Pedigree ram nominations open for fifth year of RamCompare
  The search is on for the country’s best rams as pedigree breeders are invited to put forward rams believed to have good lamb growth, carcase weight and conformation. Now in its fifth year, RamCompare uses data from throughout the supply chain to inform genetic evaluations. During the three seasons, more than 6,600 ewes have been mated to over 138 leading rams through artificial insemination (AI) and natural mating. Over 200 rams will have been progeny tested by the end of next summer. Results from the project will enable commercial farmers to select Signet recorded rams that produce...

UPLAND FARMERS WANTED TO PARTICIPATE IN EUROPEAN PROJECT ON PERMANENT GRASSLAND
AgriSearch are looking for upland farmers to volunteer to participate in a European project; SUstainable PERmanent Grassland (SUPER-G). SUPER-G is a Europe-wide research project that aims to co-develop sustainable permanent grassland (PG) systems and policies with farmers, citizens, and policy makers; ensuring business viability, while supporting biodiversity and delivering several other Ecosystem Services.   The recruited farmers must be willing to participate in workshops and surveys throughout the project.  Two of the farmers from the newly established network will be selected to...

AgriSearch marks the retirement of its former Chairman James Campbell
AgriSearch, the Northern Ireland farmer-funded research and innovation body, has marked the recent retirement of James Campbell from its Board of Trustees. From Newtownards James Campbell has a very strong farming heritage. He was a key driving force in helping AgriSearch deliver on its objectives of identifying and funding key applied research projects, which have helped deliver enhanced levels of production and efficiency at farm level right across Northern Ireland. An honours’ graduate in biochemistry from Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), James went on to secure a Master’s degree in farm...

AGRISEARCH HOST EU COUNTRIES FOR MAJOR GRASSLAND PROJECT BRIEFING
Farming representatives from 11 European countries were hosted in Belfast recently by the farmer funded research body, Agrisearch NI and AFBI. They were here for the first Stakeholder Seminar in the Europe-wide Research Project into Developing SUstainable PERmanent Grassland systems and policies (SUPER-G)  The Seminar was attended by the Atlantic Region with 52 delegates discussing permanent grassland management and policies around Europe. It was organised with the aim of presenting the SUPER-G project to different stakeholders; gathering their opinion and reflecting on the diverse types of...

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...