Farm Ireland

Thursday 14 December 2017

Department extends deadline for completion of Carbon Navigator

Up to 4,000 farmers in the 'Genomics' programme have yet to complete a Carbon Navigator
Up to 4,000 farmers in the 'Genomics' programme have yet to complete a Carbon Navigator
Ciaran Moran

Ciaran Moran

Department of Agriculture grant carbon navigator extension Farmers are being urged to ensure that they are compliant with all aspects of the Beef Data and Genomics Programme for 2016, especially the requirement to complete a beef carbon navigator.

A key compliance requirement of the BDGP is linked to the necessity to complete a carbon navigator with the farmers’ advisor. It is understood that up to 4,000 farmers are yet to complete a navigator.

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has recently issued reminders to all BDGP participants instructing them to complete their carbon navigator by the end of October in order to facilitate both timely payment and the avoidance of penalties.

However, this week it took the decision to extend the deadline to extend the deadline to 30 November.

The Carbon Navigator is an online farm management package developed by Bord Bia and Teagasc. The navigator quantifies the environmental gains that can be made on each applicant’s farm.

It is a very useful and simple tool which allows an individual farmer to look at changes which can be made on their farm in areas such as the length of the grazing season or their average calving rate.

Importantly, it then illustrates what that change would mean in terms of both reduced GHG emissions from the herd and the increased profitability associated with such a change.

Further details regarding the requirement to complete the carbon navigator can be found on the Department’s website at

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