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Signpost Events 2021

Signpost General Assembly - December 15, 2021

This virtual event will provided insight into the roadmap for Irish Agriculture to achieve the targets set out in the Climate Action Plan 2021. There was a session on planning your fertiliser and slurry use strategy for 2022.  A European perspective on carbon farming was provided, as well as insights into some of the research ongoing in areas including carbon sequestration, soil health, additives, multi species swards and age at slaughter. 

Session 1: The Signpost Interview

The publication of the Climate Action Plan 2021 switched the focus to the roadmap to deliver on agriculture’s GHG reduction target. Ear to the Ground’s Helen Carroll interviewed Teagasc Director, Frank O’Mara and Head of the Signpost Programme, Tom O’Dwyer, to learn more about the way forward for Irish farmers and the role that the Signpost Programme can play in supporting farmers in climate action.

Session 2: Planning Your Fertiliser and Slurry Use Strategy for 2022

The current high fertiliser prices, as well as the requirement to reduce emissions, improve water quality and enhance biodiversity have brought the use of nutrients – both chemical and organic – into sharp focus heading into 2022. Teagasc researchers, David Wall and Patrick Forrestal and Teagasc Adviser, William Burchill, highlight the Teagasc recommended strategies to improve nutrient use efficiency, get better value from organic manures, and incorporate protected urea into 2022 fertiliser programmes.

Session 3: Let’s Talk About Carbon Storage and Methane

The third session of the 2021 Signpost General Assembly featured a number of Teagasc researchers and specialists, as well as a speaker from IDELE, France. 

Access the presentations (all PDFs) by clicking on the links below:

  1. Carbon Sequestration in our hedgerows - Lillian O’Sullivan
  2. Carbon Farming - the French Experience - Jean-Baptiste Dolle
  3. Practical steps to improve soil health - Mark Plunkett
  4. The role of feed additives in reducing methane emissions - Sinead Waters
  5. Multispecies swards at Teagasc Curtins Farm - Brendan Horan
  6. Age at Slaughter of Beef Cattle - Paul Crosson

General Events

  • Do you know the carbon footprint of your farm? - October 20
  • Signpost Village Moorepark 21 - September 14, 15 & 16 
  • Programme Launch - May 18 


Teagasc Greenacres Programme

JP Hammersley, Lattin, Co. Tipperary, September 29 
Irvine Allen, Mountemple, Co. Westmeath, October 5


Teagasc/Glanbia Ireland Future Farm Programme, Teagasc/Kerry Agribusiness Joint Programme, Teagasc/Dairygold Joint Programme & Teagasc/Lakeland Dairies Joint Programme

Cathal Moran, Skeoughvosteen, Co. Kilkenny, October 1 
Niall & Gerry Moloney, Badgefort, Co. Limerick, October 4 
John Ryan, Gortnahoe, Co. Tipperary  October 8 
Tim Leader, Rathcoole, Co. Cork, October 11 
Andrew & Ber Killeen, Kilkee, Co. Clare, October 11
Sean Barry, Pallasgreen, Co. Limerick, October 12
Pa & Paula O’Hanlon, Meelcon, Co. Kerry, October 12
Joe Morrissey, Midleton, Co. Cork, October 14
Jack & Larry Kearney, Rathcormack, Co. Cork, October 15
Mark Lonergan, Cashel, Co. Tipperary, October 19
Tom O’Connell, Inniscarra, Co. Cork, October 27
Alan Clarke, Beagh, Killinkere, Co. Cavan, October 29
Sean Moher, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork, November 2