DAIRY FARMERS WANTED FOR EXCITING NEW COLOSTRUM PROJECT
  Applications are now open to become a farmer co-researcher in AgriSearch's latest exciting dairy colostrum project. Working with research partners AFBI, Queen's University Belfast, Dale Farm and Devenish Nutrition, the project aims to recruit 30 dairy farms from across Northern Ireland to participate in the study which is funded by the Agri-Food Quest Competence Centre. Colostrum is rich in nutritional, antimicrobial and growth properties which are essential for the stimulation of the immune system of the newborn calf. Good quality colostrum should contain at least 50g/litre IgG...

AGRISEARCH TO SHOWCASE LATEST SHEEP RESEARCH
AgriSearch will be attending this years NSA Sheep NI event on 3rd July 2017 at Ballymena Livestock Mart. The main attraction will be a research update by Dr Liz Genever from AHDB, Beef & Lamb on RamCompare - the UK's first commercial progeny test, comparing the progeny of rams from five terminal sire breeds. Liz will be giving presentations on RamCompare at 11:30 am and 3:30 pm on the AgriSearch stand. AgriSearch will also be featuring the Lamb from Grass / GrassCheck projects as well as other new research projects currently getting underway. The Northern Ireland sheep sector is facing...

RamCompare prepares to launch early results
RamCompare is the UK's first commercial progeny test comparing the progeny of rams from five terminal sire breeds - Texel, Suffolk, Charollais, Meatlinc and Hampshire. This project is at an exciting stage having had a good lambing season with over 4000 lambs born. Early growth measurements are well underway and activity over the coming months remains busy as the RamCompare team complete the ultrasound scanning and DNA collection at each farms twelve week visit. At the same time lambs are being drawn for slaughter with some impressive early growth evident for a second season. Data...

The Northern Ireland Agricultural Research & Development Council (T/A AgriSearch) is seeking to appoint a Field Officer for a fixed period of no more than 12 months to assist with the delivery of a research project. Background Recent reports have indicated the average grass utilisation yields on dairy and beef farms throughout Northern Ireland are 7.5 and 4.1 kg DM/ha/year respectively, significantly lower than the genetic potential of modern day grass varieties.  Through a detailed on-farm survey of farmers (dairy and beef) and industry stakeholders from across Northern Ireland this...

"More from Grass" Event - 20th June 2017
AgriSearch will have a stand at the "More from Grass" event being held at AFBI, Loughgall on Tuesday 20th June and AgriSearch's GrassCheck programme will be featured. AFBI grassland scientists from Loughgall, Newforge, Crossnacreevy and Hillsborough will be present, along with staff from the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE). Many grassland farms in Northern Ireland are achieving well below their potential in terms of grass output and ‘More from Grass’ plans to deal with several key aspects of grassland management which affect production and utilisation. This...