Duration 15 months (January 2009 – March 2010) Team and Leader Conrad Ferris, Elaine Vance, Niamh O’Connell and Ryan Law (AFBI, Hillsborough), Duncan Anderson (Agri Food Economics Division) Background and Summary  The Northern Ireland dairy industry continues to face increasing pressures and challenges, including increasing costs of inputs, labour shortages, unstable milk prices and low levels of fertility.   However, unlike in the Republic of Ireland, no advisory blueprint for milk production exists.  For example, while an increasing number of Northern Ireland herds are moving...

Duration 4 years commencing March 2005 Team and Leader  L. Dawson, M.A. McCoy and B. Moss Organisations involved Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland and Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for Northern Ireland (DARDNI) Background and Summary There are approximately 298,000 and 307,000 dairy and suckler cows in Northern Ireland respectively. Whilst it is envisaged that post Mid Term Review (MTR) of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) the number of suckler cows will decline, it is predicted that the dairy herd will increase slightly.  Currently progeny from...

Duration October 2004 - January 2005 Team and Leader R.M. Kirkland, T.W.J. Keady and D. Anderson Organisations Involved Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland and Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for Northern Ireland Background and Summary The continuing trend for increased use of Holstein genetics in dairy herds has resulted in a large number of Holstein-Friesian bull calves becoming available, at low cost, as a potential resource for the beef industry. Finishing of these cattle on intensive feeding regimes has become more attractive in recent...

Duration Team and Leader F J Gordon Organisations Involved Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland (F Gordon), University College Dublin (D Kelleher and M Rath), Teagasc Moorepark (K O'Farrell). Background and Summary Within the industry there are major concerns regarding the length of time animals remain within the dairy herd (survivability), with a clear view that is deteriorating. This increasing problem may reflect a number of aspects, such as a declining fertility, increasing instances of health problems, or simply the fact that cows are being subjected to...

Duration 7 years commencing Spring 2000. Team and Leader Sinclair Mayne, Rae Park, Duncan Anderson and Geoff Simm. Organisations Involved Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland, Agricultural Economics Division, Newforge Lane and Scottish Agricultural College. Background and Summary Current dairy cow breeding programmes have resulted in significant improvements in milk production potential of the modern dairy cow. However, this has also been accompanied by increased incidences of infertility, lameness, mastitis and other production diseases.  With increased...