Climate change series: Focus on efficient nutrient use
A description of the steps taken on one dairy farm to improve the efficiency of nutrient use and so save money and reduce carbon emissions.
Andy and Sue Guy have adopted a strategy to reduce energy and fertiliser use and reliance on bought-in feeds. This involves careful analysis of nutrients in slurry and manure, the periodic analysis of soil nutrient indices, and the adoption of a silage system using red clover and wholecrop wheat. The strategy has produced overall savings of about £60/ha and the reduction of purchased soya from Brazil and of the associated carbon footprint.
This item is categorised as follows
- Subject Collection > Arable & industrial crops > Nutrition & fertilisers
- Subject Collection > Livestock & dairy > Dairy production
- Subject Collection > Livestock & dairy > Forage crops & other feed
- Subject Collection > Environmental impact > Climate change
- Subject Collection > Environmental impact > Managing land for environmental benefit
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