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dc.contributor.authorMurphy, Paul N.C.
dc.contributor.authorThomas, Ian
dc.contributor.authorBuckley, Cathal
dc.contributor.authorKelly, Edel
dc.contributor.authorDillon, Emma
dc.contributor.authorHennessy, Thia
dc.description.abstractAgriBenchmark explored the possibilities for benchmarking of nutrient management performance on Irish farms. Teagasc National Farm Survey (NFS) data (2008–2015; 1446 farms) were used to characterise and explore the potential for improvement of farm nutrient management performance and resultant aspects of environmental and economic sustainability through the derivation of three key performance indicators (KPIs) at the farm-gate level: farm nutrient balance (kgha–1), nutrient use efficiency (NUE; %) and profitability (gross margin; €ha–1). In this report, the farm nutrient balance is defined as the farm-gate nutrient imports (fertiliser, feed, animals, etc.) minus the exports (animals, crops, wool and milk). A positive balance (surplus) is considered to represent a nutrient source pressure in terms of the risk of nutrient losses to the wider environment. The data and analyses in this report cover the main, more intensive agricultural systems in Ireland (excluding pig and poultry farms) and are representative of, on average, 61% of farms nationally and 76% of the total utilised agriculture area (UAA; excluding commonage).en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesEPA Research Reports; no 274
dc.rightsAttribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International*
dc.subjectfarm nutrientsen_US
dc.subjectbudgeting modelsen_US
dc.subjectsustainable nutrient managementen_US
dc.subjectEPA research reporten_US
dc.titleAgriBenchmark: Benchmarking Sustainable Nutrient Management on Irish Farmsen_US
dc.typeTechnical Reporten_US
dc.contributor.sponsorEnvironmental Protection Agencyen_US

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