Roadshow Highlights Role of Technology in Driving Efficiency For New Dairy Entrant
The introduction of new technology has been a key component of the journey into dairying for new entrant Aidan McManus, who started dairying in 2011 and farms near Cloniff in County Fermanagh. Aidan will be hosting visitors to his farm on 13 September 2017, in the second of AFBI's 'Dairy Innovation in Practice' roadshows. The visit to Aidan's farm will be complemented with two similar events, kindly hosted by Ian McClelland, Banbridge, Co. Down on Tuesday 12 September and by David Hunter, Newtownstewart, Co. Tyrone on Thursday 14 September. In 2011, Aidan converted the 25ha farm business...

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...