Analysis of data from ground-breaking project begins
Early results from the RamCompare project are already very positive says co-ordinator Bridget Lloyd. The industry scheme aims to drive genetic improvement forward through the inclusion of commercial data in genetic evaluation and data analysis on the first crop of lambs is underway. Lamb growth has been closely monitored throughout the season on the six project farms, with the collection of birth, eight-week, 90-day and sale weights. Over 10,000 weight records have been taken from lambs born this year and they are being entered into the Signet Breeding Services database. Bridget Lloyd,...

GrassCheck Week Beginning 10-10-16
Grass growth for the last week has declined to 38kgDM/Ha/day.  Grass growth is predicted to fall to 27kgDM/Ha/day during this week and 22kg DM/Ha/day next week. Grass quality has declined slightly and currently has a dry matter of 12.7%, ME 11.6, Crude Protein of 22.9%, Sugars 8.2%.  GrassCheck is funded by AgriSearch. The full bulletin can be viewed by clicking here.         MANAGEMENT NOTES: Grass growth is declining, but is still well above the seasonal average.  Although grass quality on the cut plots is consistently good, this will not be representative of fields that have...

GrassCheck Week Beginning 03-10-16
Grass growth for the last week has declined to 48kgDM/Ha/day.  Grass growth is predicted to fall to 36kgDM/Ha/day during this week and 27kg DM/Ha/day next week. Grass quality has also improved and currently has a dry matter of 14.6%, ME 11.7, Crude Protein of 22.7%, Sugars 11.7%.  GrassCheck is funded by AgriSearch. The full bulletin can be viewed by clicking here.         MANAGEMENT NOTES: Grass growth is declining as autumn progresses, but still remains well above the seasonal average and this trend is predicted to continue over the next 2 weeks.  Grass quality on the plots has...

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...