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.  

Visit the AgriSearch stand at the Winter Fair and win a Colostrometer
FIVE lucky farmers will happily head home from the RUAS Winter Fair at Balmoral next Thursday, Dec 8 having won a brand new colostrometer. This must have tool for those serious about calf rearing as the basis of their herd’s future success measures colostrum quality to help ensure calves get the protection vital for their survival and to maximise lifetime performance. So this Thursday coming, Dec 8, a free draw for five colostrometers takes place on the AgriSearch stand on the King’s Hall balcony. All visiting the AgriSearch stand for an up date from their fellow producers on practical...

BVD Meeetings a must for herd owners
An AgriSearch co-funded study recently undertaken by AFBI, Veterinary Sciences Division has revealed wide-spread exposure to bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV) in Northern Ireland dairy herds. AgriSearch are holding two evening meetings in Omagh (Wednesday 23rd November) and Greenmount Campus (Thursday 24th November) at which Dairy and Suckler Herd owners can discuss the study results and consider how Northern Ireland can follow Scotland and the Republic of Ireland in planning to eradicate this costly endemic disease.  Both meetings start at 8pm. Main speaker Maria Guelbenzu from AFBI...

PLI for Profit conference is a resounding success
Around 120 people attended last Tuesday’s “£PLI for Profit” Conference in the Glenavon Hotel, Cookstown. Feed back from the conference has been very encouraging. Over the next few weeks we will be featuring the papers of each of the speakers.  Starting this week with the paper given by Alistair Carson, Head of Agriculture Branch at AFBI, Hillsborough.  This paper is co-authored by Marco Winters of DairyCo who also attended the conference and took part in the discussion session. Progress in breeding for the Northern Ireland Dairy Sector    Summary The key messages in this paper...

The  ‘PLI for Profit’ conference will take place next Tuesday 18th October in the Glenavon House Hotel, Cookstown with registration & tea/coffee from 10am with the conference starting at 10.30am sharp. This AgriSearch sponsored event will focus on the vital role breeding can play in optimising the performance of your herd and the role of Profitable Lifetime Index, PLI. “The aim is to help producers make informed decisions about using PLI for sire selection. It can put money in your pocket,” says AgriSearch dairy committee chairman, Gary McHenry. “It will highlight the benefits to be...