Organisations involved: Agrisearch; ABP UK; Dale Farm; Devenish Nutrition; Dunbia; Finnebrogue Artisan; Foyle Food Group; LacPatrick Dairies (NI); Lakeland Dairies (NI); Linden Foods; WD Meats; Hewitt Meats; C&J Meats. Research Organisations: AFBI and QUB (Belfast). Project Team: Steven Morrison, Nigel Scollan, Jason Rankin and John Gilliland Background: The Northern Ireland food and drinks sector is worth over £4.4 billion (DAERA, 2016). Exports are a key feature of the agri-food with approximately 75% of produce leaving Northern Ireland. The global context for agriculture, food and...

Project Team: Frances Titterington, Steven Morrison and Aurelie Aubry Background: Since its peak in 1998, the NI sheep flock has been in steady decline. In order to remain competitive and be more sustainable, improved breeding and management strategies are needed to drive greater technical efficiency within sheep flocks.  Current and past research programmes funded by DAERA, AgriSearch and LMC have identified several breeding, feeding and other management strategies to improve ewe productivity in terms of the number and weight of lambs produced per ewe.  However, if it is crucial to...