Duration 4 years commencing January 2004 Pictured at the Handover of Final Report on Low Input Forages to AgriSearch Team and Leader Arnoud Hameleers, Lindsay Easson and Peter Frost Organisations Involved Agriculture Research Institute of Northern Ireland and Department ofAgriculture and Rural Development for Northern Ireland. Background and Summary Proposed changes in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will probably result in an extensification of land use in Northern Ireland agriculture. Land will have to be kept in `an agricultural state`. Possibly, levels of part time farming and the use of contractors will increase.  Dairy farmers...

Duration 4 years Launching the report Team and Leader C. Ferris, A. Dale, N.O’Connell, S.Mayne, (ARINI, Hillsborough), M. McCoy (Veterinary Science Division), C.Watson (Agri Environment Division) and D.Anderson (Agri Food Economics Division) Organisations Involved ARINI, VSD, AED & AFED Background and Summary The Northern Ireland dairy industry continues to face increasing pressures and challenges, including falling milk prices, increasing costs of inputs, ever increasing environmental pressures, labour shortages and increasing lifestyle expectations.  However, within this scenario, milk...

Duration 15 months (January 2009 – March 2010) Team and Leader Conrad Ferris, Elaine Vance, Niamh O’Connell and Ryan Law (AFBI, Hillsborough), Duncan Anderson (Agri Food Economics Division) Background and Summary  The Northern Ireland dairy industry continues to face increasing pressures and challenges, including increasing costs of inputs, labour shortages, unstable milk prices and low levels of fertility.   However, unlike in the Republic of Ireland, no advisory blueprint for milk production exists.  For example, while an increasing number of Northern Ireland herds are moving...

Duration 4 years commencing March 2005 Team and Leader  L. Dawson, M.A. McCoy and B. Moss Organisations involved Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland and Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for Northern Ireland (DARDNI) Background and Summary There are approximately 298,000 and 307,000 dairy and suckler cows in Northern Ireland respectively. Whilst it is envisaged that post Mid Term Review (MTR) of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) the number of suckler cows will decline, it is predicted that the dairy herd will increase slightly.  Currently progeny from...

Duration October 2004 - January 2005 Team and Leader R.M. Kirkland, T.W.J. Keady and D. Anderson Organisations Involved Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland and Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for Northern Ireland Background and Summary The continuing trend for increased use of Holstein genetics in dairy herds has resulted in a large number of Holstein-Friesian bull calves becoming available, at low cost, as a potential resource for the beef industry. Finishing of these cattle on intensive feeding regimes has become more attractive in recent...