024 85561 / + 353 24 85561 Propogue House, Chickleys Road, Youghal, Co.Cork.

About Us

About Acorn Agricultural Research

Since their foundation, farming and the whole agri sector has been central to the people that make up Acorn Agricultural Research. From our base in rural Ireland, we understand the importance of the Agricultural Sector to the Irish Economy

Find your niche and be the best at it
~ Acorn Agricultural Research was established in early 2007.  Rather than enter the crowded agricultural advisory sector, we recognised that there was a niche market for specialising in farm data collation.  At this time, much of the data for in-depth studies was paper based which can lead to erroneous data.   We developed a web-based programmable survey engine and combined this data with existing data from multiple sources such as ICBF, AIM and Farm Software Providers.  This process ensures more accurate data tailored to the clients’ specific needs.  We quickly built a reputation for our ability to provide bespoke solutions incorporating technology with our deep understanding of the way farming and farmers work.

From our reputation as a leader in our field of agricultural data collation, we have developed an extensive network of contacts throughout the industry.  From this, we have become the only Irish company that specialises solely in market research and data collation for the agricultural sector. 

“We understand farmers, so you can be sure that the data you get from our surveys is of the highest quality.”

Joseph Kirk BSc.(Hons), DipEcon

After spending almost 20 years as a full-time dairy farmer, with a herd EBI in the top 5% nationally, Joseph exited dairy farming in 2006 and set up Acorn Agricultural Research. He has been involved both locally and nationally in various farming organisations including Macra and IFA. He has an extensive network of contacts at all levels throughout the whole Irish Agri sector. Beyond his passion for farming, he is a family man who enjoys sport, especially golf and GAA.

Please feel free to contact us so we can develop your ideas further.

Acorn Agricultural Research,

Propogue House,

Chickleys Road,



Tel:024 85561 / + 353 24 85561

E-mail: info@aar.ie


  • “We found Acorn research very professional to deal with. From the initial meeting where we discussed terms of reference, to their meticulous data collection, quantitative and qualitative research leading to results that gave us valuable insights to our business.”
    Brian O’Riordan,
    Sales Manager, UK & Ireland, Lely Atlantic Limited.
  • “We engaged Acorn Agricultural Research for data collection for a dairy genetics research project.  Joe built up an excellent relationship with the participating farmers enabling him to gather all the data we needed”

    Dr. Frank Buckley
    Teagasc, Moorepark
  • “Acorn Agricultural Research took a complex brief and after developing an AgTech tool specifically to meet our needs, they successfully and professionally gathered the data we needed from our clients.  I would highly recommend them.”  

    Dr. John Shortall
    DeLaval Ireland
  • ‘Our experience with Acorn was wholly positive, owing to the professional and holistic approach they took in their work. Each task assigned within the project was given expert care and due diligence, ultimately resulting in a report that both we and Acorn could stand over. We would definitely engage with this company again.’

    Dr. Catriona Duffy
    Maynooth University

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