The farm walks are designed to assist farmers to meet the requirements of their audit as members of the Sustainable Beef and Lamb Assurance Scheme (SBLAS).
Farm walk attendees receive an SBLAS Information Booklet, outlining what is required of them to pass their SBLAS audit, with tips on how to accurately complete records.
Topics covered include:
Bord Bia auditors gather data during the audit process through the Sustainability Survey that enables Bord Bia to assess the environmental performance of quality assured farms via a carbon footprint calculation.
The data gathered is now being used to generate a farmer feedback report which includes a summary of farm performance under the following headings:
The reported data will compare current farm performance against changes since the last SBLAS audit and similar production systems.
The purpose of the new farmer feedback report will be to demonstrate to members how their farm inputs and activities contribute to greenhouse gas (GHG) production and will contain advice and feedback on how to mitigate against these emissions and improve production efficiencies. The advisory feedback is formulated in collaboration with Teagasc and will focus on measures set out in the Teagasc MACC curve.
23rd October, 2019 - Tullyvaragh Upper, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan
9th October, 2019 - Willie Kelly, Skreen, Co.Sligo
25th September, 2019 - Kildalton Agricultural College, Piltown, Co. Kilkenny.
11th September, 2019 - Salesian Agricultural College, Co. Limerick
24th July, 2019 – Clonakilty Agricultural College, Co. Cork
Through measurement and analysis the SBLAS demonstrates the sustainability of Irish beef and lamb farming at individual farm level and provides constructive feedback to farmers to help them with decision making aimed at improving their sustainability performance.