MAXIMISING LAMB PRODUCTION FROM GRASS
Making the most of grass will be the key topic of discussion at the AgriSearch-AFBI-CAFRE ‘Flock health and grassland walks’ at the farms of Isaac and Elizabeth Crilly, Castlederg, and John Martin, Greyabbey on the 10th and 11th September respectively. Both farms currently participate in AgriSearch’s ‘Lamb from Grass’ / GrassCheck project which involves the evaluation of 4 and 8 paddock rotational grazing systems on-farm along with the weekly monitoring of grass growth and quality. The weekly monitoring data aids both farms in making more effective grazing decisions and achieving optimum...

AGRISEARCH SHEEP FARM WALKS - FUTURE PROOFING FLOCK HEALTH AND PERFORMANCE ON YOUR FARM
Ensuring optimum flock health and performance will be top of the agenda at AgriSearch’s upcoming farm walks. These events will showcase the 4 and 8-paddock rotational grazing systems implemented by the GrassCheck sheep farmers as part of the ‘Lamb from Grass’ project. There will be discussion on the 2018 grazing season, grass management and flock performance to-date on the farms. Lesley Stubbings an independent UK sheep consultant will be on hand to discuss how to best future proof worm control on your farm and provide guidance on assessing ewe body condition and correct ewe nutrition at...

AgriSearch to hold a technical seminar on future proofing parasite control in sheep
AgriSearch will be hosting a technical seminar on Tuesday 11th September 2018 at 10.00am at AFBI, Hillsborough which will be led by independent sheep consultant Lesley Stubbings and will focus on SCOPS recommendations on the use of the group 4/5 anthelmintics, and worm and liver fluke control. There will also be an open session where attendees are welcome to submit questions / topics prior to the seminar that Lesley will try to cover on the day. The Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (SCOPS) is an industry-led group that recognises one of the biggest challenges to the future health...

ADAPTING TO VARIABLE GRASS GROWTH KEY FOCUS FOR DOWNPATRICK FARM
Taking early proactive management to deal with grass shortages will be the key discussion point at an upcoming AgriSearch-AFBI-CAFRE farm walk, to be held on the farm of Paul and Frank Turley in Downpatrick, 11 Struell Wells Road, Downpatrick, BT30 6RL on Wednesday 29th August at 6pm. Paul and Frank run 190 Angus x British Friesian suckler cows on 400 acres with progeny finished as heifers / steers at 17-18 months.  They also rear and finish 100 dairy origin Angus x Holstein cattle at 19-22 months.  Paul and Frank place a strong emphasis on good grassland management across the farm to...

PROACTIVE GRAZING MANAGEMENT REAPS REWARDS AT LIMAVADY FARM
Making the most of grass on a heavy farm will be the key topic of discussion at the upcoming AgriSearch farm walk at the farm of Andrew Dale near Limavady, on the 21st of August 2018 at 10:30 am. Andrew who farms in partnership with his father John, manages an Autumn-Winter herd of 110 Fleckvieh cows. This year the farm is reaping the rewards of good growing conditions across the 70 hectare platform. To date grass production has been just under 9 tonne DM/Ha. ‘‘Despite the late Spring, 2018 so far has been an exceptional grass growing year for us, with growth being in excess of 100 kg...