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Johnstown Castle Open Day

Event Time 10am - 3pm
Venue Teagasc, Environment Research Centre, Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford. Eircode: Y35 Y521
Resilient and Sustainable Farming Systems

Join us on Tuesday, 16th July from 10am - 3pm for Farming for a Better Future – Teagasc Johnstown Castle Open Day, which takes place at the Teagasc Environment Research Centre, Johnstown Castle, County Wexford. This Open Day will demonstrate technologies and practices for efficient, environmentally sustainable and more resilient farming systems and the supports available to implement them.

Among the exhibits at the Open day will be:

Management of red & white clover and multispecies swards
New information for successful management of grass-clover and multi-species swards under spring calving dairy and dairy calf-to-beef systems will be available. The latest research on red-clover silage swards and associated benefits and resilience of more diverse grassland swards will be presented.

Fertiliser and Manure Technologies
Get the latest information on sustainable fertiliser technologies, soil additives, bio-fertilisers and slurry amendments to help improve nutrient efficiency and grass growth, while reducing gaseous emissions, enhancing carbon sequestration and soil health. Information on how to benchmark Nitrogen (N) use efficiency on your farm and sustain production levels with less chemical N, will be available.

Better Farming for Water: 8 Actions for Change
Get the latest information on strategies to mitigate losses of phosphorus, sediment and nitrogen to water under three pillars of our water quality campaign: nutrient management, farmyard management and land management. Learn how to better target the right nutrient and sediment loss mitigation measures in the right place while optimising nutrient management and soil fertility. The ASSAP programme advisors will be on hand to discuss practical methods to protect water quality on your farm and to prepare for seasonal changes in weather in the future. The knowledge gained from the Agricultural Catchments Programme will also be presented.

Learn about evidence-based actions to enhance farmland biodiversity.  The latest practices to help maintain, enhance and develop new on-farm biodiversity areas, including hedgerow management, will be demonstrated. Find out how your hedges can be managed more effectively to help combat climate change by storing carbon, provide better shelter for grazing animals and promote biodiversity on your farm.  

Dairy and dairy-beef systems
Dairy cow nutrition for winter milk production will be discussed, as well as an update on research into home grown protein sources for feed rations. The latest research on feed additives to reduce biogenic methane emissions from grazing livestock will be discussed.  The results from the dairy-beef systems studies and insights from DairyBeef500 programme, and age of slaughter studies will be presented. Key benchmarks for measuring the efficiency, and the economic and environmental performance, of dairy and dairy-beef production systems will be disseminated. 

The Signpost Programme
The latest learnings from the Signpost programme on climate action for all Irish farmers will be on show. This collaborative programme, led by Teagasc and includes over 100 Signpost farmers, all relevant industry partners, and state bodies, will present progress to date. Tips for reducing gaseous emissions from Irish agriculture, while reducing costs and creating more profitable and sustainable farming enterprises, will be available. 

Teagasc Advisory and Education
Teagasc advisory services will be on hand to discuss how the agri-environmental schemes, organic farming scheme, or forestry scheme, including agro-forestry, can support farmers’ incomes and enhance your farm business. Information on transferring the family farm, applying through TAMS, slurry storage and other requirements will be available on the day. The next generation of farmers can also find information on education and training opportunities on offer through the Teagasc education programme. 

Health and Safety for Sustainable Farming
Awareness of farmer wellbeing and aspects of health & safety on farms will be demonstrated at the open day. After the challenging year gone by, farmers will need to assess their resilience to the stresses of farming and ensure that they, their family and employees, are working in a safe and secure working environment.

Dr David Wall addressing farmers at the last Open day in Johnstown Castle in 2022 Dr David Wall addressing farmers at the last Open day in Johnstown Castle in 2022 

Karen Daly speaking in Johnstown Castle

Dr Karen Daly, Head of the Teagasc Environment, Soils and Land use research centre, Johnstown Castle will be addressing farmers at the open day.