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...

Duration 3 years commencing May 2006 Team and Leader  L.E.R. Dawson, D.L. Easson, B.W. Moss Organisations involved Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland and Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for Northern Ireland Background and Summary The main objective of the Nitrates Directive is to reduce water pollution caused or induced by nitrates from agricultural sources.  On of the key action programmes within the Nitrates Directive for Northern Ireland is to ensure that the amounts of chemical fertilizer and organic manures applied do not exceed crop...

Duration October 2004 - January 2005 Team and Leader R.M. Kirkland, T.W.J. Keady and D. Anderson Organisations involved Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland and Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for Northern Ireland Background and Summary The continuing trend for increased use of Holstein genetics in dairy herds has resulted in a large number of Holstein-Friesian bull calves becoming available, at low cost, as a potential resource for the beef industry. Finishing of these cattle on intensive feeding regimes has become more attractive in recent years...