"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...

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...