Unlike the submission of 2015 data for the carbon navigator, herd-owners are “not required to complete with an advisor for this year 2017(2016 data)” ICBF outlines.
As part of the Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP) requirements, the Carbon Navigator should be completed ahead of the 1st November 2017 deadline that has been set.
Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) has revealed that survey forms have been issued to applicants.
The surveys are sub-divided into three mains areas including the grazing season length (turnout date and housing date/ or out-wintering), fertiliser usage in tonnes) and slurry and FYM Management including the application method utilised.
The gathering of this data allows for key targets to be set on the farming enterprise, including grassland management.
The Carbon Navigator is an online farm management package produced by Teagasc and Bord Bia.
It allows for the assessment of environmental gains that can potentially be made on a farm and highlights how a farm GHG can be reduced.
The collection of data allows for comparisons to be made between your farm and other farming enterprises of a very similar nature.
A document published by Teagasc breaks down the six efficiency measures that reduce GHG emissions and increase profits.
- Longer grazing season.
- Younger age at first calving.
- Higher calving rate.
- Improved growth rates.
- Nitrogen efficiency.
- Slurry management.
Find about more information about the Carbon Navigator see here.