AGRISEARCH WELCOMES EMPHASIS ON SCIENCE, INNOVATION AND KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE IN DAERA’S PROPOSALS FOR A FUTURE AGRICULTURAL POLICY FRAMEWORK
AgriSearch has welcomed the publication of DAERA’s stakeholder engagement paper on the future agricultural policy framework for Northern Ireland.   AgriSearch Chairman John Henning said, “We are pleased that the document recognises the importance of science, innovation, knowledge exchange and continuous professional development in delivering both increased productivity and improved environmental sustainability.  AgriSearch is already leading and participating in a wide portfolio of research projects that are aimed at delivering these goals.   “We welcome the proposals to take a broader...

GRASSCHECK FARM WALKS TO BE HELD
AgriSearch, AFBI and CAFRE are organising a series of GrassCheck farm walks to be held on GrassCheck dairy and beef farms in August.  Recent results from the GrassCheck project have highlighted the variability in grass growth and quality both in terms of year to year and field to field.  These seasonal and field variations will be explored and will illustrate how regular measurement of grass has allowed our pilot farmers to be pro-active. Given the poor summer growth (particularly in the eastern counties) it will be important that farmers maximise growth and utilisation of grass in...

EuroDairy Webinar - Managing Heat Stress in Dairy Cattle
EuroDairy will be holding a webinar on managing heat stress in dairy cattle on Tuesday 31st July at 7pm. Join this EuroDairy webinar where Albert De Vries, Professor, Department of Animal Science, University of Florida, USA will discuss both the short and long-term strategies for managing heat stress in dairy cattle. He will discuss tips around management in the shorter-term, with longer-term strategies such as implementing cooling mechanisms. To register for the webinar click here. About the speaker
Prof. Albert De Vries - University of Florida
Albert De Vries is currently a...

Feed-to-Yield Dairy Systems: are lower milk fat levels a problem?
The adoption of feed-to-yield systems in which concentrates are offered to individual cows according to their milk yield is now common practice. This often involves farms offering a ‘basal diet’ of silage and concentrates, to support the energy requirements of the cow for maintenance, plus a certain milk yield. Additional concentrates are then offered to individual cows to support milk yields above those supported by the basal diet. These additional concentrates are often offered at a feed-rate of 0.45 kg of concentrate per litre of milk. Recent research by Conrad Ferris at AFBI,...

EuroDairy Webinar: The carbon footprint of milk and the Life Carbon Dairy Project
EuroDairy will be holding a webinar on the carbon foot print of milk and the Life Carbon Dairy Project.  This will take place on Monday 25th June 2018 at 18:00. Dairy production has opposing effects on climate change. It generates greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions but can regulate climate through carbon storage in soils. This means that management techniques can impact on the sustainability of agriculture. Studies reveal that knowledge gaps exist amongst French Dairy farmers about the use of different agricultural practices on GHG emissions and in the availability of new innovative...