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Smart Farming – saving money and the environment
Each month, an IFA Smart Farming Case Study is published in The Irish Farmers Journal, showing how farmers can save money and the environment.
This month’s case study shows how Robert Watson from Stradone, County Cavan saved €5,990 and reduced his climate impact by 20%.
This Smart Farming study was very worthwhile. It was really good to have someone come in and look at what I do every day. Like many farmers, I was more focused on the livestock and not enough on managing my own resources better, the land, the grass, the feed, even my own time. It’s good to know that I can also improve the local environment. After all, for myself and my wife Goldie it’s about making a difference for my daughter Heidi and the next generation.
Robert Watson and his daughter Heidi from Stradone, Co Cavan took the Smart Farming challenge in July.
The Smart Farming programme focuses on eight key areas that have the highest costs on farms, or offer the greatest savings to farmers – soil fertility, energy, grassland, water, feed, inputs and waste, machinery and time management.
There is some great advice on how to save water (and money) on the Smart Farming website.
Farmers who are interested can simply follow the Smart Farming advice, or can take part in a Smart Farming Case Study.
Get a free Smart Farming Cost-Saving Study
Case study farms get the benefit of tailored advice from experts. If you take part an advisor will visit your farm and work with you to find ways to save money and take practical actions to improve resource management.
If you want a free cost-saving study, silage quality analysis, domestic water analysis, carbon navigator and nutrient management plan, and you are open to sharing the cost saving tips taken from the study on your farm with your discussion group or IFA branch, use the contact details below.
Get in touch and join the Smart Farming programme
Phone: 01 426 0343