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16 May, 2023

Use of slurry after first cut silage

Brian McDonnell writing on [tag] Agriland has some great tips on how to maximise the use of slurry after first-cut silage:  

👉After silage has been cut it is important to replace the nutrients taken off the crop. Spreading slurry is the easiest way to replace the phosphorus and potassium that has been removed👉To get the most benefit out of your slurry, it is important to get it tested to determine its nutrient value👉This will allow you to alter your nutrient management plan and fertiliser application accordingly

👉Depending on the results, this could lead to massive savings by reducing the amount of chemical fertiliser needed

SCEP deadline

The Suckler Carbon Efficiency Programme (SCEP) deadline is fast approaching. The programme will close for applications on Monday, 22nd May.

SCEP aims to provide support to beef farmers to improve the environmental efficiency of their herd through four mandatory actions – replacement strategy, genomics, weighing and surveys. As SCEP is an environmental scheme, it is paid on a per hectare basis, according to [tag] Teagasc payment to farmers will work out at €150 per cow on the first 22 cows and €120 per cow on the remaining cows.

Applications can be made through the [tag] Department of Agriculture portal. Farmers can process the application themselves or get an advisor to apply on their behalf.

ABP free AI straws

[tag] ABP Food Group has announced that it will provide 2,000 AI straws free of charge to farmers producing calves for their Advantage Beef Programme, to create awareness of the role of genetics.

The Advantage programme is the first integrated beef scheme in Ireland to pay an additional 20c/kg ‘Sustainability Bonus’ to farmers. For more information see here  

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