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...

B-21-15 - Development of systems to improve dairy origin beef young stock health and performance
Project Summary Successful calf rearing is critical for profitable dairy beef production.  Provision of adequate levels of nutrition and ensuring that animal health and welfare are optimised are fundamental to ensure calf rearing is done as efficiently as possible.  Calf morbidity during calf rearing results in calves not meeting target live weights and, therefore, increased costs within dairy beef systems.  This project aligns with a number of DARD and AgriSearch funded research programmes conducted at AFBI Hillsborough looking at the rearing calves from the dairy herd for both dairy...

Duration 2 Years Team and Leader AFBI, Stormont Organisations Involved AgriSearch (Project Leader and Co-Funder), DARD Research Challenge Fund (Co-Funder), Ulster Farmers Union, AFBI - Stormont (Research Partner) Background and Summary Bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV) is the most significant endemic viral disease in the United Kingdom from both a welfare and an economic perspective, and the prospect of control and eradication of BVDV is currently the subject of considerable attention in both the UK and Ireland. The inefficiencies due to the production losses...

(B-22-16) - Beef from Grass - An evaluation of beef grazing strategies for the NI beef industry
OBJECTIVES The objective of this project proposal is to improve grazed grass utilisation in Northern Ireland beef production systems.  The project involves 4 work packages: WP1.  Beef grassland survey The majority of beef farmers in Northern Ireland have failed to uptake the advice from CAFRE on how to maximise performance from grazed grass.  It is proposed to undertake a detailed farmer survey to identify why this advice has not been adopted at a farm level and establish what future capital/research or advisory needs are required to deliver practical means for farmers to improve...