Castlewellan Farmer Is Aboard The Soil Scheme

Castlewellan farmer making use of his SNHS results assisted by CAFRE

Castlewellan farmer making use of his SNHS results assisted by CAFRE

Farmers in County Down and Armagh, Zone 1 of the Soil Nutrient Health Scheme (SNHS), have received their soil analysis results.

The results provide information on pH, nutrient indices and fertiliser recommendations for the farm.

To help farmers interpret and understand these results The College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) has organised a series of events across Zone 1.

The last of these events will be held on the farm of beef and sheep farmer John Milligan, near Castlewellan, on Tuesday 26 September, starting at 7.00pm.

John runs suckler beef, sheep and calf to beef enterprises with a strong focus on production from grassland and forage.

John has used soil analysis and nutrient management planning to improve the output from his farm.

The event will focus on using the results of the SNHS soil analysis to assess soil fertility, make best use of organic manures and plan chemical fertiliser applications to maximise grass production, comply with regulations and protect the environment. 

John Milligan, a beef farmer from Castlewellan, with Emma Neville and Andrew Thompson (CAFRE) reviewing SNHS Soil Analysis results in preparation for the TDF event on Tuesday 26 September. (Photos courtesy of DAERA).

The event will also demonstrate how farmers can access their results on the SNHS map viewer and explain how completing the SNHS training available at: 

will help farmers make best use of the information provided by the scheme.

The events will feature various speakers:

  • The host farmer will give an overview of their grassland management and explain how they have benefited from participating in the scheme and completing the SNHS training.
  • Alex Higgins from Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) will give an update on the SNHS soil analysis results and trends within Zone 1.
  • CAFRE technologists will discuss the benefits of nutrient management planning and provide instructions on how to join the SNHS training.

There is no booking required, simply come along if you wish attend:

Tuesday 26th September at 7:00pm50 Carnreagh Road, Castlewellan, BT31 9NY
Time and venue for the visit to John Milligan’s farm near Castlewellan.