Liming – what a difference a year makes!
Trevor Boland from Sligo won a lime and nutrient management plan worth €2,500 in the 2017 Smart Farming Competition.

At the time of winning Trevor said: “Lime is just what I need on my farm to sort out the low pH on some of my fields. It is a waste of time spreading fertilisers if the acidity of the soil is not sorted. The nutrient management plan will help me get better grassland management by better targeting the fertilisers. It’s a win-win for me, the farm and the environment.”

In a recent catch up with Trevor, he told Smart Farming: “The spring of 2018 will live long in the memory of grass farmers. Yes, I did say grass farmers, because that is essentially what we are. We grow as much grass as possible to feed our stock to generate beef, lamb or dairy products.

"By spreading one to two tonnes of lime per acre over the entire farm last autumn, I ended up growing twice as much grass as I needed this May – as much as 90kg dry matter/ha per day. This allowed me to replace much depleted fodder reserves. It couldn’t have been done without the liming and nutrient management plan.

"I will now concentrate on continuing these good farming practices, which also have the benefit of decreasing the risk to water quality – fertilisers are more easily taken up and don’t run off. This is a success for both improving the environment and my farm business.”

Smart Farming talks climate

In late-June Environment Minister Denis Naughten TD hosted a regional gathering on climate action in Athlone. This climate dialogue focused on solutions such as the role of farm-scale and micro-renewables. It also provided an opportunity for groups such as Teagasc, Smart Farming, Change X and Eco-Unesco to showcase their climate actions.

Participating in the first regional gathering on climate action in Athlone were Smart Farming’s programme manager Thomas Ryan and programme leader Thomas Cooney, Environment Minister Denis Naughten TD and Smart Farming participant Joe Deverell.

Smart Farming farmer Joe Deverell talks with students from Ballybay Community College about his economic and climate savings at the regional gathering on climate action in Athlone.

For more information on Smart Farming visit www.smartfarming.ie, email: smartfarming@ifa.ie or call 01 426 0343

WIN: A VIP Day at Galway Races Summer Festival 2018
Win a VIP Day for 2 at this Summer's Galway Races, on Tuesday 31st July, including B&B in The Ardilaun Hotel Galway

The Galway Races Summer Festival takes place between Monday 30th July to Sunday 5th August 2018.

Be in with a chance to win:

A VIP Day for 2 at this Summers Galway Races, on Tuesday 31st July, including B&B in The Ardilaun Hotel Galway.

1st race: 5.20pm

Enjoy the ultimate race day experience with the GOLD PACKAGE at the Galway Races Summer Festival

  • Admission & VIP Car parking
  • Executive Guest Badge
  • Champagne reception on arrival
  • Race card & pen
  • Racing tipster
  • A delicious five course meal
  • Complimentary wines with your meal
  • Complimentary bar
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Tote facilities
  • Reserved table for the day in the stunning Killanin Stand
  • ***Runner up prize – 10 pairs of tickets for the Galway Plate day (Wednesday)***

    QUESTION: What time is the 1st race on Tuesday?

    Enter your details below to be in with a chance to win!

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    Closing date for entries is Wednesday July 25th at 12 noon

    Please see competitions below:

    Farm Safety Week is all about spreading awareness of on farm dangers and knowledge of what others do to stay safe. In honour of this, we want to know what your family’s farm safety slogan is?

    To be in with a chance to win one of three great prizes;

    1. A family pass to the zoo sponsored by Agri Aware

    2. An overnight stay in Castleknock Hotel sponsored by FBD

    3. €200 sponsored by IFA

    Tell us your farm safety slogan below.

    Entries close Wednesday 1 August.