Feed-to-Yield Dairy Systems: are lower milk fat levels a problem?
The adoption of feed-to-yield systems in which concentrates are offered to individual cows according to their milk yield is now common practice. This often involves farms offering a ‘basal diet’ of silage and concentrates, to support the energy requirements of the cow for maintenance, plus a certain milk yield. Additional concentrates are then offered to individual cows to support milk yields above those supported by the basal diet. These additional concentrates are often offered at a feed-rate of 0.45 kg of concentrate per litre of milk. Recent research by Conrad Ferris at AFBI,...

EuroDairy Webinar: The carbon footprint of milk and the Life Carbon Dairy Project
EuroDairy will be holding a webinar on the carbon foot print of milk and the Life Carbon Dairy Project.  This will take place on Monday 25th June 2018 at 18:00. Dairy production has opposing effects on climate change. It generates greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions but can regulate climate through carbon storage in soils. This means that management techniques can impact on the sustainability of agriculture. Studies reveal that knowledge gaps exist amongst French Dairy farmers about the use of different agricultural practices on GHG emissions and in the availability of new innovative...

DAIRY FARMERS WANTED TO PARTICIPATE IN AGRISEARCH STUDY ON "FEED-TO-YIELD" SYSTEMS
AgriSearch are currently seeking to recruit 30 dairy farms from across Northern Ireland, to participate in a new “feed-to-yield” study being conducted in partnership with AFBI.  This project is being co-funded by DAERA under the Research Challenge Fund. On many farms concentrates are now being offered to dairy cows on a ‘feed-to-yield’ basis, with feed levels in excess of 14 - 20 kg concentrate/cow/day not uncommon with higher yielding cows. However, AFBI research indicates that concentrate levels in excess of 13 - 14 kg concentrate/cow/day are often associated with lower milk fat...

AGRISEARCH CO-FUNDED RESEARCH ON SHOW AT DAIRY INNOVATIONS 2018
Results of real relevance to dairy farmers from a wide range of AgriSearch co-funded research projects will be discussed at the upcoming Dairy Innovations 2018 Open Day at AFBI, Hillsborough on Wednesday 6th June 2018.  Tours will depart at regular intervals from 10.30am to 2.30pm.   Topics being discussed include grassland management, winter feeding, zero grazing, heifer rearing, nutrient management, animal health and welfare and beef from the dairy herd.  AgriSearch will have an interactive GrassCheck exhibit within the Grassland focus area where you will have a chance to discuss...

AGRISEARCH TO HOST RAMCOMPARE FARM WALK
AgriSearch will be holding a sheep farm walk at the AFBI, Deerpark Farm, Drumilly Road, Loughgall, BT61 8JH, on the 4th June 2018. The farm walk will be run in partnership with AFBI, Dunbia and AHDB. The theme of the event is Efficient Lamb Production and will focus on the breeding and feeding aspects of lowland lamb production. On the evening, Liz Genever (AHDB) will give an overview of RamCompare - the UK’s first commercial progeny test and that has been testing performance-recorded rams from terminal sire breeds since 2015. Initial results, including new estimated breeding values (EBVs)...