Duration 2 years Team and Leader J.P. Frost and T.W.J. Keady Organisations involved: ARINI, Hillsborough; Environmental Science Division, DARD Background and Summary Under EC Council Directive 91/676/EEC, Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZ) have been designated in catchment areas in the British Isles where nitrate from agricultural land is reported to be a source of pollution of watersources. Within NVZ the application of N from animal manures must be less than 250 kg/ha total N each year over the area of grass on the farm, and 210 kg/ha total N averaged over the area not in grass.  These...

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

Duration 3 years commencing April 1999 Team and Leader R W J Steen Organisations Involved Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland Background and Summary The Northern Ireland beef industry produces a very varied product in terms of carcass weight, fatness, and conformation from animals with a wide range of genotypes.  Emphasis on vertical integration within the beef industry from producer to consumer to meet the standards of food safety, animal welfare, product quality and environmental protection now demanded by consumers, and by supermarkets acting on...

Duration 3 years commencing September 2006 Team and Leader Professor JJ Strain (UU), Dr M Bonham, Dr J Wallace, Dr E Duffy (UU), Dr G Cuskelly (LMC), Dr B Moss and Dr Ann Fearon (AFBI) Organisations involved University of Ulster Northern Ireland Centre for Food and Health (UU), Livestock & Meat Commission (LMC) and Agri Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) Background and Summary To fill in knowledge gaps, and to update the current estimates of long chain n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) in the Irish population by acquiring data on fatty acid profiles for lean meat meals from...

Duration 4 years commencing March 2005 Team and Leader  Dawson, M.A. McCoy and B. Moss Organisations Involved Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland and Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for Northern Ireland (DARDNI) Background and Summary There are approximately 298,000 and 307,000 dairy and suckler cows in Northern Ireland respectively. Whilst it is envisaged that post Mid Term Review (MTR) of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) the number of suckler cows will decline, it is predicted that the dairy herd will increase slightly.  Currently...