The Innovative Science of Grassland Management in a Changing Policy Environment
The ASA hosted a webinar called ‘The Innovative Science of Grassland Management in a Changing Policy Environment’ on Wednesday 4th November. Chaired by Tipperary dairy farmer Eddie O’Donnell, it featured presentations by Teagasc Moorepark researchers Michael O’Donovan and Elodie Ruelle and by Jack Nolan from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
Michael discussed the key roles of white clover and low emission slurry spreading in reducing emissions and enhancing nitrogen use efficiency. Elodie’s presentation highlighted the impact of recording pasture covers on developing an accurate model for grass growth nationally and on influencing the decisions made at farm level. Jack discussed the important role of biodiversity in sustainable farming. He highlighted the increasing emphasis at EU level on environmental protection. In the years ahead, he predicted farmers will need to focus on measures to further improve soil fertility and reduce fertiliser N application rates.
View our webinar here: