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OCTOBER 2019
www.irishfarmersmonthly.com
Farmer to farmer
farm-scale renewables to become a
reality; and a whole of Government
commitment to implement Teagasc's
Climate Roadmap is achieved.
The Farm Talk concluded with an
engaging and entertaining debate
on CAP, Climate Action and
Consumers. Farmers and exhibitors
all shared their views and experience
with representatives from the
Department of Agriculture, IFA, EPA
and Bord Bia.
Key messages from
the Farm Talk
Protected urea is a cost
effective, environmentally
friendly nitrogen fertiliser
supporting reliable crop
yield ­ this was the key
message from Teagasc's
David Wall, as a method
for farmers to play their
part in helping Ireland
address our climate and
air quality challenges.
Also, white clover
incorporated into grass-
based systems is good
for dry matter yield,
animal performance and
improves nitrogen use
efficiency on the farm.
It also reduces risks
to water quality. Mary
McEvoy from Germinal
demonstrated that grass
with white clover swards
can fix up to 150 kg
nitrogen/ha/year, which
has a positive impact
on milk production and
reduces nitrogen fertiliser
application. Good for cost
reductions, good for milk
yields and good for the
environment.
Teagasc's Mark Plunkett
had three key messages
when it comes to efficient
use of cattle slurry on
farms: 1) Know the N-P-K
content of cattle slurry
2) Recycle on silage fields
and 3) Low emissions
spreading maximises the
nitrogen used, to support
crop growth.
Carol McCarthy from LAWPRO
emphasised the collaborative
approach underway for water quality
protection. While Paul Moore from
the BRIDE biodiversity project
demonstrated how biodiversity
and lowland intensive farming can
go hand in hand. Teagasc's Cathal
Somers updated farmers on the
ASSAP water quality programme
and Tom Fallon highlighted ways to
construct roadways for animal and
water health.
Ready to take the challenge?
Smart Farming is currently seeking
farmers who are willing to take
the cost savings challenge in 2020.
So if you want to identify 5,000
cost savings on your farm, as well
as environmental improvements,
and you are prepared to share your
learnings with your neighbours,
then email smartfarming@ifa.ie
#farmersmakingthedifference
OCTOBER 2019
Farmer to farmer
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