Looking forward to 2016 on the farm

As we come to the end of 2015 we are looking over the fence at 2016 and what is in store for farmers in the year ahead. Mark McConnell, agricultural advisor and DoneDeal farming blogger lists a selection of things to watch out for in 2016 GLAS 3 The Department of Agriculture has indicated that there will be another Tranche of Glas sometime during 2016. The Green, Low-Carbon, Agri-Environment Scheme (GLAS) is the new agri-environment scheme, part of the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 Read more on the Department of Agriculture information page for GLAS Knowledge transfer The start of the Beef/Dairy and sheep discussion groups in 2016 are well worth a look at for farmers Read the Department of Agriculture’s Knowledge Transfer Programme information TAMS 2 schemes and sheep fencing There will be the current schemes opening again for business under TAMS and it there will be a sheep fencing grant under this scheme to open in 2016. Did you know that the Department of Agriculture’s Farm Buildings page lists details of TAMS? Profit monitoring It is worth taking a look at your costs for 2015 and look at ways to improve them into 2016. Take a look at Teagasc’s farm business financial analysis service using the eProfit Monitor programme A nutrient management plan Look at a nutrient management plan for the whole farm incorporating a whole farm soil sampling. There are great deals in soil sampling for 2016. Read all about soil sampling in our soil sampling article on the DoneDeal blog. Nitrates derogation for your farm If your farm was close to the limits under the Nitrates directive a farmer should look at applying for a Nitrates derogation in 2016. This is the form you will need to fill out from the Department website.
These are just some of the areas that farmers should be looking at in 2016 and we will cover these in more detail along with other important topics during the year. Thanks for watching my video blogs on Facebook and YouTube during the year, as well as reading the blogs here; I hope that they were both interesting and informative. Read all our farming articles on DoneDeal at https://blog.donedeal.ie/tags/farming #Farming