Sligo Farmer, Trevor Boland, has been announced as the winner of the 2017 Smart Farming Competition.
Trevor succeeded in winning a nutrient management plan and lime for his farm worth a total of €2,500.
Trevor was congratulated by the IFA’s Smart Farming programme Leader, Mr Thomas Cooney.
Speaking on his win, Trevor said that he feels there is no point fertilising land without checking to see if the soil pH is correct first, he says without doing this he would be “wasting money”.
On the prize, Trevor says he will use the money to implement the soil nutrients management plan and then plans to spread the lime on the soils with the lowest recorded pH.
This he says will “sort the acidity in the soil and make the nutrients available to grow more grass”, this he says is a “win-win” for him.
Thomas Cooney, IFA’s Smart Farming programme leader, informed farmers that there is a free cost-saving study carried out for farmers participating in Smart Farming 2018.
He says this could help save farmers up to €5000, and says it includes analysis of silage quality, domestic water, a carbon navigator and nutrient management plan.
He said the IFA only ask that “you are open to sharing the cost-saving tips you acquire with your discussion group of IFA branch”.