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Teagasc Signpost Programme Newsletter July 2021

Teagasc Signpost Programme Newsletter July 2021

This issue of the Teagasc Signpost e-newsletter features timely climate actions for July as well as a glossary of commonly used climate change terms. We meet Signpost Farmers Aidan Maguire and Tim Leader. Get useful tips on managing clover swards, minimising nitrates loss to water & research updates

Issue 2 - July 2021

Dr. Deirdre Hennessy, researcher at Teagasc Moorepark, provides some useful tips on managing clover swards for the 2nd half of the year. We have an update from the Next Generation Herd at Moorepark as well as an update on the farmers signed up to the Signpost programme. We provide some guidelines on minimising nitrates loss to water and Tommy Heffernan gives a useful insight into the forgotten nutrient – water

Feel free to share with anyone you think might be interested in keeping up to date with the Signpost programme. You can sign up to receive this monthly update direct to your Inbox by visiting our webpage www.teagasc.ie/signpost 

Climate Actions for July

Each month, we will present climate actions that farmers can take to reduce gaseous emissions. These actions will be practical and timely.  See below climate actions for the month of July.

Item 1Signpost Infographic - July Alison

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Glossary of Commonly Used Terms in Climate Change for Agriculture

The topic of climate change has brought a whole new vocabulary to us all. In this edition of the newsletter, we have a glossary of terms for the main terms you will come across.

 Find them here

Meet two of the Signpost Farmers

 Find out about Tim Leader here!        Find out about Aidan Maguire here!


Guidance on Fertiliser and Grazing Management in summer with Dr. Deirdre Hennessy

Good grazing management and fertiliser management through the summer is key to maintaining sward white clover content. Dr. Deirdre Hennessy, Teagasc Researcher at Moorepark provides guidance on fertiliser and grazing management at this time of the year

View the video here


Research Update

A recently published paper highlights that using high EBI genetics will considerably reduce GHG emissions intensity across a range of pasture-based feeding scenarios, while contributing toward a small but favorable effect on N efficiency

Find the full paper here 

Signpost Programme Update

We are working hard to recruit farmers across the country to the Signpost programme. We currently have some dairy farmers, suckler farmers,  calf to beef farmers as well as tillage farmers and organic farmers. See updated map showing the Signpost Farms, their location and main enterprise.

View all the farmers here: Demonstration Farmers

Minimising Nitrate losses to Waters

In Ireland, all water policy and management is led by the Water Framework Directive. Under this directive Ireland has been set a target of achieving ‘good status’ for all waters in Ireland by 2027. However, despite a lot of good work over the last 20-30 years we are falling short in achieving this target and water quality has declined in recent years.

Find out more here

The Environment Edge Podcast

Kerry man Tommy Heffernan, also known as Tommy the Vet, is a veterinary consultant based in Wicklow and he joins Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn on the latest episode of the Environment Edge podcast to talk about water quality, the sometimes forgotten nutrient

Listen in here


Signpost Programme Partners

The Signpost Programme is a collaborative partnership of farmers, industry and State Agencies, working together for climate action.


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The Teagasc Signpost Programme e-Newsletter will issue monthly and you can read it here each month on on Teagasc Daily.