New and more intensive methods of farming being employed in Denmark. With the agricultural issue central to Ireland's membership to the EEC, what can Ireland learn from our Danish neighbours?

An extract from the series 'Into Europe' featuring the changes taking place in farming in Denmark. This report took place five years before Denmark joined the EEC, along with Ireland, in 1973.

Justin Keating reports on how farms in Denmark are using new methods to make their farms more intensive. There is an emphasis on education and on aggressive marketing of food products in international markets.

Small farmers in Denmark now accept that high productivity is the only way forward. This, they believe, can be achieved through cooperation amongst small farmers. Hard work, luck, and training are factors leading to the success of Danish farming. The key to success is education and training.

Courses available at the training centre include domestic science, farming, research, construction, mechanisation, cultural studies, marketing and processing. However, much of the success is a well-kept secret that the Danes don't wish to share with their neighbouring countries.

The Danes are at the forefront of marketing when it comes to building connections with retailers and selling their produce.They have a special food display at Kastrup Airport. In the centre of Copenhagen a national food display and promotion centre, EkkoDanmark promotes Danish agricultural products. These efforts help to promote Danish agricultural products and specialities.

Competition is now intense so what can Ireland learn from the Danish approach?