Duration Team and Leader F J Gordon Organisations Involved Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland (F Gordon), University College Dublin (D Kelleher and M Rath), Teagasc Moorepark (K O'Farrell). Background and Summary Within the industry there are major concerns regarding the length of time animals remain within the dairy herd (survivability), with a clear view that is deteriorating. This increasing problem may reflect a number of aspects, such as a declining fertility, increasing instances of health problems, or simply the fact that cows are being subjected to...

Duration 7 years commencing Spring 2000. Team and Leader Sinclair Mayne, Rae Park, Duncan Anderson and Geoff Simm. Organisations Involved Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland, Agricultural Economics Division, Newforge Lane and Scottish Agricultural College. Background and Summary Current dairy cow breeding programmes have resulted in significant improvements in milk production potential of the modern dairy cow. However, this has also been accompanied by increased incidences of infertility, lameness, mastitis and other production diseases.  With increased...

Duration 6 years commencing Spring 2000 Team and Leader Sinclair Mayne, Fred Gordon, Conrad Ferris and Maurice McCoy. Organisations involved Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland, Veterinary Science Division. Background and Summary Dairy her infertility, mastitis and lameness have been highlighted as the three most significant problems on dairy farms in Northern Ireland in both recent surveys undertaken by AgriSearch. It has long been established that fertility and mastitis are strongly negatively correlated with genetic improvement of milk production...

Duration Team and Leader Drs. C Ferris, D Patterson, J Stevens and R Agnew Organisations Involved ARINI, Hillsborough and Environmental Science Division Background and Summary A major proportion of the Northern Ireland dairy industry will remain on its present route of improving milk yield per cow within efficient traditional type, dairying systems. In these systems the key will be to efficiently increase milk output per farm, involving a mix of keeping more cows, increasing milk yield per cow, but most importantly achieving greater milk output per labour unit on the...

Duration 3 years Team and Leader Dr Ferris Organisations Involved AFBI Hillsborough Background and Summary Timescale Benefits Details to follow