Agrisearch is spearheading a new project aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from dairy farms by improving dry cow management to boost fertility, herd health and production performance. This project also aims to develop an on-line benchmarking tool allowing NI farmers to calculate the carbon footprint of their farms.  Co-funded by AgriSearch and the DARD Research Challenge Fund this applied research project offers huge potential benefits to the dairy industry. AFBI, Hillsborough as the research partner in the project, hosted an initial meeting of the nine farmers taking...

On-farm research to direct low carbon beef production in the Northern Ireland beef industry Research to underpin low carbon beef production is the theme of a new research and development programme to be featured at suckler beef farm walks on 3 May 2011 (Sam Chesney, Kircubbin), 4 May 2011 and (Patrick & Ciaran Kearney, Plumbridge, Omagh) 5 May 2011 (Tom Moorhead, Broughshane).  This new DARD Research Challenge Fund programme is funded by AgriSearch and DARD and is well on the way to providing new tools and information on which to base future systems. Driving forward efficiency in...