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Teagasc Signpost Programme Newsletter July 2022

In this month’s newsletter we've a short article on improving nutrient efficiency on tillage farms by Mark Plunkett. We profile two Signpost farmers – pigs farmers Miriam & Mattie Moore, Co. Offaly & organic farmer Bill George, Co. Laois. We've our usual climate actions for the month of July & more

Issue 12 - July 2022

In this month’s newsletter we also have a video explanation of the ASSAP programme. In our research update we present some new data showing that projected urea has no impact on soil microbiome. The news from Signpost is that the first 66 Signpost Farm Sustainability Reports have been issued, setting out the baseline (2021) for these farmers, including social, economic and environmental sustainability indicators. On this month’s Environment Edge, Martina Harrington, Manager of the Future Beef Programme, will join Cathal and Deirdre to discuss sustainable beef production.

Reducing the impacts of high input costs on Tillage farms

Over the last 12 months fertiliser prices have reached unprecedented levels never seen before. Indications at present are that fertilisers will remain high for the remainder of 2022 due to high energy costs and the disruption to normal supply lines caused by conflict between Russia and Ukraine. These regions are major suppliers of all major nutrients (N, P, K & S) and especially potassium.

Read the article in full here



Climate Actions for July

Each month, we 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.

Read the full Climate Actions for July here

Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme

Watch Video in Full Here

New Teagasc study finds no impact of inhibitors on the soil microbiome

New research from Teagasc environment research centre, Johnstown Castle has demonstrated that there was no impact of urease inhibitor N-(n-butyl) thiophosphoric triamide (NBPT), incorporated into protected urea fertiliser, on the structure and abundance of soil bacterial and fungal communities after 5 years of repeated application to an intensively managed grassland.

 Photo: Johnstown Castle Dairy Unit

 Signpost Programme Update

The 1st of the Sustainability Reports have been printed and posted to 66 Signpost Farmers. This will form the baseline (2021) of their sustainability journey.

The Environment Edge Podcast

signpostWith ever increasing pressure on beef farmers, how can we produce a quality product as efficiently as possible to make beef farming more profitable while also making it more environmentally and socially sustainable?
Martina Harrington, Manager of the Future Beef Programme joins Deirdre and Cathal on the latest Environment Edge podcast to discuss sustainable beef production. 

Click here to listen

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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