Fertiliser planning webinars for beef, sheep and dairy farmers

Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland

AgriSearch, the Agri-food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) and the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) are joining forces to hold two Fertiliser Planning webinars on Wednesday, January 26, at 8:00p.m (dairy) and Monday, January 31, also at 8:00p.m. (beef and sheep).

The webinar on January 26, will be targeted to dairy farmers and the webinar on January 31, will be for beef and sheep farmers.

AgriSearch has commissioned AFBI to carry out an urgent desktop review on the impact of price increases on the economics of fertiliser application for grass production. Dr. Debbie McConnell from AFBI will present the results of this review.

Aveen McMullan from CAFRE will discuss how to optimise soil health and make best use of manures. She will be joined by CAFRE dairy technologist Robert Patterson and CAFRE beef and sheep development adviser Rachel Megarrell, who will discuss a number of practical scenarios at the relevant webinars, with a focus on optimising nutrient and livestock management practices to maximise fertiliser utilisation for the incoming season.

The final presentation will be made by Dr. David Patterson of AFBI who will discuss longer-term strategies for reducing the use of artificial Nitrogen fertiliser. This will be followed by a question and answer session.

Registration can be completed on the AgriSearch or CAFRE websites.

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