AgriSearch to host seminar on liver fluke
AgriSearch will host a seminar on “Liver Fluke – Translating Research into Practice” on Wednesday 12th October 2016 at 10.00am at AFBI, Large Park, Hillsborough, BT26 6DR.  Fluke is a growing problem for the farming industry. The parasite thrives in wet, muddy conditions and our changing climate with higher rainfall and milder winters, is providing more favourable conditions for the fluke life cycle.  Resistance to certain active ingredients in wormers is widespread in the UK, so finding alternative means of controlling fluke infections rather than relying on drug treatments is essential...

GrassCheck Week Beginning 26-09-16
Grass growth for the last week has remained steady at 57kgDM/Ha/day.  Grass growth is predicted to fall to 50kgDM/Ha/day during this week and 38kg DM/Ha/day next week. Grass quality has also remained similar to last week and currently has a dry matter of 12.6%, ME 11.2, Crude Protein of 22.3%, Sugars 7.7%.  GrassCheck is funded by AgriSearch. The full bulletin can be viewed by clicking here.     MANAGEMENT NOTES: Growing conditions have been better than forecast, with a continuing trend of above average growth rates on the GrassCheck monitor plots. However at farm level, while there...

GrassCheck Week Beginning 19-09-16
Grass growth for the last week has fallen to 57kgDM/Ha/day.  Grass growth is predicted to fall to 45kgDM/Ha/day during this week and 32kg DM/Ha/day next week. Grass quality has declined slightly and currently has a dry matter of 12.3%, ME 11.4, Crude Protein of 20.3%, Sugars 9.1%.  GrassCheck is funded by AgriSearch. The full bulletin can be viewed by clicking here.         MANAGEMENT NOTES: * Growing conditions have been favourable, so growth rates are holding up well for the time of year. However, the likelihood of unsettled weather going forward will gradually reduce growth towards...

GrassCheck Week Beginning 12-09-16
Grass growth for the last week has fallen to 60kgDM/Ha/day.  Grass growth is predicted to fall to 52kgDM/Ha/day during this week and 40kg DM/Ha/day next week. Grass quality has improved and currently has a dry matter of 14.7%, ME 11.7, Crude Protein of 22.1%, Sugars 9.7%.  GrassCheck is funded by AgriSearch. The full bulletin can be viewed by clicking here.         MANAGEMENT NOTES: Although grass growth remains higher than average, cooler, changeable weather is forecast for the next two weeks and so growth is predicted to gradually decease to around the seasonal average.  Grass...

GrassCheck Week Beginning 05-09-16
Grass growth for the last week has fallen to 67kgDM/Ha/day.  Grass growth is predicted remain at 67kgDM/Ha/day during this week and fall to 54kg DM/Ha/day next week. Grass quality has improved slightly and currently has a dry matter of 13.7%, ME 11.3, Crude Protein of 19.1%, Sugars 10.0%.  GrassCheck is funded by AgriSearch. The full bulletin can be viewed by clicking here.       MANAGEMENT NOTES: Growth remains higher than normal, due to the current warm spell. Next week's yields are also expected to be higher than average.  With the ‘closed period’ for sowing chemical fertiliser...