Duration 2 Years Leader and Team Dr Alistair Carson, AFBI - Hillsborough Organisations involved AgriSearch (Lead Industry Partner and Co-Funder), DARD Research Challenge Fund (Co-Funder), AFBI - Hillsborough (Research Partner) Background and Summary The research team is comprised of 12 Northern Ireland beef producers in partnership with AFBI scientists.  The project will develop management tools to accurately monitor greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from beef systems at individual farm level and evaluate selected  mitigation strategies within an on-farm project.   The main...

Duration 2 Years Team and Leader AFBI, Stormont Organisations Involved AgriSearch (Project Leader and Co-Funder), DARD Research Challenge Fund (Co-Funder), Ulster Farmers Union, AFBI - Stormont (Research Partner) Background and Summary Bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV) is the most significant endemic viral disease in the United Kingdom from both a welfare and an economic perspective, and the prospect of control and eradication of BVDV is currently the subject of considerable attention in both the UK and Ireland. The inefficiencies due to the production losses...

Duration 3 years Team and Leader L. Dawson, F. Lively and B. Moss Organisations Involved Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland and Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for Northern Ireland Background and Summary Currently, production of beef from the suckler herd is a relatively inefficient way of producing beef as the cow has to be maintained whilst it takes up to 30 months to produce a finished animal. Prime beef production from the suckler herd has declined in recent years to the current level of 53% of beef output.  Furthermore it is...

Duration 4 months Team and Leader R. Steen Organisations Involved ARINI - C.S. Mayne, D. Patterson, A. Carson, and Economics Research Division Background and Summary Ruminant livestock production is facing major challenges brought about mainly by the difficult economic climate which now pervades. It is our view that while new innovative research programmes are in hand to help farmers produce milk, beef and lamb more profitably the first need is for farmers to be made fully aware of the considerable amount of research information which is already available on lower cost...

Duration 6 years commencing Spring 2000 Team and Leader R.W.J. Steen Organisations Involved Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland, Agricultural Economics Division, Newforge Lane and Scottish Agricultural College. Background and Summary Rearing and finishing Holstein calves could provide an additional enterprise for beef producers in the current situation of low profitability in the beef industry. However, beef from Hosteins is only useful for manufacturing, and conventional cereal bull beef production is currently uneconomic unless one BSP can be...