Project Overview: Agrisearch have recently became an industry member of the AHDB Feed into Beef (FIB) project. This project aims to deliver a much needed update to the beef nutrition and feeding standards for beef cattle in the UK. Scientists at AFBI and SRUC will lead the development work that adds new features while updating models used and feed characteristics. As a project member, Agrisearch will nominate a nutrition specialist who will represent us on an Industry Advisory Group (IAG) that will have access to the scientists working on the developments and provide feedback to the...

Project Team: Dr Masoud Shirali, Dr Francis Lively, Dr Stephanie Buijs and Dr Denise Lowe Organisations Involved: Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI), AgriSearch, DAERA, CAFRE, HSENI and UFU Introduction: The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) has reported over a quarter of farm fatalities which have occurred since 2000 have involved cattle, thus highlighting the importance of improving livestock farmers’ health and safety within the industry. In order to address these concerns, a multi-stage approach is required, including the role that livestock genetics could...

(Super-G) Developing Sustainable Permanent Grassland systems and policies (DBS-92-17)
Organisations Involved: Newcastle University, ADAS, University of Aberdeen, Mendel University in Brno, Centre for Ecological Research, Univerzitet Crne Gore, SLU, University of Turin, Wageningen University and Research, ETH Zürich, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, University of Göttingen, AFBI, Consulai, Universidad de Córdoba, Univerza v Ljubljani, CHambre D’Agriculture Normandie, AgriSearch, Chambre Régionale D’Agriculture Grand Est and La Blanche Maison. Aim: To co-develop sustainable permanent grassland systems and policies with farmers and policy makers​ Project Duration: The...

Project Team: Tianhai Yan, Conrad Ferris, Elizabeth Ball, Rachael Carolan, Rodrigo Olave, Dario Fornara and Alan Gordon. Background: Ammonia emissions are a particularly significant issue in Northern Ireland since per capita emissions are approximately four times higher here than in the rest of the UK. This reflects how NI differs from other parts of the UK as a food exporting region which is economically reliant on the agri-food sector and has relatively little cereal farming. Unlike Greenhouse Gases which impact on a global scale, the repercussions from relatively high ammonia emissions...

Duration 2 Years Leader and Team Dr Alistair Carson, AFBI - Hillsborough Organisations involved AgriSearch (Lead Industry Partner and Co-Funder), DARD Research Challenge Fund (Co-Funder), AFBI - Hillsborough (Research Partner) Background and Summary The research team is comprised of 12 Northern Ireland beef producers in partnership with AFBI scientists.  The project will develop management tools to accurately monitor greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from beef systems at individual farm level and evaluate selected  mitigation strategies within an on-farm project.   The main...