ADAPTING TO VARIABLE GRASS GROWTH KEY FOCUS FOR DOWNPATRICK FARM
Taking early proactive management to deal with grass shortages will be the key discussion point at an upcoming AgriSearch-AFBI-CAFRE farm walk, to be held on the farm of Paul and Frank Turley in Downpatrick, 11 Struell Wells Road, Downpatrick, BT30 6RL on Wednesday 29th August at 6pm. Paul and Frank run 190 Angus x British Friesian suckler cows on 400 acres with progeny finished as heifers / steers at 17-18 months.  They also rear and finish 100 dairy origin Angus x Holstein cattle at 19-22 months.  Paul and Frank place a strong emphasis on good grassland management across the farm to...

PROACTIVE GRAZING MANAGEMENT REAPS REWARDS AT LIMAVADY FARM
Making the most of grass on a heavy farm will be the key topic of discussion at the upcoming AgriSearch farm walk at the farm of Andrew Dale near Limavady, on the 21st of August 2018 at 10:30 am. Andrew who farms in partnership with his father John, manages an Autumn-Winter herd of 110 Fleckvieh cows. This year the farm is reaping the rewards of good growing conditions across the 70 hectare platform. To date grass production has been just under 9 tonne DM/Ha. ‘‘Despite the late Spring, 2018 so far has been an exceptional grass growing year for us, with growth being in excess of 100 kg...

MAXIMISING BEEF PRODUCTION FROM GRASS KEY FOCUS FOR SANDHOLES FARM
Making the most from grazed grass will be the key discussion point at an upcoming AgriSearch-AFBI-CAFRE farm walk, to be held on the farm of Wayne Acheson on the outskirts of the village of Sandholes, County Tyrone on Tuesday 21st August at 7pm. The farm finishes approximately 1,200 cattle per year and consists of 400 acres of lowland (200 acres fixed grazing platform and 200 acres dedicated to silage) and a 520 acre hill.  The fixed grazing platform is laid out in hectare paddocks with approximately 100 paddocks grazing 600 store bullocks throughout the grazing season.    The farm’s 100 cow...

MAXIMISING RETURNS FROM GRASS KEY FOCUS ON STEWARTSTOWN FARM
Making the most of grass this autumn to boost winter forage options will be the key discussion point at a series of upcoming AgriSearch-AFBI-CAFRE farm walks, the first of which will be held on the farm of Henry Stewart, Stewartstown, County Tyrone. The farm hosts a herd of 220 Holstein dairy cows managed in a block calving system with 50% of cows calving in autumn and 50% in spring. The herd is currently achieving an average production of 8,200 litres per cow, with 2,759 litres produced from forage. Henry places a strong emphasis on good grassland management across the 280 acre farm to...

AGRISEARCH WELCOMES EMPHASIS ON SCIENCE, INNOVATION AND KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE IN DAERA’S PROPOSALS FOR A FUTURE AGRICULTURAL POLICY FRAMEWORK
AgriSearch has welcomed the publication of DAERA’s stakeholder engagement paper on the future agricultural policy framework for Northern Ireland.   AgriSearch Chairman John Henning said, “We are pleased that the document recognises the importance of science, innovation, knowledge exchange and continuous professional development in delivering both increased productivity and improved environmental sustainability.  AgriSearch is already leading and participating in a wide portfolio of research projects that are aimed at delivering these goals.   “We welcome the proposals to take a broader...