(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...

Title: Evaluation of ammonia and greenhouse gas emissions from the livestock production sector in Northern Ireland (DBS-90-17). Project Team: Tianhai Yan, Conrad Ferris, Elizabeth Ball, Rachael Carolan, Rodrigo Olave, Dario Fornara and Alan Gordon. Background: Ammonia emissions are a particularly significant issue in Northern Ireland since per capita emissions are approximately four times higher here than in the rest of the UK. This reflects how NI differs from other parts of the UK as a food exporting region which is economically reliant on the agri-food sector and has relatively little...

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...

Project Duration: 3 years Project Team: Dr Mark Robinson, Dr Jason Barley and Dr Aurelie Aubry Background: Infections by parasitic fluke are an important animal health concern for livestock worldwide. Liver fluke (Fasciola hepatica) historically has been a major focus for producers. However, in recent years there has been an increase in the incidence of rumen fluke (Paramphistomes), resulting in acute disease and death in young sheep and cattle. The exact reasons for this increase in the incidence of rumen fluke is not fully understood. One contributing factor is thought to be the increase...