EuroDairy Webinar: How to minimise silage losses this season
EuroDairy will be holding a webinar on "How to minimise silage losses this winter" on Monday 11th December at 6pm (UK time). What to expect: During ensiling and feeding-out nutrients losses are common from silages. These losses, which can be very high, are influenced by various factors including silage dry matter content, type of crop being ensiled and the storage system used. The amount of bad silage farmers manually discard is usually fairly small, but the invisible losses where the dry matter disappears as CO2 and heat can exceed 15% in bunker silos. However, good management...

Making a Difference for Generations - AgriSearch Marks its 20th Anniversary
A farmer-funded R&D organisation, established in 1997, has helped to deliver research worth over £170 million to Northern Ireland’s ruminant livestock sector …from less than £8 million of levy payments. Speaking at an event in Belfast to mark the twentieth anniversary of AgriSearch, its chairman, Michael Bell, described this achievement as a substantial return on investment for Northern Ireland’s ruminant sector, and a tremendous innovation dividend. “In its first 20 years AgriSearch has committed £7.7 million of farmer levy funds towards 145 projects, with a total cost of £35...

RESEARCHING FOR IMPROVED BEEF RETURNS
Research results of real relevance to producers will be displayed and discussed on the AgriSearch and AFBI stands during the Pedigree Calf Fair & Beef NI Expo 2017 event at the King’s Hall Complex Belfast on Sat, Nov, 18. Research projects which will be featured will include the Beef from Grass project (which forms part of GrassCheck) which is benchmarking grass growth and utilisation on 15 farms across Northern Ireland. Results of an ongoing beef grazing trial with Holstein bulls undertaken at AFBI Hillsborough will also be discussed.  The final results of a major on-farm suckler cow...

AgriSearch and AFBI to Showcase High Grass Production Potential on West Tyrone Farm
Consistently achieving grass growth targets of 14 – 15t DM/ha/year is top priority for David Hunter, who runs an 80 cow, spring calving dairy herd near Newtownstewart, County Tyrone. David farms in partnership with his father John and next week he will host visitors to his farm on Thursday 14th September as one of the three AgriSearch & AFBI ‘Dairy Innovation in Practice’ Roadshow events.   After finishing his agriculture studies in 2011, David became a new entrant to dairying by converting the 40ha farm from a suckler beef and cropping business in 2012. The herd now consists of 80 Holstein...

AgriSearch & AFBI Roadshow Highlights Importance of Farm Efficiency in New Dairy Business
Improving farm efficiency is top priority for dairy farmer, Ian McClelland who recently started a new dairy farm near Banbridge, Co. Down. Ian will be hosting visitors to Creevy House Farm on 12 September 2017, in the first of three AgriSearch and AFBI ‘Dairy Innovation in Practice’ roadshows. The visit to Ian’s farm will be complemented with two similar events, kindly hosted by Aidan McManus, Cloniff, Co. Fermanagh on Wednesday 13 September and by David Hunter, Newtownstewart, Co. Tyrone on Thursday 14 September. Returning from a period of time working in the construction industry, Ian...