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Efficient Sustainability

Efficient Sustainability

What is expected of a TDF Host?

To host a minimum of 8 groups of visiting farmers and provide a demonstration of the specified technologies.

What should the Host expect in return?
  • Technical support from a CAFRE Technologist
  • IT and other equipment to support the delivery of demonstrations
  • A Support Assistant to assist at each visit
  • A £600 payment per demonstration hosted

To become a technology demonstration farm for this theme, applicants must be able to demonstrate the following innovative technologies:
  • Carbon Footprint/Carbon Balance
    Understands the importance of measuring a carbon footprint and the impact of farm management decisions. Demonstrates a carbon reduction plan and the benefits of a range of mitigation options.
  • Nutrient Use Efficiency
    Demonstrates the use of nutrient management planning. For example, regular soil analysis and corrective liming policy, the use of crop fertilisation plans and nutrient application risk maps. Understands the importance of maximising organic manure nutrient across the farm and the impact on water and air quality. Demonstrates fertiliser use efficiency and technologies associated with precision nutrient application. Demonstrates an ammonia reduction plan and the use of ammonia reduction technologies.

Applicants may be shortlisted based on being able to demonstrate the use of the following technologies:
  • Soil Health
    Demonstrates the use of technologies to enhance soil health. For example assessment of soil organic matter content and the use of cover crops to enhance organic matter, assessment of biological, (e.g. earthworm counts) and physical (e.g. assessing soil structure) indicators of soil health, machinery for reducing soil compaction or improving soil aeration.
  • Renewables
    Demonstrates the use of renewable technologies such as PV, wind or electric vehicles.
  • Resource Efficiency
    Understands the importance of resource efficiency such as water, waste and energy. Demonstrates the use of a clean and dirty water management plan. Demonstrates the use of technologies and/or practices to minimise farm waste. Demonstrates the efficient use of energy through use of an on-farm energy audit and/or technologies to reduce energy consumption.
  • Circular Systems
    Aimed at the continual use of resources and eliminating waste. Demonstrates home grown proteins and feeds, using crop rotation plans, to minimise purchased feed. Recycling nutrients from manure, water, wastes. Demonstrates the use of recycling services for farm generated waste for example recycling and separation of farm plastics.
  • Habitat Creation and Management
    Demonstrates the inclusion of habitat creation and management within the farm e.g. farm woodland creation and field boundary management to enhance biodiversity. Demonstrates the use of technologies to enhance watercourse habitats such as the use of riparian strips and livestock fencing along watercourses.

To view the terms and conditions and for a more detailed description of these required and desirable technologies, click here.

Applications will open on Wednesday 7th April 2021 and will close at 4pm on Friday 30th of April 2021. Applicants will then be shortlisted and those selected will undergo an on-farm suitability assessment.

Part of the Farm Business Improvement Scheme in the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 and part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development
Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
The European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development
Rural Development Programme