Sustainable approach slashes fertiliser bills
SUSTAINABILITY is an issue that is key to the Fethard family's tillage operations.
The farm is now operating with a soil Index of level 2 to 3 across the whole farm platform.
However, they had dipped in parts as far below the optimum to Index 1 before they started returning manure to the soil.
"We leave out straw to the local horsey fellas and livestock crew but we take it back and spread it on our land," says Noel.
"You're talking about sustainability that big word in Europe. That is all we want to talk about now. Keeping the land alive - we need to put back what we are taking out of it so straw and compost.
"It helps the worms and puts life back into the soil. Rejuvenates the whole soil. That is why we are able to get those yields," he says.
"In the last five years we've started this to rejuvenate the land - it has turned that land that wasn't producing any crops into land delivering super crops. It has turned the land inside out."
However, he said an added advantage was that it slashed their fertiliser bill by a third.