New Final Report Released on Heifer Management as AgriSearch PhD Student Alastair Boyle Graduates
A new final report on dairy heifer management is now available to download from the AgriSearch website. “Strategies for maximising health, welfare and performance in first lactation heifers” was undertaken as a PhD study by Dr Alastair Boyle who recently graduated from Queens.  Dr Niamh O’Connell and Dr Conrad Ferris also formed part of the research team. It takes 2 years and approximately £1,220 to rear a dairy heifer to the point of replacement. Heifer replacement rate impacts on overall herd profitability and greenhouse gas emissions. The calving period is highly stressful for dairy...

A new report is available for download from the AgriSearch. The study looked at strategies for maximising health, welfare and performance of first lactation dairy heifers.  It was carried out by Alistair Boyle as his PhD with assistance from Dr Niamh O'Connell and Dr Conrad Ferris. The study sought the answer to four questions: In summary, the research suggests that it is beneficial from a welfare perspective to introduce calved dairy heifers into a lactating group containing older animals after evening milking, and also to mix them with older animals prior to calving....

AgriSearch PhD Student Alistair Boyle with Dr Sinlair Mayne (DARD Scientific Advisor), Mark Brown (DARD Deputy Secretary) and Jason Rankin (AgriSearch Project Officer)A new report is available for download from the AgriSearch website.  This PhD study was carried out by Alistair Boyle with assistance from Niamh O'Connell and Conrad Ferris.  The study looked at managment strategies for first lactation heifer to maximise health, welfare and performance.  In particular the study set out to answer four questions: Are there benefits in introducing dairy heifers to the main dairy herd in the evening rather than the morning? Does housing nulliparous cows with multiparous animals prior to calving influence welfare and performance after...

New Farmers booklet launch on beef from the dairy herd
Maximising returns from beef progeny sourced from the dairy herd is the subject of a new farmers booklet launched at the Winter Fair by AgriSearch. The booklet reports the results of a research project aimed to evaluate the health and lifetime performance of dairy-origin calves.  360 spring born bull calves of four genotypes (Holstein, Angus X Holstein, Limousin X Holstein and Belgian Blue X Holstein) were sourced from 12 farms throughout Northern Ireland. The immunity status of the calves was determined using a ZST test.  Calves with inadequate immune status required a greater number of...

And the winners are!
Valerie and Drew McConnell, Omagh join Professor Fred Gordon in helping their PhD student daughter Debbie McConnell make the draw on the Agrisearch Stand at the RUAS Winter Fair in Belfast. The five lucky winners of a colostrum quality test kit were; Ian Irwin, Ballinamallard, Jim Morrow, Newtownards, Stephen Marshall, Ardstraw,Wilfred Anderson, Newtownhamilton, Alec Boyle, Carrowdore. To receive your free AgriSearch updates by e mail contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.