Farmers interested in participating in AgriSearch’s new Beacon Farm Network are reminded that applications close on Monday 4th January at 12 Noon.

AgriSearch aim to recruit beef, sheep and dairy farmers from a range of systems and land types (including upland / hill farms) across Northern Ireland for the Beacon Farm Network.  Farms within the network will collect data to form baselines across the three key themes of People, Planet and Profit, and provide a platform for research to improve the profitability and sustainability of the ruminant livestock sector in Northern Ireland.

AgriSearch Chairman, Seamus McCaffrey said:

Edwin Poots MLA, Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Minister; John Henning, Senior Vice-Chair, AgriSearch; Harold Johnston; Peter Morrow, Vice-Chair, AgriSearch; Jason Rankin, General Manager, AgriSearch; Seamus McCaffrey, Chair, AgriSearch
Edwin Poots MLA, Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Minister; John Henning, Senior Vice-Chair, AgriSearch; Harold Johnston; Peter Morrow, Vice-Chair, AgriSearch; Jason Rankin, General Manager, AgriSearch; Seamus McCaffrey, Chair, AgriSearch

“The key challenge facing beef, dairy and sheep farmers over the coming years will be to continue producing high quality, affordable food to feed a growing population, while maximising animal welfare and environmental gains.  Indeed, the government target for Northern Ireland to be carbon neutral by 2045 presents a challenge for all parts of industry and society as a whole.  Farmers want to play their part in delivering these targets. For too long, agriculture has been presented as part of the problem, but we want to demonstrate through innovative practices and research how farming can be a big part of the solution.

“To that end, we are creating a new network of Beacon farms – beef, dairy and sheep farms that will lead the way in developing cutting edge, innovative farm systems.  Building on the success of the GrassCheck project, and representative of all parts of the ruminant sector in Northern Ireland, the Beacon farm network will measure and benchmark levels of carbon sequestration on livestock farms and quantify the benefits of ecosystem services delivered by farmers.

“We want to demonstrate both to farmers and the wider community how farming systems can fit together to deliver for people and the planet, as well as for their individual farm businesses.  I would encourage farmers to get involved in this exciting project which help future proof the industry in Northern Ireland by promoting and developing farm systems that are both financially and environmentally sustainable.”

Click here for an information pack for farmers

Click here for the online application form

See the PDF VERSION of the Application Form (for reference only)

A recording of a briefing webinar for farmers interested in applying can be viewed here:

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