Duration 2 months - Completion date May 2005 Team and Leader M Porter, C Ferris, T Yan and C S Mayne Organisations iInvolved Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland Background and Summary Under the Proposed Action Programme Measures for the protection of Northern Ireland's Waters, in response to the EU Nitrates Directive, a single value of 91 kg manure N output per dairy cow per annum has been adopted for Northern Ireland. However, there is evidence from the Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland that in some production systems, particularly low input...

Duration 12 month extension to existing programme (1st March 05 - 29 February 06) Team and Leader Drs C Ferris, M McCoy and D Patterson Organisations Involved ARINI, Hillsborough and Veterinary Science Div., DARD Background and Summary This research programme was established to address two important issues, namely pollution by phosphates, and on-farm labour shortages. However since its initiation, environmental legislation in relation to both phosphates and nitrates has become one of the most critical issues for the Northern Ireland dairy industry. Progress to date:...

Duration 4 years Team and Leader Dr A Dale Organisations Involved AFBI Hillsborough Background and Summary Timescale Benefits Details to follow

Duration    1 year commencing March 2007  Team and Leader  A. Dale, C.Ferris, S.Mayne, P. Frost Organisations involved AFBI                                             Background and Summary                 The improvement of efficiency at farm level will be crucial for the dairy industry moving forward.  Increases in grain prices coupled with improvements in global milk prices  highlights the necessity to maximise milk from grazed grass.   Furthermore, this is all happening during a period that has seen intense pressure to improve nutrient use and nutrient efficiency...

Duration 2.5 years commencing January 2003 Team and Leader Dr. Sinclair Mayne, Dr Duncan Anderson and Mr James Murphy Organisations Involved ARINI and The Queens University Belfast Background and Summary The Northern Ireland dairy industry is currently going through a major crisis as a result of very depressed milk prices. Furthermore, current predictions suggest milk price will remain at this level for some time and that there will be more volatility in milk price in the future. Given this scenario, it is clear that milk producers need to re-examine optimal milk production...