EuroDairy webinar: Opportunities and challenges in calf housing and management for the next decade
On Thursday May 4th 2017, 17:30 (GMT) a webinar is being run about ‘Opportunities and challenges in calf housing and management for the next decade’. Join and hear about new approaches to improve calf housing and care presented by Nina von Keyserslingk. She is professor at the University of British Columbia Canada and an internationally recognized expert. Calf care is possibly the most challenging job on the dairy farm, in part, because the milk-fed calves are the most likely to become ill. New ways of rearing calves are becoming available that can benefit both farmers and their...

GRASSCHECK EXPANDS COVERAGE FOR 2017
  Cutting edge technologies are being deployed on 35 farms across Northern Ireland to expand the scope and coverage of GrassCheck for 2017.  Data collected from these farms will be used to provide farmers with up-to-date information on grass growing conditions and grass quality in their locality to help them make the most of this valuable resource.   AgriSearch and AFBI have recruited dairy, beef and sheep pilot farmers reflecting a range of farm systems and land types.    Each of the pilot farmers have been equipped with the latest GPS rising plate-meters to measure grass covers....

Make lungworm control a priority this spring
  Lungworm infection is unpredictable by nature, and poses a significant threat to young calves, potentially reducing growth rates by over 20% and costing £50 to £100 per head.   Mary Vickers, COWS representative and AHDB Beef and Lamb Senior Scientist explains that incidences of lungworm are hard to predict and have been consistently reported across the country in recent years.   “As producers look ahead to spring grazing, control of the parasite should be a key consideration,” says Dr Vickers.   “Planning ahead, and speaking to your vet, SQP, farm adviser or veterinary pharmacist to...

EuroDairy to hold webinar on Compost Bedded Pack Barns for Dairy Cows
EuroDairy will be holding a webinar on “Compost bedded pack barns for dairy cows: USA knowledge and experience” on Tuesday 14th February 2017 at 7pm (GMT).   What to expect Good health and animal welfare are essential elements for a profitable, consumer friendly dairy farming. Animal care could be improved by alternative housing systems, such as bedded pack barns. Join the USA experts Jeffrey Bewley and Joseph Taraba in this webinar to hear, discuss and ask questions about current knowledge and best practice in the USA regarding compost bedded pack barns. The compost bedded pack...

SHEEP FARMER CO-RESEARCHERS WANTED
  Applications are now open to become a farmer co-researcher in AgriSearch’s latest sheep project: Lamb from Grass.   Working with research partners at AFBI, the project will recruit nine sheep farms from across Northern Ireland to participate in the study.  Four of these to be upland (hill) farmers and five to be lowland farmers.   “Lamb from Grass” is a three-year project (2017-19) funded by DAERA and AgriSearch which aims to identify and implement sheep grazing strategies that can maximise the use of grass on both upland / hill and lowland production systems.   Work carried out by...