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...

Food Security – Challenges and Opportunities for Animal Science’ was the topical theme for a major agricultural research conference at the University of Nottingham this past week. The BSAS, British Society of Animal Science, 2011 Annual Conference attracted the cream of research workers from across the UK, Europe and beyond. Four farm based research projects selected and supported by AgriSearch, the NI Agricultural Research and Development Council, were discussed at the BSAS event last Mon and Tuesday, April 4-5. Dr Ronald Annett and Dr Alistair Carson from AFBI,...

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...