Farm Programmes
Motion-sensor cameras capture elusive wildlife species on Footprint Farms
Emma Hart
Selecting a winning photo was no easy task due to the rich diversity of wildlife captured on camera, writes Emma Hart.
Pedigree cattle and pollinators in Kildare
15 May 2024 Footprint Farmers
Pedigree cattle and pollinators in Kildare
The Pollinators EIP Project is a valuable reminder of the role farmers play in integrating biodiversity into farming practice, writes Brendan Dunford.
New video series: a springtime look onto Footprint Farms
8 May 2024 Footprint Farmers
New video series: a springtime look onto Footprint Farms
It’s the busiest time of year for farmers and wildlife alike and we’ve been recording what both are up to on Footprint Farms, writes Emma Hart.
Searching for a model that works in Co Kerry
Tommy Reidy’s farming journey is a case study on how being open-minded, resourceful and relevant can unlock a farm’s hidden assets and offer a pathway back to the land for young, part-time farmers.
1 May 2024 Footprint Farmers
Footprint Farmers protect water quality with riparian zones
'Riparian zone measures can offer farmers guaranteed income for land that is often wet or difficult to maintain, while also protecting water quality, reducing flood risk and boosting biodiversity'.
24 April 2024 Footprint Farmers
A journey into ‘silvoarable’ farming in Co Carlow
Jack Browne’s vision for his farm, and his courage and conviction in realising it, offers a terrific learning experience for a future where innovation, diversification and adaptation will be crucial.
17 April 2024 Footprint Farmers
Beyond N, P and K: balancing the living army in our soils
Balancing soil chemistry is vital for optimising the use of inputs, but there’s also a growing awareness of the importance of nurturing the living component of our soils, writes Emma Hart.
10 April 2024 Footprint Farmers
Social sustainability in south Galway
'When you add it all up, this family farm enterprise offers way more of a "social dividend" than we usually give such enterprises credit for,' writes Brendan Dunford.
3 April 2024 Footprint Farmers
Navigating soil test results on Footprint Farms
Good nutrient management is about measuring what you can (soil, slurry and crops) and adjusting year on year to improve efficiency and minimise environmental impact across the entire system.
27 March 2024 Footprint Farmers
Joined-up thinking on a fragmented holding in Co Antrim
David McBride blurs the false line between farmer and ‘environmentalist’, his love of farming and focus on profit resting easily with a lifelong interest in ornithology, writes Brendan Dunford.
20 March 2024 Footprint Farmers
Soil test results: 34% of samples at optimum P, K and pH on Footprint Farms
Using soil test results to target fertiliser applications can boost soil fertility, reduce costs and minimise environmental damage, writes Emma Hart.
13 March 2024 Footprint Farmers
Shorthorn cows and short supply chains in Co Antrim
It’s tempting to be sentimental – or dismissive - about such a small traditional system but, make no mistake, this herd pays its way, writes Brendan Dunford.
6 March 2024 Footprint Farmers