€7,682 savings on Hatton’s farm in Carlow
Earlier this year, George and Ruth Hatton and their family sat down and pulled together their feed, electricity, fuel and fertiliser bills, soil samples and water quality results and sent them to the Smart Farming cost saving team.
All this information was examined and a half day farm visit took place. During the farm visit the Smart Farming team focused on soil fertility, energy use, grassland management, water use, feed, inputs, waste, time and machinery management.
Let’s look at where the €7,682 savings were identified:
Inputs & waste
During the Smart Farming Cost Saving Study, a carbon reduction strategy for the Hatton’s farm was developed using the Carbon Navigator decision support tool developed by Teagasc and Bord Bia.
Potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 6% was identified. Many of the measures, such as nitrogen efficiency and slurry spreading timing will also lead to other positive environmental outcomes and reduce risks to water quality.
Let’s take a closer look at the Carbon Navigator results:
If you are going to the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore this month, why not call into the IFA stand and hear from some farmers who have benefited from the Smart Farming programme or register your interest in taking the Smart Farming cost saving challenge in 2018?
Find out more about Smart Farming at www.smartfarming.ie or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01 426 0343