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TResearch: Spring 2010

Teagasc Research Magazine - Spring Edition 2010 Mapping Ireland’s soils Bioencapsulation of vaccines Protecting environmental water quality from microbial pathogens Consumer insights: bridging the value gap

22 February 2010
40 Pages
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Crops Costs and Returns 2010

Awareness of crop margins is vitally important since under the decoupled regime the Single Farm Payment (SFP) will be paid irrespective of what crop is grown. Moreover, it makes no sense to produce the crop at a loss. The bottom line is that the land must be maintained in “good agricultural and environmental condition”.

21 January 2010
12 Pages
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Teagasc Open Day at Solohead Research Farm

This Open Day at Solohead coincides with a large reduction in milk price this spring. There is an urgent requirement for dairy farmers to reduce the cost of milk production. Research at the Solohead Research farm has shown that fertilizer costs can be substantially reduced by replacing chemical fertilizer with white clover and the efficient recycling of slurry. Well managed cloverbased swards can supply 140 kg/ha of N each year at little cost, which is a large proportion of the N requirement on an average Irish dairy farm. Another benefit is that white clover herbage is of high quality and maintains high quality pasture under low nitrogen input systems. Other topics covered at the Open Day will include grazing management, dairy cow health and fertility and use of high EBI genetics.

23 April 2009
57 Pages