ULSTER FARMERS FOR PLUMBRIDGE SUCKLER EVENT
PLUMBRUDGE suckler herd owners Patrick and Ciaran Kearney are hosting an AgriSearch farm walk from 11am on Wednesday 30th November.  Patrick and Ciaran run approximately 45 cows birth to beef, with additional calves and stores also bought to finish.  Patrick and Ciaran recognise the importance of having high genetic merit calves to maximise growth rates and finish cattle in-spec at the right age.    For the past two years the Kearney’s have synchronised a batch of cows and heifers as part of an AFBI study to evaluate low labour synchronisation protocols relative to traditional...

RESEARCHING FOR BETTER BEEF RETURNS
 Research results of real relevance to producers will be displayed and discussed on the AgriSearch stand during the Beef NI Expo 2016 event at the King’s Hall Complex Belfast on Saturday 19th November 2016.   Last year AgriSearch commissioned a major on-farm research project examining the role of synchronisation in improving the performance of Northern Ireland suckler herds.  This project is being co-funded by the DARD Research Challenge Fund and supported by industry partners Zoetis, Genus and AI Services.   At Beef NI Expo 2016 you will be able to speak to AFBI Scientists and the...

AGRISEARCH SEMINAR REVEALS BEST PRACTICE FOR DEALING WITH LIVER FLUKE
  Around 75 farmers, veterinary surgeons, scientists and advisors attended the recent AgriSearch seminar on Liver Fluke.  This featured the preliminary findings of a large scale research project on liver fluke, which is funded by BBSRC (Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council) and the UK research and development (R&D) levy bodies.  The seminar highlighted the cost of liver fluke, options for diagnosis, the importance of using the right amount of the right product at the right time and best practice for grazing and land management to avoid the spread of fluke from cattle to the...

Analysis of data from ground-breaking project begins
Early results from the RamCompare project are already very positive says co-ordinator Bridget Lloyd. The industry scheme aims to drive genetic improvement forward through the inclusion of commercial data in genetic evaluation and data analysis on the first crop of lambs is underway. Lamb growth has been closely monitored throughout the season on the six project farms, with the collection of birth, eight-week, 90-day and sale weights. Over 10,000 weight records have been taken from lambs born this year and they are being entered into the Signet Breeding Services database. Bridget Lloyd,...

GrassCheck Week Beginning 10-10-16
Grass growth for the last week has declined to 38kgDM/Ha/day.  Grass growth is predicted to fall to 27kgDM/Ha/day during this week and 22kg DM/Ha/day next week. Grass quality has declined slightly and currently has a dry matter of 12.7%, ME 11.6, Crude Protein of 22.9%, Sugars 8.2%.  GrassCheck is funded by AgriSearch. The full bulletin can be viewed by clicking here.         MANAGEMENT NOTES: Grass growth is declining, but is still well above the seasonal average.  Although grass quality on the cut plots is consistently good, this will not be representative of fields that have...