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...

AgriSearch – Delivering value for dairy farmers
The findings of a wide range of AgriSearch co-funded research projects will be presented at “Dairy Innovation in Practice” which will be held on three dairy farms from 12-14th September.  A review of AgriSearch co-funded research has shown a tremendous 22:1 return on the investment of levy money contributed by farmers.  By applying the findings of AgriSearch co-funded research the average dairy farmer in Northern Ireland could potentially cut their milk production costs by around 5 pence per litre.  Of course this depends on farmers implementing the recommended actions, some of which...

Roadshow Highlights Role of Technology in Driving Efficiency For New Dairy Entrant
The introduction of new technology has been a key component of the journey into dairying for new entrant Aidan McManus, who started dairying in 2011 and farms near Cloniff in County Fermanagh. Aidan will be hosting visitors to his farm on 13 September 2017, in the second of AFBI's 'Dairy Innovation in Practice' roadshows. The visit to Aidan's farm will be complemented with two similar events, kindly hosted by Ian McClelland, Banbridge, Co. Down on Tuesday 12 September and by David Hunter, Newtownstewart, Co. Tyrone on Thursday 14 September. In 2011, Aidan converted the 25ha farm business...

DAIRY FARMERS WANTED FOR EXCITING NEW COLOSTRUM PROJECT
  Applications are now open to become a farmer co-researcher in AgriSearch's latest exciting dairy colostrum project. Working with research partners AFBI, Queen's University Belfast, Dale Farm and Devenish Nutrition, the project aims to recruit 30 dairy farms from across Northern Ireland to participate in the study which is funded by the Agri-Food Quest Competence Centre. Colostrum is rich in nutritional, antimicrobial and growth properties which are essential for the stimulation of the immune system of the newborn calf. Good quality colostrum should contain at least 50g/litre IgG...