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CAFRE to host ‘environment friendly and sustainable’ farm walks


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Mar 22, 2024
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The School of Agriculture, Meals and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) are internet hosting a sequence of six farm walks as an example and outline ‘Environment friendly and Sustainable Milk Manufacturing’ for native dairy farmers.

The primary two farm walks befell on Wednesday, March 27 on the farms of Mark Patterson, Garvagh, Derry and James Murphy, Tempo, Co. Fermanagh.

An extra two farm walks are deliberate to happen on Tuesday, April 9 at A & W McConnell’s farm, Drumgaw, Co. Armagh, and on Thursday April 11 at James McKay’s farm, Dromara, Co. Down.

The Division of Agriculture, Setting and Rural Affairs (DAERA) said that farm walks are held to help farmers to grasp the important thing measures that may enhance environmental and monetary efficiency on farm.

James Murphy farms 110 autumn calving dairy cows on 79ha with 70% of cows calving between mid-August and the top of September.

He stated that good high quality forage manufacturing is essential on his farm, with cows grazed and in addition high-quality silage. All herd replacements are home-bred utilizing 100% AI and a closed herd is maintained.

Carbon technologist with CAFRE, Lauren Curry, gave a presentation on ‘understanding carbon’. Lauren defined the phrases related to greenhouse gases (GHG) and the background to carbon benchmarking of farms.

Lauren mentioned the figures for the Murphy farm, and referred to areas the place a farms carbon footprint may very well be diminished.

Farmers on the ‘Environment friendly and Sustainable milk manufacturing’ stroll, Supply: Daera

She added that dairy farmers can successfully scale back their carbon footprint by displaying consideration to issues, equivalent to, age of first calving, longevity of cows, and balanced use of fertilisers and slurry.

Native CAFRE dairy advisers together with Christopher Breen, Trevor Alcorn, Kieran McCartan and Jane Sayers facilitated the big group of dairy farmers who attended the farm stroll.

Mr. Murphy makes use of a weigh band to measure heifer progress charges, and a ‘sense-hub’ system is used to establish heats and rumination in each cows and heifers.

This helps him to attain a calving sample on his farm and assists within the achievement of heifers calving at two-years-old.

Daera added that if a dairy farmer adheres to good administration, strives to enhance efficiencies in feeding, breeding and nutrient management, there might be a constructive end result when it comes to carbon.

It’s crucial that native farmers acquire data of what they’ll do to enhance sustainability and assist enhance their native surroundings.

Farmers have confronted many challenges up to now and can “little question” meet this new one with good data and help, Daera stated.

All dairy farmers are invited to enrol for the occasions on the CAFRE web site. Additional occasions in counties Antrim and Tyrone are deliberate for later in April.
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