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Using Slurry to Reduce Fertiliser Costs

A major event to encourage farmers to make more efficient use of slurry and other organic fertilisers on tillage land and grassland will take place on Thursday, 3 March, at Teagasc, Oak Park, Carlow.

Slurry is a valuable nutrient source and its efficient use will help off-set rising fertiliser costs. Applying in the spring leads to more efficient use of the nutrients by grass and crops. This event will show the latest slurry equipment and management techniques to maximize slurry utilization at farm level.

On the day, the results of recent research on the efficient use of cattle slurry in grassland and pig slurry in cereal production will be presented. The best application techniques to reduce nitrogen losses will also be discussed. The recently agreed changes to nutrient legislation will be reviewed and its effects at farm level will be outlined.

Other topics covered at the open day will include:

  • Farm fertiliser planning requirements and the records that are required annually to satisfy farm Cross Compliance.
  • Slurry quality will be assessed in the context of nutrient content and fertiliser replacement value.
  • Transport and movement of slurry will also be addressed and the viability/economics of this operation.
  • Live demonstration of slurry equipment on both grassland and tillage crops and the latest application techniques available to farmers.
  • Soil compaction and machine weights/ tyres will also be covered on the day.