Knock 50% off your Bag Nitrogen Input
Dairy farmers can cut their bag nitrogen input by 50% over the summer by applying slurry to grazing ground using the trailing-shoe application method.  This was the money saving conclusion of trails at AFBI, Hillsborough promoted and part funded by farmers through AgriSearch, the NI Agricultural Research and Development Council.  In the recently published booklet ‘The Effect of Applying Slurry During the Grazing Season on Dairy Cow Performance’ Dr. Andrew Dale and colleagues reveal the results of applying slurry using the trailing-shoe technique from two grazing studies. The studies...

Testing of cattle for BVD, Bovine Viral Diarrhoea, is now on offer to randomly selected Northern Ireland dairy and suckler herd owners during routine Brucellosis testing. When bleeding stock for Brucellosis test samples, DARD staff will invite randomly selected farmers to take part in research into the incidence of BVD. Each herd keeper taking up this offer will be asked to sign a consent form to have free BVD testing carried out on blood samples from 10 animals aged nine to 18 months and complete a 10 mins telephone survey conducted by AFBI. Results will be supplied in...

Food Security – Challenges and Opportunities for Animal Science’ was the topical theme for a major agricultural research conference at the University of Nottingham this past week. The BSAS, British Society of Animal Science, 2011 Annual Conference attracted the cream of research workers from across the UK, Europe and beyond. Four farm based research projects selected and supported by AgriSearch, the NI Agricultural Research and Development Council, were discussed at the BSAS event last Mon and Tuesday, April 4-5. Dr Ronald Annett and Dr Alistair Carson from AFBI,...

Agrisearch is spearheading a new project aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from dairy farms by improving dry cow management to boost fertility, herd health and production performance. This project also aims to develop an on-line benchmarking tool allowing NI farmers to calculate the carbon footprint of their farms.  Co-funded by AgriSearch and the DARD Research Challenge Fund this applied research project offers huge potential benefits to the dairy industry. AFBI, Hillsborough as the research partner in the project, hosted an initial meeting of the nine farmers taking...

On-farm research to direct low carbon beef production in the Northern Ireland beef industry Research to underpin low carbon beef production is the theme of a new research and development programme to be featured at suckler beef farm walks on 3 May 2011 (Sam Chesney, Kircubbin), 4 May 2011 and (Patrick & Ciaran Kearney, Plumbridge, Omagh) 5 May 2011 (Tom Moorhead, Broughshane).  This new DARD Research Challenge Fund programme is funded by AgriSearch and DARD and is well on the way to providing new tools and information on which to base future systems. Driving forward efficiency in...