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Sustainability focus areas for 2024

Dr Siobhan Kavanagh from the Signpost Programme is on this week’s Beef Edge podcast to discuss what areas you can focus on to make your farm more sustainable in 2024.

The Signpost Programme is a multi-annual campaign to lead climate action by all Irish farmers. The programme aims to achieve early progress in reducing gaseous emissions from Irish agriculture and to also improve water quality, maintain and in some cases improve bio-diversity, reduce costs and create more profitable and sustainable farming enterprises.

There are two elements to the programme: a network of Signpost Farms, which will act as demonstration farms for the programme and sites for carbon sequestration measurements. These will point the way forward towards climate smart farming, and are central to the second element; The Signpost Advisory Campaign, which will engage with all farmers and support them to move towards more sustainable farming systems

Siobhan discusses a number of actions such as using protected urea in 2024. Additionally, applying lime, spreading slurry using LESS and incorporating clover are discussed as ways to improve soil fertility and reduce dependence on chemical fertiliser. The role improving grassland management – be it utilising grass with a paddock system, walking the farm weekly or extending the grazing season – to reduce emissions was also outlined.

Siobhan also discusses the impact a good herd health plan, breeding policy and reducing the age at slaughter impact on reducing emissions.

Listen in below:

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Also read: New Teagasc/FBD Environmental Sustainability Awards launched