have published this handbook on the European Innovation Partnership for Agriculture Productivity and Sustainability (EIP-AGRI) Operational Groups. This booklet contains a summary of the 23 EIP-AGRI projects that DAFM have selected.

EIP-AGRI Operational Group Booklet 2019

 To cite this publication: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. 2019. EIP-AGRI: Ireland’s Operational Groups 2019
Prepared by the National Rural Network team at NUI Galway on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Designed by Dr. Shane Conway, Postdoctoral Researcher at NUI Galway and the National Rural Network.

In March 2016, as part of the National Economic & Social Council (NESC) Research Series, “The Burren Life Programme: An Overview”  by Dr Brendan Dunford was published.  This was part of the NESC Research Series which provides analysis of economic, social or environmental evidence and policy.  A list of the full set of NESC publications is available at

This overview traces the evolution, of the Burren Programme in order to tell the full ‘story’ of this locally led programme, to extract key learnings and to discuss how these learnings might inform other regions and other actors in the arena of agri-environmental stewardship.  The structure of this paper follows a logical flow: the main phases of the Programme’s evolution are described (Initial context, Research phase, Roll-out phase), followed by a discussion and some conclusions which look at some of the lessons learned and how they might be integrated into policy.

Please note that this article was published in 2016, and therefore covers the Burren LIFE project and Burren Farming for Conservation Programme and Burren Life Programme.  Burren Programme, the latest phase of this story,  was only beginning in 2016 at time of publication.

This report looks at the potential synergies between biodiversity and water quality delivery on High Nature Value (HNV) farmland. The authors describe HNV farmland in an Irish context and discuss the potential co-benefits of HNV farmland for biodiversity and water quality. The objectives of the study were to:

  • explain the HNV farming concept;
  • describe the distribution of HNV farmland in Ireland and explain the characteristics of HNV farmland in an Irish context;
  • show the spatial distribution of HNV farmland in relation to high-status water bodies;
  • discuss the support measures available for HNV farming and the potential for design of measures to provide both enhanced biodiversity and water quality in HNV areas.

Link to the Report: Please feel free to circulate this link to any interested parties.

Authors: James Moran and Caroline Sullivan