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SMART FARMING – MAXIMISE GRASS GROWTH WHILE INCREASING FODDER RESERVE

on Tuesday, 15 May 2018. Posted in Blog, Property, Tillage, Sheep, Dairy, Beef

Environment & Rural Affairs

Teagasc’s David Wall offers some Smart Farming advice on building soil fertility.

After a highly stressful and long winter, farmers are planning for the year’s grazing season and winter ahead. The question many are asking right now is, how can I maximise grass growth while increasing fodder reserves for the future?

5 STEPS TO BETTER SOIL FERTILITY

on Monday, 26 March 2018. Posted in Blog, Property, Sheep, Dairy, Beef

  1. SOIL TESTING  

Provides you with vital information about your soils

  • • A foundation for your fertilizer plan

  • • A small farm expense costing in the region of €1.25/ha/yr and is valid for 5 years

  •  • A standard soil test will give the soils fertility status as follows; pH, lime requirement, phosphorus (P) and potassium (K).

Pesticide Application course

on Tuesday, 06 March 2018. Posted in Blog, Courses, Tillage, Sheep, Dairy, Beef

The Sustainable Use Directive (SUD) has been introduced to Ireland within the past year. This directive will affect all users of Pesticides (Herbicides, insecticides, fungicides etc.). One of SUD’s main aims is to reduce the risk or danger of pesticide use on the environment and consequently on human health. SUD is strongly encouraging the use of Integrated pest management (IPM). SUD will only affect professional users or distributors of pesticides. The four main areas the SUD was categorised is as follows:

Flexibility needed to improve the targeting and fairness of direct payments" Creed

on Tuesday, 20 February 2018. Posted in Blog, Schemes, Tillage, Sheep, Dairy, Beef

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., made the comments while attending a meeting of the Council of EU Agriculture Ministers meeting in Brussels.

Speaking in Brussels, Minister Creed said “While we are supportive of the Commissions efforts to better target direct payments, we must be mindful that the agriculture sector differs significantly across Member States in for example average farm size and agro ecological conditions. In that context and in the spirit of subsidiarity envisaged in the European’s Commission’s CAP Communication, Member States should be given the flexibility to decide on how to improve the targeting and fairness of direct payments within their own country”.

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