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...

Introduction to Compact TMR feeding system for dairy cows
  Compact TMR (Total Mixed Ration) is a mixing and feeding concept that targets nutrition and behaviour of dairy cows with the aim to simultaneously benefit productivity, efficiency and health. With Compact TMR all cows in a feeding group have unlimited access to a feed mix that cannot be sorted.    “Compact TMR – for improved feed efficiency” is the subject of a webinar to be held on Tuesday 17th January at 12 noon (GMT) by EuroDairy: a pan European network for dairy farming, which is linked to farmers in Northern Ireland through AgriSearch, the NI Agricultural Research and Development...

Tremendous interest in AgriSearch’s new on-farm research projects
  Over 80 farmers from every corner of Northern Ireland have applied to become a pilot farmer in the new GrassCheck and “Beef from Grass” projects.   AgriSearch’s Chairman Michael Bell said, “We are really encouraged by the enthusiastic support for AgriSearch and these new projects which aim to maximise the use of grass - our greatest asset”.    “A recent study undertaken by AFBI for the Sustainable Agricultural Land Management Strategy, showed that for every extra tonne of grass dry matter utilised per hectare, margins improved by £441 per hectare per year on dairy farms and by £204...