Duration 4 years Team and Leader Dr A Carson Organisations involved  AFBI Hillsborough Background and Summary Timescale Benefits Details to follow

Project Team: Aurelie Aubry, Francis Lively, Melanie Flexen and John Archer Background:  The sheep industry is a major contributor to the Northern Ireland GDP accounting for 19,511 farms, 78% of the total number of farms recorded in 2015 (DARD, 2015).  However, low profitability in sheep production enterprises is a real threat to the sustainability of this industry in NI.  The main factors that directly affect the economic and biological efficiency of sheep production are (1) feed requirements, (2) reproductive performance and (3) progeny growth rate.  Grazed grass is the cheapest form of...

RCF04/2017: RamCompare Phase II Northern Ireland (NI) – A parallel study to investigate the effects of terminal sire estimated breeding values for muscle and finishing diet on progeny performance, net feed efficiency and meat quality
Project objectives: Evaluate the effect of sire EBV for muscle (low versus high) and finishing diet on progeny performance, net feed efficiency and meat quality Examine the dynamics of net feed efficiency in finishing lambs Establish a central progeny test flock that will evaluate sires recorded on the current breed evaluation systems used in the UK (Signet) and Ireland (Sheep Ireland) Promote the benefits of animal recording in pedigree and commercial sheep flocks in NI and promote the use of EBVs by commercial producers when making flock breeding decisions Background: The use of...

Duration 3 years Team and Leader Dr A Carson Organisations involved  AFBI Hillsborough Background and Summary Timescale Benefits Details to follow

(Super-G) Developing Sustainable Permanent Grassland systems and policies (DBS-92-17)
Organisations Involved: Newcastle University, ADAS, University of Aberdeen, Mendel University in Brno, Centre for Ecological Research, Univerzitet Crne Gore, SLU, University of Turin, Wageningen University and Research, ETH Zürich, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, University of Göttingen, AFBI, Consulai, Universidad de Córdoba, Univerza v Ljubljani, CHambre D’Agriculture Normandie, AgriSearch, Chambre Régionale D’Agriculture Grand Est and La Blanche Maison. Aim: To co-develop sustainable permanent grassland systems and policies with farmers and policy makers​ Project Duration: The...