SIXTH EVENT IN THE FOCUS ON FARMERS WEBINAR SERIES TO FOCUS ON EATING QUALITY OF BEEF AND APPROACHES TO MEASURING QUALITY
“Lost on the journey – does eating quality of beef matter?” is the title of a virtual farm walk taking place on Monday 19th October at 8pm.  This is the sixth online event in the successful series hosted by AgriSearch for the European Innovation Initiative (EIT) partners.  The partners are ABP and John Deere along with Queen’s University and the University of Reading.  
Prof. Nigel Scollan, QUB
The guest speaker for this session is Nigel Scollan, Director of the Institute for Global Food Security and a Professor of Animal Science at Queen’s University, Belfast.  His career journey has...

EIT FOOD ‘FOCUS ON FARMERS’ VIRTUAL FARM WALK & DISCUSSION SERIES GOES FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH
The theme for the fifth episode of the EIT 'Focus on Farmers' Virtual Farm Walk and Discussion Series was “Adapting to a changing world, a focus on sustainable parasite control and the evolution of animal welfare concepts”.  Professors Eric Morgan and Gareth Arnott from Queen’s University were invited to share their expertise as guest speakers alongside ambassador farmers Sam Chesney from Co. Down and James Evans from Shropshire. Ards farmer Sam Chesney led the meeting with an insight into practices he follows to control the risk of parasites in cattle on his farm, stating the importance...

NEW APPOINTMENT AT AGRISEARCH
Jillian Hoy has been appointed Research Manager with the farmer-funded research body, AgriSearch. Jillian, who is from a Co. Antrim farming family, has a Masters of Science in Forest Eco-System Management and a first class Honours Degree in Ecological Science. She was previously employed with the Scottish Wildlife Trust where she was responsible for project managing the development of the Peatland Code, a voluntary certification scheme to encourage peatland restoration. Prior to that she was Contract Manager for Acoura Ltd, a certification body specialising in food, farming and...

ADOPTING A SELECTIVE APPROACH TO DRY-COW THERAPY
Dr Anna Lavery and Dr Aimee Craig Agri-Food and Bioscience Institute   The use of antibiotic dry-cow tubes has long been standard practice on many farms. However with improvements in both milking hygiene and cow genetics, average herd somatic cell count (SCC) has decreased over the last two decades. Consequently, this may provide an opportunity for many farms to reduce antibiotic use at drying-off. Selective dry-cow therapy (SDCT), as the name suggests, involves being more selective about which cows are treated with antibiotics, and limiting this to those that are ‘high risk’. While...

ANIMAL HEALTH AND WELFARE VIRTUAL FARM WALK TO FOCUS ON PARASITE CONTROL AND THE CHALLENGES OF A CHANGING WORLD
A virtual farm walk on animal health and welfare, taking place on Monday 5th October at 8pm, is expected to highlight the challenges that will be faced on farm in the coming years. This is the fifth online event in the successful series hosted by AgriSearch for the European Innovation Initiative (EIT) partners. The partners are ABP, John Deere along with Queen’s University and the University of Reading.
Prof. Eric Morgan, QUB
Prof. Eric Morgan and Dr. Gareth Arnott of Queens’ University will be the event’s guest speakers at the event entitled “Adapting to a changing world, a focus on...