Helping you to make best use of your SNHS soil analysis results

Date published: 13 September 2023


The College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) is running a series of events during September to help farmers interpret and understand their Soil Nutrient Health Scheme (SNHS) soil analysis results and provide guidance on how to access SNHS Training. The series of events will begin on Tuesday 19 September.

James Henderson, with Aveen McMullan (CAFRE) and Andrew Thompson (CAFRE) preparing for TDF Event on Thursday 21st September.

At each of the events, there will be various speakers, the host farmer will provide an overview of their grassland management and explain how they have benefited from participating in SNHS and completing training. 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 complete the SNHS training.

Farmers will learn how to use their SNHS soil analysis results to assess soil fertility, make best use of organic manures and plan chemical fertiliser applications to meet, but not exceed, crop nutrient requirements, potentially reducing spend on chemical fertiliser. At each event, it will also be demonstrated how Zone 1 farmers can access their results on the SNHS map viewer. Farmers will learn how to access and complete SNHS Training; which is available on the CAFRE website and will help you to make management decisions to target the application of organic manures and potentially reduce chemical fertiliser, using the information provided by the scheme.

CAFRE Soil Nutrient Health Scheme Training – Awareness events



Tuesday 19th September, 11am

Jason Rankin

2 Crossnamuckley Road, Newtownards, BT22 2AA

Thursday 21st September, 7pm

James Henderson

17 Nicholsons Road, Kilkeel, BT34 4JN

Tuesday 26th September, 7pm

John Milligan

50 Carnreagh Road, Castlewellan, BT31 9NY








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