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dc.contributor.authorBuckley, Cathal
dc.contributor.authorWall, David P.
dc.contributor.authorMoran, Brian
dc.contributor.authorMurphy, Paul N. C.
dc.identifier.citationBuckley, Cathal; Wall, David P. Moran, Brian; Murphy, Paul N. C. (2015). Developing the eu farm accountancy data network to derive indicators around the sustainable use of nitrogen and phosphorus at farm level. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems 102 (3), 319-333
dc.description.abstractThis study uses a national farm survey which is part of the European Union (EU) Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN) to develop environmental sustainability indicators in the use of nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) across a range of farm systems in the Republic of Ireland. Farm level micro data were used to calculate all inputs and outputs of N and P that cross the farm gate and to derive balances (kg ha(-1)) and overall use efficiencies across 827 farms in 2012. The sample is populated weighted to represents 71,480 farms nationally. Results indicated an average N balance of 71.0 kg ha(-1) and use efficiency of 36.7 % across the nationally representative sample. Nitrogen balances were between two and four times higher across specialist dairy farms compared to livestock rearing and specialist tillage systems. Nitrogen use efficiency was generally lowest across milk producing systems compared to livestock rearing and tillage systems. Phosphorus balance and use efficiency averaged 4.7 kg ha(-1) and 79.6 % respectively across the sample. Specialist tillage and dairying farms had higher average P balances compared to other livestock based systems. The approach developed in this analysis will form the benchmark for temporal analysis across these indicators for future nutrient balance and efficiency trends and could assist other members of the EU FADN to develop similar nationally representative indicators.
dc.publisherSpringer Nature
dc.relation.ispartofNutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Ireland
dc.subjectfarm gate balance
dc.subjectuse efficiency
dc.subjectsustainability indicators
dc.subjectwater quality
dc.subjectdairy farms
dc.subjectuse efficiency
dc.subjectnutrient management
dc.subjectdiffuse pollution
dc.titleDeveloping the eu farm accountancy data network to derive indicators around the sustainable use of nitrogen and phosphorus at farm level

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