AGRISEARCH TO HOST RAMCOMPARE FARM WALK
AgriSearch will be holding a sheep farm walk at the AFBI, Deerpark Farm, Drumilly Road, Loughgall, BT61 8JH, on the 4th June 2018. The farm walk will be run in partnership with AFBI, Dunbia and AHDB. The theme of the event is Efficient Lamb Production and will focus on the breeding and feeding aspects of lowland lamb production. On the evening, Liz Genever (AHDB) will give an overview of RamCompare - the UK’s first commercial progeny test and that has been testing performance-recorded rams from terminal sire breeds since 2015. Initial results, including new estimated breeding values (EBVs)...

EURODAIRY WEBINAR - INCREASING ECONOMIC RESILIENCE IN PASTURE BASED SYSTEMS
EuroDairy will be holding a webinar on Thursday 17th May 2018 at 7pm on increasing economic resilience in pasture based systems. Milk price volatility and extremes of weather have focused attention on the resilience of dairy businesses, right across Europe. Join Laurence Shalloo to discuss the key factors affecting the resilience of dairy businesses in Ireland. He will lay out where the industry is currently, the tactics and the progress needed to ensure that the overall industry continues to move in the right direction.   Costs of production must be low enough to allow survival,...

AGRISEARCH APPOINTS NEW CHAIRMAN
The Northern Ireland Agricultural Research and Development Council (AgriSearch) has appointed John Henning from Moira as its new Chairman. John Henning holds a number of senior positions within the UK agricultural industry. He is currently a Director of the Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL), Governor of the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers, Director of Countryside Services, Vice-President of the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society and a Council Member of the Council for Awards of Royal Agricultural Societies as well as an Honorary Associate of the North of Ireland...

AGRISEARCH HOST LEADING DUTCH DAIRY FARMERS
AgriSearch recently hosted 34 leading dairy farmers from the Netherlands on a farmer exchange to Northern Ireland as part of the EuroDairy Project.  This followed on from visits by the Northern Ireland EuroDairy pilot farmers to the Netherlands. The Dutch farmers visited the Dairy Technology Centre at CAFRE’s Greenmount Campus, AFBI Hillsborough, Dale Farm headquarters as well as the farms of two Northern Ireland EuroDairy pilot farmers (Thomas Steele and Brian McCracken).   The highlight of the visit was a dinner in Parliament Buildings hosted by AgriSearch at which the Dutch farmers met...

GRASSCHECK EXPANDS COVERAGE FOR 2018
Grass Growth and quality data from 50 sites spread across Northern Ireland will feed into the AgriSearch and AFBI led GrassCheck programme in 2018.   Following on from a successful recruitment drive there will now be 20 dairy farmers, 23 beef farmers, 5 sheep farmers involved in the project as well as the long-standing plots at Hillsborough and Greenmount.  AgriSearch General Manager Jason Rankin said “GrassCheck is AgriSearch’s flagship project.  We received very positive feedback from farmers on the new on-farm element of the project which was rolled out in 2017.  This represents a real...