'PLI for PROFIT' event for Dairy Farmers
Do you make use of Profitable Lifetime Index (PLI)? Do you understand how to use PLI? Dairy farmers planning to breed more profit into their herds are urged to attend a ‘PLI for Profit’ conference in Cookstown next month. Taking place in the Glenavon Hotel on Tues, 18 October, 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...

Jerseys Boost Holstein Fertility
Comparing Holstein-Friesian cows with Jersey X Holstein-Friesians milkers on three different levels of concentrate input confirmed that crossbred cattle are more fertile, but found that extra meal fed had no impact on fertility! Key, practical conclusions from applied research projects completed at the request of milk producers, who provided financial support through AgriSearch, the Northern Ireland Agricultural Research and Development Council.   Dr Elaine Vance, who worked on this AgriSearch supported research as a PhD student, has now presented the final outcomes of the breed...

Ulster Hosts Grassland Conference
Agricultural scientists from across the British Isles and from as far afield as Finland and Belgium meet in Northern Ireland for the 10th British Grassland Society annual research conference on Sept 20-21. As papers presented at the BGS conference come from both government research workers and those employed by commercial concerns this event offers an update on advances soon to impact on actual daily farming methods. Indeed at least six of the projects delegates will discuss were carried out at the behest of Northern Ireland farmers, who provided some financial support through AgriSearch,...

Knock 50% off your Bag Nitrogen Input
Dairy farmers can cut their bag nitrogen input by 50% over the summer by applying slurry to grazing ground using the trailing-shoe application method.  This was the money saving conclusion of trails at AFBI, Hillsborough promoted and part funded by farmers through AgriSearch, the NI Agricultural Research and Development Council.  In the recently published booklet ‘The Effect of Applying Slurry During the Grazing Season on Dairy Cow Performance’ Dr. Andrew Dale and colleagues reveal the results of applying slurry using the trailing-shoe technique from two grazing studies. The studies...

Testing of cattle for BVD, Bovine Viral Diarrhoea, is now on offer to randomly selected Northern Ireland dairy and suckler herd owners during routine Brucellosis testing. When bleeding stock for Brucellosis test samples, DARD staff will invite randomly selected farmers to take part in research into the incidence of BVD. Each herd keeper taking up this offer will be asked to sign a consent form to have free BVD testing carried out on blood samples from 10 animals aged nine to 18 months and complete a 10 mins telephone survey conducted by AFBI. Results will be supplied in...