The aim was to promote the adoption of integrated nutrient management planning on livestock farms through both crop nutrition and animal feeding advice (FACTS and FAR).

Summary of points made:

  • The feed and fertiliser industries need to be self-critical about whether the right and best job is being done for farmers
  • Nutrient planning is more than a tick box exercise
  • Fertilisers and feed management need integrating within one nutrient cycle
  • There is an urgent need for professional advisers to work more effectively together to improve nutrient management, and increase financial returns which, in turn, drives environment benefit.