Soil testing: At Tuesday’s Teagasc beef conference, correcting soil fertility was seen as one of the first steps in growing more grass on beef farms which when utilised lowers production costs and increases margins. You can’t improve if you don’t know the baseline and the fields to target.

Only 10% of soil samples submitted to Irish labs have optimum fertility so that means 90% are sub-optimum. To maximise the productivity of your soils it is essential that optimum soil fertility is maintained and correct levels of lime, P and K are applied based on soil results. Correct PH is essential in ensuring all nutrients are taken up and used efficiently.