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...

EuroDairy Webinar: Dry cow treatment of the high producing cow
On Wednesday 21st June 2017 at 6pm a webinar is being run on “Dry cow treatment of the high producing milk cow”.  The webinar is being run through the EuroDairy network and will be presented by Håkan Landin and Jessica Ekström.    Håkan Landin, DVM, is an expert on udder health and animal welfare.  He works at the Swedish advisory organisation Växa Sverige.  His presentation focuses on challenges and management of the dry period. Jessica Ekastöm, MSc in Agriculture, is Deputy Leader for Animal Care.  She works as a research officer in Stiftelsen Lantburksforskning (Swedish farmers’...

EuroDairy webinar: Opportunities and challenges in calf housing and management for the next decade
On Thursday May 4th 2017, 17:30 (GMT) a webinar is being run about ‘Opportunities and challenges in calf housing and management for the next decade’. Join and hear about new approaches to improve calf housing and care presented by Nina von Keyserslingk. She is professor at the University of British Columbia Canada and an internationally recognized expert. Calf care is possibly the most challenging job on the dairy farm, in part, because the milk-fed calves are the most likely to become ill. New ways of rearing calves are becoming available that can benefit both farmers and their...