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This presentation was made by Peter Scott (Origin Fertilisers and member of the AIC Fertiliser sector Agriculture and Environment Committee) at a FACTS Management Committee meeting in Feb 2016.
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.