Duration 6 years commencing Spring 2000 Team and Leader Sinclair Mayne, Fred Gordon, Conrad Ferris and Maurice McCoy. Organisations involved Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland, Veterinary Science Division. Background and Summary Dairy her infertility, mastitis and lameness have been highlighted as the three most significant problems on dairy farms in Northern Ireland in both recent surveys undertaken by AgriSearch. It has long been established that fertility and mastitis are strongly negatively correlated with genetic improvement of milk production...

Duration Team and Leader Drs. C Ferris, D Patterson, J Stevens and R Agnew Organisations Involved ARINI, Hillsborough and Environmental Science Division Background and Summary A major proportion of the Northern Ireland dairy industry will remain on its present route of improving milk yield per cow within efficient traditional type, dairying systems. In these systems the key will be to efficiently increase milk output per farm, involving a mix of keeping more cows, increasing milk yield per cow, but most importantly achieving greater milk output per labour unit on the...

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

Duration 3 years Team and Leader PhD Hazel Gilmore Organisations Involved Queens University Belfast & AFBI Hillsborough Background and Summary Timescale Benefits Details to follow

Duration 2 Years Team and Leader Dr Conrad Ferris, AFBI Stormont Organisations Involved AgriSearch (Lead Industry Partner & co-funder), DARD Research Challenge Fund (Co-Funder), AFBI - Hillsborough (Research Partner) Background and Summary The project involves a research team comprising 9 Northern Ireland dairy producers, in partnership with AFBI scientists.  The project will seek to develop management tools to accurately monitor Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions from dairy systems at individual farm level, and evaluate a key mitigation strategy within an on-farm research project.   The...