John Fouhy and his family milk 85 cows on their family farm in Meadstown, Co. Cork on a milking platform of 42 hectares. Their cow type is a Holstein Friesian delivering 550 kg milk solids per cow. His grazing season length extends fron the start of February to mid - November. His soil type is a well drained brown earth soil with a limestone bedrock. He is currently participating in the Soils Pilot Project in the Dairygold / Teagasc Joint Programme. John has found that regular soil sampling has allowed him quickly correct any issues around soil fertility. Before he was shooting in the dark when it came to using the correct blend of fertiliser and he has adopted a more strategic plan around the use of both organic and chemical nitrogen (N) on his farm.