Plan to vaccinate cattle against lungworm six weeks before turnout
Vaccination can help create herd immunity to lungworm, but the oral treatment has to be given twice, four weeks apart, with the latter dose given two weeks before turnout. This means farmers need to buy their vaccine now. “The vaccine creates short-term immunity until longer-lasting cover can develop naturally by the cattle picking up lungworm larvae while grazing,” explains Catherine McCarthy, who has recently completed a PhD on the epidemiology of lungworm at the University of Liverpool. “First season grazing calves, cattle not previously vaccinated, bought-in cattle with unknown...

Pedigree ram nominations open for fifth year of RamCompare
  The search is on for the country’s best rams as pedigree breeders are invited to put forward rams believed to have good lamb growth, carcase weight and conformation. Now in its fifth year, RamCompare uses data from throughout the supply chain to inform genetic evaluations. During the three seasons, more than 6,600 ewes have been mated to over 138 leading rams through artificial insemination (AI) and natural mating. Over 200 rams will have been progeny tested by the end of next summer. Results from the project will enable commercial farmers to select Signet recorded rams that produce...

UPLAND FARMERS WANTED TO PARTICIPATE IN EUROPEAN PROJECT ON PERMANENT GRASSLAND
AgriSearch are looking for upland farmers to volunteer to participate in a European project; SUstainable PERmanent Grassland (SUPER-G). SUPER-G is a Europe-wide research project that aims to co-develop sustainable permanent grassland (PG) systems and policies with farmers, citizens, and policy makers; ensuring business viability, while supporting biodiversity and delivering several other Ecosystem Services.   The recruited farmers must be willing to participate in workshops and surveys throughout the project.  Two of the farmers from the newly established network will be selected to...

AgriSearch marks the retirement of its former Chairman James Campbell
AgriSearch, the Northern Ireland farmer-funded research and innovation body, has marked the recent retirement of James Campbell from its Board of Trustees. From Newtownards James Campbell has a very strong farming heritage. He was a key driving force in helping AgriSearch deliver on its objectives of identifying and funding key applied research projects, which have helped deliver enhanced levels of production and efficiency at farm level right across Northern Ireland. An honours’ graduate in biochemistry from Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), James went on to secure a Master’s degree in farm...

AGRISEARCH HOST EU COUNTRIES FOR MAJOR GRASSLAND PROJECT BRIEFING
Farming representatives from 11 European countries were hosted in Belfast recently by the farmer funded research body, Agrisearch NI and AFBI. They were here for the first Stakeholder Seminar in the Europe-wide Research Project into Developing SUstainable PERmanent Grassland systems and policies (SUPER-G)  The Seminar was attended by the Atlantic Region with 52 delegates discussing permanent grassland management and policies around Europe. It was organised with the aim of presenting the SUPER-G project to different stakeholders; gathering their opinion and reflecting on the diverse types of...