D-82-16 - Enhancing precision within winter feeding systems for dairy cows
Objectives: The overall objective of this research programme is to introduce increased precision into concentrate allocation and management strategies for dairy cows, and to increase reliance on quality forage in dairy cow diets, through 1) an enhanced focus on individual animal data, by 2) making use of individual cow precision monitoring technologies, 3) through the development of intake prediction algorithms and, 4) by exploring the role of Mid-Infra Red Reflectance milk technology to predict animal characteristics. This overall objective will be achieved through the following...

Project title: Evaluation of prediction accuracy of milk mid-infrared spectroscopy technique for feeding efficiency and methane emissions from dairy cows using AFBI calorimeter data Project team:  Tianhai Yan and David Wills    Duration:- Three Years     Background to proposal:     This proposal is to support AFBI’s participation in a Genome Canada project entitled: improving feed efficiency and reducing methane emissions from dairy cows using milk mid-infrared spectroscopy. The overall objective of this Genome Canada project is to develop a cost-effective tool for breeding...

(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...

Organisations involved: Agrisearch; ABP UK; Dale Farm; Devenish Nutrition; Dunbia; Finnebrogue Artisan; Foyle Food Group; LacPatrick Dairies (NI); Lakeland Dairies (NI); Linden Foods; WD Meats; Hewitt Meats; C&J Meats. Research Organisations: AFBI and QUB (Belfast). Project Team: Steven Morrison, Nigel Scollan, Jason Rankin and John Gilliland Background: The Northern Ireland food and drinks sector is worth over £4.4 billion (DAERA, 2016). Exports are a key feature of the agri-food with approximately 75% of produce leaving Northern Ireland. The global context for agriculture, food and...