Duration 12 Months completing December 2005 Team and Leader Organisations Involved  Dairy Council for Northern Ireland, Q.U.B. Newforge Lane. Background and Summary Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberucolosis (MAP), causes Johne's disease (JD) in cattle. Infected dairy cows shed the organism in faeces and in milk. Although not accepted as proven, there is a growing body of medical opinion that suggests that MAP may be a causative agent of Crohn's Disease (CD) in humans.  A recent article in the Lancet, reporting on research in USA, concluded "We detected viable MAP...

Duration Completed Team and Leader CS Mayne Organisations Involved Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland, Veterinary Science Division and Biometrics Division, Department of Agriculture C S Mayne, M. McCoy, F J. Gordon, W J McCaughey and E Goodall Background and Summary Poor reproductive performance is a major problem on dairy farms across Northern Ireland, resulting in considerable financial loss. The objective of this proposal is to establish a research programme, which will: (a) determine the nature and extent of the problem on Northern Ireland...

Project title: GrassCheck 4 – Improving grass utilisation under grazing by monitoring grass growth and through the development of a grass growth prediction model Project team: A. Dale and C. Ferris (AFBI, Hillsborough), S. Laidlaw (AFBI, Crossnacreevy), I. McCluggage, M. Mulholland and D. Mackey (CAFRE, Greenmount Campus) Duration:  21 months (April 2011 - December 2012) Background to proposal:                                   During the last 10 years (1999-2002; 2004-2006; 2007-2009) GrassCheck has provided livestock farmers in Northern Ireland with grass growth and quality information.  During...

Grass Check 3 - Monitoring of grass and clover growth and sward quality across NI - D-34-07
Project title: GrassCheck - Monitoring of grass and clover growth and sward quality across Northern Ireland Project team: A. Dale, S.Mayne (AFBI, Hillsborough), D. Mackey, M Mulholland, I McCluggage (CAFRE, Greenmount Campus), S. Laidlaw (AFBI, Crossnacreevy) Duration:   3 years commencing March 2007 Background to proposal:     GrassCheck has proven over two previous programmes (1999-2002; 2004-2006), to be a user friendly and helpful guide in monitoring grass growth and adding confidence to grassland management decisions. The format was redeveloped prior to the second programme, with...

Duration 5 years Team and Leader  A. Dale, S.Mayne, C. Ferris, (ARINI, Hillsborough), A. Hopps, I. McCluggage, M.Mulholland (CAFRE), D.Anderson (Agri Food Economics Division), B Horan, P. Dillon, L. Shalloo (Teagasc) Organisations involved ARINI. Teagasc, CAFRE, AFED Background and Summary Economic pressures on milk production continue to intensify, and with large scale changes to the structure of many dairy farms inevitable following recent legislative changes, the Northern Ireland dairy industry is facing a challenging future. The diversity of milk production systems in...