A very useful help sheet was enclosed with the Carbon Navigator form. It explains how to submit the required information online on the ICBF website.
If you have lost your password details you can receive your password either by texting PASS to 089 4577663 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 023 8832883.
The information required to be updated includes both the housing and turnout dates for Suckler cows and yearlings/other cattle.
However if the farmer is out wintering animals there is an option to tick 100pc out wintering. Nitrogen usage and concentrate usage for 2016 for the beef enterprise is also required. The fertiliser or meal used by other enterprises on the farm are not included e.g. for sheep.
There is an example given for converting the Nitrogen in a compound fertiliser to the CAN equivalent. Slurry management is the final requirement. Record here the percentages spread in spring, summer and autumn of 2016 and tick which method was used. Keep a copy of what is recorded on the form for your own records. That completes the Carbon Navigator update for farmers in their second year of BDGP.
If any farmer has concerns about the accurate completion of the data required they should contact their Teagasc Adviser or Agricultural Consultant to seek assistance. The Carbon Navigator Update should be completed as early as possible this month so that it can be submitted to ICBF before the end of October.
New BDGP participants in 2017
These farmers must complete a full Carbon Navigator for the 2016 calendar year. A Department Approved Advisor is required to complete this at first, which the Department of Agriculture will pay for. The list of approved Advisors is available on the Department's website www.agriculture.ie/beefschemes.
This can be completed online by the approved Advisor on behalf of the farmer. It is advisable to book an appointment to complete this task. Your Adviser will ask you to provide details of the types and quantities of fertiliser used on the farm in 2016 and the quantity of meal fed also.
It is important to state what other enterprises are on farm as the portion of meal fed to those animals e.g. to sheep will not be included in the Carbon Navigator for BDGP. In the same way the amount of land used by enterprises other than the beef enterprise and the fertiliser associated with those enterprises will also be excluded. The approved Advisor will be able to calculate this.
Points to remember
- Closing date for both schemes are Tuesday, October 31, 2017.
- An approved Adviser must complete the Carbon Navigator on behalf of the farmer in year one.
- Farmers in year two may complete the Carbon Navigator themselves either online or on the postal survey form.
- The Animal Events helpline can be contacted on Locall 023 883 2883 or email email@example.com for queries.
- Contact your Teagasc Adviser or Agricultural consultant if you need assistance with updating your Carbon Navigator.
Sinéad Devaney is a Teagasc Adviser in its Galway/Clare Regional Unit.
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