Over 80 farmers from every corner of Northern Ireland have applied to become a pilot farmer in the new GrassCheck and “Beef from Grass” projects.

 

AgriSearch’s Chairman Michael Bell said, “We are really encouraged by the enthusiastic support for AgriSearch and these new projects which aim to maximise the use of grass - our greatest asset”. 

 

“A recent study undertaken by AFBI for the Sustainable Agricultural Land Management Strategy, showed that for every extra tonne of grass dry matter utilised per hectare, margins improved by £441 per hectare per year on dairy farms and by £204 per hectare per year on a beef and sheep farm.

 

“These two innovative projects will give us a much better understanding of the potential for grass growth and utilisation on various land types and farming systems.  With the aim being to have this ‘Better data leading to better farming’ and improved margins.”