ARCZero, a farmer-led European Innovation Project co-funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), will be holding three events over the coming weeks each highlighting different options that farmers can take on the road to net zero. This continues on from their successful series of farm walks last year which attracted large crowds.
The first event will be on the theme of “Net Zero and Animal Health” and will be held on Wednesday, April 26, at the dairy farm of Ian McClelland near Banbridge. Registration for this event is now open on the ARCZero website (arczeroni.org).
The second event will be around “Net Zero and Biodiversity” and will be held on Wednesday, May 24, on the beef & sheep farm of Patrick Casement near Ballycastle.
The third and final event will take place at Brook Hall Estate, Londonderry, on Tuesday, June 20, and will include an end of project conference in the morning followed by a farm walk in the afternoon on the theme of “Net Zero and Renewable Heat & Soils”.
ARCZero, led by Professor John Gilliland of Brook Hall Estate and Queen’s University, is comprised of seven innovative farmers from across Northern Ireland together with academic and industry partners, including Devenish, Queen’s University, AgriSearch and Birnie Consultancy.
It has been investigating practical ways to measure, manage and reduce carbon in ruminant farming. ARCZero has created a robust baseline of both emissions and carbon stocks and is now looking at how these farms can further reduce their emissions while increasing their carbon stocks in a manner which will accelerate their journey towards net zero.
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