AgriSearch Launch Major Grassland Survey
AgriSearch are rolling out a major province-wide survey to investigate the barriers that prevent beef and dairy farmers from maximising production from grazed and conserved grass, as well as the factors that prevent the uptake of new grassland management technology. A recent study carried out by AFBI has indicated that the average grass utilised on Northern Ireland dairy farms is 7.5t DM/ha per year.  The same study indicated that the average grass utilised on beef farms is 4.1t DM/ha/year.  This is significantly lower than the potential of modern grass varieties which can achieve...

DAIRY & BEEF PILOT FARMERS WANTED FOR 2018 GRASS PROJECTS
Applications are now open to become a GrassCheck pilot farmer for two AgriSearch’s projects: Precision Grazing and Beef from Grass. Working with research partners AFBI, these projects will recruit new dairy farms and beef farms from across Northern Ireland to monitor grass growth and quality across a range of production systems and land types. In Northern Ireland, there is a huge variation in soil type and a range of microclimates, resulting in large variations in localised grass growth, rainfall, soil moisture levels and temperature. AgriSearch Project Officer Elizabeth Earle commented...

RESEARCHING FOR IMPROVED DAIRY RETURNS
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 Thurs, Dec, 14. Research topics featured on the stand will include GrassCheck, colostrum quality, precision technologies for heifer rearing and the use of infrared cameras to assess health and welfare. The GrassCheck feature will highlight how the GrassCheck pilot farmers have made the best use of grass during what has been a very challenging year.  Two of the GrassCheck dairy farmers will be on the stand to discuss...

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...