EuroDairy Webinar on Zero Grazing
Dr Debbie McConnell of AFBI will discuss the results of AgriSearch co-funded research on Zero Grazing during a EuroDairy webinar on Wednesday 16th January 2018 at 7pm. The webinar will explore the growing interest in the role of cut and carry systems and it's potential to reduce feed and forage costs.  It will offer best practice tips to running a successful cut and carry system.  Cut and carry (zero-grazing) systems, offer an alternative way to increase the amount of home-grown, high-quality forages used on dairy farms during the growing season, compared with grazing and feeding...

EuroDairy Webinar: Resource efficiency on EuroDairy pilot farms
EuroDairy will hold a webinar on resource efficiency on pilot farms on Tuesday 15th January 2018 at 6pm. Within the EuroDairy Network, 113 of the innovative pilot farmers measured their resource efficiency for 2016 and 2017. The data collected provides a unique overview of how efficiently dairy farmers across Europe are managing their on-farm resources.  Join Jouke and Sylvain for this webinar delving into the data that shows variation in efficiency across Europe. During the webinar, sharing lessons learned will explain how productivity, economics and resource efficiency are all...

AGRISEARCH LAUNCH NEW BEST PRACTICE GUIDE TO ZERO-GRAZING
The impact of zero-grazing on animal performance, grass utilisation and economics is discussed in a new booklet “Zero-Grazing: A Best Practice Guide” launched at the RUAS Winter Fair by AgriSearch in partnership with AFBI and AHDB Dairy. The booklet, which is available for download from the AgriSearch website, presents the findings of five zero-grazing research studies carried out by AFBI (funded by DAERA and AgriSearch) and SRUC in recent years. AFBI’s Dr Debbie McConnell comments, “feed and forage accounts for 33 per cent (9.5ppl) of total production costs on UK dairy farms and so finding...

GrassCheck project is delivering real improvements on farms
Adapting farming practices in response to extreme weather events is now very much part of every farmer’s job description, according to the farmer-funded research and innovation body, AgriSearch. “Recent Met Office data has shown long-term trends towards warmer and more extreme weather events in the UK, with annual average temperatures rising since the 1980’s. The 2018 grazing season was a tale of two halves for Northern Irish farmers, with the late wet Spring and Summer drought conditions impacting on forage availability, yields and quality of crops and milk production,” said Jason Rankin,...

AGRISEARCH TO LAUNCH ZERO-GRAZING BEST PRACTICE GUIDE AT THE WINTER FAIR
Research results of real relevance to producers will be displayed and discussed on the AgriSearch stand at the Royal Ulster Winter Fair at the Eikon Complex, Balmoral Park Thursday, December 13th.   Research topics featured on the stand will include GrassCheck and Zero Grazing.   A comprehensive best practice guide for zero-grazing will be launched at the show.  This booklet has been developed in conjunction with AFBI and AHDB and draws on the results of research undertaken at AFBI Hillsborough and SRUC’s Crichton Royal farm.  The booklet discusses the pros and cons of zero grazing...