Thursday December 12, 2019

Terroir’s lessons for Irish agriculture

Dairy farmers in this country could learn a thing or two from the terroir system used to make some of France’s best wines

19th May, 2019
Could embracing terroir principles be the way forward for Irish milk and whiskey? Pic: Getty

It is shockingly early in the morning and a large steel tube tanker-pulling lorry halts at a farm in the green heartland of Irish pasture. Milk is drawn from pristine tanks on the farm and when the loading is complete, the lorry driver moves on down the road to the next farm.

The output of every farm is known and hugely analysed, the location of the pasturage measured and mapped to within centimetres. The considerable...

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