Host farmers Adrian and Aaron Houston from Plumbridge, County TyroneAgriSearch in conjunction with AFBI and CAFRE will be holding three Research Challenge Fund farms walks across Northern Ireland on Wednesday 31st October, Thursday 1st November and Friday 2nd November. 

These farm walks will feature the findings of a Research Challenge Fund project on transition cow management, as well as range of other relevant topics:

  • Feed planning: dealing with issues of silage shortages and poor silage quality
  • Recent AFBI research on winter feeding
  • Transition cow management, including health and fertility
  • efficiency by reducing greenhouse gas emissions

The farm walks will be hosted by:

  • Wednesday 31st October:  Cathal and Conor Case, 15 Gruig Lane, Cloughmills, Ballymena, BT44 9JD
  • Thursday 1st November:  Brian & Jonathan Matthews, 15 Lisnasure Road, Donacloney, Craigavon, BT66 7NN
  • Friday 2nd November:  Adrian, Clarence and Aaron Houston, 15 Landahussey Road, Plumbridge, Omagh, BT79 8EQ

Each of these events, signposted from the nearest village, starts at 11am sharp and will finish with a complimentary light lunch.

In the interests of biosecurity those attending are asked to wear clean clothing not previously worn while in direct contact with their own animals.  Outdoor work boots should not be worn.  Protective overalls and footwear will be provided.

For further information contact Jason Rankin at AgriSearch on (028) 8778 9770.