GRASSCHECK SEMINAR VIDEOS AVAILABLE ONLINE
Videos of a seminar held earlier in the year for GrassCheck pilot farmers are now available to view on the AgriSearch website. The seminar presentations by AFBI scientists and PhD students cover a range of topics relevant to grassland management, as well as an overview of the 2019 GrassCheck season. Jessica Pollock delivered a presentation on one study from her PhD, which focused on the grazing management strategies for dairy cattle and how this impacts grass utilisation and performance of lactating cattle, describing how the presentation of pasture can influence DMI, animal performance...

New study highlights huge cost of worms to UK cattle farmers
Roundworms, liver fluke and lungworm are costing UK livestock producers £270 million in lost production and treatment expenditure every year, according to a new study to be published in the journal Preventive Veterinary Medicine. The study examined the economic burden of major parasitic worm infections on livestock across 18 European countries.  
Adult Liver Fluke in Cow
At the sector level, there are significant differences in the estimated costs; dairy cattle accounted for 55% of the UK total, with beef cattle at 29% and sheep flocks at 16% of the annual sum (Table 1). The UK comes...

LATEST GRASSCHECK PODCAST FOCUSES ON ADAPTING TO THE WEATHER TO MAXIMISE BEEF FROM GRASS
AgriSearch have released a new episode of the GrassCheck podcast.  In this podcast, Jason Rankin from AgriSearch was joined by Kat Huson and Francis Lively from AFBI to discuss the latest information from the GrassCheck plots and farms, along with Paul Turley, a GrassCheck suckler beef farmer from Downpatrick.  
GrassCheck beef farmer Paul Turley and Francis Lively from AFBI contributed to the latest GrassCheck podcast
Kat discussed how the high grass growth rates in July had not compensated for the lower rates experienced in the spring months.  Additionally, she noted that on average,...

Focus on Farmers Virtual Farm Walks & Discussions
A series of virtual farm walks & discussion with two leading beef farmers (Sam Chesney, County Down and James Evans, Shropshire) will take place fortnightly at 8pm starting on 10th August 2020. Purpose: To establish a dynamic digital forum to advance education amongst livestock farmers with a focus on grassland agriculture and key factors of consumer interest in livestock products. Theme: Connected pasture management Week 1 - 10th August - Farm ambassador introductions Week 2 - 24th August - Optimising beef productivity from grassland Week 3 - 7th September - Farm animal...

Four AgriSearch Led EIP Applications Underway
Grazing MSS
AgriSearch has secured stage one funding for four projects based in Northern Ireland under the European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability (EIP). The EIP scheme aims to bring expert advisers, researchers and businesses together with farmers to tackle the challenges of farming through innovation. The projects will see AgriSearch working in tandem with farmers to consider how practical solutions may be developed to address four issues: anthelmintic resistance; improving the reproductive efficiency of suckler herds; controlling leatherjackets...