GRASSCHECK EXPANDS COVERAGE FOR 2017
  Cutting edge technologies are being deployed on 35 farms across Northern Ireland to expand the scope and coverage of GrassCheck for 2017.  Data collected from these farms will be used to provide farmers with up-to-date information on grass growing conditions and grass quality in their locality to help them make the most of this valuable resource.   AgriSearch and AFBI have recruited dairy, beef and sheep pilot farmers reflecting a range of farm systems and land types.    Each of the pilot farmers have been equipped with the latest GPS rising plate-meters to measure grass covers....

Make lungworm control a priority this spring
  Lungworm infection is unpredictable by nature, and poses a significant threat to young calves, potentially reducing growth rates by over 20% and costing £50 to £100 per head.   Mary Vickers, COWS representative and AHDB Beef and Lamb Senior Scientist explains that incidences of lungworm are hard to predict and have been consistently reported across the country in recent years.   “As producers look ahead to spring grazing, control of the parasite should be a key consideration,” says Dr Vickers.   “Planning ahead, and speaking to your vet, SQP, farm adviser or veterinary pharmacist to...

EuroDairy to hold webinar on Compost Bedded Pack Barns for Dairy Cows
EuroDairy will be holding a webinar on “Compost bedded pack barns for dairy cows: USA knowledge and experience” on Tuesday 14th February 2017 at 7pm (GMT).   What to expect Good health and animal welfare are essential elements for a profitable, consumer friendly dairy farming. Animal care could be improved by alternative housing systems, such as bedded pack barns. Join the USA experts Jeffrey Bewley and Joseph Taraba in this webinar to hear, discuss and ask questions about current knowledge and best practice in the USA regarding compost bedded pack barns. The compost bedded pack...

SHEEP FARMER CO-RESEARCHERS WANTED
  Applications are now open to become a farmer co-researcher in AgriSearch’s latest sheep project: Lamb from Grass.   Working with research partners at AFBI, the project will recruit nine sheep farms from across Northern Ireland to participate in the study.  Four of these to be upland (hill) farmers and five to be lowland farmers.   “Lamb from Grass” is a three-year project (2017-19) funded by DAERA and AgriSearch which aims to identify and implement sheep grazing strategies that can maximise the use of grass on both upland / hill and lowland production systems.   Work carried out by...

Introduction to Compact TMR feeding system for dairy cows
  Compact TMR (Total Mixed Ration) is a mixing and feeding concept that targets nutrition and behaviour of dairy cows with the aim to simultaneously benefit productivity, efficiency and health. With Compact TMR all cows in a feeding group have unlimited access to a feed mix that cannot be sorted.    “Compact TMR – for improved feed efficiency” is the subject of a webinar to be held on Tuesday 17th January at 12 noon (GMT) by EuroDairy: a pan European network for dairy farming, which is linked to farmers in Northern Ireland through AgriSearch, the NI Agricultural Research and Development...